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Release Notes for Broadband Access Center for Cable Release 2.6
January 30, 2004
These release notes for release 2.6 of Cisco Broadband Access Center for Cable (BACC), introduce a Solaris based software Device Provisioning Engine (DPE) and support for the CableHome technology.
The Broadband Access Center for Cable (BACC) product is a high-speed provisioning application that is easy to install, configure, and maintain. It provides a simple and easy way to deploy high-speed data, voice technology, and home networking technology services.
This provisioning API allows easy integration into an existing operations support system (OSS) environment.
This release of the BACC product is supported by these related guides:
•Broadband Access Center for Cable Administrator's Guide (Release 2.6)
•Broadband Access Center for Cable Installation Guide (Release 2.5)
•Device Provisioning Engine Recovery CD-ROM Release Notes for Release 2.5
•Cisco Content Engine 500 Series Hardware Installation Guide
•Cisco Network Registrar User's Guide (Release 6.0)
•Cisco Network Registrar CLI Reference (Release 6.0)
The BACC comprises these major components:
•The regional distribution unit (RDU), which is software that you install on your server(s).
•The DPE, which is available in two versions:
–A software DPE that is installed on a Solaris Sparc computer.
–Software that comes pre-installed on rack mountable hardware known as the DPE-590.
•A key distribution center (KDC) server used to authenticate MTAs and grant security tickets to them
•Cisco Network Registrar DHCP extension points.
•An application program interface (API) with which you can integrate BACC with other OSS and billing systems.
•An administrator's user interface from which you can monitor and manage BACC.
•A sample user interface (SUI) with which you can demonstrate BACC's power and flexibility.
You must have either the Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 operating system and Network Registrar installed on your system to successfully use the BACC software.
Note The use of Network Registrar version 6.1 is required and, although the BACC product will support operation under the Solaris 8 operating system, the Solaris 9 operating system is strongly recommended.
The minimum hardware requirements needed to support both a lab and a fully deployed network are completely described in the Cisco Broadband Access Center for Cable Installation Guide.
Note Processing capacity, disk storage, and memory requirements depend on the size of the network deployment and the amount of log information needed.
Device Provisioning Engine 590
All installation and connection issues are discussed in the 500 Series installation guide that accompanies this product.
These are the new features built into the BACC 2.6 release:
Solaris Device Provisioning Engine
This BACC release supports the deployment of a DPE on Solaris Sparc computers running Solaris 8 or Solaris 9.
Note The DPE component now requires licenses to be installed at the RDU. If you have not yet received your licenses, contact your Cisco Systems representative before proceeding.
DHCP Option 122 Support
This BACC release now supports DHCP option 122, as specified and approved by both CableLabs and the IETF, for PacketCable EMTA configuration. Option 122, as specified in RFC 3495, replaces the Cablelabs defined DHCP option 177.
This BACC release supports the non-secure version of this home networking technology. The CableHome technology is herein after referred to as home networking technology.
The performance of PacketCable voice technology has been enhanced with this BACC release.
Starting with this BACC release, the KDC is now supported on multiprocessor Solaris computers.
Creation of Configuration File Templates From Binary Files
This features simplifies the process of developing templates through the introduction of a command line interface (CLI) tool that converts binary configuration files (either DOCSIS or PacketCable) into a BACC template.
As with previous versions of this product, BACC 2.6 has two forms of installation: Lab and component installations. While the differences are clearly described in the Cisco Broadband Access Center for Cable Installation Guide for release 2.5, the introduction of the new Solaris DPE affects the installation process.
Component Installation of a Solaris Device Provisioning Engine
During a component installation, you are prompted to select the components you want to install. With this BACC release, you can now install a DPE component.
Within the Lab Installation process, there are no differences to the installation. In the component installation however, you must select the DPE.
If, during DPE installation, the installation program detects the presence of a TFTP server running on the same computer that the DPE being installed on, the installation is immediately terminated and an error message appears on screen.
During the DPE installation, you are prompted to provide the locations of these directories:
Once you enter this information, refer to chapter 5 of the Cisco Broadband Access Center for Cable Installation Guide and perform the Configuring a Device Provisioning Engine for Data procedure, starting with step 2.
Caution After Solaris DPE installation is complete, you must configure the DPE using the CLI. Refer to the Cisco Broadband Access Center for Cable Administrator's Guide for these configuration instructions. Do not attempt to start the DPE until after you have completed this configuration.
API Installation Component Removed
The installation programs for previous BACC releases provided for the installation of an API component. The installation of this component has been removed in the BACC 2.6 release although the API is still available as in previous releases.
RDU Migration From Previous Releases
This release does not support migration of the RDU database from prior BACC releases. If a previous BACC version is detected during installation, the installation program prompts you to uninstall that version and remove the RDU database.
For information on BACC bugs, see the BACC26_BugList.html file in the docs/ subdirectory of the BACC CD-ROM or electronic distribution.
Known Software Problems
Table 1 identifies software issues that are known to exist in this release of BACC.
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