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Release Notes for the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, Release 15.3.00 P2

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Release Notes for the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, Release 15.3.00 P2

WAN Modeling Tools Features

New Feature Support

Installing the WAN Modeling Tools

Installing NMT on a Solaris Platform

Installing NMT on a PC

Installing Excel Macros on a PC

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation

Cisco.com

Product Documentation DVD

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Product Alerts and Field Notices

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco Support 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 P2


November 2006

Rev. A0

These release notes are for use with the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools. This release replaces all NMT releases before CWM 15.3.00. The release is backward compatible with all configuration (CNF) topology files that previous NMT releases used.

See these sections:

WAN Modeling Tools Features

New Feature Support

Installing the WAN Modeling Tools

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Product Alerts and Field Notices

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information

WAN Modeling Tools Features

The WAN Modeling Tools comprise these subsystems:

Network Modeling Tools—Provisions the Cisco WAN products based on the network topology configuration and the PVC and SPVC demand. It runs on both Solaris and Windows PC platforms (on Windows, without the map) using a GUI or in CLI mode. It includes a network topology map GUI and displays modeling results.

It supports MGX software release 5.3.00 and all earlier releases (MGX 8220 software releases 3.0 to 5.0) and BPX and IGX switch software releases from 8.1 to 9.4.1.

The Configuration Extraction Tool (CET)—A set of UNIX commands that runs on the CWM server and extracts NMT topology data from the CWM. It is compatible with CWM 15.3.00 P2 and previous releases back to CWM 9.1.

Third-Party Interface (TPI)—Converts NMT data to and from WANDL network files. (It is tested with a WANDL design program, bbdsgn 3.2.0, released on August 6, 2002.)

Spread Sheet Interface (SSI)—Converts NMT data to and from Excel spreadsheets, which includes the Microsoft Excel Macro for loading tables into a workbook

Cisco Network Designer Interface (NMT2CND)—Available only on a PC and requires CND installation. It loads NMT data into Cisco Network Designer (CND) project and supports CND releases 3.0 and 5.0

New Feature Support

In Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, 15.3.00 P2, improvements were made to the NMTs to those in the 15.3.00 P1 release.

An NMT issue was resolved that relates to modeling explicitly specified ports with multiple partitions. Allocated partition bandwidth and logical channel number (LCN) resources are accounted for, even though some partitions are not used for links or connection provisioning.

Several NMT issues were resolved that relate to resource accounting for generic node and generic ATM card and to node and card resources accounting.

No changes were made to the platforms, cards, switch software release features, the CET, or the TPI.

Installing the WAN Modeling Tools

This section describes how to install the WAN Modeling Tools on a Solaris platform or on a Windows PC.

See these sections:

Installing NMT on a Solaris Platform

Installing NMT on a PC

For details on running various software components, see the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools user guide. You can access all CWM and NMT documentation at this website:

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

Installing NMT on a Solaris Platform

Use this procedure to install the WAN Modeling Tools on a Solaris platform (2.6 or higher).


Step 1 Log on as the account that will own the software.

Step 2 Change to the directory that will contain all of the WAN Modeling Tools releases:

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

Step 3 Download the following installation file from the CCO software download site for the CWM to the installation directory:

NMT15.3.00.Patch2.tar.Z 

Step 4 Uncompress the tar file and extract the archived files:

uncompress NMT15.3.00.Patch2.tar.Z
tar xvpf NMT15.3.00.Patch2.tar 

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

Step 5 Create the working directory, as follows:

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

b. Create a working directory and change to that directory, as follows:

mkdir my_net_plans
cd my_net_plans 

c. If your terminal window is not running C-shell, enter this command:

csh 

d. Set the NMTHOME environment variable to software installation path:

setenv NMTHOME /usr/users/NMT/153

e. Link the working directory to software installation directory:

$NMTHOME/nmtlink  


Installing NMT on a PC

Use this procedure to install the WAN Modeling Tools on a Windows PC.


