The simple matter of testing

So the organization I work for is moving data centers.  The role I play is I need to test the application I support once the move is made to make sure no pieces are left behind.  Here is the fun part.  Just to log into the system I have to follow these steps:

I am testing from home (because the move is happening at midnight) so I need to go to a website and log into a remote software.  I then have to identify my work computer.  Once I get to my work computer I have to log into it.  Then I have to open my email, find a link to another website.  That site links me to a virtual machine emulator running on a server in the data center.  I have to log into that virtual machine.  This creates a virtual computer.  That means it doesn’t physically exists, it just appears to exist.  I then have to LOG IN to the virtual computer using a testing user name and password.  Once I have done that I still have to log into the application I support before I can even start my testing.

So to sum up, I turn on a computer, go to a site, log onto that site, go to another computer, log onto that computer, go to another website (on the second computer) log into that site, log onto a fake computer (using a different set of credentials) and finally log into my application to start testing.

The funny thing is that this all makes perfect sense to me.  As I was going through this process in my head it all clicked but when I stepped back and had a look at the whole mess it made me laugh.  I hope it makes you laugh too.  Post comments about things you do daily that are simple for you but might seem crazy to others.

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2 Responses

  1. How about the fact that I need to run windows on my MacBook just so I can print in my office? Here are the steps:

    Step 1. Create Document in Mac program, Pages, Word etc.
    Step 2. Save Document as a PDF
    Step 3. Drag PDF to Virtual Machine running Windows XP.
    Step 4. Open PDF Document
    Step 5. Press print.

    Maybe they can add Mac support to our printers, that we pay huge money for, so I can ditch windows all together.

  2. It seems pretty odd that they can’t get that to work. I guess if the printer truly doesn’t have mac support then it may be an issue but most do I think. Do you need a new IT guy in your office?

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