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Release Notes for the Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager 5.1
These release notes are for Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager (BBSM) version 5.1.
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BBSM is an Internet subscriber and session management system for building-centric networks, which enables service providers in hotels, apartments, offices, and other public areas to:
•Offer Internet managed-subscriber-access services to their customers
•Make it easy for their customers to understand and use Internet services
•Eliminate the need for end-user software or reconfiguration when making the Internet connection
•Support multiple revenue streams, including advertising, value added, and fee-based schemes
•Support rapid product introduction and innovative product marketing
New and Changed Information
BBSM 5.1 is built on the baseline functionality of BBSM 5.0 with the addition of new features and changes to some existing features. The following two sections identify these features.
New BBSM Version 5.1 Features
BBSM version 5.1 offers the following new or improved features:
•Access Code Management
This feature provides high-speed Internet access for event presenters, exhibitors, and attendees. Access Code Management can differentiate hotel conference services by using an access code system that offers bandwidth management and audit reports.
•Access Code Reports
These reports have been enhanced to allow the option of viewing each customer's access codes, unused access codes, and the history of used access codes.
•Building Broadband Service Director (BBSD)
BBSD software is installed on a separate server and cannot be installed on a BBSM Server. The BBSD feature enables a central system in the data center to manage remote BBSM systems. The primary functions include:
–Backing up key BBSM system data
–Performing centralized reporting across a group of BBSM Servers
–Pushing BBSM web content pages across a group of BBSM Servers in the field
•Hardware Dependent Port Test
This feature provides the ability to configure the inter-packet delay, packet size and ping interval for the port test, through an easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI) on the WEBconfig dashboard.
This feature allows the end user to seamlessly move from one wireless access point to another without having to re-authenticate. A user can move between network hardware such as switch ports, cable modems, or wireless access points in a BBSM network and maintain an active session in the BBSM Server. The port hopping feature can be used in either a wireless or wired network layout. When using wireless network architecture, this feature improves the user's experience by allowing mobility between wireless access points with uninterrupted service.
•Port Test Report
This feature allows a user to quickly access port test information for different BBSM ports. The time of the last port test and the amount of packet loss, if any, are immediately determined for each selected port.
•RADIUS Accounting Support
BBSM previously supported only RADIUS Authentication. Version 5.1 adds RADIUS Accounting support, which allows BBSM to automatically transmit accounting records to a RADIUS server. By using the RADIUS NAS identifier combined with a RADIUS session ID, unique records can be tracked across multiple BBSM Servers.
•RADIUS User Selected Bandwidth
This feature allows the end-user to select a bandwidth from a drop-down list.
•Single/Multiple Day Billing Options
For an extended stay at a hotel, users can choose different billing methods. They can be charged on a daily basis for one price or for a block of days at a lower daily price.
•Support for Maximum Active Sessions
This feature allows installation to assign a maximum number of concurrent sessions thereby preventing the WAN link from becoming over-subscribed. If a user starts a session that exceeds the configured limit, BBSM redirects the user to a "system busy" Web page that can be customized.
This feature allows web-based printing with network or local printers. KeyView Pro 6.5 software must be purchased and installed to support this feature.
BBSM Version 5.1 Changes
•Microsoft Proxy 2.0 conversion to Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server
•SQL Server 7.0 MSDE conversion to SQL Server 2000 MSDE
The following sections provide updated BBSM information.
Important Note Concerning Changing the Computer Name
Caution Do not attempt to change the name of your factory-installed BBSM Server.
The BBSM MSDE database has the computer name embedded in the application. Changing the name will break the BBSM MSDE function, and you will see SQL Server errors being reported on your BBSM Server. The only solution is to reinstall the server so that the MSDE database function is reinstalled. This is a Microsoft problem that cannot be fixed by the Cisco software team.
If you want to have a different computer name for your BBSM Server, you must reinstall BBSM and Windows 2000 software. The desired server name will be configured during the Windows 2000 installation. The Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager and Director Installation Guide and all necessary software are included in the accessory kit.
