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Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Release Notes, Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a)
Current Release: 4.0(1a)N1(1a) -April 23, 2009Part Number: OL-16601-01 G0
This document describes the features, caveats, and limitations for Nexus 5000 Series switches. Use this document in combination with documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.
Note Release notes are sometimes updated with new information about restrictions and caveats. See the following website for the most recent version of the Nexus 5000 Series Release Notes: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus5000/sw/release/notes/Nexus_5000_Release_Notes.html
Note Table 1 shows the online change history for this document.
This document includes the following sections:
The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switches comprise a family of line-rate, low-latency, lossless 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switches for data center applications. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series includes the Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch and the Cisco Nexus 5010 Switch.
The Cisco Nexus 5000 switch hardware is described in the following topics:
Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch
The Cisco Nexus 5020 is a 56-port switch. It is a two rack unit (2RU), 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, FCoE and Fibre Channel switch built to provide 1.04 terabit per second (Tbps) throughput with very low latency.
It has the following features:
•Forty fixed 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and FCoE Small Form Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) ports. Sixteen of the forty fixed ports support both GE and 10GE. The default is 10GE.
•Two expansion module slots that can be configured to support up to 12 additional 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and FCoE SFP+ ports, up to 16 Fibre Channel switch ports, or a combination of both.
•Serial console port and an out-of-band 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet management port.
•1+1 redundant, hot-pluggable power supplies.
•4+1 redundant, hot-pluggable fan modules to provide highly reliable front-to-back cooling.
For additional information about the Cisco Nexus 5020 switch, see the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Hardware Installation Guide.
Cisco Nexus 5010 Switch
The Cisco Nexus 5010 is a 28-port switch. It is a 1RU, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, FCoE, and Fibre Channel switch providing more than 500-Gbps throughput with very low latency. It has the following features:
•Twenty fixed 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and FCoE SFP+ ports. Eight of the twenty fixed ports support GE and 10GE speed.
•One expansion module slot that can be configured to support up to 6 additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and FCoE SFP+ ports, up to 8 Fibre Channel switch ports, or a combination of 4 additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco Data Center Ethernet, and FCoE SFP+ ports with 4 additional 1/2/4-Gbps Fibre Channel switch ports.
•Serial console port and an out-of-band 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet management port.
•1+1 redundant, hot-pluggable power supplies.
•1+1 redundant, hot-pluggable fan modules to provide highly reliable front-to-back cooling.
For additional information about the Cisco Nexus 5010 switch see the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Hardware Installation Guide.
New and Changed Features in Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a)
The new or changed features for this release are described in the following topics:
The shutdown lan Command
The DCBX protocol provides a capability to signal LAN Logical Link Status (LLS) to a CNA that is connected to the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch over an Ethernet interface. This signaling can be used by the bonding driver in the host to perform a failover to the standby link to the LAN.
The shutdown lan command provides the LAN administrator with the capability to trigger an LLS-Down to the CNA. This operation can be performed without any impact to the SAN traffic on the Ethernet interface. When the shutdown lan command is configured on an Ethernet interface, all VLANs that are not enabled for FCoE are brought down on the interface. This in turn triggers the LLS-Down signal. If non-FCoE VLANs are brought down by other means (like vlan shutdown) they trigger LLS-Down signaling if the only VLANs active on an Ethernet interface are enabled for FCoE.switch(config)# interface Ethernet 1/1switch(config-if)# shutdown ?<CR>force Enable/disable an interfacelan Shut all LAN VLANs on interfaceswitch(config-if)# [no] shutdown lan
The errdisable recovery cause pause-rate-limit Commandswitch(config)# errdisable recovery cause ?pause-rate-limit Enable timer to recover from pause rate limit errordisabled stateswitch(config)# [no] errdisable recovery cause pause-rate-limit
When an Ethernet port experiences severe congestion due to a large amount of flow control (pause) frames received from the peer for an extended duration of time (10s), the port is placed in an error disabled state. The errdisable recovery cause pause-rate-limit command enables an automatic recovery of the port after a pre-defined interval of recovery time (if the port was error-disabled as a result of the pause-rate-limiting function). By default, this recovery mechanism is not enabled.
The following command allows configuration of the timeout value for automatic recovery. The default value is 300 seconds.switch(config)# errdisable recovery interval ?<30-65535> Timer-interval (sec)
Kickstart Break Sequence
Press the Ctrl-] key sequence from the console port session when the switch begins the Cisco NX-OS software boot sequence to enter the boot prompt mode.Ctrl-]switch(boot)#
Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a) Upgrade and Downgrade Issues
This section describes issues that you may encounter when you upgrade or downgrade the Cisco NX-OS software release on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch. It provides examples of configuration syntax differences for some of these changes.
Upgrade and downgrade is supported between the following versions of the Cisco NX-OS software on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switches:
Upgrade and downgrade is not supported between the following versions of the Cisco NX-OS software on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switches:
All the documented behavior for upgrade and downgrade between 4.0(0)N1 based releases and 4.0(1a)N1(1) also applies to upgrade and downgrade between 4.0(0)N1 based releases and 4.0(1a)N1(1a).
The following upgrade and downgrade issues occur as a result of CSCsy37432, CSCsy53275, CSCsy09062, CSCsy08516 (For details see, Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a) and Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1)):
•If the startup-config has an RBAC role configured with more than 35 rules, then after a downgrade to the 4.0(0)N1(2a) release, the show running-config command causes the vshd process to core dump. This is due to a caveat (CSCsy37432). The workaround is to remove rules from the roles configuration in a way that a role does not have more than 35 rules before downgrading to the 4.0(0)N1(2a) release.