Step 1 Download the following installation file from the CCO software download site for the CWM to a temporary directory on the PC, such as C:\temp, and then run the file, which requires about 20 MB of free disk space:

NMT15.3.00.Patch2_PC.exe 

By default, the installation file installs NMT in the C:\nmt directory, and we recommend that you use that directory. However, if you do not have an NMT version already installed there, you can change the directory to the D:\nmt directory. If you accept the default directory on the C drive or if you have no NMT installed on the C drive and change the D drive, skip to Step 5.

Step 2 To change the installation directory to other than as specified in Step 1, set the NMTHOME environment variable.

For Windows XP or 2000, go to Step 3.

For Windows versions earlier than XP or 2000, go to Step 4.

Step 3 Set the NMTHOME environmental variable for Windows XP or 2000 as follows:

a. From the Start menu, choose Settings > Control Panel > System.

b. Click the Advanced tab and select Environment Variables.

c. Add a new environmental variable, called "NMTHOME" and set it to the path that is your installation directory (the directory in which you unzipped the files).

d. Go to Step 5.

Step 4 Set the NMTHOME environmental variable for Windows versions earlier than XP or 2000 as follows:

a. Add another line in your C:autoexec.bat file to set the drive and the NMTHOME directory to the NMT installation directory, such as the following new line in the C:autoexec.bat file.

set NMTHOME=e:\myalternatepath\ciscoproducts\nmt 

b. Before starting NMT, reboot your computer to enable the environment variables.

c. Go to Step 5.

Step 5 Put the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools shortcut on your desktop:

a. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the C:\NMT\install directory and then to the subdirectory that corresponds with your PC operating system.

b. Drag and drop the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools shortcut to your desktop. Go to Step 8.

If you need to create a shortcut from the NMT executable file, create it as you would create a shortcut for any with any other Windows executable file and then set its properties. Go to Step 6.

Step 6 Create an NMT desktop shortcut and set up its properties, as follows:

a. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the C:\NMT\install\nmt.exe file.

b. Right-click the file, create a shortcut, and drag and drop the shortcut on the desktop.

c. Right-click the shortcut icon and select Properties.

In the Start in field, enter the directory location where your configuration files are located, such as C:\NMT\data or its equivalent.

Choose the NMT icon. Click Change Icon and then browse to select the C:\NMT\bin\nmt_icon.exe file. Pick the icon on the left.

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 GUI window.

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 GUI.

Click OK to finish icon configuration.

Step 7 To enable the environment variables, reboot your computer before running NMT.

Step 8 To start NMT, click the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools icon.


Installing Excel Macros on a PC

If you want to use the Microsoft Excel interface to edit NMT data, such as tables or reports, you must copy the SSI file into the MS Excel macro startup directory before your begin using MS Excel.

The SSI file is located in the C:\nmt\ssi directory. Copy it into your MS Excel macro startup directory that is called "xlstart." This directory is usually located at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\xlstart.

MS Excel can now access the NMT_Load and NMT_Unload SSI macros.

You can access these macros from the MS Excel Tools > Macro > Macros menu.

Related Documentation

These documents comprise the CWM documentation set:

Release Notes for Cisco WAN Manager, 15.3.00 P2

Cisco WAN Manager Installation Guide, 15.3.00

Cisco WAN Manager User Guide, 15.3.00 P1

Cisco WAN Manager Database Interface Guide, 15.3.00

Cisco WAN Manager SNMP Service Agent Guide, 15.3.00

Cisco WANDEST Installation and Reference, 2.7

These documents are available on Cisco.com:

Release Notes for CWM Automated Bulk Provisioning, 15.3.00

CWM Automated Bulk Provisioning Guide, 15.3.00

Release Notes for the Cisco WAN Modeling Tools, 15.3.00 P2

Cisco WAN Modeling Tools User Guide, 15.3.00

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

Refer to the current CWM release notes for information on the switch products that the CWM supports and that are certified in this release.

You can access all CWM documentation at this website:

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

You can access MGX switch documentation at this website. Refer to the MGX Switches section:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/tsd_products_support_category_home.html

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