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Release Notes for Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b)

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Release Notes for Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b)

Contents

Introduction

Upgrading Your Version of Cisco Fabric Manager

The Fabric Manager Installation Process Overview

New Features in Cisco MDS Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b)

Limitations and Restrictions

Upgrading to Recover Loss of Performance Manager Data

Maximum Number of Zones Supported in Interop Mode 4

Java Web Start

Cisco Storage Media Encryption

Cisco SME Configuration Limits

Deleting Cisco SME Interfaces

Emulex Driver Version

Compatibility of Fabric Manager and Data Mobility Manager

Caveats

Resolved Caveats

Open Caveats

Related Documentation

Release Notes

Compatibility Information

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information

Hardware Installation

Cisco Fabric Manager

Command-Line Interface

Intelligent Storage Networking Services

Troubleshooting and Reference

Installation and Configuration Note

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Release Notes for Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b)


Release Date: February 18, 2010

Part Number: OL-21847-01

This document describes the new features, limitations, and caveats for Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Release 3.4(1a). Use this document in conjunction with documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.


Note Cisco Fabric Manager 3.3(4b) works in conjunction with Cisco MDS SAN-OS Releases 3.1.x and higher including Release 3.3(1c).


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

Contents

This document includes the following sections:

Introduction

Upgrading Your Version of Cisco Fabric Manager

New Features in Cisco MDS Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b)

Limitations and Restrictions

Caveats

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Introduction

The Cisco Fabric Manager provides an alternative to the command-line interface (CLI) for most switch configuration commands. Fabric Manager provides powerful Fibre Channel troubleshooting tools such as advanced monitoring features and sophisticated debug analysis tools. These in-depth health and configuration analysis capabilities leverage unique MDS 9000 switch capabilities including the Fibre Channel Ping and Traceroute utilities.

The Cisco Fabric Manager includes these management applications:

Fabric Manager (client and server)

Device Manager

Performance Manager

Fabric Manager Web Services

For detailed information on using Cisco Fabric Manager to configure a Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch, refer to the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Configuration Guide. For information on using the CLI to configure a Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch, refer to the Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Configuration Guide or the Cisco MDS 9020 Switch Configuration Guide and Command Reference.

Upgrading Your Version of Cisco Fabric Manager

As of Cisco SAN-OS Release 3.2(1), Cisco Fabric Manager is no longer packaged with a Cisco MDS 9000

Family switch. It is included on the CD-ROM that ships with the switch. You can install Fabric Manager from the CD-ROM or from files that you download.

Installing Cisco Fabric Manager is a multi-step process that involves installing a database, as well as Fabric Manager. The complete installation instructions are provided in the "Installation of Cisco MDS SAN-OS and Fabric Manager" section in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Configuration Guide, and are available on-screen once you launch the Fabric Manager installer from the CD-ROM.


Note When upgrading Fabric Manager, refer to the supported upgrade path shown in Table 1. For example, when upgrading from SAN-OS Release 3.1(x) to Release 3.3(4b), you will need to upgrade from Release 3.1(x) to Release 3.2(x) to Release 3.3(x) and then upgrade to Release 3.3(4b).

Table 1 Supported Fabric Manager Upgrade Paths

Current
Upgrade Path

3.0.x

3.1.x

3.1.x (HSQL)

3.2.x (Oracle)

3.1.x (HSQL)

3.2.x PostgreSQL

3.1.x (Oracle)

3.2.x (Oracle)

3.2.x (Oracle)

3.3.x (Oracle

3.2.x (PostgreSQL)

3.3.x (PostgreSQL)




Note Fabric Manager Server can not be installed on an Active Directory Server when using PostgreSQL, Fabric Manager servers are domain controllers and can not create local PostgreSQL user accounts.


The Fabric Manager Installation Process Overview

The following section presents the flow of the installation process at a high level. Review these guidelines before you begin the installation process.

1. Verify supported software. Cisco Fabric Manager and Device Manager have been tested with the following software:

Windows 2000 SP4, 2003 SP2, XP SP2

Redhat Linux (2.6 Kernel)

Solaris (SPARC) 8 and 10

VMWare Server 1.0:

Base Operating System: Windows 2000 SP4 / Virtual Operating System: Windows XP SP2

Base Operating System: Windows 2000 SP4 / Virtual Operating System: Windows 2000 SP4

Java Sun JRE and JDK 1.5(x) and JRE 1.6 are supported

Java Web Start 1.2, 1.0.1, 1.5, 1.6


Note Do not use Java 1.6 Update 13.


