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Release Notes for System Software Release 2.4.0 on the Cisco ICS 7750
2.4.0—June 21, 2002
2.3.0—June 4, 2002
2.2.0—March 27, 2002
2.1.0—December 21, 2001
These release notes describe the features, modifications, and caveats for Cisco Integrated Communications System 7750 (Cisco ICS 7750) release 2.4.0.
Use these release notes with the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.
Caution We strongly recommend that you read these release notes before using your Cisco ICS 7750.
This document discusses the following topics:
This section describes the Cisco ICS 7750 requirements and has the following sections:
The Cisco ICS 7750 chassis has six universal slots that can contain system processing engine (SPE), multiservice route processor (MRP), and analog station interface (ASI) cards, making customization possible at the factory or in the field by a technician who is IP Telephony certified for the Cisco ICS 7750.
Table 1 lists the number of cards and power supply modules that the Cisco ICS 7750 supports.
Table 1 Number of Cards Supported
Card Chassis Slot Min. Required Max. Allowed
ASI81, ASI160, MRP3-8FXS, MRP3-16FXS1
1 through 6
MRP200 or MRP3002
1 through 6
1 through 64
System switch processor (SSP)
System alarm processor (SAP)
POWER SUPPLY 1
POWER SUPPLY 2
1 The MRP3-8FXS and the MRP3-16FXS are flash-based versions of the ASI81 and the ASI160, respectively.
2 The MRP300 is a flash-based version of the MRP200.
3 SPE310s are required in order to run system software release 2.1.0 or later.
4 The SPE running System Manager is installed in Slot 6 by default.
Table 2 shows the software that is pre-installed on system cards when you receive a factory-configured chassis.
Table 2 Pre-Installed Software
Software Type Cards ASIs and MRPs SPE running System Manager Other SPEs SSP SAP
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
switch configuration and management
Cisco IOS Release 12.2(4)YH
Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)WC5
ICS System Software1
ICS Core Software2
1 ICS System Software includes ICS System Manager, Cisco Network Registrar (CNR) 3.5(3), Fault Management Module (FMM), Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.3.1, and Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 2.
2 ICS Core Software includes the following components: FMM, ICSSD, and ICSRshSvc.
2 ICS System Manager software must be installed on one SPE310 in a Cisco ICS 7750 chassis. ICS Core Software must be installed on all SPEs in the chassis other than the SPE running System Manager.
2 Software approved for use on the SPE310 in the Cisco ICS 7750, such as Cisco CallManager, can be installed on any SPE310 in the chassis.
Release 2.x.x and later is supported only on SPE310s. The SPE310 offers a keyboard port, a video port, and two universal serial bus (USB) ports supporting standard USB devices such as mice, keyboards, and CD-ROM drives.
The SPE310 also features a 700-MHz Pentium III processor, a 20.4-GB hard disk drive, and 512 MB of onboard memory. You can upgrade SPE310 memory to a maximum of 1536 MB by installing 256-MB or 512-MB dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs) in one or both of the SPE DIMM slots.
For instructions on how to upgrade the memory on SPE310s, refer to Installing Memory, PVDM, and VPN Modules in ASI Cards, MRP Cards, and SPE Cards in the Cisco ICS 7750.
Note A "Y" splitter cable is shipped with SPE310s to support the connection of a keyboard and a PS/2 mouse for software installation and upgrades. To install or upgrade ICS System Manager, ICS Core Software, or IOS software, a PC that meets the specifications in "PC Requirements" is required.
MRP and ASI Memory Upgrades
MRPs and ASIs ship with 64 MB of RAM. You can upgrade MRP and ASI memory to 80 MB, 96 MB, or 128MB by installing a dual in-line memory module (DIMM) in the DIMM slot on the card.
You need a PC to complete initial system configuration and to perform system management tasks. Ensure that the PC meets the following requirements:
•CPU: Pentium-class 233 Mhz or faster
•Memory: At least 64 MB of RAM
–Network Interface Card
–Available COM port
•Display: Enhanced VGA monitor with at least a 800 x 600 pixel display and at least 256 colors
(a 1024 x 768 pixel display is recommended)
•Operating system: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP
•Web browser and plug-ins: Netscape Communicator 4.7 or later or Internet Explorer 5.5 or later (including Java 1.3.1 or later)
•Communication software: Microsoft Terminal Services Client and terminal emulation software (such as HyperTerminal)
New and Changed Information
This section describes new features and changes in functionality in release 2.4.0.
New Software Features and Software Changes in Release 2.4.0
Table 3 shows new software features and changes in software functionality introduced in system software release 2.4.0.
Limitations and Restrictions
This section describes known issues with the Cisco ICS 7750 and products that you are likely to use with the Cisco ICS 7750. This section provides information on these topics:
Installing Software on SPEs
Do not install Cisco Unity Voice Messaging on the SPE running System Manager, and do not install ICS System Manager on an SPE on which Cisco Unity Voice Messaging is installed. The Cisco ICS 7750 does not support the use of both Cisco Unity Voice Messaging and ICS System Manager on the same SPE.
In addition, if you intend to install or upgrade software on an SPE where Cisco Unity Voice Messaging is running, be sure to first stop Unity services running on that SPE.
The following text will be displayed if you attempt to upgrade or install software on an SPE on which Cisco Unity Voice Messaging is running:Perform the following steps to stop the services on any SPE running Cisco Unity Voice Messaging before continuing with the installation.1. Right mouse-click on the Cisco Unity Voice Messaging icon in the system tray, and select Stop Unity in the pop-up menu.2. To open Service Control Manager, click Start, point to Programs, and point to Administrative Tools and click Services.3. In the Services window, right mouse-click on Microsoft Exchange Information Store service, and select Stop from the pop-up menu.4. Click Yes to confirm and close the Stop Other Services window.WARNING: Failure to stop the above services on an SPE running Cisco Unity Voice Messaging can cause installation errors.Do you want to continue with the installation?
Changing the Host Name of the SPE Running System Manager
The computer name (also known as the host name) of an SPE running System Manager can be changed only if no applications have been installed on the SPE since it left the factory. For example, if you install Cisco CallManager on the SPE running System Manager, the only way to change its host name is to reimage it.
To change the host name of an SPE running System Manager, follow the practices and procedures in the "Operating the Cisco ICS 7750" chapter of the Cisco ICS 7750 Installation and Configuration Guide.
SSP Error Messages
If you are using Cisco IOS 12.0(5)WC2b or 12.0(5)WC5 on the SSP, and if you are monitoring the system through a console connection to the SAP, error messages similar to the following might be generated as the SSP boots:% error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/cisconet.cfg (Time out)% error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/router-confg (Time out)% error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/ciscortr.cfg (Time out)
This is an expected condition. The system will continue to operate normally without any external intervention.
Before removing an operational SPE from the chassis, be sure to use ICSConfig or the Windows interface to shut it down (by clicking Start > Shutdown). This step is strongly recommended for the following reason: if Microsoft SQL Server was running on the SPE when it was removed from the chassis, at the next startup of that SPE, Microsoft SQL Server will require a long recovery period, during which certain Cisco ICS 7750 services and applications might have difficulty connecting to their respective databases.
Note For additional complete card removal instructions, refer to Cisco ICS 7750 FRU Installation and Replacement.
Backing Up MRPs Which Have Flash Memory
MRPs with onboard flash memory (the MRP300, MRP3-8FXS, and MRP3-16FXS) cannot be backed up using the ICS System Manager Backup utility. You must back up the configuration files for these cards manually.
Configuring Cisco ICS 7750 Gateways in Cisco CallManager
When configuring gateways in Cisco CallManager, the MRP300, MRP3-8FXS, and the MRP3-16FXS will not be available on the CallManager Gateway page. However, until this problem is corrected in Cisco CallManager, you can still add and configure these gateways in Cisco CallManager by substituting a known gateway for the gateway which is missing, as follows:
•When configuring ICS77XX-MRP3xx, choose ICS77XX-MRP2xx
•When configuring ICS77XX-MRP3-8FXS, choose ICS77XX-ASI81
•When configuring ICS77XX-MRP3-16FXS, choose ICS77XX-ASI160
Cisco IP Phone Reconfiguration Following SPE Replacement or Change in SPE IP Address
If you remove and replace the SPE that is running Cisco CallManager or change its IP address, Cisco IP Phones connected to the Cisco ICS 7750 do not automatically register with the SPE, because the SPE has a different IP address.
