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Release Notes for Cisco BBSM 5.3 Packet Inactivity Support for 4x0x and 6x0x Cisco Catalyst Switches, Patch 5319
These release notes describe the Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager (BBSM) 5.3 Service Pack 1 (SP1) addition of packet inactivity support to monitor client inactivity for the 4x0x and 6x0x Cisco Catalyst switches. Currently, BBSM monitors client activity through link status for these switches.
You should install this patch (BBSM53Patch5319.exe) in these instances if you are using the 4x0x and 6x0x switches and want to use packet inactivity to monitor status:
•You must install the patch if you are connecting through a hub, or IP phone, or any other device that would keep link status active. This patch must be installed to detect idle clients via an IP packet timer.
•You can install the patch if you prefer to use packet inactivity as a method to determine when to disconnect a client computer.
Patch 5319 depends on BBSM 5.3 SP1. These release notes include the patch installation procedures.
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Before packet inactivity support was available for these switches, BBSM could not detect when clients left the network based on polling the switch via SNMP for link status of the port when the client was connected through a hub or IP phone that was attached to a switch port.
Users may have experienced these symptoms when the client was connecting via a hub or IP phone:
•The user may not have seen the Connect page when opening the browser. This error message would have been displayed:
The page cannot be displayed.
•The client could not ping the BBSM server.
With this enhancement, BBSM will monitor packet activity from the clients by using the client's IP address. When a client has been idle for a configurable period of time, BBSM will deactivate the client session.
After installing the patch, you should change the switch type as follows:
•From Cisco Catalyst 4x0x and Cisco Catalyst 6x0x
•To Cisco Catalyst 4x0x Packet and Cisco Catalyst 6x0x Packet
This section describes how to install the patch by using the Webpatch utility on BBSM. Read the Before You Start section before you begin the procedure.
You can install BBSM service packs or patches locally on any BBSM server or on multiple BBSM servers from another computer in a remote location. You can transfer multiple files to the BBSM server before you install them.
Note (As of BBSM 5.3, the FTP port on the internal network is blocked. Because WEBpatch transfer uses FTP, patches and service packs can be transferred only from the external network to BBSM. They cannot be transferred from within the BBSM network.)
Before You Start
Before you begin transferring and installing the patch, read the following:
•You must have administrator privileges to use WEBpatch.
•Make sure that both the external and internal NICs are plugged in and enabled, or the install will fail.
•Cisco strongly recommends that you terminate all client sessions during the installation and perform the installation during low-use time periods to minimize service interruptions and ensure proper functionality.
•Use Internet Explorer. Because of known issues with Netscape Navigator, you must use Internet Explorer when using the WEBpatch utility.
•If you are using Windows 2000 Professional or XP Professional on your client, uncheck the Client for Microsoft Networks check box as described below. When you uncheck this check box, the ASP files load much more quickly. Be sure to re-check it after you install the patch.
–Choose Start > Settings > Network and Dial-up Connections. The Network and Dial-up Connections window appears.
–Right-click Local Area Connection, and from the drop-down menu, choose Properties. The Local Area Connection Properties window appears.
–Uncheck the Client for Microsoft Networks check box.
–To close the windows, click OK three times.
•You must use the Java 2 plug-in, version 1.3.1_03, to transfer patches. Other versions will fail. The Java plug-in must be installed on the remote computer that you are using to transfer the file. If the plug-in is not installed already, click Go To Java Download Page, download the plug-in, and install it.
•For additional information transferring and installing BBSM patches and service packs, refer to the Cisco BBSM 5.3 Operations Guide.
Installing the Patch
Follow these steps to install this patch onto the BBSM 5.3 server:
Step 1 Using Internet Explorer, download BBSM53Patch5319.exe from the Cisco BBSM 5.3 Software Download website and save it in a temporary location on your computer:
•To access the BBSM Dashboard remotely, continue with Step 2.
•To access the BBSM Dashboard from your local computer, go to Step 3.
Step 2 Launch Internet Explorer to access the BBSM server remotely on port 9488 instead of through the default web server port 80.
a. Enter one of these URLs in the Internet Explorer address line:
–To access BBSM from a remote location when you are not using SSL, enter this URL: http://<external_NIC_address>:9488/www, where <external_NIC_address> is the external network interface card (NIC) address of the BBSM server you want to access; for example, enter http://10.10.1.2:9488/www and press Enter. The Enter Network Password dialog box appears.
Note As of BBSM 5.3, the FTP port on the internal network is blocked. Because WEBpatch transfer uses FTP, patches and service pack can be transferred only from the external network to BBSM. They cannot be transferred from within the BBSM network.
–To access the BBSM Dashboard remotely through SSL, enter this URL: https://<extNIC>/www and press Enter. (You must have an SSL certificate installed on the BBSM server. The Enter Network Password dialog box appears.
b. Enter your username and password and click OK. (Leave the Domain field blank.) The BBSM Dashboard appears.
Step 3 From the BBSM Dashboard, use the WEBpatch utility to install the patch.
a. From the BBSM Hotspot Dashboard, click WEBpatch. The BBSM Patches web page appears.
b. From the Installed patches drop-down menu, choose BBSM53Patch5319.exe and click Go. The BBSM Patches web page fields populate with the data for the patch, and the View Log Entries button is enabled.
c. Click Transfer. The BBSM Transfer web page appears.
Caution You must use the Java 2 plug-in, version 1.3.1_03, to transfer patches. Other versions will fail. The Java plug-in must be installed on the remote computer that you are using to transfer the file. If the plug-in is not installed already, click Go To Java Download Page, download the plug-in, and install it.
d. In the BBSM Transfer field, click Browse to navigate to the BBSM53Patch5319.exe file being installed and then click Open. The file name now appears in the BBSM Transfer field.
e. Click Transfer. The BBSM WEBpatch Transferred web page appears, prompting you to install the file. (To install another file at the same time, click Transfer again to continue transferring files to be installed. After all files are transferred, continue with the installation.)
f. Click Go to Install or Install Patch. The BBSM Install Patch web page appears:
–If you clicked Go to Install, the page displays the transferred patch in the Select Self-Extracting Patch File to Install drop-down menu.
–If you clicked Install Patch, choose the patch from the Select Self-Extracting Patch File to Install drop-down menu.
Note This step may take a few minutes, depending on the size of the patch and whether you are remote or local.
g. Click Install. The file is automatically verified and installed.
Note After the file has been installed, the BBSM server will automatically reboot. You cannot access the BBSM server while the server is rebooting.
Step 4 To view the patch log to confirm that your patch installed successfully and to view any messages, follow these steps:
a. Click Patch Log. The BBSM Patch Log web page appears. (This page can also be accessed from the Patches page by clicking View Log Entries.)
b. From the drop-down menus at the top of the page, choose your criteria or click Default, which chooses all service packs and patches, the Summary trace level, and All log types.
c. Click Go. The messages are displayed in the Patch Log Data table.
d. Click OK to return to the Patch Log page and change the search parameters.
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Refer also to these specific BBSM documents:
•Cisco BBSM 5.3 SP1 Configuration Guide (order number 7816340=)
•Cisco BBSM 5.3 Operations Guide (order number DOC-7816161=)
•Cisco BBSM 5.3 Software Installation Guide (order number DOC-7815714=)
•Cisco BBSM 5.3 Quick Start Guide (order number DOC-7816060=)
•Release Notes for Cisco BBSM 5.3 (available on Cisco.com)
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