Firefox 1.5 and 2.0

Internet Explorer 6.x, and 7.0


Note Internet Explorer 7.0 is not supported on Windows 2000 SP4.


Oracle Database 10g Express

PostgreSQL 8.2 (Windows and Linux)

PostgreSQL 8.1 (Solaris)

Cisco ACS 3.1 and 4.0

PIX Firewall

IP Tables

SSH v2

Global Enforce SNMP Privacy Encryption

HTTPS

2. Ensure data migration when upgrading Cisco Fabric Manager from Cisco SAN-OS Releases 3.1(2b) and later.

If you are upgrading Cisco Fabric Manager in Cisco SAN-OS Releases 3.1(2b) and later, be aware that data is migrated from the Hypersonic HSQL database to either the PostgreSQL database or Oracle Database 10g Express during the installation. Data is also migrated from Oracle Database 10g Express to Oracle Database 10g Express. If you migrate the database from Oracle to Oracle, the schema is updated. Refer to Table 1 for information on the supported upgrade path.

3. Ensure data migration when upgrading Cisco Fabric Manager from releases prior to Cisco SAN-OS Releases 3.1(2b).

If you are upgrading Fabric Manager in a Cisco SAN-OS Release prior to 3.1(2b), be aware that data is migrated from the Hypersonic HSQL database to either the PostgreSQL database or the Oracle Database 10g Express during the installation. The Fabric Manager Installer installs the PostgreSQL database on Windows. If you want to install the PostgreSQL database on Solaris or Linux, or if you want to install the Oracle Database 10g Express database, follow the instructions in the "Installation of Cisco MDS SAN-OS and Fabric Manager" section in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Configuration Guide. Refer to Table 1 for information on the supported upgrade path.

4. If you are upgrading a previous installation of Fabric Manager, make sure the previous installation is installed and running. Do not uninstall the previous version. If the previous version is uninstalled, the database will not be migrated and your server settings will not be preserved.

5. Select the database.

If you want to use the Oracle Database 10g Express, you must install the database and create a user name and password before continuing with the Fabric Manager installation. We recommend the Oracle Database 10g Express option for all users who are running Performance Manager on large fabrics (1000 or more end devices).

If you want to install the PostgreSQL database, you must disable any security software you are running as PostgreSQL may not install certain folders or users. You must also log in as a Superuser before you start the installation.

6. Install Fabric Manager from the CD-ROM or from files that you download from Cisco.com at the following website:

http://cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/mds-fm

Installing Fabric Manager on Solaris

This section describes how to install Fabric Manager on Solaris.

To install Fabric Manager on Solaris, follow these steps:


Step 1 Set Java 1.5 or 1.6 to the path that is to be used for installing Fabric Manager.

Step 2 Install the database that is to be used with Fabric Manager.

Step 3 Copy the Fabric Manager jar file m9000-fm-3.3.4b.jar from the CD-ROM to a folder on the Solaris workstation.

Step 4 Launch the installer using the following command:

java -Xms512m -Xmx512m -jar m9000-fm-3.3.4b.jar

Step 5 Follow the onscreen instructions provided in the Fabric Manager management software setup wizard.



Note If you use a Java JDK instead of a JRE on Solaris, you might encounter a problem trying to install the Device Manager from a web browser. This can happen because the installer heap limit of 256 MB is not sufficient. If you have this problem, save the jnlp link as file, increase the heap limit to 512 MB, and run javaws element-manager.jnlp at the shell prompt.


Installing Fabric Manager on Windows

This section describes how to install Fabric Manager on Windows.


Note Fabric Manager Server can not be installed on an Active Directory Server when using PostgreSQL, Fabric Manager servers are domain controllers and can not create local PostgreSQL user accounts.



Note If you are running Fabric Manager Server on Windows and using the PostgreSQL database, you should examine your Windows Active Directory environment for organizational units (OUs) and make the change recommended below to ensure that Fabric Manager Server does not periodically stop working.

