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Release Notes for Cisco WAN Modeling Tools 15.0

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Cisco WAN Modeling Tools 15.0 Release Notes

Cisco WAN Modeling Tools CD Installation Instructions

SOLARIS Platform Installation (2.6 or higher):

Creating Working Directory on Either System:

Creating Working Directory from CD (Solaris):

Installing on PC from CD:

Installing the Excel Macro:


Cisco WAN Modeling Tools 15.0 Release Notes



Note Previous releases of this product have been named the Cisco Network Design Tools, the Modeler & Exporter, or the Network Modeling Tools (NMT).


The Cisco WAN Modeling Tools includes the following subsystems:

NMT (Network Modeling Tool)

Provisions Cisco WAN products based on topology and PVC and SPVC demand.

Verifies CAC based QoS and re-routing capabilities for trunk/switch failures.

Supports MGX software release 5.x and all earlier releases.

Supports BPX/IGX switch software releases 9.4.1 back to 8.1

Supports MGX8220 software release 5.0 back to 3.0

Graphical Map Interface

Runs on UNIX or stand alone version for PC without the map.

CET (Configuration Extraction Tool)

Extracts NMT topology data from Cisco WAN Manager (CWM).

Compatible with CWM 15.1 and all earlier releases back to 9.1

TPI (Third Party Interface)

Translates NMT data to and from WANDL network files.

Tested with WANDL NPATS (bbdsgn) release date 8/6/02 (3.2.0)

SSI (Spread Sheet Interface)

Translates NMT data to and from Excel spreadsheets, included MS Excel Macro for loading tables into a workbook.

NMT2CND (Cisco Network Designer Interface)

Loads NMT data into a project in Cisco Network Designer (CND).

Supports CND 5.0 and CND 3.0

This version of the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools 15.0.00 functionally obsoletes version 12.0 and all earlier versions. The 15.0 version is fully backward compatible with CNF topology files used by previous versions of NMT.

The TPI and SSI functionality is fully integrated into NMT, and Unix command line versions are provided. CET is a set of UNIX commands that run on the CWM platform. The NMT runs on UNIX (Solaris or SunOS) or on a PC platform. The MAP interface is only available in UNIX. The NMT2CND tools are PC only and require CND installation.

New WAN Products and Features supported by WAN Modeling Tools 15.0

Platforms / Cards

MPSM8 card.

MPSM16 card

MPSM-155 card

AXSMXG-16OC3

AXSMXG-8OC12

Switch Software Release Features

Support for MGX 5.0 SwSw.

PNNI Peer Group Leader Election Priority.

Variable IMA frame size supporting IMA standard 1.1.

CET (CWM Topology Extraction)

Support for new MGX 5.0 MPSM cards.

Support for both CWM 15.0 and 15.1 DB schemas.

TPI (WANDL Translation)

Translation of PNNI Peer Group Leader Election Priority.

Cisco WAN Modeling Tools CD Installation Instructions

Installing the WAN Modeling Tools on a UNIX platform consists of two steps.

1. Platform Installation - Copying the software onto a Solaris or SunOS platform. This is done one time for each platform.

2. Working Directory Setup - Linking a directory to the WAN Modeling Tools. This is done once for each working directory when it is first created.

SOLARIS Platform Installation (2.6 or higher):


Step 1 Log on as the account that will own the software. Move into the directory that will hold all WAN Modeling Tool releases. For example ë/usr/users/NMT

Step 2 Enter volcheck

Step 3 Enter cp /cdrom/nmt150/install/150.tar.Z

Step 4 Enter uncompress 150.tar

Step 5 Enter tar xf 150.tar

This will create the directory 150, which contains all the software. To run, see the section Creating Working Directory


Note If step 3 fails because file not found, substitute nmt150#1 for nmt150 in the path. CD Mount systems on UNIX are not always consistent.



Note If step 4 fails because file not found, substitute nmt150#1 for nmt150 in the path.


Creating Working Directory on Either System:


Step 1 Log onto the account that will be using the WAN Modeling Tools for designing and modeling networks.

Step 2 Create a working directory and move into it, as shown in the following example:

mkdir <my_net_plans>
cd <my_net_plans>

Step 3 Enter csh


Note If you know you are already running c-shell, skip this step if you wish.)


Step 4 Enter:setenv NMTHOME <software-path>, where <software-path> is the full path to the WAN Modeling Tools release. For example:

setenv  NMTHOME /usr/users/NMT/150    

Step 5 Enter $NMTHOME/nmtlink

Step 6 To run main program, enter nmt

Creating Working Directory from CD (Solaris):

This will create a working directory running the software from the CD. When the CD is removed or unmounted, this working directory will not work, having no access to the software.


Step 1 Create a working directory and move into it.

Step 2 Enter csh


Note (If you know you are already running c-shell, skip this step if you wish.)


Step 3 Enter volcheck

Step 4 Enter: setenv NMTHOME /cdrom/nmt150/150

Step 5 Enter $NMTHOME/nmtlink

Step 6 To run main program, enter nmt


Note If step 4 fails because file not found, substitute nmt930#1 for nmt930 in the path.



Installing on PC from CD:


Step 1 Run the provided nmt installing 'exe' file, which is a self extracting ZIP file.


Note Requires about 20 MB of disk space.


The nmt installing exec can be found on the cd in directory ëpcí as ënmt_inst.exe

Step 2 The zip file will installed nmt in the directory path c:\nmt by default.

It is recommend you keep this as the NMT installation directory. However, you can change it to 'd:\nmt' provided you do not have a version of NMT installed under 'c:\nmt'. If you accept this default selection, or you change the drive to 'd' and have no NMT installed on the default path for the c drive, please proceed to Step 3.

If you choose to change the installation directory other than specified above, you will need to set the environment variable NMTHOME to that path.

For Windows2000:

Click on 'my computer', then 'control panel', then 'system'. Then click on the 'advanced' tab, and select Environment Variables...'. Add a new environment variable, NMTHOME, and set it to the path that you selected when you unzipped the file.

If you have an earlier version of Windows:

a. Add a line to the end of your 'autoexec.bat' file. The 'autoexec.bat' file is found in the 'c:\' main directory.

b. Set the drive and directory of NMTHOME to the path you entered for the unzip command.

For example, your autoexec.bat file might now have the following line:

       set NMTHOME=e:\myalternatepath\ciscoproducts\nmt

c. You will need to reboot your machine before running NMT.

Step 3 Install the shortcut.

a. Open Explorer, go to \nmt\install and then to the sub directory of the operating system on your PC.

b. Drag and drop the Cisco WAN Modeling Tool shortcut to your background windows screen.

If you need to create a short cut from scratch, use Explorer to drag and drop the file c:\nmt\install\nmt.exe to the background.

Right mouse click on the icon for properties. Set start in to the recommmended C:\nmt\data, which will be the default directory for storying your NMT files. If you want to store your NMT data elsewh

Select change icon, and then browse. Select the file c:\nmt\bin\nmt_icon.exe and pick the icon on the left.

c. Click on your Cisco WAN Modeling Tool icon to start NMT.

Or you can start NMT by running c:\nmt\bin\nmt.exe

Installing the Excel Macro:

If you wish to use the Excel Interface for your NMT tables or reports, copy the file SSI into your Excel macro startup directory. This directory is called xlstart, and is usually found in the directory path c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\xlstart.

Copy the SSI file there before startin MS Excel. The SSI file is located in nmt\ssi. Once installed, Excel will have access to the macros NMT_Load and NMT_Unload. Access these macros from the Excel Tools/Macros/Macros menu.