Cisco ONS 15454 Procedure Guide, Release 4.6
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About this Guide

Table Of Contents

About this Guide

Revision History

Document Objectives


Document Organization

Chapter (Director Level)

Non-Trouble Procedure (NTP)

Detailed Level Procedure (DLP)

Related Documentation

Document Conventions

Where to Find Safety and Warning Information

Obtaining Documentation

Ordering Documentation

Cisco Optical Networking Product Documentation CD-ROM

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco Technical Support Website

Submitting a Service Request

Definitions of Service Request Severity

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information

About this Guide

This section explains the objectives, intended audience, and organization of this publication and describes the conventions that convey instructions and other information.

Note The terms "Unidirectional Path Switched Ring" and "UPSR" may appear in Cisco literature. These terms do not refer to using Cisco ONS 15xxx products in a unidirectional path switched ring configuration. Rather, these terms, as well as "Path Protected Mesh Network" and "PPMN," refer generally to Cisco's path protection feature, which may be used in any topological network configuration. Cisco does not recommend using its path protection feature in any particular topological network configuration.

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Updated Figure AEP Wire-Wrap Connections to Backplane Pins.

This section provides the following information:

Document Objectives


Document Organization

Related Documentation

Document Conventions

Where to Find Safety and Warning Information

Obtaining Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information

Document Objectives

This guide provides procedures for installation, turn up, provisioning, and acceptance of ONS 15454 nodes and ONS 15454 networks.


To use this publication, you should be familiar with Cisco or equivalent optical transmission hardware and cabling, telecommunications hardware and cabling, electronic circuitry and wiring practices, and preferably have experience as a telecommunications technician.

Document Organization

The organization of the guide reflects Cisco's recommended work flow for new installations. This organization also provides easy access to procedures and tasks used to modify existing installations. Verification procedures are provided, where necessary, to allow contract vendors to complete the physical installation and then turn over the site to craft personnel for verification, provisioning, turn up, and acceptance.

The front matter of the book appears in the following sequence:

1. Title Page

2. Table of Contents

3. List of Figures

4. List of Tables

5. List of Procedures

6. List of Tasks

The information in the book follows a task-oriented hierarchy using the elements described below.

Chapter (Director Level)

The guide is divided into logical work groups (chapters) that serve as director entry into the procedures. For example, if you are arriving on site after a contractor has installed the shelf hardware, proceed to Chapter 2, "Install Cards and Fiber-Optic Cable" and begin verifying installation and installing cards. You may proceed sequentially (recommended), or locate the work you want to perform from the list of procedures on the first page of every chapter (or turn to the front matter or index). Table 1 describes the guide chapters.

Table 1 Cisco ONS 15454 Procedure Guide Chapters 


Chapter 1, "Install the Shelf and Backplane Cable"

Includes procedures for installing the shelf assembly, electrical interface assemblies (EIAs), power and ground, fan-tray assembly, alarm expansion panel, backplane wires, external wire-wrap panel, electrical card cables, and optional dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment. Also included is the shelf installation acceptance test.

Chapter 2, "Install Cards and Fiber-Optic Cable"

Includes procedures to install common control cards, optical cards, transponder and muxponder cards, electrical cards, Ethernet cards and connectors, FC_MR-4 cards, and DWDM cards. Also included are procedures for removing and replacing a card, preprovisioning a slot, and installing and routing fiber-optic cables.

Chapter 3, "Connect the PC and Log into the GUI"

Includes procedures to install the Cisco Transport Controller (CTC), set up a computer for different connection types, and log into the Cisco ONS 15454.

Chapter 4, "Turn Up Node"

Includes procedures to verify the card installation; create users and assign security; set up name, date, time and contact information; set up network access, firewall access, and timing; create protection groups; and provision Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

Chapter 5, "Turn Up a DWDM Node"

Includes procedures to verify TCC2 card installation and provision the DWDM node.

Chapter 6, "Turn Up Network"

Includes procedures to verify the node turn up, and provision and test the following networks: point-to-point, linear ADM, bidirectional line switched ring (BLSR), and path protection. It also includes procedures for subtending rings.

Chapter 7, "Turn Up DWDM Network"

Includes procedures to verify DWDM node turn up; provision DWDM or hybrid network connections; run automatic node setup; verify optical service channel module power; and perform a hub or terminal node acceptance test.