BBSM Web Printing Note
To enable the web printing feature on the Sites web page in WEBconfig, you must install Keyview Pro 6.5 or higher on your BBSM Server. Keyview Pro software is available separately and is not included as part of BBSM.
Bandwidth Manager Note
The Bandwidth Manager lets you select the maximum bandwidth speed for a connection. The actual speed is affected by other variables, such as the bandwidth provisioning and the number of clients that are connected to the network, and is therefore slower. The Bandwidth Manager does not guarantee a minimum bandwidth speed, just the maximum.
Microsoft Security Notes
A number of security issues have recently been discovered in Microsoft's software, which could affect all BBSM Servers.
Caution You must install the following Microsoft patches. Use the links below to protect against these security vulnerabilities.
Microsoft's security bulletins are located at the following website: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/current.asp
Authentication Error in SMTP Service Could Allow Mail Relaying
On July 05, 2001, Microsoft acknowledged a flaw in the authentication process used by the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service.
Flaws in Web Server Certificate Validation Could Enable Spoofing
On May 16, 2001, Microsoft reported flaws in web server certificate validation that could enable spoofing.
Internet Explorer 5.01
Internet Explorer 5.5
Unchecked Buffer in ISAPI Extension Could Enable Compromise of IIS 5.0 Server
On May 1, 2001, Microsoft acknowledged that a software defect in Windows 2000 could allow a hacker to gain complete control of any system running both Windows 2000 and the company's Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 server.
WebDAV Service Provider Can Allow Scripts to Levy Requests as User
On April 18, 2001, Microsoft acknowledged an flaw in the way that Microsoft Data Access Component Internet Publishing Provider provides access to WebDAV resources over the Internet.
Malformed HTR Request Allows Reading of File Fragments
Note You must perform this procedure manually since no patch is available for this vulnerability.
On January 29, 2001, Microsoft described a "vulnerability" involving a new variant of the
"File Fragment Reading via HTR."
Use the following procedure to immediately remove the "printer," "ida," "idq," and "htr" extensions.
Step 1 Select Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Internet Services Manager.
Step 2 Right-click the BBSM Server name in the left-hand pane (Tree), and select Properties from the pop-up menu.
Step 3 From the Properties box, select WWW Service from the Master Properties drop-down list.
Step 4 Click Edit.
Step 5 From the WWW Service Master Properties box, click the Home Directory tab.
Step 6 Click Configuration.
Step 7 From the Application Mappings table under the App Mappings tab, select the printer extension.
Note If the extension is not there, this procedure has already been done for that extension.
Step 8 Click Remove.
Step 9 Click Yes to clear the delete confirmation message.
Step 13 Click OK three times to close all dialog boxes.
Step 14 Close the Internet Service Manager.
Patch Available for 'HyperTerminal Buffer Overflow' Vulnerability
This bulletin was originally posted on October 18, 2000, but was updated on May 24, 2001 to advise of the availability of a new patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the HyperTerminal application that ships with Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, and Windows 2000.
Note This can be applied to Gold, Service Pack 1, and Service Pack 2.
Building Broadband Service Director (BBSD) Installation Note
You have the option of installing BBSD, which is a feature of BBSM. On page 2-12 of the Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager and Director Installation Guide, the following statement is made:
"You have a choice of installing either MSDE, which is included with the BBSM v5.1 CD, or
SQL Server, which is not included."
Note If you install SQL Server for BBSD, you must install SQL Server 2000, not SQL Server 7.0. BBSM includes MSDE 2000, not MSDE 7.0.
Special Licensing Note
Your Windows 2000 server has a default setting of five Microsoft licenses. This configuration puts a maximum limit of five rooms that can be simultaneously mapped and port tested on the BBSM Server.
Procedure to Change License Quantity
To avoid error messages and to have the ability to map and port test more than five rooms at a time, follow this procedure to change the number of per-server licenses on the BBSM Server.
Note Changing the number of licenses does not affect your Microsoft license fee.
Step 1 Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel.
Step 2 Double-click Licensing.
Step 3 From the Choose Licensing Mode window, click Add Licenses.
