Before you connect your validator to the Solana network, confirm the network is running. To do this, view the existing nodes in the network using:
solana-gossip spy --entrypoint tds.solana.com:8001
If you see more than 1 node listed in the output of the above command, the network is running.
To view the current active stake of all validators, run:
ping command can be used to check that the cluster is able to process transactions:
This command sends a tiny transaction every 2 seconds and reports how long it takes to confirm it.