On a Windows system, the Microsoft Active Directory applies a Group Policy Object (GPO) to the Fabric Manager Server. The GPO does not recognize the local user PostgreSQL because it is not in the GPO allow list. As a result, the GPO removes it, and the PostgreSQL database stops working.

To avoid this situation, you should move the Fabric Manager Server to its own OU and apply the same feature settings as the original OU, but remove the local user account to log in as a service.


If your server is running Terminal Services in Application mode, or if you are running Citrix Metaframe or any variation thereof, you need to issue the following command on the DOS prompt before installing Fabric Manager Server.

1. Open a command-line prompt: Start > Run, then type cmd and press Return.

2. At the command prompt type: user /install.


Note Do not close the command line window. This must remain open for the entire duration of the install.


The following is an example of the output of this command:

C:\Documents and Settings\user.domain>USER /INSTALL

User session is ready to install applications.

3. Follow all steps needed to install Fabric Manager, Fabric Manager Server, and Device Manager. See the instructions later in this section.

4. When the installation is complete, at the command prompt, type user /execute and press Return. Then type exit and press Return.

The following is an example of the output of this command:

C:\Documents and Settings\user.domain>USER /execute
User session is ready to execute applications.

To install Fabric Manager on Windows, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click the Install Management Software link.

Step 2 Choose Management Software > Cisco Fabric Manager.

Step 3 Click the Installing Fabric Manager link.

Step 4 Select the drive for your CD-ROM.

Step 5 Click the FM Installer link.

Step 6 Follow the onscreen instructions provided in the Fabric Manager Installer 3.3(4b).


To install Device Manager on your workstation, follow these steps:


Step 1 Enter the IP address of the switch in the Address field of your browser.

Step 2 Click the Cisco Device Manager link in the Device Manager installation window.

Step 3 Click Next to begin the installation.

Step 4 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation of Device Manager.



Note If you use a Java JDK instead of a JRE on Solaris, you might encounter a problem trying to install the Device Manager from a web browser. This can happen because the installer heap limit of 256 MB is not sufficient. If you have this problem, save the jnlp link as file, increase the heap limit to 512 MB, and run javaws element-manager.jnlp at the shell prompt.


New Features in Cisco MDS Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b)

There are no new features in Cisco MDS Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b).


Note These release notes are specific to this release. For the complete Release 3.x documentation set, see the "Related Documentation" section.


Limitations and Restrictions

This section lists the limitations and restrictions for this release.

Upgrading to Recover Loss of Performance Manager Data


Caution You must upgrade to Fabric Manager Release 3.1(x) and then upgrade to a later release of Fabric Manager to avoid losing Performance Manager data. If data has been lost, follow the steps below to recover the data.


Step 1 Disable Performance Manager interpolation using Fabric Manager Web Client. Uncheck Interpolate missing statistics, then click Apply.

Step 2 Stop the Fabric Manager Server.

Step 3 Save the data file in the $INSTALL_DIR directory.

Step 4 Move the old RRD file into the $INSTALL_DIR/pm/db directory.

Step 5 Run $INSTALL_DIR/bin/pm.bat m.

Step 6 Restart Fabric Manager Server.


Maximum Number of Zones Supported in Interop Mode 4

In interop mode 4, the maximum number of zones that is supported in an active zone set is 2047, due to limitations in the connected vendor switch.

When IVR is used in interop mode 4, the maximum number of zones supported, including IVR zones, in the active zone set is 2047.

Java Web Start

When using Java Web Start, it is recommended that you do not use an HTML cache or proxy server. You can use the Java Web Start Preferences panel to view or edit the proxy configuration. To do this, launch the Application Manager, either by clicking the desktop icon (Microsoft Windows), or type ./javaws in the Java Web Start installation directory (Solaris Operating Environment and Linux), and then select Edit>Preferences.

If you fail to change these settings, you may encounter installation issues regarding a version mismatch. If this occurs, you should clear your Java cache and retry.

Cisco Storage Media Encryption

The following limitations are described for Cisco SME:

Cisco SME Configuration Limits

Deleting Cisco SME Interfaces

Emulex Driver Version

Cisco SME Configuration Limits

Table 2 lists the Cisco SME configuration limits for this release.

