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Release Notes for Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module 6.1

Introduction

System Requirements

New and Changed Features in Release 6.1

Supported Upgrade Paths

Upgrade Information

Supported Device and Feature Information

Supported Browsers

Important Information

Restrictions and Limitations

Known and Resolved Problems in Release 6.1

Cisco Bug Search

EOL/EOS Products

Accessibility Features in Cisco Prime NAM Release 6.1

Documentation

Related Documentation

Release Notes for Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module 6.1

July 15, 2014

This document provides general information about Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (Prime NAM) Release 6.1 software.

This document includes the following sections:

Introduction

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) gives network administrators a holistic view of how the network is performing and how users are experiencing the delivery of applications and services. Comprehensive visibility helps you to:

  • Optimize network resources
  • Troubleshoot performance issues
  • Deliver consistent performance levels

Cisco Prime NAM provides the following functionality:

  • Interactive dashboards with purpose-designed workflows, contextual navigation, and one-click captures
  • Comprehensive traffic statistics and application and voice/video performance metrics
  • Visibility into overlay networks such as OTV, LISP, and VXLAN
  • Detailed troubleshooting with insightful packet captures, advanced filters, and error scan
  • Centralized management with Cisco Prime Infrastructure

For compatibility and device support details, see the NAM Compatibility Matrix . For more information about Prime NAM features for specific platforms, see the product data sheets available on Cisco.com .

System Requirements

For details about Cisco Prime NAM system requirements, see your respective installation documentation on Cisco.com .

For compatibility information on platform hardware and software, managed devices, and other support details, see the NAM Compatibility Matrix . Starting with this release, NAM-1-250S and NAM-2-250S are no longer supported.

New and Changed Features in Release 6.1

This section contains:

provides a detailed list of new features and functions and enhancements to Release 6.1. You can use the topic that appears in column three to search the user guide on Cisco.com.

For Cisco Prime NAM features and benefits, see the data sheets for your specific platform, on Cisco.com .

 

Table 1 New and Changed Features in Prime NAM Release 6.1

Feature
Description
See...topic in User Guide

New Features

Support for Layer 7 application visibility

For new installations, deep packet inspection is the default. For upgrades, the default is dependent on 6.0(2) application classification mode. You can enable and disable this feature from the UI and CLI. NBAR2 release engine version is 18,  library 3.12.

Adding More Detail into Dashboard and Application Reports

Protocol pack update capability

You can download updated protocol packs from the UI, CLI, or from Prime Infrastructure (if you have purchased this software).

Adding More Detail into Dashboard and Application Reports

Custom applications can be defined using an IP address range/prefix

Support has been added to use an IP address range/prefix.

Creating Custom Applications.

Improved application analysis workflows

Enhancements include:

  • Global search enables host entry which automatically displays an overall view of the host related data
  • Host conversations view
  • Improved sort and filter capabilities
  • Encapsulation Details view available from Top N Encapsulation dashboard
  • Custom filter management lets you save filters
  • Context drill-down links to Top N Analysis reports available from Monitor dashboards
  • Same access to context menus in Top 100 tables as in charts on dashboard pages

Understanding Prime NAM Behavior Reference

TOS Byte

A user option is added to select if TOS information is used to make up a NAM network flow. If it is used, any change of TOS byte in an on-going flow results in a new flow being created. If it is not used, the entire flow transaction is treated as one flow regardless of the change of TOS in this flow.

If measuring type of service (DSCP) of the monitored traffic is necessary, please select TOS information as part of flow configuration. Otherwise, if ART and other flow based analysis is required, and you know in your network, the TOS information can change in an on-going flow, please don’t select TOS information as part of flow configuration.

Customizing Network Preferences

Changed or Removed Features

NBAR Protocol Directory MIB

This feature was supported on ISR routers and switches with the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 Programmable Intelligent Services Accelerator (PISA) running IOS 12.2(18)ZY (or later) and is no longer supported. NBAR-PD MIB is also no longer supported. Layer 7 application classification can be used instead.

Customizing Cisco Prime NAM

Deprecated .enc file support

Capture file format support no longer supports .enc file format. NAM uses .pcap format.

Understanding Capture Sessions

Deprecated Performance Agent remote data source support

Use of Performance Agent as a remote data source has been removed. This feature support is included in Prime Infrastructure.

See your Prime Infrastructure product documentation.

Changed Conversations page

Conversations page has been changed and is renamed to the Host Conversation page.

Host Conversations Detailed View

Supported Upgrade Paths

This section includes the supported upgrade paths to NAM 6.1.

  • Release 6.0(2) to 6.1
  • Release 6.0(1) to 6.1
  • Release 5.x to 6.1

For details about how to upgrade Prime NAM, see Upgrading to Cisco Prime NAM . This document contains upgrade commands that work across all supported releases. The information in this document is based on the 6.0(2) upgrade, but is valid for the upgrade to 6.1 for the above supported paths and platforms. Note that starting with this release, the NAM-1-250S and NAM-2-250S are no longer supported.


