In the upgraded Testbed you will notice a new user interface and the availability of two test suites:
1. Accreditation: How to become a Certified Service Provider
As you all know, Service Providers need to pass the tests included in this test suite to obtain a production PKI certificate. The upgraded suite includes similar functions as in the old Testbed, however with several changes, which you can see in the guidance documentation referenced below.
This testing suite replaces the one we have been using until now and will be mandatory for all Service Providers that will want to be certified from now on.
2. Reporting Specification Conformance
Service Providers can use this suite as of now, in order to test if they have successfully implemented these specifications. A positive test will ensure a correct exchange with the Reporting Mechanism, which will be available for beta testing soon. Information on when the Reporting Mechanism will go into production will come later this year.
There are other technical improvements in the system, making the Testbed easier to use and administer. More functionality is available and will be rolled out gradually.
To assist Service Providers with the tests for both suites, the following documents are available:
- The Environment Description documents provide a more detailed description of the available test cases.
- The User Guide documents provide a guide on how to use each test suite user interface, as well as the key steps in carrying out the various test cases.
These documents are available in each test suite under the tab ‘Documentation’. They are also available at https://peppol.org/support-tools/testbed/
C. Access and Usage
The Testbed suites with included documents are accessible via https://www.testbed.peppol.org
To be able to use the new Testbed, Service Providers are authenticated by using the PKI client authentication. Therefore, Service Providers must have obtained a Peppol PKI AP – Test Certificate, and have it imported in their browser’s keystore in order to access the new test suites and test cases. This requirement remains the same as in the previous version of the Testbed.
Any further questions in regard to the new Testbed may be submitted via the Peppol Service Desk at: https://openpeppol.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals