Cisco ONS 15454 Procedure Guide, Release 8.5
Chap 3, Connect the PC and Log Into the GUI
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Connect the PC and Log into the GUI

Table Of Contents

Connect the PC and Log into the GUI

Before You Begin

NTP-A260 Set Up Computer for CTC

NTP-A234 Set Up CTC Computer for Local Craft Connection to the ONS 15454

NTP-A235 Set Up a CTC Computer for a Corporate LAN Connection to the ONS 15454

NTP-A236 Set Up a Remote Access Connection to the ONS 15454

NTP-A23 Log into the ONS 15454 GUI

NTP-A353 Use the CTC Launcher Application to Manage Multiple ONS Nodes


Connect the PC and Log into the GUI


This chapter explains how to connect PCs and workstations to the Cisco ONS 15454 and how to log into Cisco Transport Controller (CTC) software, which is the ONS 15454 Operation, Administration, Maintenance and Provisioning (OAM&P) user interface. Procedures for connecting to the ONS 15454 using Transaction Language One (TL1) are provided in the Cisco ONS SONET TL1 Reference Guide.

Before You Begin

This section lists the chapter procedures (NTPs). Turn to a procedure for applicable tasks (DLPs).

1. A260 Set Up Computer for CTC—Complete this procedure if your PC or workstation has never been connected to an ONS 15454.

2. A234 Set Up CTC Computer for Local Craft Connection to the ONS 15454—Complete this procedure to set up your computer for an onsite craft connection to the ONS 15454.

3. A235 Set Up a CTC Computer for a Corporate LAN Connection to the ONS 15454—Complete this procedure to set up your computer to connect to the ONS 15454 using a corporate LAN.

4. A236 Set Up a Remote Access Connection to the ONS 15454—Complete this procedure to set up your computer for remote modem access to the ONS 15454.

5. A23 Log into the ONS 15454 GUI—Complete this procedure to log into CTC.

6. A353 Use the CTC Launcher Application to Manage Multiple ONS Nodes—Complete this procedure to use the CTC launcher application.

NTP-A260 Set Up Computer for CTC

Purpose

This procedure configures your PC or UNIX workstation to run CTC.

Tools/Equipment

Cisco ONS 15454 Release 8.5 software CD

Prerequisite Procedures

Chapter 1 "Install the Shelf and Backplane Cable"

Required/As Needed

Required

Onsite/Remote

Onsite or remote

Security Level

None



Note JRE 5.0 is required to log into nodes running Software Release 8.5. To log into nodes running Release 4.5 or earlier, you must uninstall JRE 1.4.2 or 5.0 and install JRE 1.3.1_2. Complete the "DLP-A431 Change the JRE Version" task as necessary.



Step 1 If your computer does not have an appropriate browser installed, complete the following:

To install Netscape 7.x, download the browser at the following site: http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/default.jsp

To install Internet Explorer 6.x on a PC, download the browser at the following site: http://www.microsoft.com

Step 2 Complete the "DLP-A552 Adjust the Java Virtual Memory Heap Size" task to increase the size of the JVM heap in order to improve the CTC performance.

Step 3 If your computer is a Windows PC, complete the "DLP-A337 Run the CTC Installation Wizard for Windows" task, then go to Step 5.

Step 4 If your computer is a UNIX workstation, complete the "DLP-A338 Run the CTC Installation Wizard for UNIX" task.

Step 5 When your PC or workstation is set up, continue with the setup procedure appropriate to your network:

A234 Set Up CTC Computer for Local Craft Connection to the ONS 15454

A235 Set Up a CTC Computer for a Corporate LAN Connection to the ONS 15454

A236 Set Up a Remote Access Connection to the ONS 15454


Note Cisco recommends that you configure your browser to disable the caching of user IDs/passwords on computers used to access Cisco optical equipment.

In Internet Explorer, choose Tools > Internet Options > Content. Click Auto Complete and uncheck the User names and passwords on forms option.

In Netscape 7.0, choose Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Forms and uncheck the option to save form data. For passwords, choose Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Passwords and uncheck the option to remember passwords. Note that passwords can be stored in an encrypted format. Netscape versions earlier than 6.0 do not cache user IDs and passwords.


Stop. You have completed this procedure.


NTP-A234 Set Up CTC Computer for Local Craft Connection to the ONS 15454

Purpose

This procedure explains how to set up a PC running Windows or a Solaris workstation for an onsite local craft connection to the ONS 15454.

Tools/Equipment

Network interface card (NIC), also referred to as an Ethernet card

Straight-through (CAT 5) LAN cable

Prerequisite Procedures

A260 Set Up Computer for CTC

Required/As Needed

As needed

Onsite/Remote

Onsite or remote

Security Level

None



Step 1 Complete one of the CTC computer setup tasks shown in Table 3-1 based your CTC connection environment.