Table 2 Cisco SME Limits 

Configuration
Limit

Number of switches in the fabric

10

Number of clusters per switch

1

Switches in a cluster

4

Fabrics in a cluster

2

Modules in a switch

11

Cisco MSM-18/4 modules in a cluster

32

Initiator-Target-LUNs (ITLs)

1024

LUNs behind a target

32

Host and target ports in a cluster

128

Number of hosts per target

128

Tape backup groups per cluster

2

Volume groups in a tape backup group

4

Cisco Key Management Center (# of keys)

32K

Targets per switch that can be FC-redirected

32


Deleting Cisco SME Interfaces

A Cisco SME interface can be deleted from the cluster only after the interface is administratively shut-down and all related tasks associated with the interface shut-down are complete.

Emulex Driver Version

In some instances, the Emulex driver version 8.1.10.9 may set the task attribute to HEAD_OF_QUEUE instead of SIMPLE_QUEUE. Certain tape drives do not accept this attribute and may reject these commands. The Emulex driver version 8.1.10.12 does not have this issue.

Compatibility of Fabric Manager and Data Mobility Manager

Cisco Fabric Manager in any MDS NX-OS 4.1(x) release does not support Data Mobility Manager (DMM) in any SAN-OS 3.3(x) release or in any 3.2(x) release. To use the Cisco Fabric Manager GUI for DMM, both Fabric Manager and DMM must be running NX-OS or SAN-OS software from the same release series.

Caveats

This section lists the open and resolved caveats for this release.

Resolved Caveats

CSCte51606

Symptom: Cisco Fabric Manager does not recognize a switch with OUI 00-05-73 or 00-05-9b as a Cisco switch. A switch with one of these OUIs cannot be monitored or discovered properly, and Performance Manager cannot collect statistics from it. In addition, a switch with one of these OUIs will not be included in various Fabric Manager wizards including FCIP, the Security Wizard, the Upgrade Wizard, or the IOA wizard.

For additional information about this issue, refer to Field Notice 63302.

Workaround: This issue is resolved when you upgrade to Cisco Fabric Manager Release 3.3(4b), Release 4.2(3a), or Release 5.0(1a).

Open Caveats

There are no open caveats in this release.

Related Documentation

The documentation set for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family includes the following documents. To find a document online, use the Cisco MDS SAN-OS Documentation Locator at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5989/products_documentation_roadmaps_list.htm

For information on IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller Storage Software for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family, refer to the IBM TotalStorage Support website.

Release Notes

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Release Notes for Cisco MDS SAN-OS Releases

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Release Notes for Storage Services Interface Images

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Release Notes for Cisco MDS 9000 EPLD Images

Compatibility Information

Cisco MDS 9000 SAN-OS Hardware and Software Compatibility Information

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Interoperability Support Matrix

Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release Compatibility Matrix for IBM SAN Volume Controller Software for Cisco MDS 9000

Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release Compatibility Matrix for Storage Service Interface Images

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family

Hardware Installation

Cisco MDS 9500 Series Hardware Installation Guide

Cisco MDS 9200 Series Hardware Installation Guide

Cisco MDS 9216 Switch Hardware Installation Guide

Cisco MDS 9100 Series Hardware Installation Guide

Cisco MDS 9124 Multilayer Fabric Switch Quick Start Guide

Cisco MDS 9020 Fabric Switch Hardware Installation Guide

Cisco Fabric Manager

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Quick Configuration Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Configuration Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Online Help

Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Web Services Online Help

Command-Line Interface

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Software Upgrade and Downgrade Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Quick Configuration Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Configuration Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Command Reference

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Quick Command Reference

Cisco MDS 9020 Fabric Switch Configuration Guide and Command Reference

Cisco MDS 9000 Family SAN Volume Controller Configuration Guide

Intelligent Storage Networking Services

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Data Mobility Manager Configuration Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Storage Media Encryption Configuration Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Secure Erase Configuration Guide - For Cisco MDS 9500 and 9200 Series

Troubleshooting and Reference

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Troubleshooting Guide

Cisco MDS 9000 Family MIB Quick Reference

Cisco MDS 9020 Fabric Switch MIB Quick Reference

Cisco MDS 9000 Family SMI-S Programming Reference

Cisco MDS 9000 Family System Messages Reference

Cisco MDS 9020 Fabric Switch System Messages Reference

Installation and Configuration Note

Cisco MDS 9000 Family SSM Configuration Note

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Port Analyzer Adapter Installation and Configuration Note

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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