NoteTo improve the performance of monitoring Data Center protocols such as VxLAN, FabricPath, OTV, LISP, Segment ID, VNTag, and FCoE, we recommend that you upgrade the FPGA image in your Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NAM-NX1. For details on how to upgrade your FPGA image, see To improve the performance of monitoring Data Center protocols such as VxLAN, FabricPath, OTV, LISP, Segment ID, VNTag, and FCoE, we recommend that you upgrade the FPGA image in your Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NAM-NX1. For details on how to upgrade your FPGA image, see FPGA/EPLD Upgrade Note for Cisco Prime NAM-NX1, 6.0.


Upgrade Information

This section contains upgrade information you should review before completing your Cisco Prime NAM upgrade.

Upgrading Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Software

Before you upgrade your Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NAM-NX1 software, we recommend that you first upgrade your Nexus 7000 Series software from 6.1(1) to 6.2 or above using the following procedure:

1. Save your configuration to boot flash.

2. Use config t to install the system and kickstart images:

boot system boot flash:<system image>, boot kickstart boot flash:<kickstart image>
 

3. Use write erase to erase nvram:

Write erase
 

4. Use show boot to ensure the new image is loaded:

show boot

5. Enter reload to load the new image.

6. After the new image is loaded, copy your saved config back to flash.


 

Supported Device and Feature Information

For supported Cisco devices, see the latest information in the NAM Compatibility Matrix on Cisco.com.

Supported Browsers

Prime NAM supports the following browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox— ESR 24
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10

Important Information

  • If you are using Prime Infrastructure, certain releases support remote installation of protocol packs on NAM servers. See your Prime Infrastructure documentation for more details.
  • Some custom applications may display as blank or deleted after an upgrade from 5.x to 6.1.

Restrictions and Limitations

This section contains important restrictions and limitation as follows:

  • Encapsulation is limited to first 500 entries. You may be unable to view any context menus from the Encapsulations dashboard if you have more than 500 VLANs or VxLANs or wireless endpoints.
  • Report data is incorrect when the default for International Notation has been changed. We recommend that you do not change this administration preference. (CSCuo28432)
  • Software filters do not currently work on NBAR application IDs. The “Quick Capture” operation will not capture any packets if any of the packet data includes an NBAR application ID.

Known and Resolved Problems in Release 6.1

For a complete list of known and resolved bugs and enhancements for this release, use the Cisco Bug Search tool.

Cisco Bug Search

Bug Search Tool (BST), the online successor to Bug Toolkit, is designed to improve our customers' effectiveness in network risk management and device troubleshooting.

BST allows partners and customers to search for software bugs based on product, release, and keyword, and aggregates key data such as bug details, product, and version. The service has provision to filter bugs based on credentials to provide external and internal bug views for the search input.

To use the BST to search for a specific bug or to search for all bugs in a release:


Step 1 Go to http://tools.cisco.com/bugsearch .

Step 2 At the Log In screen, enter your registered Cisco.com username and password; then, click Log In . The Bug Search page opens.


Note If you do not have a Cisco.com username and password, you can register for them at http://tools.cisco.com/RPF/register/register.do.


Step 3 To search for a specific bug, enter the bug ID in the Search For field and press Return.

Step 4 To search for bugs in the current release:

a. In the Search For field, enter Prime Network Analysis Module 6.1 and press Return. (Leave the other fields empty.)

b. When the search results are displayed, use the filter tools to find the types of bugs you are looking for. You can search for bugs by modified date, status, severity, and so forth.


Tip To export the results to a spreadsheet, click the Export All to Spreadsheet link.


Please see Bug Search Tools & Resources on Cisco.com. For more details on the tool overview and functionalities, check out the help page, located at http://www.cisco.com/web/applicat/cbsshelp/help.html

EOL/EOS Products

For information on older Cisco NAM platform and software releases not listed, see the End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Products pages:

Accessibility Features in Cisco Prime NAM Release 6.1

For a list of accessibility features in Prime NAM Release 6.1, see the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) on the Cisco website, or contact accessibility@cisco.com .

All product documents are accessible except for images, graphics, and some charts. If you would like to receive the product documentation in audio format, braille, or large print, contact accessibility@cisco.com.

Documentation

You can access the following additional Prime NAM guides on Cisco.com. For other documentation related to Prime NAM, see Related Documentation.


NoteWe sometimes update the documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should also review the documentation on Cisco.com for any updates. We sometimes update the documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should also review the documentation on Cisco.com for any updates.


Related Documentation

For additional information about other product documentation see the Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module Documentation Overview on Cisco.com. For platform-related software and hardware documentation, see the Related Documentation section in your Cisco NAM installation guides.

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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