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Cisco MDS 9000 Family Release Notes
for Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 1.0(4)
CCO Date: February 5, 2005
Text Part Number: OL-3899-02 A0
This document describes the caveats and limitations for switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family. Use this document in conjunction with documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.
Note Release notes are sometimes updated with new information on restrictions and caveats. Refer to the following website for the most recent version of the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Release Notes: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/ps4159/ps4358/prod_release_notes_list.html
Table 1 shows the on-line change history for this document.
Table 1 On-Line History Change
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The Cisco MDS 9000 Family of multilayer directors and fabric switches offer intelligent fabric-switching services that realize maximum performance while ensuring high reliability levels. They combine robust and flexible hardware architecture with multiple layers of network and storage management intelligence. This powerful combination enables highly available, scalable storage networks that provide advanced security and unified management features.
The Cisco MDS 9000 Family provides intelligent networking features such as multiprotocol and multitransport integration, virtual SANs (VSANs), advanced security, sophisticated debug analysis tools, and unified SAN management.
This section describes the system requirements for Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 1.0(4) and includes the following topics:
Table 2 Cisco MDS 9000 Family Supported Hardware Modules and Minimum Software Requirements
Component Part Number Description Applicable Products
MDS 9500 supervisor/fabric-I, enterprise software
MDS 9509 only
MDS9216 enterprise software
MDS 9216 only
MDS 9509 director, base configuration (9-slot chassis, dual 2500W AC power supplies, and dual supervisors — SFPs sold separately)
MDS 9509 only
MDS 9216 16-port modular fabric switch (includes sixteen 1 / 2-Gbps Fibre Channel ports, power supply, and expansion slot — SFPs sold separately)
MDS 9216 only
MDS 9500 supervisor/fabric-I, module
MDS 9509 only
MDS 9000 16-port 1/2-Gbps Fibre Channel module (SFPs sold separately)
MDS 9509 and 9216
MDS 9000 32-port 1/2-Gbps Fibre Channel module (SFPs sold separately)
LC-type fiber-optic SFP1
1/2-Gbps Fibre Channel — short wave SFP
MDS 9509 and 9216
1/2-Gbps Fibre Channel — long wave SFP
AC Power supply for MDS 9216
MDS 9216 only
2500W AC power supply
MDS 9509 only
4000W2 AC power supply for US (cable attached)
4000W AC power supply international (cable attached)
2500W DC power supply
MDS 9500 supervisor CompactFlash disk, 512MB
MDS 9509 only
Port analyzer adapter
A standalone Fibre Channel-to-Ethernet adapter that allows for simple, transparent analysis of Fibre Channel traffic in a switched fabric.
MDS 9509 and 9216
1 SFP = small form factor pluggable
2 W = Watt
Determining the Software Version
Note We strongly recommend that you use the latest available software release for all Cisco MDS 9000 Family products.
To determine the version of the Cisco SAN-OS software currently running on a Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch, log in to the switch and enter the show version EXEC command.
This Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 1.0(4) software is packaged in feature sets (also called software images) depending on the platform. The Cisco MDS SAN-OS software feature sets available for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family include Ethernet, Fibre Channel (1 Gbps and 2 Gbps), SNMP, and IP packets.
New Features in Release 1.0(4)
SAN-OS Release 1.0(4) is a maintenance release for switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family. See the "Caveats" section for details on closed and outstanding caveats and limitations.
Note The Release Notes are specific to this maintenance release. For the rest of the 1.0(4) documentation, refer to the Release 1.0(3a) document set (see the "Related Documentation" section).
Limitations and Restrictions
The following limitations and restrictions apply to all switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family.
COM 1 Port
The COM1 port is not currently available in Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches, but in the future will connect to an external serial communication device, such as a modem.
This section lists the caveats and corrected caveats for this release. Use Table 3 to determine the status of a particular caveat. In the table, "R" indicates a resolved caveat, and "O" indicates an open caveat.
Symptom: When you bring down a range of FL ports, there is a delay of four (4) seconds. This problem does not affect switch operation.
Please use the following URL for further information: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/bugtool/onebug.pl?bugid=CSCdy71186
Symptom: The show logging level command does not display the configured levels for some MDS services like system manager, RDL, and FLOGI.