•If the startup-config has an RBAC role configured with more than 20 roles with 20 rules each, then after a downgrade to the 4.0(0)N1(2a) release, show running-config will make the roles feature work incorrectly. This is due to caveat CSCsy53275. The workaround is, before you downgrade to the 4.0(0)N1(2a) release, remove rules from the roles configuration to limit the configuration so it does not exceed the previously mentioned numbers.
•After an upgrade or downgrade, if the show startup security command is issued before performing copy running-config startup-config, the security process could crash. This is due to caveat CSCsy09062. You can avoid a core dump by issuing a copy running-config startup-config command after an upgrade or downgrade and before issuing the show startup <feature> command.
•After an upgrade or downgrade, when the system comes up users are assigned a default role of network-operator. This is due to caveat CSCsy08516. To avoid the problem, reload the switch after an upgrade or a downgrade and after the system comes up. You can then perform a copy running-config startup-config to save the correct configuration.
For more information about the features listed, refer to the documentation set listed in the"Related Documentation" section.
This section includes the following topics:
EtherChannel® Upgrade/Downgrade Changes
The following table describes the changes to the security ACLs for EtherChannel members.
The following table describes the changes to the interface level QoS service policy,
The following table describes the changes to the priority flow control configuration.
The following table describes the changes to the syntax of the Ethernet load-balancing commands.
When an Ethernet interface joins a EtherChannel, the following interface level parameters are disabled:bandwidth Set bandwidth informational parameter delay Specify interface throughput delay duplex Enter the port duplex mode flowcontrol Configure interface flowcontrol ip Configure IP features ipv6 Configure IPv6 features mac MAC configuration commands priority-flow-control Configure interface priority-flowcontrol service-policy Configure QoS service policy spanning-tree Spanning Tree Subsystem speed Enter the port speed storm-control Configure Interface storm control
Fibre Channel Port Shutdown
The following table describes the changes to the interface shutdown command syntax.
Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
The following table describes the changes to SPAN sessions.
Changes to the FCoE Model and Related Configuration
In the previous Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-based releases, the FCoE model allowed Ethernet and FCoE to co-exist on the interface. The virtual interfaces, virtual Ethernet and virtual Fibre Channel (VFC), did not affect each other. For example, if the virtual Ethernet interface was errdisabled, the VFC interface could still be up.
With Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1), the CLI implementation was changed to provide forward compatibility with the forthcoming T11 FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP). In this new FCoE model, the following is changed:
•FCoE traffic is passed over Ethernet; the Ethernet STP controls port status.
•FCoE traffic for a VSAN is transported over a single dedicated FCoE-enabled VLAN.
Although the CLI implementation requires a VLAN-to-VSAN mapping, the FCoE frames are expected to be untagged or priority-tagged. The FCoE VLAN is not expected to be carried in the FCoE frames. This will change in a future release once FIP-based FCoE is supported.
The changes to the virtual interfaces are described in the following topics:
Virtual Interface Groups
In previous Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-based releases, a virtual interface group allowed you to bind virtual interfaces to a physical Ethernet interface, as shown in the following example:switch# configure terminal switch(config)# interface vig 1 switch(config-if)# bind interface ethernet 1/1
Virtual interface groups have been deprecated in release 4.0(1a)N1(1a).
Virtual Ethernet Interfaces
Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a) does not support virtual Ethernet interfaces. All Ethernet features previously configured at the virtual Ethernet interface now need to be configured at the bound Ethernet interface.
The following configuration statements must be explicitly configured on the Ethernet interface to keep behavior the same as virtual Ethernet interface:spanning-tree bpduguard enable spanning-tree port type edge trunk
All other features (for example, ACLs, SPAN etc.) that were previously configured at the virtual Ethernet interface would need to be applied to the bound Ethernet interface.
Virtual Fibre Channel Interfaces
In previous Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-based releases, a virtual Fibre Channel interface was attached to a virtual interface group, which then bound it to the physical Ethernet interface.
Each virtual Fibre Channel interface is bound directly to an FCoE-enabled physical Ethernet interface in Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a). This change simplifies the interface vfc command as shown in the following example:switch# configure terminal switch(config)# interface vfc 1 switch(config-if)# bind interface ethernet 1/1
The Ethernet interface that you bind the virtual Fibre Channel interface to must be configured as follows:
•It must be a trunk port (use the switchport mode trunk command).
•The FCoE VLAN that corresponds to virtual Fibre Channel's VSAN must be in the allowed VLAN list.
•FCoE VLAN must not be configured as the native VLAN of the trunk port.
•The Ethernet interface must be configured as PortFast (use the spanning-tree port type edge trunk command).
In previous Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-based releases, FCoE had no dependence on the VLANs defined on the switch.
In Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a), each virtual Fibre Channel interface is associated with only one VSAN. Any VSAN with associated virtual Fibre Channel interfaces must be mapped to a dedicated FCOE-enabled VLAN as shown in the following example:switch# configure terminal switch(config)# vlan 200 switch(config-vlan)# fcoe vsan 2 switch(config-vlan)# exit switch(config)# interface ethernet 1/1 switch(config-if)# switchport mode trunk switch(config-if)# switchport trunk native vlan 1 switch(config-if)# switchport trunk allowed vlan 1,200 switch(config-if)# exit switch(config)# interface vfc 1 switch(config-if)# bind interface ethernet 1/1 switch(config-if)# exit switch(config)# vsan database switch(config-vsan)# vsan 2 interface vfc 1
Note The FCoE VLAN must be exclusively reserved for FCoE traffic; it must not be used for non-FCoE Ethernet forwarding.
