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Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Documentation Guide
Date Document Revision
March 31, 2011
Added Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 VNE Device Package Installation Guide, which was published to Cisco.com on March 31, 2011.
February 28, 2011
Added Addendum: Additional VNE Driver Support for Cisco ANA 3.7.2, which was published to Cisco.com on February 28, 2011.
February 17, 2011
Added Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Device Package Third-Party VNE Reference Guide, which was published to Cisco.com on February 17, 2011.
January 26, 2011
The Cisco Active Network Abstraction (Cisco ANA) 3.7.2 documentation set is divided into two portions. One portion is the user documentation, which can be accessed at:
The other portion is the integration developer documentation, which is available from the Cisco Developer Community website. It can be accessed at:
Product Documentation Set
The Cisco ANA 3.7.2 documentation set contains the following books:
Getting Started with Cisco ANA
To get started with Cisco ANA 3.7.2, read through:
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Theory of Operations Guide—Provides a broad introduction to Cisco ANA 3.7.2, including its architecture, operations, and client applications, as well as its incorporation and presentation of networking technologies. This book is intended as a "read-me-first" for users who want to understand Cisco ANA theory and operations.
To install Cisco ANA and learn about the specifics of this release, read through:
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Quick Start Guide—Provides steps to lead the planning, installation, and postinstallation for Cisco ANA 3.7.2, to the point where users can view maps to visualize the network.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Installation Guide—Describes the typical installation and upgrade of Cisco ANA.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 VNE Device Package Installation Guide—Describes how install VNE driver Device Packages (DPs). DPs provide new and enhanced device support and bug fixes, and can be downloaded from the Cisco ANA Software Download site.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Third-Party VNE Device Package Installation Guide—Describes how install third-party VNE driver Device Packages (DPs). Like the Cisco VNE DPs, third-party VNE DPs provide new and enhanced device support and bug fixes, and can be downloaded from the Cisco ANA Software Download site.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Release Notes—Describes the contents of Cisco ANA 3.7.2, including new features, fixed caveats, and known caveats or other restrictions.
To learn how to use the Cisco ANA GUI clients for element management, network monitoring, and service monitoring, read through:
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 User Guide—Describes how to use the Cisco ANA NetworkVision and EventVision GUI applications to view network element physical and logical inventories, network topologies, and network and service maps. It also describes the reporting, fault management operations, and path-tracing capabilities of Cisco ANA so you can view, track, and resolve faults trends, and identify and isolate network problems. Finally, it describes technology-specific properties and how to view them in Cisco ANA NetworkVision.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Configuration and Image Management User and Administrator Guide—Describes how to use Cisco ANA Configuration and Image Management, which provides tools that allow you to manage the software and device configuration changes that are made to devices in your network. The Configuration and Image Management features are provided as an optional installable package from the product DVD.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction Network Service Activation 1.2 User Guide—Describes how to create and customize Cisco ANA Network Service Activation (Cisco ANANSA) activation scripts, wizards, and workflows. The guide explains about the Cisco ANA NSA customization concepts, wizard metadata files, and metadata schema. It also includes a complete list of predefined service activation scripts and service activation utility scripts provided with Cisco ANA.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Reference Guide—Provides a central location for Cisco ANA reference material:
–VNE Reference, which lists the devices, software versions, topologies, modules, and technologies supported by Cisco ANA 3.7.2.
–Technology Support and Information Model Reference, which describes the level of functionality that Cisco ANA provides for each supported technology.
–Alarms, events, traps, and syslogs supported by Cisco ANA 3.7.2.
–Command scripts packaged with Cisco ANA 3.7.2.
•Addendum: Additional VNE Driver Support for Cisco ANA 3.7.2—Provides information about new Cisco VNE support that is available by downloading and installing VNE Device Packages from the Cisco ANA Download Software site. This new support includes NE software versions, topologies, modules, and technologies. It also includes new device support for Cisco ANA features such as Configuration and Image Management and reduced polling (also called event-based polling).
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Device Package Third-Party VNE Reference Guide—Lists the third-party devices, software versions, topologies, modules, and technologies supported by Cisco ANA 3.7.2. Also provides information about using the VNE Customization Builder (VCB) to extend third-party VNE support.
To administer and maintain Cisco ANA, read through:
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Administrator Guide—Describes the structure and features of the Cisco ANA system, including how to manage and customize the server, units, AVMs, and VNEs. It also describes how to use Cisco ANA Manage, the GUI client application designed to simplify and facilitate Cisco ANA administration.
To learn how to customize Cisco ANA features to meet the needs of your network, read through:
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2 Customization User Guide—Describes the suite of Cisco ANA customization features, including:
–Soft Properties, which can extend the network element property information displayed by the GUIs and manage threshold crossing alarms.
–Command Builder command scripts, which enable you to execute a programmable sequence of SNMP or Telnet command lines.
–Workflow Editor, which manages workflows.
–VNE Customization Builder (VCB), a command-line tool for adding NEs, modules, and events to an installed Cisco ANA system, thereby extending the installed Cisco ANA software.
This guide also lists the registry parameters you can use to customize event and alarm reporting, how to launch external applications from Cisco ANA NetworkVision, and Drools rules management.
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction Network Service Activation 1.2 Customization Guide—Describes how to create and customize Cisco ANA NSA activation scripts and workflows.
For licensing information on third party and open source used in Cisco ANA 3.7.2, read through:
•Open Source Used in Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7.2—Lists the licenses and notices for open source software used in Cisco ANA 3.7.2.
To learn how to integrate Cisco ANA with other OSSs using the Cisco ANA integration tools and northbound APIs, read through:
•Cisco Active Network Abstraction Integration Developer Guide—Describes the Broadband Query Language (BQL) and Information Model Objects (IMOs), and their functions. It also explains how to run BQL over web services (WSDL) connections and over HTTP interfaces, and how to manage SNMP notifications.
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