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Overview of DCNM-LAN
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Overview of DCNM-LAN

DCNM-LAN Client and Server

Features in Cisco DCNM-LAN, Release 5.2

Platform Support

Documentation About DCNM-LAN

Overview of DCNM-LAN

This chapter provides a brief overview of Cisco Data Center Network Manager for LAN (DCNM-LAN).

For information about the specific Cisco Nexus products supported by DCNM-LAN, see the Cisco DCNM Release Notes, Release 5.x.

This chapter includes the following sections:

DCNM-LAN Client and Server

DCNM-LAN is a Java-based client-server application. For Java requirements, server system requirements, and client system requirements, see the Cisco DCNM Release Notes, Release 5.x.

Figure 11-1 shows the DCNM-LAN client-server environment. The DCNM-LAN client communicates with the DCNM-LAN server only, never directly with managed Cisco NX-OS devices. The DCNM-LAN server uses the XML management interface of Cisco NX-OS devices to manage and monitor them. The XML management interface is a programmatic method based on the NETCONF protocol that complements the command-line interface (CLI) functionality. For more information, see the Cisco NX-OS XML Interface User Guide.

Figure 11-1 DCNM-LAN Client-Server Environment


Features in Cisco DCNM-LAN, Release 5.2

Cisco DCNM-LAN Release 5.2 supports the configuration and monitoring of the following Cisco NX-OS features:

  • Ethernet switching

Physical and virtual ports

Port channels and virtual port channels (vPCs)

Loopback and management interfaces

VLAN network interfaces (sometimes referred to as switched virtual interfaces or SVIs)

VLANs and private VLANs (PVLAN)

Spanning Tree Protocol, including Rapid Spanning Tree (RST) and Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MST)

Fabric Extender

Link-state tracking

Serial Over LAN

Chassis Internal Network

Fibre-Channel-over-Ethernet Initiation Protocol (FIP) snooping

Port profiles

  • Ethernet routing

Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP), object tracking, and keychain management

Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)

  • Network security

Access control lists

IEEE 802.1X

Authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA)

Role-based access control

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) snooping

Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) inspection

IP Source Guard

Traffic storm control

Port security

  • General

Virtual Device Context

Hardware resource utilization with Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM) statistics

Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)

DCNM-LAN includes the following features for assistance with management of your network:

  • Topology viewer
  • Network servers
  • Device groups
  • Event browser
  • Configuration Delivery Management
  • Configuration Change Management
  • Device OS Management
  • Hardware and virtual switch inventory

DCNM-LAN includes the following administrative features:

  • DCNM-LAN server user accounts
  • Device discovery
  • Automatic synchronization with discovered devices
  • Statistical data collection management
  • DCNM-LAN server and client logging
  • DCNM-LAN server cluster administration

Platform Support

DCNM-LAN supports the following platforms:

  • Cisco Nexus 1000V switches
  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders
  • Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switches
  • Cisco Nexus 4000 Series switches
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switches
  • Cisco Nexus 6000 Series switches

DCNM-LAN supports both fixed and removable expansion modules.

In DCNM-LAN, the interface breakout feature can be configured through configuring the delivery feature, and not as a part of configuring an Ethernet interface.

  • Catalyst 6500

DCNM-LAN provides limited support for the Catalyst 6500 Series switches that runs classic IOS version 12.2(33)SXI or higher.

DCNM-LAN supports the viewing of the current configuration attributes of the device.

DCNM-LAN does not support changing the configuration of the device.

DCNM-LAN supports the Firewall Service Module (FWSM) version 4.0 or higher for the Catalyst 6500 Series switches.

  • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches

Documentation About DCNM-LAN

The documentation for DCNM-LAN includes several configuration guides and other documents. For more information about the DCNM-LAN documentation, see the “$paratext>” section.