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Release Notes for Cisco Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT) 1.6
These release notes describe the caveats in this software maintenance release for the Cisco Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT) 1.6.
This is a software maintenance release for the Cisco Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT) 1.6. This release incorporates only one resolved caveat and one new feature.
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 1.6 is compatible only with Install Wizard 1.6.
Note ACAT 1.6 supports only the Windows 2000 and XP operating systems.
Note ACAT 1.6 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).
This section describes the new feature supported by ACAT 1.6.
Restrict Time Finding the Domain Controller
When using LEAP or EAP-FAST authentication, the final sequence in the authentication process is to find the domain controller. In some systems this sequence can result in authentication delays. ACAT 1.6 supports a new LEAP and EAP-FAST configuration setting that enables an administrator to limit the amount of time allowed to find the domain controller during the authentication process. Also, the administrator has the option to configure the setting to entirely skip the check for the domain controller. This new setting is the Restrict Time Finding the Domain Controller option located in the Timeout Properties section of the LEAP and EAP-FAST configuration settings window.
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.
Obtaining ACAT Software
To obtain the latest ACAT software from the Cisco website, follow these steps:
Step 1 Use your web browser to go to the Cisco Software Center at the following URL:
Step 2 Choose Option #2: Aironet Wireless Software Display Tables.
Step 3 Choose Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Client Adapters.
Step 4 Under Windows System Administration Tool, Choose Aironet Configuration Administration Tool (ACAT).
Step 5 Choose the ACAT file (ACAT-v16) with the greatest version number, where v16 is the version number.
Step 6 Enter the requested information on the encryption authorization form and click Submit.
Step 7 Read the terms and conditions of the Software License Agreement and click Accept.
Step 8 Double-click the ACAT file 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-v1.6 file using Windows Explorer, double-click it, and extract the files into the same directory on your hard drive as the Install Wizard 1.6. The following files are extracted:
•ACAT.exe—ACAT executable file.
•ACAT.HLP—ACAT help file used by the ACAT program.
Note If you do not place the ACAT files into the same directory as the Install Wizard 1.6, you must place a copy of the InstallData.txt file into your ACAT directory. The InstallData.txt file can be found in the Install Wizard directory.
Note InstallData.txt is an ASCII text installation file used by the ACAT program that cannot be edited or changed. The file data is check-sum protected and if modified generates an error when ACAT is activated.
ACAT 1.6 software is compatible only with Install Wizard 1.6 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:
•InstallData.txt (if not located in the ACAT directory)
•CiscoAdminConfig.dat (if not 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.
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The following caveat has been resolved:
•CSCeh13191—ACAT 1.5 preserve profile function fails.
The ACAT preserve existing profile option overwrites existing ACU profiles when ACU is upgraded from version 6.3 to version 6.4.
This problem has been resolved in ACAT 1.6.
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 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 350 series access points. running VxWorks software
•Cisco IOS Software Configuration Guide for Access Points provides software configuration information for access points running Cisco IOS software.
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