Example of Virtual Interface Configuration Changes
Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-based Release Configurationinterface vig 1 bind interface Ethernet 1/1 interface vethernet 1/1 switchport access vlan 2 interface vfc 1/1 no shutdown vsan database vsan 1 interface vfc 1/1
Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a) Converted Configurationvlan 101 fcoe vsan 1 interface Ethernet 1/1 switchport mode trunk switchport trunk native vlan 2 switchport trunk allowed vlan 2,101 spanning-tree bpduguard enable spanning-tree port type edge trunk interface vfc 1 no shutdown vsan database vsan 1 interface vfc 1
Upgrading from Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-Based Releases
When you upgrade your Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch from Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-based releases, all virtual Fibre Channel and virtual Ethernet interface configuration will be lost because the applicable CLI is incompatible with the previous releases. We recommend that you backup your startup-config file prior to performing the upgrade. If your switch has an FCoE configuration you will need to reconfigure FCoE using the new FCoE CLI. Alternatively, you can contact Cisco Customer Support for help with upgrading and converting your configuration to the new format.
Downgrading to Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)-Based Releases
Your FCoE configuration will be lost on downgrade. We recommend that you backup your original configuration prior to upgrading to Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a). The backed up startup-config can be used to restore your original configuration after a downgrade.
This section describes the limitations in Nexus 5000 Series switches, Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a).
•The untagged cos command is not supported in this release.
•Traffic going out the Ethernet SPAN destination is always tagged. The SPAN destination can be in the access or trunk mode and frames on the SPAN source port can be tagged or untagged. Frames are always tagged internally as they travel through the system. Information about whether the frame was originally tagged or untagged, as it appeared in the SPAN source, is not preserved in the SPAN destination. The spanned traffic exiting the SPAN destination port always has the VLAN tag on it. The correct VLAN tag is applied on the frame as it goes out the SPAN destination. The only exception is if frames ingress on a SPAN source port on an invalid VLAN. In this case, vlan 0 will be applied on a spanned frame.
•RADIUS and AAA startup configuration is lost when you upgrade from 4.0(0)N based releases to 4.0(1a)N based releases and later releases or when you downgrade to 4.0(0)N based releases. Save the startup configuration to bootflash memory before an upgrade or a downgrade, and restore it from bootflash memory after the upgrade or downgrade.
•Spanned Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) frames do not preserve original SMAC and DMAC fields. The Ethernet header gets modified as the frame is spanned to the destination. The modified header fields are displayed when monitored on the SPAN destination.
•The CoS value in spanned Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) frames on the Ethernet SPAN destination port does not match with the CoS value in the SPAN FCoE source frame. The CoS value on the captured SPAN FCoE frame should be ignored.
•Ethernet and Fibre Channel frames with bad CRC or invalid SOF and EOF are not dropped. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch operates in cut-through switching mode, so frames are forwarded through the system before they are completely received. The Ethernet and Fibre Channel CRCs are overwritten in the frame and the EOF code is set to EOFa. A downstream switch or the destination end station will drop the bad frames.
•The class-fcoe cannot be removed even if Fibre Channel is not enabled on a switch.
•VACLs of more than one type on a single VLAN are unsupported. NX-OS software supports only a single type of VACL (either MAC, IPv4, or IPv6) applied on a VLAN. When a VACL is applied to a VLAN, it replaces the existing VACL if the new VACL is a different type. For instance, if a MAC VACL is configured on a VLAN and then an IPv6 VACL is configured on the same VLAN, the IPv6 VACL gets applied and the MAC VACL is removed.
•A MAC ACL is applied only on non-IP packets. Even if there is a match eth type = ipv4 statement in the MAC ACL, it does not match an IP packet. To overcome this situation, use IP ACLs to apply access control to IP traffic instead of using a MAC ACL that matches the Ethertype to Ipv4 or Ipv6.
•If a port drains traffic at a rate less than 100 Kbps, it is errdisabled in 10 seconds to avoid buffer exhaustion. However, if the drain rate is larger than 100 Kbps, the port may not be consistently errdisabled within 10 seconds. This could cause ingress buffers to be exhausted leading to frames being discarded. Use the shut command to disable the slow-draining port.
•The multicast storm control functionality in the Nexus 5000 Series hardware does not distinguish between IP, non-IP, registered, or unregistered multicast traffic. All multicast traffic is subject to a single multicast storm control policer when configured.
•Multiple boot kickstart statements in the configuration are not supported.
•If you remove an expansion module with Fibre Channel ports, and the cable is still attached, the following FCP_ERRFCP_PORT errors are displayed:2008 May 14 15:55:43 switch %KERN-3-SYSTEM_MSG: FCP_ERRFCP_PORT: gat_fcp_isr_ip_fcmac_sync_intr@424, jiffies = 0x7add9a:Unknown intr src_id 42 - kernel2008 May 14 15:55:43 switch %KERN-3-SYSTEM_MSG: FCP_ERRFCP_PORT: gat_fcp_isr_ip_fcmac_sync_intr@424, jiffies = 0x7add9a:Unknown intr src_id 41 - kernel
These messages are informational only, and result in no loss of functionality.
This section includes the following topics:
This section lists the open caveats for this release.
