Standards Lab

The Standards Lab is available as a resource for IT staff who wish to test specific applications or services within a controlled environment. It is maintained and administered by ISC Client Care and is equipped with desktop computers that match Penn's Desktop Recommendations over a four-year cycle. Configured with operating systems that reflect the installed base of computers on campus, these systems provide a test environment for campus evaluation teams, for development of Penn software installers, and for schools and units interested in testing new applications for deployment on campus.

The Standards lab supports ethernet connectivity testing under both static and dynamic (DHCP) IP addressing. It also supports testing using a NAT network, provided by a consumer access point in order to mimic the operation of a home network. It is equipped with 6 Windows and 4 Macintosh desktops. Also available are a number of Windows- and OS X-based laptop computers and an AppleTV.  New systems are added and removed from the lab on a four-year cycle, although a limited amount of older hardware is kept on site in storage as needed.

Standards Lab Configurations

Each system in the lab has multiple configurations that can be rapidly deployed via imaging software. The default configuration is a "clean" and patched install of the operating system that the system was shipped with, though for each system there are alternate configurations available. Because images can be quickly re-deployed the Standards Lab is an ideal "sandbox" environment for performing tests that might risk damaging the operating system or otherwise normal operation of a computer.

Custom configurations are available on request; we are highly flexible in what we can provide in terms of environments. Let us know what you need out of the Standards Lab and we will be happy to work with you to tailor it specifically to your testing needs. In addition to customized hardware, operating system, and software configuration, we can also configure the network to be either isolated or open as needed. We will also work with Local Support Providers that wish to test their own hardware in the lab, or install software owned by their department on Standards Lab equipment as needed.

Consulting Services

In addition to providing an open testing environment to the University IT community, Standards Lab staff are happy to share their knowledge of or provide additional testing with the the technology in the lab. Areas of expertise and previous projects include:

  • Using DeployStudio and DeployStudioPC to image Windows and Macintosh systems
  • Providing in-the-field consulting on configuring 2nd- and 3rd-generation AppleTVs to work with AirPennNet and AirPlay
  • Joining Standards Lab equipment to external domains to help identify problems therein

How to Reserve the Standards Lab

Use of any Standards Lab resources are free of charge, but Local Support Providers interested in using the Standards Lab should contact ISC Client Care (215-898-1000, help@isc.upenn.edu) to request access to the lab and to confirm availability and reserve time. Requests for customized environments should be made at least two business days in advance to allow adequate time for preparation.

The following is a list of currently available systems in the Standards Lab:

Desktop Systems

Desktop Recommendations 2013/2014:

    • Apple Macintosh Pro (4 year), Xeon E5, 12.0 GB RAM
      Images available: OS X 10.9.x
    • Dell OptiPlex 9010 all-in-one (4 year), Core i7, 8.0 GB RAM
      Images available: Windows 8 RTM 64-bit

Desktop Recommendations 2012/2013:

    • Apple iMac all-in-one (4 year), Core i5, 8.0 GB RAM
      Images available: OS X 10.9.x, OS X 10.8.x
    • Dell OptiPlex 9010 small form factor (4 year), Core i7, 8.0 GB RAM
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit

Desktop Recommendations 2011/2012:

    • Apple iMac all-in-one (4 year), Core i7, 8.0 GB RAM
      Images available: OS X 10.9.x, OS X 10.8.x, OS X 10.7.x
    • Dell OptiPlex 990 small form factor (4 year), Core i7, 4.0 GB RAM
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
    • Lenovo ThinkCentre M91 (4 year), Core i7, 8.0 GB RAM, configured with 27" Dell Multi-touch monitor
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8 RTM

Desktop Recommendations 2010/2011:

    • Apple iMac all-in-one (4 year), Core i7, 8.0 GB RAM
      Images available: OS X 10.7.x
    • Dell OptiPlex 980 small form factor (4 year), Core i7, 4.0 GB RAM
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 32-bit

Desktop Recommendations 2009/2010:

    • Dell OptiPlex 780 small form factor (4 year), Core 2 Duo, 4.0 GB RAM
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 32-bit, Windows Vista SP2 32-bit

 Notebook Systems:

    • Dell E6420
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
    • Dell E6220
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit, Windows Vista SP2 64-bit
    • Dell E4310
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64 & 32-bit
    • Dell E6400
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64 & 32-bit, Windows Vista SP2 32-bit
    • Lenovo L420
      Images available: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit, Windows 8 32-bit RTM
    • Lenovo T410s
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 32-bit, Windows 8 64-bit
    • Lenovo T430s
      Images available: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
    • Lenovo T61
      Images available: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit
    • 2009 MacBook Pro 13-inchMac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.4
    • 2010 MacBook Air 11-inch
      Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.4
    • 2011MacBook Pro 13-inch
      Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.4
    • 2012 MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch
      Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9.2

Floorplan

There are 13 testing stations available in the Standards Lab. 10 of them are equipped with desktop systems, with three "open" stations usually used for notebook testing, but also available for custom configuration upon request. Below is a diagram of the lab's current floor plan:

 Standards Lab floor plan

Current Station Configuration

Station A: Dell Optiplex 9010 All-in-one Station F: 2010 iMac Station J: Dell Optiplex 990
Station B: Dell Optiplex 9010 Station G: Open station Station K: Dell Optiplex 980
Station C: 2013 Mac Pro Station H: Open station Station L: Dell Optiplex 780
Station D: 2012 iMac Retina Station I: Open Station Station M: Lenovo ThinkCentre M91
Station E: 2011 iMac    
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Date Posted: March 26, 2013 Tags: Provider Services, Standards Lab

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