Note The Per server radio button selected displays 5 as the number of concurrent connections.
Step 4 From the New Client Access License window, enter the number of licenses that you want to add from the Quantity field.
Note The number you select is added to the quantity of licenses you already have.
Step 5 Click OK.
Step 6 From the Per Server Licensing window, click the I agree that check box to agree to the licensing agreement, and click OK.
Step 7 From the Choose Licensing Mode window, click OK to exit. The new number of concurrent connection appears.
Step 8 Close the Control Panel window.
Change in BBSM version 5.1 CD Documentation File Names
The PDF file names of the BBSM v5.1 CD have changed. These are the correct file names:
Change in BBSM Default Password Procedures
Caution For security purposes, change the Building Broadband Service Manager (BBSM) default passwords immediately.
If you use a Cisco Building Broadband Service Director (BBSD) Server to manage the BBSM Server, you must also change the BBSD Account passwords on the BBSM Server. See Table 1 for a list of the BBSM software default settings.
Table 1 BBSM Software Default Settings
Account Username Password
MSDE System Admin
BBSD Windows Client
BBSD MSDE Client
Note The BBSD Windows Client password must match the BBSD MSDE Client password. Be sure that you use the same password for both BBSD accounts.
To change the MSDE System Admin password, enter the following at the command prompt:
osql -E -Q "exec sp_password 'changeme2 ','<new_password> ','sa' "
To change the BBSD MSDE Client password, enter the following at the command prompt:
osql -E -Q "exec sp_password NULL,'<new_password> ','bbsd-client' "
Note Do not place single quotes around NULL.
To later change either the MSDE System Admin or the BBSD MSDE Client passwords, after the default passwords have been changed, enter this command at the command-line prompt:
osql -E -Q "exec sp_password '<old_password> ','<new_password> ','<username>' "
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Change in BBSM Installation of Windows 2000 Hotfixes
Due to a change by Microsoft to the Microsoft ISA software, the installation procedure for this section has been changed. Use the following procedure to install ISA Hotfix.
Step 1 Click 6. Install Windows 2000 Hotfixes. Wait while hotfixes are installed on your server.
Step 2 From the Microsoft ISA Server 2000 Hotfix Setup window, click Yes to install the ISA Server hotfix.
Step 3 Click OK to restart your server.
Step 4 After your server reboots, log on as Administrator with the proper password.
Step 5 Remove the BBSM v5.1 CD from the CD-ROM drive.
RADIUS Servers Default Settings and Functions Note
On page 2-33 of the Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager 5.1 Software Configuration Guide, this statement is incorrect: "Timeout represents the number of times that the RADIUS client attempts to get a response from a RADIUS server before giving up and moving to the next RADIUS server. Default - 3."
The correct definition is "Timeout represents the number of seconds that the RADIUS client waits for a response from a RADIUS server before giving up and moving to the next RADIUS server.
Default - 5 (seconds)."
This section describes open caveats in BBSM version 5.1.
Netscape allows end-user to close tools window
End users browsing with Netscape Communicator 4.75 have the ability to close the tools window. If the end user closes the tools window without explicitly disconnecting their session, and the BBSM Server is configured to use the minute access policy, the end user will continue to be charged.
Workaround/Solution: End users using Netscape Communicator 4.75 should upgrade their browsers to a higher version.
Error generating access codes by using Netscape 4.7
An error occurs when generating Access Codes by using a Netscape 4.7 browser. An error message appears and the access codes are not generated.
Do not use Netscape 4.7 when generating access codes. Access codes are generated correctly when using any other version of Netscape or any version of Internet Explorer.
User unable to view SSL pages when using same proxy server for all protocols.
If the end-user's browser is configured to use a web proxy server for all protocols and the port is configured with a SSL page set, the end user is not able to view the start page. The end-user's browser displays an error page, Page cannot be displayed. Error 501/505 Not implemented or supported. This problem affects both the Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers.
