How to plan and assist with the development and maintenance of test environments.

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Hello, I work as a QA Lead for a company.I want to learn how to plan and assist with the development and maintenance of test environments. How do I gain experience on this as I want to move to next level in my job as Principal Analyst?
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It might be a better goal to learn how to do this to become a more useful member of the team rather than as a way to get the next promotion….but I digress. 

Since this will be specific to the company (or client) you are currently working for, it might be good for you to go to someone that knows how to do this now. Build a new environment from scratch and learn the hard way.

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  • Michael Larsen
    There are a lot of avenues that you can explore. Generally speaking, you wil need to become somewhat fluent in either setting up hardware in a datacenter (if your organization wants to have full control of the infrastructure) or in how to manage/interact with online virtual environments in the cloud. Both steps are critical to gaining a foothold into understanding what is needed to build out and manage/maintain test environments. If you don't have any background in this, the simplest way to start is to get used to working with virtualization, even if the machines in question just reside on your laptop or desktop PC. get those machines to interact with each other, learn how to isolate key processes, and control what can be seen from outside and what can go onto the broader internet. By doing this, you will get a feel for what various test environments will require, and you'll be better able to talk about what you will need and how to apply the moving parts in your scenarios.
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