Symptom: When a 750W power supply OIR is performed, following error message is generated:009 Aug 15 00:37:38 Switch-1 %$ VDC-1 %$ %NOHMS-2-NOHMS_DIAG_ERR_PS_RECOVERED: Recovered: System minor alarm on power supply 1: failed
Workaround: There is no effect on functionality.
Symptom: If errdisable recovery interval is configured to the maximum value of 65535 (taking approximately 18hrs), when a port is errdisabled due to a recovery enabled cause, it takes four more hours for the recovery to take effect.
Symptom: When an RBAC role is configured to deny a few commands within a specific interface, the help command falsely displays all commands as denied. This is only a help issue and the rules are enforced as configured.
Symptom: When an RBAC role is configured to deny a few commands, users within that role may incorrectly see a some disallowed commands in the help. This is only a help issue and commands are denied as per the configured rules.
Symptom: An RBAC role with rules denying commands for all interfaces of certain types using the wildcard * option, are not honored.
Workaround: Configure rules with specific interface names.
Symptom: The auto learn static MAC entry is removed if the port on which the same MAC address is dynamically learned is flapped. The static MAC address is removed from the software as well as the hardware.
Workaround: Re-add the static MAC entry through the CLI.
Symptom: The default VRF is the system default for a VRF setting. Ideally, applications using VRF (such as TACACS+) assume a default VRF value if a VRF configuration is not specified by the administrator. However, TACACS+ is not set up properly unless the default VRF is configured.
The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switches support two possible VRFs, the default and the management. Configure the desired VRF when using TACACS+ service. You can configure the desired VRF using either of these configurations:aaa group server tacacs+ t1server 10.193.149.54use-vrf managementaaa group server tacacs+ t2server 22.214.171.124use-vrf default
Symptom: No traps are sent when SFPs for GE and 10GE are removed or inserted.
Symptom: Each Switched Virtual Interface (SVI) for inband management must be configured with a different IP address. IPv6 has an error check feature. When an administrator enters a duplicate IPv6 address across two SVIs, the software fails the command due to the duplicate address. A similar error check should exist for IPv4 address configuration on SVIs.
Workaround: Do not configure duplicated IPv4 or IPv6 addresses.
Symptom: The VLAN interface 1 is internally created by the SVI daemon by default, so this VLAN interface cannot be deleted from the CLI.
Symptom: When downgrading a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch from running a 4.0(1a)N1 image to a 4.0(0)N1(1) or 4.0(0)N1(1a) image, the startup configuration is not restored. This is caused by the defect CSCsq74395, which was resolved in 4.0(0)N1(2) and 4.0(0)N1(2a).
Workaround: After a downgrade, manually copy the startup configuration to the running configuration and reboot the system.
Symptom: The command show interface ethernet transceiver details may show invalid calibration for DOM-supported 1 G SFP.
Symptom: The show startup-config does not show the correct mode for a channel group. It shows the current mode for the channel group. The correct mode is stored. On a subsequent reload, the correct mode is configured on the channel group. The show startup-config always shows the current mode instead of the mode that was saved to startup. On a subsequent reload, the correct mode is configured. This is only a show command issue.
Symptom: The command show interface ethernet transceiver details may show all zero values for DOM-capable 1 G SFP.
Symptom: When a Virtual Fibre Channel (VFC) interface is down, the fcIfOperStatusCause MIB object does not report the correct reason.
Workaround: Get the OperStatus from the CLI using the show interface vfc x command.
Symptom: Within a configuration session, when you enable statistics on the PACL add more than 252 ACES to the ACL, and apply it to an interface, an error message is generated as the statistics counter is exhausted. Even if you try to remove the statistics keyword, it does not get removed. The result is that the ACL cannot be applied to the interface. This problem occurs only with a configuration session, and only after a configuration failure.
Workaround: Reduce the size of the ACL (fewer than 252 ACES) and re-apply the ACL to an interface. The statistics keyword will still remain and consume hardware resources.
Symptom: Within a configuration session, 125 unique VACLs are created with a total of 1023 TCAM entries. The verify command fails with the following message:d2-switch-2(config)# configure session 30Config Session started, Session ID is 1d2-switch-2(config-s)# verifyFailed to start Verification: Message Timed Outd2-switch-2(config-s)# commitFailed to complete Verification: no free label
This problem occurs with large VACL configurations. Once the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch gets into this state, subsequent VACL configurations fail.
Workaround: A reload is needed to recover the configuration.
Symptom: If an invalid IP address is configured within a RADIUS configuration (such RADIUS server), any manipulation of the RADIUS configuration causes timeouts to the console such as show running-configuration or copy running to startup.
Workaround: Configure a valid IP address for a RADIUS configuration.
Symptom: Any FC port set to SD mode does not come up until the speed is configured manually. The port goes into the Error disabled state and the only way to bring it online as SD is to manually set the speed 2 G or 4 G.
Workaround: Configure the speed manually to 2 G or 4 G.
Symptom: When you downgrade from the 4.0(1a)N1 release to a previous software release, any static IGMP entries that have been configured over an Ether channel are lost after the downgrade.
Workaround: After you downgrade to the previous release and reload the switch, reconfigure any static IGMP groups configured over an Etherchannel. Alternately you can also do a copy startup running to reload the startup configuration. After that do a copy running startup to make sure the static IGMP entries are re added properly to the startup configuration.
