Guidelines for IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) Testing
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <firstname.lastname@example.org>, RFC Editor <email@example.com>, ipfix mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>, ipfix chair <email@example.com> Subject: Document Action: 'Guidelines for IP Flow Information eXport (IPFIX) Testing' to Informational RFC The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Guidelines for IP Flow Information eXport (IPFIX) Testing ' <draft-ietf-ipfix-testing-05.txt> as an Informational RFC This document is the product of the IP Flow Information Export Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Dan Romascanu and Ron Bonica. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ipfix-testing-05.txt
Technical Summary This document presents a list of tests for implementers of IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) compliant Exporting Processes and Collecting Processes. This document specifies guidelines for a series of tests that can be run on the IPFIX Exporting Process and Collecting Process in order to probe the conformity and robustness of the IPFIX protocol implementations. These tests cover all important functions, in order to gain a level of confidence in the IPFIX implementation. Therefore they allow the implementer to perform interoperability or plug tests with other IPFIX Exporting Processes and Collecting Processes. Working Group Summary The IPFIX Working Group is in consensus in favor of publcihing this document. Like the 'IPFIX Implementation Guidelines' document, this document draws on experience gained from IPFIX interopability events. It will be useful to implementors who need to enusre that their IPFIX implementations really do work correctly. Document Quality The document is based on experience gained at interoperability events. It was extensively reviewed within the IPFIX Working Group, and in the PSAMP WG. Dan Romascanu reviewed the document as AD. Joel Halpern reviewed for GenART and his extensive comments were used to generate the final version of the document. Personnel Nevil Brownlee is the PROTO shepherd. Dan Romascanu is the shepherding AD. RFC Editor Note RFC Editor, please make the following changes: 1) add to section 1 (before 1.1) the following text: NEW: The tests can be executed in a testbed environment or on a live network. However, care should be taken regarding the "stress/load test" and the "temporary network disconnect", as they might impact other systems in the network. We recommend that these specific tests should be executed only in a testbed environment. 2) In section 3.1.1 OLD: The transmitted data might be observed on-line with an appropriate packet sniffing tool, such as Wireshark (www.wireshark.org). NEW: The transmitted data might be observed on-line with an appropriate packet sniffing tool. 3) in section 3.4.1: OLD: The tester must check and if necessary improve the software so that the Templates and the associated Data Records are correctly received and decoded by the Collecting Process. NEW: The tester must check that the Templates and the associated Data Records are correctly received and decoded by the Collecting Process. 4) In Section 3.7.1: OLD The tester must configure consistent forward (A, AAAA) and reverse (PTR) DNS records for each host in the test on a DNS server used by the hosts for name resolution. NEW The tester must configure consistent forward (A, AAAA) DNS records for each host in the test on a DNS server used by the hosts for name resolution. Note that there is no need to configure reverse (PTR) DNS records for the hosts, as no part of the protocol uses reverse lookups.