Complete the following steps to update connected Cisco IP Phones:
Step 1 Access Cisco CallManager. (Refer to the "Accessing the System" section in the "Operating the Cisco ICS 7750" chapter of the Cisco ICS 7750 Installation and Configuration Guide for instructions.)
Step 2 Choose System > Cisco CallManager Group.
The Cisco CallManager Group Configuration page opens.
Step 3 In the pane on the left side of the window, click Default.
The screen refreshes, displaying the Default Cisco CallManager Group.
Caution Restarting devices causes them to drop calls.
Step 4 Click Reset Devices.
Providing Backup Power
If there is a commercial power failure and if data is being written to the SPE hard disk when power is lost, that data might be unrecoverable. In addition, all calls being processed by the system are dropped, and records associated with those calls are lost.
Caution We strongly recommend that you purchase an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to provide backup power to the Cisco ICS 7750.
Connecting to the Catalyst 3524-PWR XL 10/100 Inline-Power Ports
For instructions on how to properly configure the Catalyst 3524-PWR XL for inline power, refer to the "Connecting IP Phones" chapter in the Cisco IP Telephony QoS Design Guide.
Caution A Catalyst 3524-PWR XL 10/100 port needs up to 10 seconds to initially detect, power, and link to a Cisco IP Phone. If you disconnect the Cisco IP Phone before the link has been established, you must wait 10 seconds before connecting another network device (other than another Cisco IP Phone) to that switch port. Failure to do so can result in damage to that network device.
This section describes issues related to sending voice traffic over an IP network.
Voice Over IP
Voice over IP (VoIP) enables a Cisco ICS 7750 to carry voice traffic (for example, telephone calls and faxes) over an IP network. VoIP is primarily a software feature; however, to support this feature, a Cisco ICS 7750 must be equipped with an MRP containing at least one VIC or VWIC, or the Cisco ICS 7750 must be connected to a voice-capable router or gateway. The LAN/WAN multiservice routing capabilities available on these cards provides analog and digital (T1/E1) VoIP gateway capabilities for packetized voice traffic.
In VoIP, the DSP segments the voice signal into frames, which are then coupled in groups of two and stored in voice packets. On the Cisco ICS 7750, these voice packets are transported by using IP in compliance with ITU-T specification H.323 and the Skinny Station Protocol. Because voice packets sent over an IP network are sensitive to delay, you need to have a well-engineered network end-to-end to successfully use VoIP.
Using the Cisco ICS 7750 with the PSTN
When connecting switched voice ports on the Cisco ICS 7750 directly to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), use the configuration described in this section so that you do not expose your network to telephone fraud.
PSTN to MRP Connectivity Using FXO Connections
The Cisco ICS 7750 can connect a user placing a call from the PSTN directly to your telephone network. You can configure the Cisco ICS 7750 as a phone switch that can switch a user to any location in that network, even to remote locations that are connected again to another PSTN. If your Cisco ICS 7750 has Foreign Exchange Office (FXO) ports (on an MRP) that connect the PSTN to analog lines in your telephone network, configure those FXO ports by using a private line auto ringdown (PLAR) connection, as follows:
The Cisco ICS 7750 is not currently designed to support IP provisioning of Cisco IP Phones across more than one subnet. The Cisco ICS 7750 is intended to be deployed in networks where the default gateway (typically an MRP), TFTP server (Cisco CallManager), and Cisco IP Phones are all located on the same subnet, to take advantage of the DHCP services that CNR provides for Cisco IP Phones.