Symptom: If the name server IP address is unreachable, the TACACS daemon gets stuck trying to resolve the server names. While it is stuck, TACACS commands, including common commands such as show running-config and copy running-config startup-config, are not processed.
Workaround: Fix the network connectivity to the name server IP address.
Symptom: When you restore a configuration to running-config from a configuration file, ACL manager may leak memory. The size of the leak is related to the size of ACL configurations and the number of times the restoration occurs. The switch may reboot if the ACL configuration is very large and the restoration occurs too many times.
Symptom: TACACS+ fails if the user name input at login initiates a directed request authentication. The syntax to authenticate a directed request to a switch is username@(IP address or name of TACACS+ server).
Workaround: Use RADIUS for directed request authentication.
Symptom: The neighboring device for the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) is not removed after shutting down the port for CDP hold time interval.
Symptom: The fan LED on the Device Manager (DM) displays in amber color even though the fan is working properly.
Symptom: When the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) feature is disabled, any untagged Ethernet packet with 00 00 in the Ethertype/length field is treated as an invalid packet and is forwarded out with a bad Ethernet CRC.
Symptom: When the ntp peer command is configured on the MDS fabric and is distributed using CFS, the Nexus 5000 Series switch appends an incorrect VRF name AC to the command instead of VRF management.
Workaround: Use the ntp server command to synchronize time across the fabric.
Symptom: When IGMP group membership is statically configured with private VLAN (PVLAN) host ports, the hardware gets programmed correctly. However, the membership information is not programmed for PVLAN host ports after the switch is reloaded.
Workaround: Delete and add the private VLAN association once again.
Symptom: When a port is congested due to traffic from multiple inputs, the traffic mapped to a user-defined QoS class can get discarded at a very slow rate (fewer frames per second) in spite of being configured with strict priority scheduling.
Symptom: When an egress SPAN is configured on a port transmitting jumbo or large frames, the spanned frames are truncated to 2384 bytes.
Symptom: An incorrect MTU value is displayed in the show interface command output. The Nexus 5000 Series switch only supports class-based MTU. Per-interface level MTU configuration is not supported. The switch supports jumbo frames by default. However, the show interface command output currently displays an incorrect MTU value of 1500 bytes.
Symptom: The Set operation on the CISCO-IP-IF-MIB is not supported. You cannot set the mgmt0 IP address using SNMP.
Workaround: Use the CLI to set the mgmt0 IP address.
Symptom: CFS does not support roles configuration distribution. Enter the show cfs application command to see the registered applications.
Workaround: Any features not registered with CFS need to be configured locally on the switch.
Symptom: CFS does not support RADIUS configuration distribution. Enter the show cfs application command to see the registered applications.
Workaround: Any features not registered with CFS need to be configured locally on the switch.
Symptom: When an LACP port channel is configured between Catalyst 6500 and Nexus 5000 Series switches, and the configurations on both sides of the port channel do not match, the Catalyst 6500 LACP ports may change to the errordisable state.
Workaround: Fix the configuration to make it consistent on both peer switches of the port channel, and perform a shut and no shut operation on the Catalyst 6500 port channel interface.
Symptom: When a shutdown command is issued to the mgmt0 interface on a Nexus 5000 Series switch, the link never goes down and the remote end does not indicate that the link is down.
Symptom: The current version of NX-OS software running on the Nexus 5000 Series switches does not support Brocade i10K interop mode 4. The i10k v126.96.36.199 is supported by MDS in SAN-OS 3.2(2c), and 3.2(3) with interop mode 1 and 4.
Symptom: Virtual interfaces are created by specifying the interface name in configuration mode. If the interface does not exist, the system creates the interface, and then enters interface configuration mode. If the user role prohibits access to that interface, this CLI is rejected and the user does not enter interface configuration mode, although the interface is created. Similarly, if a user does not have access to a virtual interface, the interface can still be deleted with the no interface command.
Symptom: When two SNMP walks are started simultaneously, one of them may fail with the following error:OID not increasing
This problem does not occur with a single SNMP walk.
Workaround: This is not a permanent failure. Restart the walk and the problem will not occur as long as there is no other SNMP walk in progress.
Symptom: Delete and insert role scopes for a role may fail and display the following error:entry already exists
The problem occurs when you execute the following steps:
•Delete all role scopes for a role.
•Insert new role scopes for the same role.
Workaround: Repeat the above steps once again.
Symptom: Occasionally, when reload is executed after bootup, and there has been no configuration change, the switch will display the following warning:'WARNING: There is unsaved configuration!!!'
Workaround: Enter the copy running startup command. The problem will disappear.
Symptom: When the small form-factor pluggable (SFP) is not in the Ethernet port, the show interface command output displays a bandwidth of 1 Gbps. When the SFP is plugged in, the bandwidth is displayed correctly (10 Gbps).
Symptom: When an SNMP user creates or deletes virtual interface group (VIG), virtual Ethernet (VEth) or virtual FC (VFC) interfaces, the accounting log displayed by the show accounting log command does not get updated.
Workaround: Use the CLI for the configuration, which will update the accounting log.
Symptom: When IGMP snooping is enabled on a switch, and the switch is the STP root and an STP topology change occurs, the IP multicast traffic may take a long time to converge. During this time, the IP multicast traffic may get affected.
Workaround: Configure a shorter query interval on the IGMP router to reduce the time it takes for ip-multicast traffic to converge in this topology.
