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Release Notes for the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, Release 15.3.00

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Release Notes for the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, Release 15.3.00

New WAN Product and Feature Support

Installing the WAN Modeling Tools

Installing the Software on the Solaris Platform

Installing the NMT on a PC

Installing the Excel Macro

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation

Cisco.com

Product Documentation DVD

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Reporting Security Problems in Cisco Products

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco Technical Support & Documentation Website

Submitting a Service Request

Definitions of Service Request Severity

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information


Release Notes for the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, Release 15.3.00


May 2006

Rev. A0

These release notes are for use with the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools.


Note Previous releases of the product were named the Cisco Network Design Tools, the Modeler & Exporter, and the Network Modeling Tools.


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.

Provides a 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 15.3.00 and all earlier releases from release 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, Release 15.3.00 functionally obsoletes versions 15.0.xx and all earlier versions. The 15.3.00 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 version utilities are provided. CET is a set of UNIX commands that run on the CWM platform. The NMT runs on both UNIX Solaris and PC Windows platforms. The MAP interface is only available on UNIX platform. The NMT2CND tools are available only on PC and require CND installation.

New WAN Product and Feature Support

The WAN Modeling Tools 15.3.00 support these new WAN products and features:

Platforms and cards:

MGX8880 platform

VXSM card (provisioning only)

Switch Software Release Features:

Support for MGX 5.3.0

CET (CWM Topology Extraction)

Support for MGX8880 platform

Support for CWM 15.3.00 DB schema

Support for VXSM card

Installing the WAN Modeling Tools

Installing the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools on a UNIX platform consists of these two steps:

1. Platform installation—Copying the Tools software from a CD onto the Solaris platform.

2. Working directory setup—Linking the working directory to the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools software. This is done once for each working directory when it is first created.

Installing the Software on the Solaris Platform

Use this procedure to install the software on the Solaris platform:


Step 1 Log on as the account that will own the software. Move into the directory that will hold all WAN Modeling Tool releases, such as the following:

mkdir /usr/users/NMT
cd /usr/users/NMT

Step 2 Copy the installation file from the CD to the installation directory:

cp -p /cdrom/cdrom0/15.3.00.tar.Z ./ 

Step 3 Uncompress the installation tar file:

uncompress 15.3.00.tar.Z

Step 4 Extract the archived files:

tar xvpf 15.3.00.tar

This creates the "/usr/users/NMT/153" directory that contains all of the software.


Installing the NMT on a PC

Use this procedure to install the NMT.


Step 1 Run the provided NMT installation file, which is a self extracting ZIP file. The NMT installation file can be found on the CD in directory /cdrom/cdrom0/PC as NMT_Install.exe.


Note The installation requires about 20 MB of disk space.


Step 2 The zip file installs NMT in the C:\NMT directory path by default.

Cisco recommends that you keep this path as the NMT installation directory. However, you can change it to D:\NMT if 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 an installation directory other than specified above, you will need to set the environment variable "NMTHOME" to that path.

For Windows 2000:

a. Navigate to Start > Settings > Control Panel > System.

b. Click the Advanced tab.

c. Click Environment Variables.

d. Add "NMTHOME" as a new environment variable, and set it to the path that you have selected when unzipping the installation file.

e. Log off and then log back in before starting NMT.

For 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 need to reboot your machine before running NMT.

Step 3 Install the shortcut:

a. Navigate to C:\NMT\install and then to the sub directory of the operating system of your PC.

b. Drag and drop the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools shortcut to your desktop.

If you need to create a shortcut from scratch:

a. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the file C:\NMT\install\nmt.exe.

b. Create a shortcut to the file and then drag and drop it to the Desktop.

c. Right-click the shortcut icon and select Properties. Enter C:\NMT\data in the Start in field, which will be the default directory for storing your network configuration files. If you do not want to store your configuration files in this directory, enter a different directory path.

d. Click Change Icon, and then click Browse.

e. Select the file C:\NMT\bin\nmt_icon.exe and pick the icon on the left.

f. In the Properties window, click the Layout tab and set both Screen Buffer Size: Width and Window Size to 100. This sets the correct width of the NMT UI window.

g. In the Properties window, click the Options tab and uncheck the Quick Edit and Insert Mode check boxes. This enables mouse navigation in the NMT UI window.

h. Click OK to finish icon configuration.

Step 4 Click the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools icon to start NMT. You can also start NMT from the command prompt (Start > Run) and enter C:\NMT\bin\nmt.exe. In this case, you need to make sure the properties of the NMT window are set as described in Step 3f and Step 3g.

Installing the Excel Macro

If you want to use the MS Excel Interface for your NMT tables or reports, copy the SSI file into your Excel macro startup directory. The SSI file is located in C:\NMT\ssi directory. This Excel macro startup directory is usually found in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\xlstart. Copy the SSI file into this directory before starting MS Excel.

Once installed, Excel will have access to the NMT_Load and NMT_Unload macros. Access these macros from the Excel Tools > Macros > Macros menu.

Related Documentation

These documents are related to the CWM and the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools products and are available on Cisco.com. All Rel. 15.1 or Rel. 15.1.50 documents also apply to Rel. 15.3.00 unless otherwise specified in this document.

Online documentation is sometimes updated after the original publication. To ensure that you are viewing the latest information, you can find all CWM documents for this release at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/netmgtsw/ps2340/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

The following technical documents comprise the CWM documentation set. The first five documents are on the CWM Documentation CD and on Cisco.com.

Cisco WAN Manager Installation Guide, Release 15.3.00

Cisco WAN Manager User's Guide, Release 15.3.00

Cisco WAN Manager SNMP Service Agent Guide, 15.3.00

Cisco WAN Manager Database Interface Guide, Release 15.3.00

Cisco WANDEST Installation and Reference, Release 2.7

These documents are available on Cisco.com:

Release Notes for Cisco WAN Manager, Release 15.3.00

Release Notes for the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, Release 15.3.00

Cisco WAN Modeling Tools User Guide, 15.3.00

Release Notes for CWM Automated Bulk Provisioning, Release 15.3.00

Cisco WAN Manager Automated Bulk Provisioning Guide, Release 15.3.00

The CWM Modeling Tools and Automated Bulk Provisioning user guides are also available on their software CDs and ordered separately.

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Submitting a Service Request

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