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Release Notes for Cisco IP Solution Center, 5.0
Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC) 5.0 is a follow-on release to Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC) 4.2.
Note This ISC release includes an update to Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert (MDE) 2.1 from MDE 2.0.
All documentation, including this Release Notes for Cisco IP Solution Center, 5.0 document and any or all of the parts of the ISC 5.0 documentation set, might be upgraded over time. Therefore, we recommend you access the ISC 5.0 documentation set at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/netmgtsw/ps4748/tsd_products_support_series_home.html. You can also navigate to this documentation set by clicking Help on the Home Page of the ISC 5.0 product.
The information in this Release Notes for Cisco IP Solution Center, 5.0 document gives you an overview of this release and helps you understand it at a high level. After reading the Cisco IP Solution Center Getting Started and Documentation Guide, 5.0, please read this document prior to reading any other manual for ISC.
The information in this document is organized into the following sections:
Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC) 5.0 is a follow-on release to Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC) 4.2 with some functionality added, changed, and dropped (see the "New, Changed, and Dropped Information for ISC 5.0" section) and problems fixed (see the "Problems Fixed in ISC 5.0" section).
URLs for base information about ISC 5.0 and an overview and suggested reading order of these documents is given in the Cisco IP Solution Center Getting Started and Documentation Guide, 5.0 (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/netmgtsw/ps4748/
Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC) is a family of intelligent network management applications that helps reduce overall administration and management costs by providing automated resource management and rapid profile-based provisioning capabilities. ISC enables fast deployment and time to market of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Metro Ethernet technologies. In addition, the ISC Traffic Engineering Management application is Cisco's exclusive planning and provisioning application for Cisco MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE)-enabled routers. For Diagnostics, use the Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert (MDE), which is an automated, workflow-based network management application that troubleshoots and diagnoses problems in Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs. There are four separate applications in ISC 5.0, which can operate alone or as a suite in an L2/L3 Management Solution. These and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) are all distributed on one product CD:
•Cisco ISC MPLS VPN Management (ISC:MPLS)
•Cisco ISC Layer 2 VPN and Metro Ethernet Management (ISC:L2VPN/ME)
•Cisco ISC Traffic Engineering Management (ISC:TEM)
•Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert (MDE)
The system recommendations and requirements are listed in Chapter 1, "System Recommendations" of the Cisco IP Solution Center Installation Guide, 5.0.
Note This chapter also includes the network devices and related software supported with ISC 5.0.
The recommendation is to thoroughly review this list before even planning your installation, to be sure you have all the hardware and software needed for a successful installation.
New, Changed, and Dropped Information for ISC 5.0
ISC 5.0 is based on ISC 4.2 with the addition of new and changed information that was introduced in ISC 5.0, and problems fixed since ISC 4.2 (see Problems Fixed in ISC 5.0). The following are topics for ISC Release 5.0 (listed alphabetically):
New and Changed Information for ISC 5.0
Specific to ISC 5.0 are the following new features:
•Common Infrastructure—New Features This section includes the following new features:
Common Infrastructure—New Features
This section includes the new features that are for multiple components of ISC 5.0
Apache® Tomcat—New Version Supported
The ISC installer for ISC 5.0 includes Apache® Tomcat Version 5.5, instead of Apache® Tomcat Version 4.1.27, which was included in ISC 4.2.
Netscape is no longer a supported browser. The supported browsers are:
•Internet Explorer 7.0 for Windows
•Mozilla Firefox 2.0 for Windows
•Mozilla Suite 1.7 for Solaris
Cisco CNS Configuration Engine 2.0 Support
In addition to the previous support for Cisco CNS IE2100 appliances running Cisco CNS Configuration Engine 1.3.x, 1.4, and 1.5 software with ISC, ISC now also supports the Cisco CNS Configuration Engine 2.0 software.
Note CNS is not a supported transport protocol for MPLS Diagnostics Expert (MDE).
IOS XR Support for L2VPN, MPLS, MDE, and TEM
IOS XR release 3.4.2 is supported (see the specific component for details of what is and is not supported):
•Layer 2 VPN (L2VPN) Ethernet Relay Services (ERSs) and Ethernet Wire Services (EWSs)— L2VPN New Features
•MPLS Diagnostics Expert (MDE)—MDE 2.1 New Features
•MPLS Layer 3 VPN (MPLS VPN)—MPLS (L3) New Features
•Traffic Engineering Management (TEM), also supporting IOS XR 3.3.3—TEM New Features
Note ISC does not support IPv4 unnumbered on IOS XR devices.
Oracle Support (Now Including Oracle RAC Support)
ISC 5.0 was tested with the Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release 10.2.0.1.0 - 64 bit Production, as explained in the Cisco IP Solution Center Installation Guide, 5.0. If you would like to use another version of Oracle, see Oracle's compatibility information.
Also new in this release is Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) support. Previously, ISC only worked with a single instance of the Oracle database. Now ISC supports Oracle RAC, which allows multiple Oracle instances to access the same database simultaneously. The database servers were tested running Solaris 10 with the Oracle clusterware 10gR2 (10.2.0.3), and thus this is what is supported.