Symptom: When a SAN port channel is created, the following syslog message is displayed:2008 May 20 06:09:13 switch %PORT_CHANNEL-3-MSG_SEND_FAILURE: failed to send MAP_PARAM_FROM_CHANNEL to sap 45: Broken pipe"
There is no functionality loss and this message can be ignored.
Symptom: The following error message is displayed when a module is hot-swapped out:2005 Jan 1 00:08:23 switch %KERN-4-SYSTEM_MSG: SI-VDC map entry <0, 0x0> does not exist! - kernel"
There is no functionality loss and the message can be ignored.
Symptom: Enhanced Inter Switch Link (EISL) encapsulation is not supported on a Fibre Channel SPAN destination port. When EISL encapsulation is configured on the SPAN destination (SD) port, a VFT header is added to the packets going out of the SD port. The VFT header has VSAN information that helps distinguish traffic for various VSANs. This applies to any Fibre Channel SPAN source. By default, EISL encap is not added and packets are sent out without a VFT header, and independent of the type of SPAN source port. For a Nexus 5000 Series switch, the switchport encap EISL command does not have any effect.
Workaround: Use the Ethernet SPAN destination port to SPAN Fibre Channel traffic. FCoE packets going out of the Ethernet SPAN destination port will contain VSAN information in the Ethernet VLAN tag.
Symptom: EISL encapsulation is not supported on Fibre Channel SPAN destination port in NPV mode. When EISL encapsulation is configured on the SPAN destination (SD) port, a VFT header is added to the packets going out of the SD port. The VFT header has VSAN information, which helps distinguish traffic for various VSANs. This applies to any Fibre Channel SPAN source. By default, EISL encapsulation is not added and packets are sent out without a VFT header, and independent of the type of SPAN source port. For a Nexus 5000 Series switch, the switchport encap EISL command does not have any effect.
Workaround: Use the Ethernet SPAN destination port to SPAN Fibre Channel traffic. FCoE packet going out of the Ethernet SPAN destination port will contain VSAN information in the Ethernet VLAN tag.
Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1a)
This section lists the resolved caveats for this release.
Symptom: In the Cisco NX-OS 4.0(1a)N1(1) release, if an RBAC role has more than 67 rules configured, show running-config causes the vshd process to core dump. This caveat exists in the 4.0(0)N1(2a) and 4.0(1a)N1(1) releases.
Workaround: Before downgrading to the Cisco NX-OS 4.0(1a)N1(1) release, remove rules from the roles configuration such that a role does not have more than 67 rules.
Symptom: The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch Ethernet port is configured in the 1 G mode of operation using the speed 1000 command. It does not advertise and auto-negotiate the flow control configuration. As a result, the link peer does not learn about the capabilities of the Nexus 5000 Series switches and does not enable flow control at its end.
Workaround: Disable auto-negotiation on the link peer and enable flow control for flow control to work over the link.
Symptom: When a rule that refers to a specific interface name (Ethernet 1/1) is entered in the role definition CLI, the command could hang. Type Ctrl-C to return to the CLI prompt.
Workaround: Do not configure rules that refer to specific interfaces in the role definition CLI.
Symptom: This is an open caveat in 4.0(0)N1(2a) and 4.0(1a)N1(1) releases. After an upgrade or downgrade if the show startup security command is issued before performing a copy running-config startup-config, the security process could crash.
Workaround: You can avoid a core dump by issuing a copy running-config startup-config command after an upgrade or downgrade and before issuing the show startup <feature> command.
Symptom: This is an open caveat in 4.0(0)N1(2a) and 4.0(1a)N1(1) releases. After an upgrade or a downgrade and when the system comes up, users are assigned a network-operator role by default.
Workaround: To avoid the problem, reload the switch after an upgrade or a downgrade and after the system comes up. You can then perform the copy running-config startup-config operation to save the correct configuration.
Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(1a)N1(1)
This section lists the resolved caveats for this release.
Symptom: This is an open caveat in the Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)N1(2a) release. On the 4.0(0)N1(2a) release if an RBAC role has more than 35 rules configured, show running-config and copy running-config cause the vshd process to core dump.
Workaround: Before downgrading to the Cisco NX-OS 4.0(0)N1(2a) release, remove rules from the roles configuration such that a role does not have more than 35 rules.
Symptom: This is an open caveat in the Cisco NX-OS4.0(0)N1(2a) release. If there are 20 RBAC roles configured with 20 rules each, the RBAC feature becomes non-functional.
Workaround: Do not configure more than 20 rules in each role. The feature works fine if the numbers of rules are limited to 10 per role.
Symptom: When TACACS+ authentication is used to authenticate AAA users using ACS, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch ignores the user to role binding information specified in the ACS. Users are logged in with their default roles. The default role for a new user is network-operator and for a user who is an administrator is network-admin.
Workaround: The user-to-role binding needs to be configured locally on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch for the role binding to take effect.
Symptom: The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch executes the power on self test (POST) at bootup to validate hardware integrity of the ASICs. When a Fibre Channel port is connected to an HBA, the HBA driver could assert a LOS that causes a false failure to be reported by POST for one of the ASICs. As a result, all the ports serviced by the ASIC on the GEM are marked for hwFailure.
Workaround: Bypass POST at bootup by performing the following steps:switch(config)# diagnostic bootup level bypassswitch(config)# copy running-config startup-configswitch(config)# reload
Symptom: The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch crashes if CFS callhome is enabled on a it after a CFS callhome commit is performed on an attached MDS.
