CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE) Express is an integrated security and management solution for managing up to 100 Cisco Aironet® standalone access points located in one or multiple locations. CiscoWorks WLSE Express includes an integrated and embedded AAA server, making it an ideal solution for remote branch-office deployments with limited WAN bandwidth.
CiscoWorks WLSE Express provides comprehensive radio frequency (RF) and device-management capabilities that simplify WLAN deployment, reduces operational complexity, and provides administrators with expanded visibility into the WLAN. By automating several RF and device-management tasks, CiscoWorks WLSE Express reduces the operating costs and time needed for WLAN deployment, management, and security operations. This product bulletin introduces the new features available with CiscoWorks WLSE Express Release 2.15.
Table 1 describes the new features available with CiscoWorks WLSE Express Release 2.15.
Table 1. CiscoWorks WLSE Express New Features
CiscoWorks WLSE Express now supports authNoPriv mode for Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) to communicate with Cisco Aironet access points. All access points can be managed via either SNMPv2c or SNMPv3, but not both simultaneously. SNMP Version 3 adds security and remote configuration capabilities to the previous versions of SNMP.
Note: CiscoWorks WLSE Express will support multiple methods to populate SNMPv3 credentials. When importing devices from a file, you can provide SNMPv3 credentials in comma-separated values (CSV) format. When importing devices from other CiscoWorks platforms, CiscoWorks WLSE Express will retrieve SNMPv2c or SNMPv3 credentials as defined in CiscoWorks. You can also manually populate SNMPv3 credentials for each device range.
Improvements in firmware upgrades procedure
CiscoWorks WLSE Express now provides an option to erase the Flash memory when scheduling a job. If this option is selected, the entire Flash memory is erased when an image copy is made.
Display of currently logged-in CiscoWorks WLSE Express users
A new report called Current Logins is now available to display a list of users who are currently logged into the CiscoWorks WLSE Express. Command line interface (CLI) users will not be displayed. The report will not be restricted to 10 rows. The Current Logins screen includes a Refresh button and also provides a timestamp showing when the information was retrieved.
Ability to disable management of switches
A network administrator can prevent CiscoWorks WLSE Express from contacting a set of switches by adding the IP address(es) of the switches to a filter. Once entered, CiscoWorks WLSE Express will not locate those switches or contact them based on their IP addresses.
All IP addresses must be entered in order to exclude devices having multiple IP addresses. The filter accepts wildcards and ranges that can be used to avoid typing all individual IP addresses. Discovery and switch port tracing radio monitoring (RM) will use the filter to restrict access to excluded devices.
WPA key rotation feature
This feature enables help desk users to have the limited capability to rotate Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-shared Key (WPA-PSK) keys in network access points by configuring them in CiscoWorks WLSE Express.
CLI and GUI options for listing UDI for CiscoWorks WLSE Express and managed access points
This feature provides the capability to uniquely identify CiscoWorks WLSE Express and the managed autonomous access points. The CiscoWorks WLSE Express and the access points Unique Device Identifier (UDI) is retrievable through the CLI and GUI of the CiscoWorks WLSE Express. The UDI is imprinted in CiscoWorks WLSE Express and the access points. This information is used for return materials authorization (RMA), inventory control, and Cisco manufacturing processes.
Credential verification report
This feature provides network managers with the capability to identify the managed access points that have credentials different from those maintained on the CiscoWorks WLSE Express. The network manager can then fix the credentials mismatch before running operations such as image upgrades or configuration template downloads. Only the Telnet or Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol and SNMP credentials are verified.
Customers currently using the CiscoWorks WLSE Express model 1030 are encouraged to update their software to CiscoWorks WLSE Express Release 2.15.
Customers interested in purchasing the new CiscoWorks WLSE Express Release 2.15 hardware may place orders in early 2008 through normal sales channels. A CiscoWorks WLSE Express Release 2.15 software only upgrade is available for download at the software center or through the Product Upgrade Tool at http://www.cisco.com/upgrade for customers who have an earlier version of CiscoWorks WLSE Express for model 1030.
CiscoWorks WLSE Express contains encryption technologies controlled by the U.S. government, and users who want to download software will be prompted to apply for permission to access the encrypted files.
Table 2 lists ordering information for the CiscoWorks WLSE Express Release 2.15.
Important: CiscoWorks WLSE Express includes strong encryption technology that is restricted for some types of U.S. exports.
Table 2. Ordering Information
CiscoWorks WLSE Express 2.15 includes the CiscoWorks 1030 hardware platform and CiscoWorks WLSE Express Release 2.15
CiscoWorks WLSE Express 2.15 license upgrade option from 50 Cisco Aironet access points with a maximum of 500 users upgraded to 100 Cisco Aironet access points with a maximum of 1000 users.