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Phase 6: Validating Your Splunk Cloud Platform Deployment

Welcome to the final stop along your cloud migration journey. We recommend doing both System Acceptance Testing (SAT) and User Acceptance Testing (UAT) to complete this phase of your migration. Here is a quick refresher on what each of these entail:

System Acceptance Testing (SAT)

This is testing conducted on a completely integrated system to evaluate the system's compliance with its specified requirements and ensuring the software does not crash. This testing should be undertaken by the system administrator with the support of the solution provider: in this case, Splunk.

At this point, you should have completed your Splunk environment and data migration. The following list will guide you through the checks following your migration. It includes checks you should consider, not necessarily the exact details to verify each check. Follow this list to ensure all migration steps have been completed, as all migrations could differ in the actual tasks to be performed. We recommend not to begin your end-user user acceptance testing (UAT) until you feel confident that all relevant checks below are confirmed.

  • Confirm index names are migrated and available on premium search heads and IDM
  • Confirm Splunk and Splunkbase apps are installed

  • Confirm Splunk and Splunkbase app customizations are migrated

  • Confirm custom apps are installed and customizations are migrated

  • Confirm DMA is applied

  • Confirm Splunk system/local is migrated (where applicable)

  • Confirm users and customization are migrated, and avoid orphaned saved searches

  • Confirm proper apps / dashboards / reports / alerts / functionality

  • Confirm forwarding is working correctly

  • Confirm inputs are moved to IDM

  • Confirm hosts, sources, source types appear as in your previous Splunk environment

  • Confirm historical data is migrated properly (if applicable)

User Acceptance Testing (UAT)

This consists of verifying that a solution works for the user. This testing should be undertaken by a subject-matter expert (SME), preferably the owner or client of the solution under test. Listed below are some recommended user acceptance (UAT) test case types. You can use this list and build on it as you execute your UAT testing.

Navigation tasks

Can you navigate through Splunk Cloud Platform as expected? Things you can try and verify: 

  • Try logging in 
  • Confirm landing page(s) is as expected
  • Confirm you can navigate to and open different apps
  • Confirm you can expand results after a search to see fields
  • Check for knowledge objects, saved searches, and other items you’d expect to see

Feature availability 

Are all the features/functionalities that you used in your previous Splunk environment available as expected in Splunk Cloud Platform? 

Behavioral tasks

Do the feature/functionalities/apps behave as expected? For example:

  • Do the premium app(s) work; can you do what you expect to do with the apps? 
  • Do the workflows behave appropriately? 

Performance tasks

Is everything executing as expected with no major lags/issues or other obvious performance issues? 

Cloud Admin tasks 

These scripts are intended to get new Splunk Cloud Platform admins familiar with the differences between operating their previous Splunk environment and the new Splunk Cloud Platform stack.

  • Try running a new search & creating a dashboard
  • Try installing an app
  • Try creating a new index
  • Try setting retention on an index

     

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