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Release Notes for Cisco Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT) 1.5
These release notes describe the caveats in this software maintenance release for the Cisco Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT) version 1.5.
This is a software maintenance release for the Cisco Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT) version 1.5. This release incorporates only one resolved caveat and does not contain any new features.
ACAT is a tool used by administrators to specify software installation options for client adapters (Cisco Aironet 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz client adapters) located in PCs running a Windows operating system. The specified options are placed in a configuration file used by the Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Client Adapter Installation Wizard (referred to as the Install Wizard) to install the software components and a client adapter's configuration profiles.
Using ACAT, an administrator can specify the following installation options:
–Client adapter radio firmware
–Driver for a client adapter
–Cisco Aironet Client Utility (ACU)
–Cisco Aironet Client Monitor (ACM)
–Security Modules (LEAP, EAP-SIM, PEAP, and EAP-FAST)
•Administrator global override settings
•Client adapter configuration profiles
•Client adapter type
–PCM-35x—Cisco Aironet 350 series PCMCIA card
–MPI-35x—Cisco Aironet 350 series Mini-PCI card
–PCI-35x—Cisco Aironet 350 series PCI card
–CB20A—Cisco Aironet 5-GHz PC-Cardbus card
Note ACAT version 1.5 is compatible only with Install Wizard version 1.5.
Note ACAT version 1.3 or later supports only the Windows 2000 and XP operating systems.
Note ACAT version 1.3 or later does not support the Cisco Aironet 340 and 4800 series client adapters or the Cisco Aironet IEEE 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Client Adapters (CB21AG and PI21AG).
Cisco Aironet Software Requires Completion of Encryption Authorization Form
In order to access Cisco Aironet software from the Software Center on Cisco.com, you must fill out a form to receive authorization to download encrypted software. Registered Cisco.com users are required to fill out the form only once, while public users must do so, each time software is downloaded. A form is automatically created for public users. The form for registered Cisco.com users is located at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/Software/Crypto/crypto_main.pl
Obtaining ACAT Software
To obtain the latest ACAT software from the Cisco Web site, follow these steps:
Step 1 Browse to the Cisco Software Center at the following URL:
Step 2 Click Option #2: Aironet Wireless Software Display Tables.
Step 3 Click Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Client Adapters.
Step 4 Under Windows System Administration Tools, click Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT).
Step 5 Choose the ACAT file (ACAT-v15.exe) with the greatest version number, where v15 is the version number.
Step 6 Enter the requested information on the encryption authorization form.
Step 7 Read the terms and conditions of the Software License Agreement and click Accept.
Step 8 Click the ACAT file again to download it.
Step 9 Save the file to your computer's hard drive then exit the web browser.
Step 10 Find the downloaded ACAT-v15.exe file using Windows Explorer, double-click it, and extract the following files to a directory on your hard drive:
•ACAT.exe—ACAT executable file.
•ACAT.HLP—ACAT help file used by the ACAT program.
•InstallData.txt —installation data file used by the ACAT program.
Note InstallData.txt is an ASCII text file that cannot be edited or changed. The file data is check-sum protected and if modified will generate an error when ACAT is activated.
ACAT version 1.5 software is compatible only with Install Wizard version 1.5 software.
Finding the ACAT Version
Follow the instructions in this section to find your current version of ACAT.
Step 1 Open Windows Explorer.
Step 2 Find the ACAT files.
Step 3 Right-click the ACAT.exe file.
Step 4 Click Properties.
Step 5 Click the Version tab. The version of the currently loaded ACAT file is shown in the File version field.
Finding the Install Wizard Version
Follow the instructions in this section to find your current version of the Install Wizard.
Step 1 Open Windows Explorer.
Step 2 Find the Install Wizard files.
Step 3 Right-click the IWSetup.exe file.
Step 4 Click Properties.
Step 5 Click the Version tab. The version of the currently installed Install Wizard file is shown in the File version field.
Removing ACAT Software
You can remove the ACAT software from your PC by deleting the following files:
•CiscoAdminConfig.dat (if located in the ACAT directory)
Uninstalling Client Adapter Software
When you run the Install Wizard using an ACAT-generated configuration file set for a silent install, the main Install Wizard screen is not displayed. To uninstall the software components and profiles installed by the Install Wizard, follow these steps:
Step 1 Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
Step 2 Click Cisco Aironet Installation Wizard.
Step 3 Click Change/Remove.
Step 4 When the Install Wizard screen appears, choose Uninstall All Components and click Next.
Note Uninstall All Components removes all installed software components and all client adapter profiles in the PC registry.
Note The Custom Installation/Upgrade selection on the Install Wizard screen allows you to change the installation parameters and software components specified in the ACAT configuration file.
Step 5 The Install Wizard screen indicates the uninstall progress. When a message appears that indicates the system is about to reboot, click OK.
When your PC reboots, the uninstall is complete.
Note If you uncompressed the Installation Wizard software package in a non-temporary folder, you need to manually delete the Install Wizard installation files and directories.
Getting Bug Information on Cisco.com
If you are a registered Cisco user, you can use the Cisco TAC Software Bug Toolkit, which consists of three tools (Bug Navigator, Bug Watcher, and Search by Bug ID Number) that help you identify existing bugs (or caveats) in Cisco software products.
Access the TAC Software Bug Toolkit at the following URL:
The following caveats have been resolved:
•CSCed18653—Inability to suppress reboot using ACAT
In earlier versions of ACAT, the Do Not Reboot option of the Silent Setup parameter failed to suppress rebooting following software installation. This problem has been resolved in ACAT version 1.3 and later.
For the most up-to-date, detailed troubleshooting information, refer to the Cisco Technical Support website at the following URL:
Click Wireless under Documentation and Tools > Product Support.
For more information about wireless LAN adapters and related products, refer to the following documents:
•Cisco Aironet 340, 350, and CB20A Wireless LAN Client Adapters Installation and Configuration Guide for Windows provides instructions for using the Install Wizard to install and configure the wireless client adapter, the firmware, the driver, and the utilities.
•Cisco Aironet Access Point Software Configuration Guide provides configuration information for 340 and 350 series access points.
•Cisco IOS Software Configuration Guide for Access Points provides software configuration information for access points running Cisco IOS software.
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