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I need a program  that is capable of testing RISC servers (HP and IBM - hardware) for Year 2000 compliance.

Could someone help?
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There is really no such thing as a 'program' to test year 2000
compliance.  The best, and only, way to go about testing is
to set the date of the system in question to some date on or
after 1-Jan-2000, and then 'test' the software that you are
currently using.  An accounts-payable program should do
interesting things :-).  If possible, you should try to exercise
*all* options of a particular package.  That is, do everything
that is possible in the package.

As part of the testing, you should also set the date to just
before 1-jan-2000, for example 31-dec-1999 11:59, and watch the
year roll over.  This is important because some programs will
run happily if *started* on or after the year 2000, but will
fail if they experience the transition.

Also, make sure you test all aspects of a system that are
applicable.  That is, all levels of hardware and software:
firmware/bios, operating system, and application software.

For example, PC BIOSs manipulate the date stored in the
RTC (realtime clock).  Firstly, the RTC can have a bug
that prevents it from being able to deal with the year 2000.
Next, the BIOS may not be able to handle the year 2000, although
it may be correctly stored by the RTC.

You should start at the bottom and work up.
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by:estevaf
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There are some programs  for Intel based computers that do all that job. Are you sure that there is nothing like that for RISC processors?
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It depends what you want to test.  If you only want to test
the hardware, there may be some program that can give some
indication of Y2K compliance -- I can't say because I am not
familiar with IBM or HP hardware. However, even if you can
find such a program, I would not trust it
because there are so many permutations involved when you've
booted an operating system on that hardware, and then started
an application on top of the OS.

If you are talking about testing the operating system or application level, I am sure there is no such program.
It is not possible to write a
program to test another program's compliance. (Well, this is a
bit of an oversimplification: you *could* possibly write a
program to explicitly test a particular program, but it would
be more work than testing by hand.)  It is certainly not possible
to write a program to generally 'test' all aspects of a
computer environment for y2k compliance.

By the way, as far as Intel based computers (I presume you
mean mickeysoft operating systems), I doubt that you could
find, for example, a program to determine whether MS-Excel
is Y2K compliant.
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