Chapter 8, "Create Circuits and VT Tunnels"

Includes procedures to verify network turn up; create manually or automatically routed circuits or VT tunnels; create unidirectional circuits with multiple drops; create VT aggregation points, half circuits, Ethernet circuits, and overhead circuits; provision a DWDM optical channel network connection; and create virtual concatenated (VCAT) circuits.

Chapter 9, "Manage Alarms"

Includes procedures to document existing node data, view and delete alarms, view alarm-affected circuits and LCD alarm counts, manage alarm profiles, filter alarms, suppress alarms, and provision external alarms.

Chapter 10, "Monitor Performance"

Includes procedures to change the performance monitoring (PM) display, monitor performance, and manage remote monitoring (RMON) thresholds.

Chapter 11, "Manage Circuits"

Includes procedures to view circuits and cross-connect resource usage, modify and delete circuits and tunnels, convert and upgrade CTC and TL1 circuits, monitor circuits, and create a J1 path trace.

Chapter 12, "Change Node Settings"

Includes procedures to change node management information, CTC network access and view, and DWDM node settings; change or delete card protection settings; delete SONET data communication channel (DCC), line data communication channel (LDCC), generic communication channel (GCC), and DWDM optical service channel (OSC) terminations; and change node timing, security, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

Chapter 13, "Change Card Settings"

Includes procedures to modify line settings and PM parameter thresholds for cards, modify alarm interface controller settings, and upgrade DS-1 and DS-3 1:1 protection to 1:N protection.

Chapter 14, "Upgrade Cards and Spans"

Includes procedures to prevent an OC-N protection switch during cross-connect upgrades, upgrade or downgrade cards, and upgrade spans automatically or manually.

Chapter 15, "Convert Network Configurations"

Includes procedures to convert network configurations, modify a BLSR, and manage BLSR switches.

Chapter 16, "Add and Remove Nodes"

Includes procedures to add or remove BLSR, path protection, or linear nodes from a network configuration.

Chapter 17, "Maintain the Node"

Includes procedures to inspect and manage the air filter, backup and restore the database, restore the node to factory configuration, off load the security audit trail log, inhibit card protection switching, revert software, clean fiber connectors, reset the TCC2 card using CTC, view Ethernet card maintenance information, change the node timing reference, and view the timing report.

Chapter 18, "Power Down the Node"

Includes the procedure to power down the node.

Appendix A, "CTC Information and Shortcuts"

Includes a description of the CTC views and window features.

Appendix B, "Specifications"

Lists the ONS 15454 specifications.

Non-Trouble Procedure (NTP)

Each NTP is a list of steps designed to accomplish a specific procedure. Follow the steps until the procedure is complete. If you need more detailed instructions, refer to the Detailed Level Procedure (DLP) specified in the procedure steps.

Note Throughout this guide, NTPs are referred to as "procedures" and DLPs are termed "tasks." Every reference to a procedure includes its NTP number, and every reference to a task includes its DLP number.

Detailed Level Procedure (DLP)

The DLP (task) supplies additional task details to support the NTP. The DLP lists numbered steps that lead you through completion of a task. Some steps require that equipment indications be checked for verification. When the proper response is not obtained, the DLP provides a trouble clearing reference.

Related Documentation

Use the Cisco ONS 15454 Procedure Guide, R4.6 with the following referenced publications:

Cisco ONS 15454 Reference Manual, R4.6—Provides reference material for the Cisco ONS 15454 node and network.

Cisco ONS 15454 Troubleshooting Guide, R4.6—Provides general troubleshooting procedures, alarm descriptions and troubleshooting procedures, and hardware replacement instructions.

Cisco ONS 15454 and Cisco ONS 15327 TL1 Command Guide, R4.6—Provides a comprehensive list of TL1 commands for the ONS 15454 and ONS 15327.

Release Notes for the Cisco ONS 15454, R4.6—Provides caveats, closed issues, and new feature and functionality information.

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This publication uses the following conventions:



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Note:  This documentation is to be used in conjunction with the specific product installation guide that shipped with the product. Please refer to the Installation Guide, Configuration Guide, or other enclosed additional documentation for further details.

Where to Find Safety and Warning Information

For safety and warning information, refer to the Cisco Optical Transport Products Safety and Compliance Information document that accompanied the product. This publication describes the international agency compliance and safety information for the Cisco ONS 15xxx systems. It also includes translations of the safety warnings that appear in the ONS 15xxx system documentation.

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