Table 3-1 CTC Computer Setup for Local Craft Connections to the ONS 15454 

CTC Connection Environment
CTC Computer Setup Task

You are connecting from a Windows PC.

All nodes that you will access run software earlier than Release 3.3.

You will connect to one ONS 15454.

You need to access non-ONS 15454 applications such as ping and tracert (trace route).

A50 Set Up a Windows PC for Craft Connection to an ONS 15454 on the Same Subnet Using Static IP Addresses

You are connecting from a Windows PC.

The CTC computer is provisioned for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

The ONS 15454 has DHCP forwarding enabled.

The ONS 15454 is connected to a DHCP server.

Note The ONS 15454 does not provide IP addresses. If DHCP is enabled, it passes DCHP requests to an external DHCP server.

A51 Set Up a Windows PC for Craft Connection to an ONS 15454 Using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

Note Do not use this task for initial node turn-up. Use the task only if DHCP forwarding is enabled on the ONS 15454. By default, DHCP is not enabled. To enable it, see the "NTP-A169 Set Up CTC Network Access" procedure.

You are connecting from a Windows PC.

All nodes that you will access run software Release 3.3 or later.

You will connect to ONS 15454s at different locations and times and do not wish to reconfigure your PC's IP settings each time.

You will not access or use non-ONS 15454 applications such as ping and tracert (trace route).

You will connect to the ONS 15454 TCC2/TCC2P Ethernet port or backplane LAN pins either directly or through a hub.

A52 Set Up a Windows PC for Craft Connection to an ONS 15454 Using Automatic Host Detection

You are connecting from a Solaris workstation.

You will connect to one ONS 15454.

You need to access non-ONS 15454 applications such as ping and traceroute.

A565 Set Up a Solaris Workstation for a Craft Connection to an ONS 15454


Step 2 Connect a straight-through (CAT-5) LAN cable from the PC or Solaris workstation NIC to one of the following:

RJ-45 (LAN) port on the active or standby TCC2/TCC2P card

RJ-45 (LAN) port on a hub or switch to which the ONS 15454 is physically connected


Note For instructions on crimping your own straight-through (CAT-5) LAN cables, refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 Troubleshooting Guide.



Note For initial shelf turn-up, you should connect your PC directly to the LAN port on the TCC2/TCC2P card of the ONS 15454.


Step 3 After setting up your CTC computer, continue with the "NTP-A23 Log into the ONS 15454 GUI" procedure, if applicable.

Stop. You have completed this procedure.


NTP-A235 Set Up a CTC Computer for a Corporate LAN Connection to the ONS 15454

Purpose

This procedure sets up your computer to access the ONS 15454 through a corporate LAN.

Tools/Equipment

Network interface card (NIC), also referred to as an Ethernet card

Straight-through (CAT 5) LAN cable

Prerequisite Procedures

A260 Set Up Computer for CTC

The ONS 15454 must be provisioned for LAN connectivity, including IP address, subnet mask, default gateway.

The ONS 15454 must be physically connected to the corporate LAN.

The CTC computer must be connected to the corporate LAN that has connectivity to the ONS 15454.

Required/As Needed

As needed

Onsite/Remote

Onsite or remote

Security Level

None



Step 1 If your computer is already connected to the corporate LAN, go to Step 3. If you changed your computer's network settings for craft access to the ONS 15454, change the settings back to the corporate LAN access settings. This generally means:

Set the IP Address on the TCP/IP dialog box back to Obtain an IP address automatically (Windows 98) or Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server (Windows NT 4.0, 2000, or XP).

If your LAN requires that Domain Name System (DNS) or Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) be enabled, change the setting on the DNS Configuration or WINS Configuration tab of the TCP/IP dialog box.

Step 2 Connect a straight-through (CAT-5) LAN cable from the PC or Solaris workstation NIC card to a corporate LAN port.

Step 3 If your computer is connected to a proxy server, disable proxy service or add the ONS 15454 nodes as exceptions. To disable proxy service, complete one of the following tasks, depending on the web browser that you use:

A56 Disable Proxy Service Using Internet Explorer (Windows)

A57 Disable Proxy Service Using Netscape (Windows and UNIX)

Step 4 Continue with the "NTP-A23 Log into the ONS 15454 GUI" procedure.

Stop. You have completed this procedure.


NTP-A236 Set Up a Remote Access Connection to the ONS 15454

Purpose

This procedure connects the CTC computer to an ONS 15454 using a LAN modem.

Tools/Equipment

Modem and modem documentation

Prerequisite Procedures

A260 Set Up Computer for CTC

A modem must be connected to the ONS 15454

The modem must be provisioned for ONS 15454. To run CTC, the modem must be provisioned for Ethernet access.