Symptom: The Cisco Nexus 5020 switch has a Pktmgr memory leak in version 4.0(0)N1(2). This causes STP to stop functioning after awhile causing a Layer 2 Loop. After breaking the redundant connections, the switch is unable to be managed, due to a No buffer space available message.
Condition: The Cisco Nexus 5020 switch is setup in a triangle topology with two 6500 switches. Code version 4.0(0)N1(2) is loaded on the Cisco Nexus 5020 switch. The redundant link had to be shut down in order to stop the loop.
Workaround: To fix the broken state, do not configure SVI.
Symptom: If PVLANs are created and deleted continuously and without pausing, the Ethernet interface may not be configurable and you have to reboot.
Workaround: Pause between the creation and deletion of PVLANs and do not perform multiple PVLAN operations at the same time. Alternately, you can create a PVLAN before any PVLAN interface is created and remove the switch port PVLAN from the interface before the PVLAN is deleted.
Symptom: When you perform delete, add, shutdown or no shutdown operations on a VLAN, the port channel interface may lose VLAN membership in the forwarding plane. As a result, ports will not participate in any of the forwarding operations on that VLAN. This behavior applies to access port channels where the switch port access VLAN configuration matches the deleted and re-added VLAN. This behavior can occur for trunk port channels, if the deleted or re-added VLAN matches the native VLAN of the port channel.
Workaround: Enter the shutdown command or the no shutdown command on the port channel.
Symptom: Although SNMP notification is enabled on the switch, traps for the power supply and fan modules are not received.
Symptom: When a VSAN is configured as SPAN source, traffic from all the member ports is spanned to the SPAN destination port. When a switch is rebooted, the VSAN SPAN source remains in the down state.
Workaround: Delete and add the VSAN sources for the SPAN session.
Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(0)N1(2a)
Symptom: Telnet access is available only after reloading the Nexus 5020 switch with the no telnet server enable command running.
Workaround: Execute the no telnet server enable command once again after reload even if the command is saved in the startup-config. Additionally, you can also apply filters to the SVI to allow only trusted hosts to communicate with the system.
Symptom: The Nexus 5000 Series switch executes the power-on self-test (POST) at bootup to validate hardware integrity of the ASICs. When a Fibre Channel port is connected to a host bus adapter (HBA), the HBA driver can trigger a signal loss that causes a false failure to be reported by POST for one of the ASICs. As a result, all the ports serviced by the ASIC on the GEM are marked for hardware failure.
Workaround: Do not connect HBAs to the FC expansion modules.
Symptom: When the Nexus 5000 Series switch is configured to operate in the N-port virtualization (NPV) mode, the LOGOs received over the server port are not processed properly. This results in stale Fibre Channel IDs at the switch.
Workaround: Perform shut and no shut command operations on all the server ports to clear the stale state on the NPV switch.
•CSCsm66194 and CSCsr66209
Symptom: Logins may not be uniformly balanced across all available border ports when the Nexus 5000 series switch operates in the NPV mode under conditions such as the following:
•The switch is reloaded.
•NPIV is disabled and re-enabled on the NPV core-switch.
•The NPV core-switch is reloaded.
•A new NP link is added.
Workaround: Perform shut and no shut command operations on all the server ports to rebalance the logins.
Symptom: When the Nexus 5020 Series switch is connected to a 110 V power supply, the following problems occur:
•The syslog displays warnings at bootup. Although the hardware supports the 110 V input, the operating system incorrectly logs the warning message.
•The show environment power command incorrectly displays the available power as a negative value.
Workaround: The problem is not significant and the system operates normally with 110 V power supply input. There is no workaround to avoid the syslog message.
Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(0)N1(2)
This section lists the resolved caveats for this release.
Symptom: Problems are encountered while upgrading to Release 4.0(0)N1(2) from Releases 4.0(0)N1(1) or 4.0(0)N1(1a).
Symptom: When the switch is operating in theN-port virtualization (NPV) mode, traffic may be disrupted on active Fibre Channel links if you enter the shutdown or no shutdown command on any of the NP mode uplink interfaces. The disruption also occurs if you change the interface mode of a port from F to NP or from NP to F. Traffic is disrupted for all F mode ports in the same VSAN as the NP-mode port.
Workaround: Change only the interface state or interface mode on NP mode Fibre Channel interfaces during a maintenance window.
Symptom: The current software does not have the ability to tag supervisor sourced frames separately depending on control or data. The frame always goes out with CoS 0.
Binding information specified in the Access Control System (ACS) is ignored when the Terminal Access Controller Access Control Plus (TACACS+) authentication is used to authenticate the AAA user using ACS.
Symptom: When TACACS+ authentication is used to authenticate the AAA user using ACS, the Nexus 5000 Series switch ignores the user-to-role binding information specified in the ACS. You are logged in with the default role of network-operator (for new users) and network-admin.
Workaround: Configure the user-to-role binding locally on the Nexus 5000 Series switch for the role binding to take effect.
Symptom: Occasional Phy loopback failure is reported in power-on self-test (POST) routines. This is a sporadic issue with front port POST routines. Occasionally, when the system comes up, ports fail the loopback test.
Workaround: Reload the switch to confirm that it is a hardware defect.
Symptom: FC-SP authentication is supported only with a switch over the E/TE port. Authentication with native Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) initiator or target is not supported.
Symptom: SNMP users configured with a user-defined roles cannot retrieve any Fibre Channel interfaces.
Workaround: Use one of the predefined roles on the switch such as network-admin or network-operator.
