Lab-Testing Existing Applications

With the preparation and research completed, and the compatibility testing plan verified as needed, the actual testing can begin. The testing process should be fairly anticlimactic at this point because the process has been discussed at length, and it will be clear what the testing goals are and which applications will be tested. Due diligence in terms of vendor research should be completed and now it is just a matter of building the test server or servers and documenting the results.

The testing process can yield results that are unforeseen, because the exact combination of hardware and software may affect the performance of a key application; but far better to have this occur in a nonproduction environment ...

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