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Cisco IP Solution Center
Getting Started and
Documentation Guide, 4.1
Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC) 4.1 is a follow-on release to Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC) 4.0 with functionality added, changed, and dropped. Details are provided in the Release Notes for Cisco IP Solution Center, 4.1
ISC 4.1 uses the web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) introduced in ISC 3.0 to improve usability and it uses the four-tiered architecture introduced in ISC 3.0 and designed for modularity, reusability, front-end scalability, and back-end scalability. All the ISC applications and components are distributed on one product CD:
•Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
•Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert (new in this release)
•L2VPN Management, including:
–Layer 2 Virtual Private Network (L2VPN)
–Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3)
–Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS)
•MPLS VPN Management
•Quality of Service (QoS)
•Traffic Engineering Management (TEM)
Getting Started with ISC
This section explains how to get started using the Cisco IP Solution Center 4.1 product. Please follow the steps in the specified order:
Step 1 The entire documentation set for Cisco IP Solution Center 4.1 can be accessed at:
From here you can navigate to any documentation for ISC 4.1 you will need.
Read this Cisco IP Solution Center Getting Started and Documentation Guide, 4.1, which can also be accessed at http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/docguide/index.htm.
Step 2 Read Release Notes for Cisco IP Solution Center, 4.1 (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/relnotes/index.htm). This document gives you information about this specific ISC 4.1 release (for example, new and changed information, limitations and restrictions, and known problems in ISC 4.1).
Step 3 Locate the CD-ROM for the ISC 4.1 product in the product box, then proceed with your installation. Information about the system recommendations, how to install and log in to ISC, setting up an Oracle database (optional), setting up the Cisco CNS IE2100 appliance (optional), backing up and restoring the ISC repository, and setting up a standby system is available in
Cisco IP Solution Center Installation Guide, 4.1 (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/install/index.htm).
Step 4 Upon completing your installation, you start and log in to ISC. Then you must enter the license key(s) for newly purchased components or upgrades, which are specified on the Right to Use document(s) found in your product box. There is a Right to Use document for each component and/or upgrade you have ordered and purchased. Information about entering license information is found in the chapter, Installing and Logging Into ISC, in Cisco IP Solution Center Installation Guide, 4.1 (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/install/index.htm).
Step 5 Next you configure ISC to know about the preconfiguration information, such as devices, providers, customers, and so on, ISC is going to manage and their roles. The preconfiguration information needed is explained in the chapter, Getting Started, in the User Guide for your application. How to create the associated elements in ISC is explained in the chapter, Service Inventory—Inventory and Connection Manager, and how to discover devices is explained in the chapter, Service Inventory—Discovery, in Cisco IP Solution Center Infrastructure Reference, 4.1 (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/infrastr/index.htm).
Step 6 Next you configure ISC to set up the users and Role Based Access Control (RBAC) roles. How to set up the users and RBAC roles is explained in the chapter, Administration, in Cisco IP Solution Center Infrastructure Reference, 4.1 (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/infrastr/index.htm).
Step 7 Cisco IP Solution Center Infrastructure Reference, 4.1 (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/infrastr/index.htm) is a reference document that explains the GUI and how to navigate from the Home Page for ISC 4.1. It is recommended you familiarize yourself with this document as it provides generic information about the ISC product. This document also contains the Glossary for the entire ISC documentation set.
Step 8 For information about system error messages you might receive when using ISC, we recommend you access Cisco IP Solution Center System Error Messages, 4.1 (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/isc/4_1/mess/index.htm). This document provides expanded explanations and recommended actions.
Step 9 The next document(s) you reference depends on the application components you have purchased. These documents provide detailed information about the specific application. They are listed alphabetically, as follows:
This user guide provides information for the VPN technologies: the Layer 2 Virtual Private Network (L2VPN) (point-to-point) technology with access technologies such as ATM, FrameRelay, and Ethernet (Metro Ethernet), and the Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) (point-to-multipoint) technology with access technology Ethernet (Metro Ethernet) on Layer 2, Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3), and MPLS cores.
MPLS-based VPNs are created in Layer 3 and are based on the peer model, which makes them more scalable and easier to build and manage than conventional VPNs. This user guide explains the concepts, tasks, and screen information you need to set up the MPLS VPN network infrastructure in ISC and deploy the MPLS VPN service on the network.
Quality of Service (QoS) is not separately purchasable. This guide explains how to use ISC for QoS provisioning, which categorizes network traffic, prioritizes it according to its relative importance, and provides priority treatment through congestion management techniques.
This user guide explains how to use ISC Traffic Engineering Management (TEM), which is a tool for managing MPLS Traffic Engineering (TE) primary and backup tunnels for the purpose of offering traffic Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantees.
This user guide explains how to use the new Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert application. This application is designed for network operations center (NOC) fault and assurance operators. It provides automated troubleshooting and diagnostics for access circuits, edge, and core in L3 Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN deployments.
Step 10 If you purchased an API license, you can reference the following documents for more information about the API feature set:
This programmer guide provides information about the ISC API components and processes that allow you to use operations support system (OSS) client programs to connect to the ISC system.
This programmer reference provides XML examples for the ISC 4.1 API.
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