Open Caveats in Release 2.4.0
This section describes open caveats in system software release 2.4.0, as follows:
Note For caveats for Cisco IOS on ASIs and MRPs, refer to the Release Notes for the Cisco ICS 7750 for Cisco IOS Release 12.2(4)YH. For caveats for Cisco IOS on the SSP, refer to the
Release Notes for the Catalyst 2900 LRE XL Switches, Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)WC5.
Open Caveats in ICS System Manager in Release 2.4.0
This section describes open caveats in ICS System Manager and related software components for release 2.4.0:
Software Installation and Upgrade Problems
This section describes problems related to software installation and upgrade.
If you are installing release 2.4.0 with an attached CD-ROM drive, it is possible that after the SPE reboots, a message box might be displayed with a message similar to the following:D:\ not accessible.
Workaround—Restart the SPE. After the SPE restarts, the setup program will resume.
If you uninstall ICS System Manager, after rebooting the SPE, a message box will be displayed which says the following:Cannot find the file C:\winnt\system32\cmd (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that ll required libraries are available.
This message box has no impact on system functionality.
Workaround—Close the message box. No further action is required.
This section describes a problem with ICS System Manager logins and passwords.
When you enter a User ID or password in the ICS System Manager Security page, characters other than alphanumeric characters (the uppercase and lowercase letters a through z, and the numbers
0 through 9) will be allowed. However, you cannot enter User IDs or passwords containing non-alphanumeric characters when logging in to ICS System Manager. If you attempt to log in to ICS System Manager with a User ID or password which contains a non-alphanumeric character, login will fail.
Workaround—Do not enter any non-alphanumeric characters when creating User IDs or passwords through the Security page in ICS System Manager.
This section describes a problem where ICSConfig does not properly discover the SSP.
It is possible that in rare situations ICS System Manager will report a duplicate IP address for the SSP. If this situation occurs, ICSConfig will generate the following error message:Error Code: 102Cannot discover SSP. SSP <IP Address> is not reachable from SPE runningSystem Manager <IP Address, Subnet Mask>.
Even if the duplicate IP address is resolved, ICSConfig might fail to recognize that the problem has been corrected and will continue to report a duplicate IP address for the SSP.
Workaround—Complete the following steps to restart the card discovery process:
Step 1 Access the SPE running System Manager. (Refer to the "Accessing the System" section in the "Operating the Cisco ICS 7750" chapter of the Cisco ICS 7750 Installation and Configuration Guide for instructions.)
Step 2 Enter the following commands:net stop FMMServernet start FMMServer
Step 3 Run ICSConfig. It should properly discover all cards in the chassis.
Open Caveats in the Fault Management Module in Release 2.4.0
This section describes open caveats in the Fault Management Module, as follows:
Software Installation Problems
This section describes a problem related to software installation.
After installing Cisco CallManager on an SPE, if the SPE is rebooted, it might not complete its boot sequence successfully.
You might be experiencing this problem if you are attempting to access the SPE through the SAP menu and it fails to give you access, or if Cisco IP Phones are not working properly (because the CallManager service might not have started on the SPE if it did not finish booting).
Workaround—To solve this problem, complete the following steps:
Step 1 Access the SPE Windows interface. (Refer to the "Accessing the System" section in the "Operating the Cisco ICS 7750" chapter of the Cisco ICS 7750 Installation and Configuration Guide for instructions.)
Step 2 Log in as an administrator (User ID administrator) and enter your password (the default is changeme).
Logging in should allow the MMC, STI1, and STI2 processes to complete. When these software configuration processes are complete, the SPE should be functioning normally.
This section describes a problem related to SPEs.
After shutting down and rebooting an SPE, it is possible that the SPE might reboot a second time. It is also possible that after installing hot fixes, when the Setup program attempts to restart the SPE, the Setup program will not be able to resume successfully. In the latter case, if a monitor is connected, its display might change to a blue screen or the remote connection (such as Terminal Services Client) might time out.
This problem, though rare, can occur during initialization of a device driver. The second reboot of the SPE might take slightly longer than normal, because Microsoft SQL Server checks the integrity of its database tables due to the unexpected SPE reboot. The SPE should return to normal operation after the second reboot.
