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3/18/2010 11:19 AM

Welcome to the Spartan Quickstart Guide

Use this reference document as a guide to learning how to use Spartan's many features.  Let's get started!

Default User Account

Browse to your Spartan server and login using an account with administrator privilages (the default user account is User: Administrator Password: Welcome1).

Authorizing Spartan

After you login for the first time, you will be presented with an authorization screen.  Here you will be presented with a Site Code which is unique to your Spartan machine
  1. Please Contact Summitek Instruments ( by sending us your Site Code to receive an Authorization Code.

  2. Enter the Authorization Code and press the Authorize button.  When completed, the screen will refresh and display your Authorization Summary.

Configuring Your User Profile

After Spartan has been authorized, it is highly recommended that you set a secure password for your Administrator user account.

Click the Administrator username to jump straight to the profile editor (the username is located in the upper right hand corner of the screen)

Use the following password selection guidlines to create a secure password.
  • Create a passphrase instead of a password.  Choose something that is at least 7 characters long, and add a few of the following attributes in:
    • Use Uppercase Letters
    • Use Lowercase Letters
    • Use Numbers
    • Use Special Characters ( ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * )

Managing Spartan Users

Allow your users access to Spartan by creating unique user accounts.  These accounts provide an easy way to identify whether users are logged into the system, and what items have been tested by a particular user.

Manage user accounts through the Spartan Users panel, which can be found by clicking the Configure button from your Spartan toolbar, then select Users.

  1. From the Users panel, click on the + Add New User... link at the bottom of the users table to create a new user account.

  2. The Spartan User Editor will appear filled with default values for the new user account.  You must create a unique username for each user, then modify the user account preferences and privilages. 

    Important Note

    Only Administrator user accounts can grant a user Administrator privilages

Configuring a Spartan Test Station

In order to communicate with Spartan, test stations must be properly configured.  The following steps will guide you through configuration of a test station.

  • Use the Spartan Test Stations panel to manage your test stations

    Note: For best results setting up a test station, we recommend performing configuration directly on the target test station.  If you cannot work directly on the test station, you will be unable to install the Spartan Client application and you may be unable to test instrument configurations (this is the case for most instruments).

    1. Open the Test Stations panel by clicking on the Configure button from your Spartan toolbar, then select Test Stations.

    2. Next you must install the Spartan Client application.

      Note: You may skip this step if your test station is the same machine as your Spartan Server

      1. Click the Spartan Client Page link at the top of the test stations table.

      2. Scroll down to the section labeled Current Test Station Client Status.
        1. From here you can check:
          • the current client IP address
          • whether the client application is installed
          • what version of the client is installed (if any)
          • which version of the client is available from the server (NOTE: it is important to keep your client machines up to date, so that they are compatible with your Spartan server).

      3. Below the client status section you will see a section labeled Installing or Updating the Test Station Client.

      4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Spartan client to your test station (Please note, you must be logged in as a system administrator to perform this installation).

    3. Click the + Add New Station... link at the bottom of the test station table to create a new test station.

      Did you notice the Available Instruments table shown below?  This table will show you any orphaned instruments which have been abandoned by test stations, and released for use with another test station.

    4. When the Test Station Editor appears, you will see an empty test station configuration with an automatically configured Station Name (New Test Station).

    5. Change the station name to something which uniquely identifies this station.  All test station names must be unique to the Spartan system, so no test stations will be allowed to use duplicate names.

    6. Enter the Station's Machine Name or the IP address which uniquely identifies this machine on your network.

      Note: To check whether your test station is visible, press the button to check whether the Spartan Client is running on this machine.

Managing Test Station Instruments

Once your test station has been configured, you will be ready to start adding instruments which will be used to run test sequences on this station.


  • Instruments must be defined through the Spartan Test Station editor.
    • List all test stations defined on your Spartan server by selecting Test Stations from the Configure menu.
    • Edit a test station by selecting the button next to the desired test station.

  1. Once you're editing a test station, simply click the + Add Instrument... link at the bottom of the Instruments table.
    • The link will transform into a dropdown selection box which allows you the ability to define a new instrument (default), or to select an existing instrument on the system.  For the purpose of this tutorial, select New Instrument from the list.

  2. Press the green checkmark button to confirm the instrument creation.  Notice that the instrument now appears listed in the table with empty field values.

  3. Using your mouse, click the name field for this instrument and change it to read "My Simulated Instrument"

  4. Next, you must select an instrument type.  This list will show all authorized instrument types which have been included with your Spartan installation.  Select an available type such as VNA to continue.

  5. You will notice that the Driver will automatically be set to a default value (in most cases Simulator will be the default).  Select Simulator if it is not already selected.

  6. Press the icon next to your instrument to configure the connection settings to communicate with your instrument.

    Please Note: The Spartan Client must be running on your machine to perform this step (unless you are running a stand-alone configuration of Spartan).

  7. After you have configured your instrument, press OK to accept the settings and return to the test station editor.

  8. Save the changes to your test station by pressing the icon on the upper right corner of the station pane.

Creating a Test Sequence

Sequences are a collection of test steps each of which is designed to perform a measurement using one of the instruments available within Spartan.  Test sequences can be designed to meet engineering specifications, authorized for use within a production environment, and shared with facilities around the world.

  • Test sequence operations are all performed from the Testing panel (See the Testing button on the Spartan toolbar).  From here sequences can be searched and listed in order to edit or run a test sequence.

  • For this tutorial, we will be creating a sequence

    1. From the Testing panel, type a new sequence name into the search box, then press the new button ( ).

    2. The test sequence editor will appear with the default settings applied.  From here you can define a description for your sequence, set sequence options, and configure fields and steps which will be included in your sequence.

    3. The fields table listed here contains the list of data fields which will be captured at test time.  From this pane, field values may be customized for this test sequence to be pre-populated, user populated (at test time), utilize auto-incrementing, and whether or not field values are retained between test runs.

    4. Press the Steps button to begin configuration of the test steps which will be in your sequence.
    5. Press  the + Add Step... button and select the Prompt step to be added to the screen.  The prompt step configuration panel will appear beneath the steps table.  Use this step editor pane to configure your test step to meet your specifications.

    6. From the Steps table, you can create new steps, assign descriptive Tags to each step (to easily identify them during test and data retrieval), and include datasheet templates that should be automatically printed after a step has completed.


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