Please use the following URL for further information: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/bugtool/onebug.pl?bugid=CSCdz41155
Symptom: When the switch boots for the first time and you configure the initial setup dialogue, or if you issue the write erase command and then reboot the switch, the setup process creates the configuration based on the input that you provide for the configuration.
Please use the following URL for further information: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/bugtool/onebug.pl?bugid=CSCdz42325
Symptom: When you perform a traceroute operation from the Fabric Manager on a switch running SAN-OS Release 1.0.3a, it returns a no route to host or ISL error. The same operation succeeds when performed using the CLI.
Please use the following URL for further information: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/bugtool/onebug.pl?bugid=CSCdz46162
Symptom: During a fabric configuration analysis, the Fabric Manager issues a Java NULL pointer error.
Please use the following URL for further information: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/bugtool/onebug.pl?bugid=CSCdz52654
Symptom: During fabric rediscovery, the Fabric Manager application gets stuck and issues a SpinLOCK error on the status bar.
Please use the following URL for further information: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/bugtool/onebug.pl?bugid=CSCdz55244
Symptom: During a switching module upgrade, if your press the refresh button in the Element Manager, you may receive a Java error.
Please use the following URL for further information: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/bugtool/onebug.pl?bugid=CSCdz81142
Symptom: If automatic image synchronization is enabled, and the standby supervisor module is synchronizing the image from the active supervisor, the switch won't stop the user from issuing the reload command on the active or standby supervisor modules. This may result in a failure to synchronize the images.
Workaround: Be sure to allow sufficient time for the images to be synchronized before reloading a supervisor module.
Sympton: An error message in the log file occurs because the platform manager component passes the wrong parameter while responding to a SNMP query. In some cases, this results in the query not being responded to.
Workaround: Perform a refresh on Device Manager to clear the problem.
Symptom: When the Fabric Manager or Device Manager is run through VPN or any NAT scheme, a generic error occurs while adding duplicate zone members from a VPN connection.
Workaround: None. If an error occurs while running through VPN/NAT, all errors will show up as generic errors without a detailed message describing the error.
Symptom: The Ethereal decoder incorrectly decodes the A bit in the Common Service Parameters set as Normal, instead of Alternate BB_Credit Management.
Workaround: None. The trace must be interpreted correctly.
Symptom: During an install procedure, entering Ctrl-c returns a message saying that the install procedure cannot be interrupted, while Ctrl-z returns the prompt without any message. In either case, the install procedure continues.
Symptom: The Fabric Manager or Device Manager reports an error for all operations if the switch is multihomed (both IPFC based in-band management and the out-of-band management interface are up) and the Fabric or Device Manager was started using the IP-FC address. Typically, you will see a notInTime window error in the Device Manager and all sets fail.
Workaround: If the switch is multihomed, then start the Fabric or Device Manager on the switch using the out-of-band address.
Symptom: The counter values freeze if the Device Manager port monitor window has been up and running for a long time (overnight or a few days).
Workaround: Close the frozen Device Manager window and open a new session.
Symptom: If the switch time zone is not UTC (default), the expire option for the username command returns an error. If the expire option is not specified, the username command does not have this issue.switch# show clockMon Mar 17 18:20:28 JST 2003switch(config)# username user1 password cisco expireexpiry date wrong
Workaround: While creating a user-account, temporarily change the time zone to UTC.
Symptom: If you clear a kickstart boot variable that doesn't exist and if a kickstart boot variable with the same name size as the specified variable is stored in the system, the bootvar process crashes.
Workaround: Clear the kickstart boot variable using the no boot kickstart command.
Symptom: Some private initiators (for example, SUN) are not properly registered with FLOGI. This results in the disks not being visible to the initiators.
Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family
Quick Start Guide for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family
Cisco MDS 9200 Series Hardware Installation Guide
Cisco MDS 9500 Series Hardware Installation Guide
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Command Reference
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager User Guide
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Troubleshooting Guide
Cisco MDS 9000 Family System Messages Guide
Cisco MDS 9000 Family MIB Reference Guide
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