Whilst these tests are in accordance with the HSCN Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) Call off Terms, Schedule 4 Part 2 they should form the basis for any CNSP demonstrating delivery of the HSCN compliant service regardless of the procurement vehicle used.
There is no intention to add or change any existing processes that the CNSP carries out as part of their readiness procedure.
Recording the results of these tests is very useful in the unlikely event of post migration failure, issues or rollback. The test report spreadsheet embedded in appendix A should be extracted and a simple Yes or No result should be recorded in the test report.
Please note; where the IP addresses of 126.96.36.199; 188.8.131.52 are referenced, these addresses are subject to change as part of the 2019 technical refresh programme. See HSCN/Transition Network DNS- 2019 technical refresh for further information.
Current - DNS BT RIPE IP addresses
New - NHS Digital RIPE IP addresses
|Service feature||Test description||Call-off terms 5.1 mapping|
|Routing - HSCN||Show IP routes to demonstrate CPE is available to the HSCN||Routing|
|Routing HSCN - CNSP core||Check CNSP core router to ensure Customer CPE routes are being advertised||Routing/inbound connectivity from other CNSPs|
|Routing - customer's network||Show IP routes to demonstrate CPE is available to the customer's internal network||Routing|
|Routing - customer's network - outbound||Check and test customer has configured their network to route to CPE (HSCN)||Routing|
|Routing - internet (where applicable)||Show IP routes to demonstrate CPE is available to connect to the internet||Routing|
|Router interface status||Show each active interface details||Availability - general|
|Router interface bandwidth provision||Is the required bandwidth configured?||Bandwidth provision/bandwidth consumption|
|Router interface MTU||Is the MTU set correctly?||Availability - general|
|Connectivity/latency - HSCN DNS servers - ping||Ping the HSCN DNS servers 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11||Latency - HSCN/DNS server connectivity|
|Connectivity/latency - to HSCN Domain Name System (DNS) servers - traceroute||Traceroute to the HSCN DNS servers 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124||Latency - HSCN/DNS server connectivity|
|Connectivity/latency - to internet (where applicable) - ping||Ping to the internet (for example, bbc.com)||Internet connectivity/latency|
|Connectivity/latency - to internet (where applicable) - traceroute||Traceroute to the internet (for example, bbc.com)||Internet connectivity/latency|
|Time services - ensure router time and date set correctly||Show the router clock time and date||NTP|
|Quality of Service (QoS) (where applicable)||Show the QoS settings to ensure correct configuration||QoS policy applied (where applicable)|
|Failover (where applicable)||Where redundancy has been implemented test failover is successful and failback||Failover|
|Trapping/logging||Ensure management traps are being received by CNSP network operations centre||Monitoring/alerting|
|IPfix||Check IPfix has been successfully configured, is generating data and is forwarding data to HSCN NAS||CPE IPfix|
|Network Address Translation (NAT)||Confirm NAT is configured and verify translations (where applicable)||Routing|
Important note - once the test results have been collated and recorded then the test report spreadsheet should be sent to the consumer for them to complete their reporting section. This is so that the results are recorded in a single consolidated spreadsheet.