Required/As Needed

As needed

Onsite/Remote

Onsite

Security Level

None



Step 1 Connect the modem to the RJ-45 (LAN) port on the TCC2/TCC2P card or to the LAN pins on the ONS 15454 backplane.

Step 2 While referring to the modem documentation, complete the following tasks to provision the modem for the ONS 15454:

For CTC access, set the modem for Ethernet access.

Assign an IP address to the modem that is on the same subnet as the ONS 15454.

The IP address the modem assigns to the CTC computer must be on the same subnet as the modem and the ONS 15454.


Note For assistance on provisioning specific modems, contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (Cisco TAC). See the "Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request" section for more information.


Step 3 Continue with the "NTP-A23 Log into the ONS 15454 GUI" procedure.

Stop. You have completed this procedure.


NTP-A23 Log into the ONS 15454 GUI

Purpose

This procedure logs into CTC, the graphical user interface software used to manage the ONS 15454. This procedure includes optional node login tasks.

Tools/Equipment

None

Prerequisite Procedures

A260 Set Up Computer for CTC

One of the following procedures:

A234 Set Up CTC Computer for Local Craft Connection to the ONS 15454

A235 Set Up a CTC Computer for a Corporate LAN Connection to the ONS 15454

A236 Set Up a Remote Access Connection to the ONS 15454

Required/As Needed

As needed

Onsite/Remote

Onsite or remote

Security Level

Retrieve or higher



Step 1 Complete the "DLP-A60 Log into CTC" task.


Note For information about navigating in CTC, see "CTC Information and Shortcuts."


During network topology discovery, CTC polls each node in the network to determine which one contains the most recent version of the CTC software. If CTC discovers a node in the network that has a more recent version of the CTC software than the version you are currently running, CTC generates a message stating that a later version of CTC has been found in the network, and offers to install the CTC software upgrade. If you have network discovery disabled, CTC will not seek more recent versions of the software. Unreachable nodes are not included in the upgrade discovery.


Note Upgrading the CTC software will overwrite your existing software. You must restart CTC after the upgrade is complete.


Step 2 As needed, complete the "DLP-A61 Create Login Node Groups" task. Login node groups allow you to manage nodes that are not connected to the login node through data communication channels (DCC).

Step 3 As needed, complete the "DLP-A62 Add a Node to the Current Session or Login Group" task.

Step 4 As needed, complete the "DLP-A339 Delete a Node from the Current Session or Login Group" task.

Step 5 As needed, complete the "DLP-A372 Delete a Node from a Specified Login Node Group" task.

Step 6 As needed, complete the "DLP-A327 Configure the CTC Alerts Dialog Box for Automatic Popup" task.

Stop. You have completed this procedure.


NTP-A353 Use the CTC Launcher Application to Manage Multiple ONS Nodes

Purpose

This procedure uses the CTC Launcher to start a CTC session with an ONS NE that has an IP connection to the CTC computer; create TL1 tunnels to connect to ONS NEs on the other side of third-party, OSI-based GNEs; and view, manage, and delete TL1 tunnels using CTC.

Tools/Equipment

None

Prerequisite Procedures

A260 Set Up Computer for CTC

One of the following procedures:

A234 Set Up CTC Computer for Local Craft Connection to the ONS 15454

A235 Set Up a CTC Computer for a Corporate LAN Connection to the ONS 15454

Required/As Needed

As needed

Onsite/Remote

Onsite or remote

Security Level

Retrieve or higher



Note JRE 5.0 must be installed on the PC you are using with the CTC Launcher application.



Step 1 As needed, complete one of the following tasks to install the CTC Launcher:

A566 Install the CTC Launcher Application from a Release 8.5 Software CD

A567 Install the CTC Launcher Application from a Release 8.5 Node

Step 2 As needed, complete the "DLP-A568 Connect to ONS Nodes Using the CTC Launcher" task to connect to an ONS network element with direct IP connectivity.

Step 3 As needed, complete the "DLP-A559 Install or Reinstall the CTC JAR Files" task to install or reinstall the CTC JAR files.

Step 4 As needed, complete one of the following tasks to create a TL1 tunnel, which enables you to connect to an ONS network element residing behind OSI-based, third-party GNEs:

A569 Create a TL1 Tunnel Using the CTC Launcher

A570 Create a TL1 Tunnel Using CTC

Step 5 As needed, complete the "DLP-A571 View TL1 Tunnel Information" task.

Step 6 As needed, complete the "DLP-A572 Edit a TL1 Tunnel Using CTC" task.

Step 7 As needed, complete the "DLP-A573 Delete a TL1 Tunnel Using CTC" task.

Stop. You have completed this procedure.