Running BPA tests
From DataMiner 9.6.0 [CU23]/10.0.0 [CU11]/10.2.0 onwards, it is possible to run BPA (i.e. Best Practices Analysis) tests from the Agents page in System Center. These tests can be used to verify that a specific part of a DataMiner setup conforms with Skyline recommendations, in order to guarantee an optimal DataMiner experience.
You can view and run BPA tests in System Center, on the Agents > BPA page.
This page shows a list of all the BPA tests that are currently available in the system. Depending on the type of test, you can run a BPA test on an individual DMA or across a cluster. A button at the top of the list allows you to group the displayed information either by test (default) or by the DMA or DMS the tests can be executed on.
If the list is grouped by test, an Execute all button is available in the Action column that allows you to run a test for all applicable servers. Alternatively, you can expand a list item and click the Execute button to run the test for one specific DMA or DMS only.
Similarly, if the list is grouped by Agent, the Execute all button in the Action column can be used to run all tests for a specific DMA or DMS, and you can expand a list item and click the Execute button to run only one specific test for a DMA or DMS.
Regardless of how the list is grouped, the Execute all button in the top-right corner can be used to execute all available tests on all applicable Agents and clusters.
For a group item, the Status column displays the number of individual entries in the group with a colored LED indicating their status: green for a successful test, red if issues were detected, and gray if no results are available. For each individual item within a group, this same column can display the following status information: No result available, Test running, OK, Warning, Issues detected or Execution failed.
From DataMiner 10.1.4 onwards, the Schedule column allows you to configure at which interval a specific test should be executed, e.g. every 12 hours.
Once a test has run, the Message column will display information on the test results for specific items. Via the ... button in this column, you can open a window with more detailed information. From DataMiner 10.2.8/10.3.0 onwards, this window also contains a button that allows you to copy the information to the clipboard.
- Standard BPA tests are included in updates from DataMiner 10.2.0/10.1.2 onwards and added in the folder C:\Skyline DataMiner\BPA.
- To use the Agents > BPA page in System Center, you need the user permissions under Modules > System Configuration > Tools > Best Practices Analyzer.
- A BPA test can only be executed if it has been digitally signed by Skyline, and if your DataMiner version is within the limitations of the minimum and/or maximum DataMiner version configured in the test (if any).