Workaround—If this problem occurred after hot fix installation, run the Setup program again after the SPE finishes its boot sequence.
This section describes problems related to the SAP.
If you change the IOS login passwords of MRP, ASIs, or the SSP with ICSConfig, an error message similar to Failed to set alarm card password might be displayed.
Workaround—To solve this problem, complete the following steps:
Step 1 Open a Telnet session with the SPE.
Step 2 Enter the following commands:net stop "Cisco Systems Console Server"net stop FMMServernet start "Cisco Systems Console Server"net start FMMServer
If you are using the AC1_0_5 image on the SAP and you install an MRP in an empty chassis slot, the system might report zero degrees as the minimum and maximum operating temperature of the newly installed MRP, causing the SPE ALARM LED to turn on.
(The correct minimum and maximum operating temperature of the MRP is -55 and +125 degrees, respectively.)
Workaround—Reseat the SAP.
If you move an SPE to a different chassis slot, if you establish a connection with the SAP, the menu might show the SPE in its original slot.
Workaround—Reboot the SAP.
Some events related to SAP functionality might not be logged, and LEDs on the SPE might stay on when they should turn off.
There is no workaround.
This section describes problems related to the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP).
In rare situations it is possible that when you run ICSConfig, the SPE running System Manager might not be discovered. Even after trying the suggestions given in the corresponding error code, the problem will persist. Furthermore, if a new SPE or MRP is installed in the same chassis, the new card will not receive an IP address. If this error condition occurs, no log messages will be generated and the status of LEDs on the SPE will not change.
Workaround—Reboot the SPE running System Manager.
If ICSConfig assigns the same IP address to an SPE running Cisco Call Manager and another card, it might be because the necessary Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) driver is not running on the SPE, causing ICSconfig to generate an error message (error code 400).
The workaround provided with error code 400 is incorrect. Follow these steps to solve this problem:
Step 1 Connect a Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse to the SPE in the slot indicated by error message.
Step 2 On the SPE, choose Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer.
The Event Viewer window appears.
Step 3 In the left pane, click System Log.
Step 4 In the right pane, click Type.
This sorts the log messages by type.
Step 5 Scroll until Error log messages are visible in the Type column.
Step 6 Double-click the first Error message that you see that has tcpip in the Source column.
The Event Properties dialog for that error appears.
If the error is a duplicate IP address error, the error description will show something similar to the following:The system detected an address conflict for IP address <IP Address> with the system having network hardware address <MAC Address>. Network operations on this system may be disrupted as a result.
The MAC address in the error description is the MAC address of the other device that is using the same IP address as the SPE.
Step 7 Locate the device with that MAC address and either change its IP address, temporarily disconnect that device from the network, or change the SPE IP address.
Step 8 Reboot the SPE.
The following sections describe the documentation available for the Cisco ICS 7750. These documents consist of hardware and software installation guides, Cisco IOS configuration and command references, system error messages, feature modules, and other documents.
Cisco ICS 7750 Documents
The documents described in this section are available on CCO and on CD:
On Cisco.com, beginning under the Service & Support heading:
Technical Documents: Voice/Telephony: Cisco ICS 7750
On the Documentation CD-ROM (order number DOC-CONDOCCD=) at:
Cisco Product Documentation: Voice/Telephony: Cisco ICS 7750
Release 2.4.0 Documents
The following documents were updated or created for system software release 2.4.0, and can be found in this location:
•Cisco ICS 7750 Documentation Locator
•Installing System Software Release 2.4.0 on the Cisco ICS 7750
•Cisco ICS 7750 Installation and Configuration Guide
•Release Notes for System Software Release 2.4.0 on the Cisco ICS 7750 (this document)
•Cisco ICS 7750 Troubleshooting Guide
•Cisco ICS 7750 FRU Installation and Replacement
Printed versions of the manuals that are not shipped with the product can be ordered as a boxed set (customer order number DOCS-7750=).
The following sections explain how to obtain documentation from Cisco Systems.
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Cisco TAC Escalation Center
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This document is to be used with the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.
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