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Valkyrie2544 Getting Started

This manual contains some examples of basic Valkyrie2544 configurations to get you started using the application.

The parent manual page for the Valkyrie2544 test application can be found here. For a more detailed description of all available test properties please refer to the Valkyrie2544 Reference Manual.

Layer-2 Tests

This section describes various layer-2 (Ethernet with optional VLAN) tests.

Ethernet Point-to-Point Test

This example will describe how a simple pair-based unidirectional test using plain Ethernet transport with two testports is created and executed.

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  1. Start the Valkyrie2544 application. Select the File > New … menu option to ensure that you start with a new configuration.
  2. Push the Add Chassis button in the toolbar and enter the IP address and password of the Xena tester you want to use. Keep the default value of 22606 for the port number unless you know that your tester is configured with a different port number. Press OK. The Valkyrie2544 will now connect to the chassis and read all module and port information. You should now see all available test modules and ports on the chassis in the Physical Ports panel to the left.
  3. Change to the Test Configuration tab. In the Topology and Frame Content subtab set the Topology property to Pairs and the Direction property to East -> West. Leave all other properties in this subtab and the other two subtabs at their default values.
  4. Change to the Selected Ports tab. Locate two ports in the Physical Ports panel which you want to use in the test and drag them to the Selected Ports tab. Note that these two ports should be able to communicate with each other using plain Ethernet transport. Either they should be connected to the same layer-2 switch or they could be connected together using a cable.
  5. Set the Port Group property for the first port to “East”. Set the same property for the other port to “West”.
  6. Press the red “Select peer …” selector in the Port Peer column for the first port. Select the other port in the resulting drop-down box, as shown in the figure below. The equivalent selector for the other port will change automatically.
  7. Change to the Reporting tab and ensure that the Generate PDF report option is checked. Also ensure that the Open report in Associated Viewer option in the Options menu is checked.
  8. Press the Save Configuration tool icon in the toolbar (or select the File > Save… menu item). Enter a suitable filename for the configuration.
  9. Press the Start button in the toolbar. Your test will now start and the progress will be indicated in the status line at the bottom of the GUI.
  10. When all 4 tests have completed the generated PDF report will automatically be shown in the associated PDF viewer.
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Adding a VLAN Tag

This example will expand on the previous example and show how to add a VLAN protocol segment to the test.

  1. Open the configuration file used in the previous example. You may optionally save it under a new name if you want to preserve the original.
  2. Change to the Protocol Segment Profiles tab. At the top you will see a list of existing profiles.
  3. Select the profile labeled Ethernet / VLAN (0). This is a predefined profile created by the Valkyrie2544 as a convenience for you. We will however need to modify it a bit.
  4. When you select the profile the treeview below the profile list will be populated with the available protocol segments in the profile. Expand the VLAN branch and locate the VLAN Tag field. Change the value to e.g. 10.
  5. You should now see that the profile label changes to Ethernet / VLAN (10).
  6. Change to the Selected Ports tab. Change the Protocol Segment profile value for each of the two ports to the profile we just edited (hint: if you select both ports using -mouseclick you can change this value for both ports simultaneously).
  7. Press the Start button in the toolbar to start the test.
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Layer-3 Tests

This section describes various layer-3 (IP) tests.

IPv4 Point-to-Point Test

This example will describe how a simple pair-based bidirectional test using IPv4 transport with two testports is created and executed.

  1. Start the Valkyrie2544 application. Select the File > New … menu option to ensure that you start with a new configuration.
  2. Add a chassis to the test configuration.
  3. Change to the Test Configuration tab. In the Topology and Frame Content subtab set the Topology property to Pairs and the Direction property to Bidirectional. Leave all other properties in this subtab and the other two subtabs at their default values.
  4. Change to the Selected Ports tab. Locate two ports in the Physical Ports panel which you want to use in the test and drag them to the Selected Ports tab. Note that these two ports should be able to communicate with each other using IPv4 transport.
  5. Set the Port Group property for the first port to “East”. Set the same property for the other port to “West”.
  6. Set the two ports as each other peer using the Port Peer property.
  7. Set the Protocol Segment Profile for each port to the Ethernet / IPv4 profile.
  8. Configure each port with an appropriate IP address and prefix. Also add the address of the associated IP gateway if the two ports are located in separate IP subnets.
  9. Press the Start button in the toolbar to start the test.

IPv4/UDP Blocks Test

This example will expand on the previous example and show how to change the topology and the number of frame sizes used in the test.

  1. Open the configuration file used in the previous example. You may optionally save it under a new name if you want to preserve the original.
  2. Change to the Test Configuration tab. In the Topology and Frame Content subtab set the Topology property to Blocks and the Direction property to Bidirectional.
  3. In the Frame Sizes section ensure that the Custom Sizes property is selected. Enter the frame sizes 128, 512 and 1024 separated by commas in the field next to this property (see the figure below).
  4. Change to the Selected Ports tab. Set the Protocol Segment profile value for each of the two ports to the Ethernet / IPv4 / UDP profile.
  5. Press the Start button in the toolbar to start the test. The tests will now be performed for all the defined frame sizes.
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IPv6 Mesh Test

This example will again expand on the previous example and show how to create and configure a new protocol segment profile.

  1. Open the configuration file used in the previous example. You may optionally save it under a new name if you want to preserve the original.
  2. Change to the Test Configuration tab. In the Topology and Frame Content subtab set the Topology property to Mesh. The Direction will be forced to Bidirectional as all mesh flows are bidirectional by definition.
  3. Change to the Protocol Segment Profiles tab. Press the Add Profile button below the profiles listview. A new profile with an Ethernet segment will be appended to the listview.
  4. Select the new profile and press the Add Segment button in the command panel to the right. A dialog showing all possible segment definitions will be shown. Locate the IPv6 segment definition in the list and press OK.
  5. Change to the Selected Ports tab. Set the Protocol Segment profile value for each of the two ports to the new Ethernet / IPv6 profile.
  6. Configure each port with an appropriate IP address and prefix. Also add the address of the associated IP gateway if the two ports are located in separate IP subnets.
  7. Press the Start button in the toolbar to start the test.

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