The end user must modify the browser setting to make sure that SSL traffic does not go through the proxy server. This change is dependent on the type of browser being used as well as the version number. This example demonstrates how to make this change for Internet Explorer 5.0:
1. From the Menu, click Tools.
2. Select Internet Options.
3. Click the Connections tab.
4. Click the LAN Settings.
5. Click Advanced (under Proxy server).
6. Remove proxy address and port information for Secure traffic.
7. Click OK to close the Proxy Settings window.
8. Click OK to close the Local Area Networks (LAN) Settings window.
9. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog.
Client cannot connect if WEBconfig is updated while browser open
If a BBSM Administrator updates WEBconfig while an end-user's browser is open to the Start page, the end user cannot connect until the browser is refreshed.
The end user should refresh or restart the browser, and then connect.
ISA install script fails if CD key not entered correctly
If the ISA CD key is not entered correctly at the prompt during the installation process, the BBSM installation script for ISA fails.
If the BBSM installation script for ISA fails, restart the process for ISA installation, and verify that the CD key is entered correctly at the prompt before proceeding. Verify that the CD key is correct, and proceed with the installation as usual.
Continuous cycle to Start page with BBSM Toolbar
The end user might encounter a situation where the browser continuously cycles to the Start page instead of connecting. This problem usually occurs when the end user does not refresh the browser before trying to reconnect.
The end user should close and restart their browser, and then connect.
Blank SNMP Password for Router not supporting SNMP returns error msg
Although routers that do not support SNMP do not require an SNMP Password, the BBSM system does not allow a router record to be added with a blank SNMP Password field on the Routers tab. To add the record, a password should be entered into the SNMP Password field and then disabled by unchecking the Router Supports SNMP check box.
Follow these steps to add a password to the record and then disable it:
1. From the Routers web page of WEBconfig, enter the appropriate information for your router.
2. Check the Router Supports SNMP check box.
3. Enter any password into the SNMP Password field.
4. Uncheck the Router Supports SNMP check box.
5. Click Update to save the record.
Stack IP Address should not be required for a NULL switch
If a BBSM Administrator tries to add a NULL switch on the Switches tab of WEBconfig without entering a Stack IP Address, a validation message appears, stating that a Stack IP Address must be entered.
Enter any IP address into the Stack IP Address field.
Access Code Report must have valid start date
When a users try to generate an access code report in the Reporting Pages, they might see the following message: There were no records found for this Customer within this Date Range.
To view access codes within a date range, the valid start date must be equal to or earlier than the first day that the access codes were valid.
Room Mapping Report error if report refreshed while room is being mapped
An error might occur on the Room Mapping Report if the report is refreshed while a room is being mapped.
If an error occurs, click the Back button in the browser, and click the Refresh button. The report displays without error.
Switch Mode displays Mbps_NONE instead of default when first active
After adding a switch record to BBSM by using the Switches tab of WEBconfig, you can set a switch mode for the switch by using the Port Tests button of WEBconfig. When you first click the Port Test button, the Switch Mode displays Mbps_NONE, and no other values in the drop-down list.
To see the appropriate switch modes, click Defaults. Select the desired Switch Mode from the drop-down list, and click Update to save the record.
SSL warning prevents Walled Garden usage
When using Netscape 4.75, an SSL warning message appears preventing end users from accessing the Walled Garden web page.
Workaround/Solution: End users using Netscape Communicator 4.75 should upgrade their browsers to a higher version.
These sections provide sources for obtaining documentation from Cisco Systems.
These documents provide additional information:
•The Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager Hardware Assembly Guide provides instructions for connecting your BBSM Server.
•The Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager Quick Start Card/CD Sleeve provides information on how to access documentation on the BBSM v5.1 CD for installing and configuring Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager.
•The Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager and Director Installation Guide provides instructions (if your system is customer-installed) for installing Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager software.
•The Requires Immediate Attention Card for Cisco BBSM Server provides instructions for changing passwords and accessing documentation on the BBSM v5.1 CD.
•The Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager Software Configuration Guide provides instructions for configuring Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager software.
•The Cisco Building Broadband Service Director Software Configuration Guide provides instructions for configuring Cisco Building Broadband Service Director software.
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