In addition to the previous Secure Shell (SSH) support on Cisco IOS routers, ISC 5.0 now also supports SSH version 2 (SSHv2) on Cisco IOS and IOS XR routers across all applications.
L2VPN New Features
ISC 5.0 includes new L2VPN features, which are explained in detail in the Cisco IP Solution Center Metro Ethernet and L2VPN User Guide, 5.0.
L2VPN E-Line services, Ethernet Relay Service (ERS) and Ethernet Wire Service (EWS), are supported by ISC 5.0 on CRS-1 series routers on IOS XR. EWS User-Network Interface (UNI) on an IOS XR device is not supported.
The L2VPN features not supported on an IOS XR device are:
•Standard UNI, Port Security
•XConnect on Switch Virtual Interface (SVI)
•Pseudowire tunnel selection.
MDE 2.1 New Features
ISC 5.0 includes Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert 2.1 (MDE) and new features as a result of this upgrade from MDE 2.0 to MDE 2.1. These new features are explained in detail in the Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert 2.1 User Guide on ISC 5.0. Also new for this release is the Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert 2.1 Failure Scenarios Guide on ISC 5.0, which provides details of all failure scenarios and observations reported by the MDE application for ISC. It also lists all IOS and IOS XR commands executed by the troubleshooting workflows.
The following MDE enhancements are supported in MDE 2.1 on ISC 5.0:
•Search for Device or Interface by VRF Name—To define MDE test points more easily, you can now search by VPN routing/forwarding instance (VRF) name directly from the MPLS VPN Connectivity Verification Configuration window or from within the Select Device for VRF selection window.
•Multiple Test Types—Instead of only the previously supported CE to CE test type definition, where you must select two CE endpoints to initiate a test, you can now use more flexible test configuration options. The list is as follows:
–CE to CE—MPLS VPN Connectivity Verification (checks the MPLS VPN connectivity between two CEs)
–PE to attached CE—MPLS VPN Connectivity Verification (checks the MPLS VPN connectivity between a PE and the locally attached CE)
–CE to PE across Core—MPLS VPN Connectivity Verification (checks the MPLS VPN connectivity between a CE and a remote PE across the MPLS core)
–PE to PE (in VRF)—Edge VPN Connectivity Verification (checks the MPLS VPN connectivity between two PEs)
–PE to PE (Core)—MPLS Core Connectivity Verification (checks the MPLS Core connectivity between two PEs)
•IOS XR release 3.4.2 —This release of IOS XR is supported for both PE and P router diagnostics.
•Updated IOS Release Support—A range of new IOS releases are supported in MDE 2.1, including IOS 12.2(31) SB on Cisco 7200 Series, Cisco 7300 Series, and Cisco 10000 Series routers, and 12.2(33) SRB on Cisco 7600 Series routers. All releases supported in MDE 2.0 remain supported in MDE 2.1.
•/31 Networks Supported—MDE automatically populates the CE Access Circuit IP Address when a /31 PE VRF interface is selected.
•Support for Multiple-loopback Networks—MDE now diagnoses issues in networks, where different lookback addresses are used for control and dataplane traffic. For all test types except PE-PE (core), the choice of loopback address is automatically derived. For PE-PE (core) test types, for multiple loopback networks only, the choice of loopback must be manually entered, because this cannot be automatically derived.
•Failure Scenarios and Observations Enhanced—MDE detects new failure scenarios and reports new observations, as explained in the Cisco MPLS Diagnostics Expert 2.1 Failure Scenarios Guide on ISC 5.0
MPLS (L3) New Features
ISC 5.0 includes new MPLS features, which are explained in detail in the Cisco IP Solution Center MPLS VPN User Guide, 5.0.
The provisioning L3 (MPLS) support for IOS XR release 3.4.2 added in this release is:
•Creation, deployment, modification, and deletion of a regular PE-CE service request for IPv4 MPLS services.
•Support for PE-CE routing protocols: Open Shortest Path First Link-state (OSPF), External Border Gateway Protocol (eBGP), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), and Static.
In addition to IOS XR support, the following MPLS Layer 3 enhancements are also supported in this ISC 5.0 release for IOS devices:
•eBGP Extensions—ISC now provides the option to configure the External Border Gateway Protocol (eBGP) advertisement interval, maximum prefix number, maximum prefix threshold, and maximum prefix restart when the PE-CE routing protocol selected is eBGP.
•Inter-AS 10b-hybrid—Inter-AS configurations are supported through the ISC templates.
•BGP Multipath Load Sharing and Maximum Path Configuration—ISC supports BGP multipath load sharing through new fields and options in the ISC GUI. The VRF and VPN Membership window contains the new BGP Multipath Load Sharing check box, which allows you to enable or disable BGP multipath load sharing.
