Step 5. Track Test Progress

The lab will power on, start lab groups and begin testing the plan. To track the lab progress, switch to the DataLab Details page.


If the lab halts, the plan will fail to be tested. To learn how to resume plan testing, see Managing Halted Storage Plans.

During the plan testing process, Orchestrator will create temporary clones of destination storage volumes using the NetApp FlexClone technology (for NetApp storage systems) and temporary snapshots of secondary volumes (for HPE storage systems). You can tell the resulting FlexClone volumes and temporary snapshots by the _VROLAB suffix appended to their names.


To allow Orchestrator to create a clone of a destination volume, make sure the aggregate of the volume is assigned to the storage virtual machine that manages the volume. To learn how to assign aggregates to storage virtual machines, see the NetApp ONTAP Documentation Center.

As soon as the test is over, the DataLab Test Report will be generated. The plan and the DataLab will be powered off or will keep running, depending on the power options chosen in the Run DataLab Test wizard.


Even if you have enabled the Test then power off after option, the test will be considered to be completed when all plan steps have been run. The DataLab Test Report will be generated at that point.

If you want to receive notifications on errors that occur while powering off the DataLab, you must connect an SMTP server, add recipients and subscribe to DataLab Test reports as described in section Configuring General Settings.