Symptom: Deleting class-fcoe or class-default from an output policy map will cause show policy-map and show running-config terminal commands to be inconsistent if the priority keyword was configured for either of the classes.
Workaround: The default bandwidth percentage for class-fcoe and class-default is 50 percent. Before you remove these classes from an output policy, make sure that the remaining classes in the policy map do not exceed 50 percent. Alternatively, if you want to allocate minimum bandwidth to class-fcoe or class-default, configure the bandwidth for these classes to 0 percent.
Symptom: Fibre Channel links with traffic running on it might generate syslog errors such as the following:2008 May 21 15:08:55 switch %KERN-3-SYSTEM_MSG: FCP_ERRFCP_PORT: gat_fcp_isr_process_blk_intr@1441, jiffies = 0xb1cec:ISR threshold reached, reg_block = 0x8, num_regs = 6, idx = 0, src_bit = 11 - kernel
There is no loss in functionality and these messages can be ignored.
Symptom: One global MAC address is used in all STP and PVRST frames originating on various ports. This can result in inconsistent MAC moves on peer switches connected with multiple links.
Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(0)N1(1a)
This section lists the resolved caveats for this release.
Symptom: Ethernet port channels configured between two Nexus 5000Series switches cause a memory leak in the DCBX process. This leak eventually leads to the DCBX process crashing and a system reboot (in a few days). This issue occurs only with Ethernet port channels between Nexus 5000 Series switches. Port channels using the Catalyst 6500 Series switches do not have this problem.
Workaround: Disable receive and transmit Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) on the port channel members by entering the following configuration under each Ethernet interface that is a member of the port channel:Interface Ethernet 1/1no lldp receiveno lldp transmit
Symptom: For a virtual Ethernet or virtual Fibre Channel interface configured as a SPAN source, changing the interface administrative state results in a memory leak. Deleting and adding SPAN sessions also causes memory leaks. The memory leaks eventually cause a switch reboot.
Workaround: Avoid using virtual Ethernet and virtual Fibre Channel interfaces as SPAN sources. Avoid deleting and adding SPAN sessions.
Resolved Caveats—Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(0)N1(1)
This was the first release of Cisco NX-OS for Nexus 5000 Series switches. There are no resolved caveats for this release.
Cisco Fabric Manager
Beginning with Cisco Fabric Manager release 3.4(1a), Nexus 5000 Series switches are supported by Fabric Manager.
If you are deploying Nexus 5000 Series switches with FCoE, you should operate Fabric Manager in Display FCoE mode. Display FCoE mode displays additional tree nodes, menu items, toolbar buttons, and topology nodes and links related to FCoE. To convert to Display FCoE mode, edit the server.properties file to set the display FCoE property to true.
For additional information about Fabric Manager, see Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Fabric Manager Software Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
The following sections apply to Fabric Manager support for Nexus 5000 series switches:
This section lists the Cisco Fabric Manager limitations related to managing Nexus 5000 series switches.
You cannot configure physical Ethernet interfaces using Fabric Manager or Device Manager. You must configure physical Ethernet interfaces using CLI commands.
You cannot use Device Manager to configure Ethernet or virtual Ethernet interfaces as SPAN source ports or to configure Ethernet interfaces as destination ports. The workaround is to configure SPAN using CLI commands.
In the Edit Local Full Zone Database tool, virtual Fibre Channel interfaces must be specified using the Switch Port WWN method of adding members to a zone. In the Add Members to Zone dialog box, the Switch & Port method and the Domain & Port method are not supported for virtual Fibre Channel interfaces.
This section lists the Cisco Fabric Manager caveats related to managing Nexus 5000 series switches.
Symptom: The Fabric Manager N-Port Virtualization (NPV) Wizard does not list the Nexus 5000 Series switches that are operating in NPV mode.
Symptom: In Fabric Manager, only one power supply is displayed for a Nexus 5000 Series switch with two power supplies.
Workaround: Use Device Manager, which displays the correct information when you use the Power Supplies menu item from the Physical menu.
Symptom: When using the Roles dialog box in Device Manager, if you edit the role scopes for a role that already has role scopes defined, and then click the Apply button, an error message dialog box states that the entry already exists.
Workaround: The changes are saved if you click the Apply button again.
Symptom: The load-balancing and traffic-engineering features are not supported on Nexus 5000 Series switches in NPV mode, but Fabric Manager does not disable the configuration of these features. In the Switches > NPV information pane, the Load Balancing tab provides a check box to enable the feature, and the Traffic Engineering tab provides a dialog box to create a traffic engineering session.
Workaround: Ignore these configuration options for Nexus 5000 Series switches.
Symptom: The web client does not display flow statistics or the Ethernet interface statistics for initiators using Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connections to the Nexus 5000 Series switch.
Workaround: Use Flow Statistics in Fabric Manager, which displays the flow statistics correctly. The Device Manager displays the Ethernet interface statistics correctly.
Symptom: If you logged in to the Nexus 5000 Series switch using a user-defined role, you cannot retrieve the Fibre Channel interfaces using SNMP.
Workaround: You can retrieve the information using CLI commands.
The Nexus 5000 Series documentation is available at the following URL:
The following are related Cisco Nexus 5000 Series documents:
•Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch CLI Software Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
•Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Fabric Manager Software Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
•Cisco Nexus 5000 Series System Messages Reference, Release 4.0
•Cisco Nexus 5000 Series MIB Quick Reference, Release 4.0
•Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Command Reference, Release 4.0
•Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Hardware Installation Guide, Release 4.0
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