•Unique Route Distinguisher—The support for multipath load sharing requires unique route distinguishers (RDs) for each PE router for a VPN (VRF). This is to prevent the same RDs from being allocated to different customers. This allows the use of the same RD for the same VRF. That is, all sites in the PE can have the same unique RD. The unique RD feature is optional. You can specify its use at both the policy or service request level. It is enabled at both a global VPN level or a service request level.
TEM New Features
ISC 5.0 includes new Traffic Engineering Management (TEM) features, which are explained in detail in the Cisco IP Solution Center Traffic Engineering Management User Guide, 5.0.
IOS XR releases 3.3.3 and 3.4.2 are supported for all Traffic Engineering Management (TEM) functionality that ISC currently supports. TE tunnel management features introduced in IOS XR 3.3.3 and 3.4.2 are not supported.
In addition to IOS XR support, the following Traffic Engineering Management (TEM) features are also supported in this ISC 5.0 release:
•CBTS Support—Class-Based Tunnel Selection (CBTS) enables you to dynamically route and forward traffic with different class of service (CoS) values onto different Traffic Engineering (TE) tunnels between the same tunnel headend and the same tailend.
•Connectivity Protection—You can create explicit paths that contain exclude-address hops. These exclude-type explicit paths can be used as the first path option in backup tunnels to protect particular interfaces. These backup tunnels are treated as best-effort protection and have unlimited backup bandwidth. They are used as a backup to the bandwidth-protection tunnels.
•Loose/Exclude Path Definitions—The current TE static configuration of explicit tunnel paths is enhanced in this release to support the semi-dynamic alternatives of loose/exclude tunnel paths, as supported in IOS.
Features Dropped in ISC 5.0
In ISC 5.0, the previously supported features are no longer supported:
Note Even if you see capabilities in the product or references in the documentation to these features, any Security Management features, or any unsupported features, avoid these. None of these dropped features, any Security Management features, or references to IPv6 or 6VPE are supported in this release.
Distributed Architecture Not Supported
Distributed architecture is not supported in ISC 5.0. Only single server installations are supported.
L2VPN over L2TPv3 Not Supported
L2VPN over Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3) is not supported in ISC 5.0. MPLS VPN over L2TPv3 support remains.
Netscape Browser Not Supported
Netscape is no longer a supported browser. The supported browsers are:
•Internet Explorer 7.0 for Windows
•Mozilla Firefox 2.0 for Windows
•Mozilla Suite 1.7 for Solaris
Quality of Service Not Supported
Quality of Service (QoS) support, both Ethernet QoS and IP QoS in both the GUI and the APIs, is dropped for ISC 5.0. If you need QoS configuration, then the recommended approach is to use templates, explained in Chapter 6, Service Design, in the Cisco IP Solution Center Infrastructure Reference, 5.0.
Solaris 8 Not Supported
Previously, Solaris 8 and Solaris 10 were supported. In ISC 5.0, only Solaris 10 is supported.
Template Variable Types Dynamic Java Class and Dynamic URL Not Supported
Template variable types String, Integer, Float, IPv4 Address, and Sub-Template remain supported, but Dynamic Java Class and Dynamic URL are not supported.
Problems Fixed in ISC 5.0
Customer-found problems that were fixed in ISC 5.0 since ISC 4.2 are indicated in four tables, so that users who have upgraded to different Maintenance Releases since ISC 4.2 can find what has been fixed since they upgraded. The information is presented as follows:
Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 4.2.1
Table 5, "Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 4.2.1," describes all the customer-found problems that were fixed specifically in the ISC 4.2.1 Maintenance Release.
Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 4.2.2
Table 6, "Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 4.2.2," describes all the customer-found problems that were fixed specifically in the ISC 4.2.2 Maintenance Release.
Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 4.2.3
Table 7, "Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 4.2.3," describes all the customer-found problems that were fixed specifically in the ISC 4.2.3 Maintenance Release.
Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 5.0
Table 8, "Customer-found Problems Fixed Specifically in ISC 5.0," describes all the customer-found problems that were fixed specifically in ISC 5.0, not an ISC 4.2.x Maintenance Release.
1. All ISC patches are available at: http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/isc.
2. The supported Sybase and Oracle databases behave differently. All GUI queries are case insensitive for Sybase and case sensitive for Oracle.
3. ISC does not work with pop-up blockers in a web browser. If you have pop-up blockers installed, disable them.
4. When using an external Oracle database, the embedded Sybase database is still automatically launched for SLA support.
5. For all APIs, the Service Request name is unique and therefore, each Create Service Request API call needs to maintain this uniqueness.
Known Problems in Cisco IP Solution Center 5.0
To find known problems in Cisco IP Solution Center, use the following URL:
You must log in to CCO.
You can search for specific bugs or search for a range by product name. This tool enables you to query for keywords, severity, range, or version.
The results display bug ID and title, found-in version, fixed-in version, and status. The bug ID is a hyperlink to detailed information for the bug ID's product, component, severity, first found-in, and release notes.
The results could be displayed in a feature matrix or spreadsheet.
Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines
For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:
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