Q. What is the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution?
A. The CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) is an integrated suite of applications for administrating, monitoring, and troubleshooting Cisco® networks. It provides IT organizations the solid foundation of infrastructure-management capabilities that is needed to efficiently manage business-critical networks. It complements the CiscoWorks Family of products. Other products in the CiscoWorks Family include:
• CiscoWorks IP Telephony Environment Monitor (ITEM), ensuring the readiness and manageability of converged networks that support voice over IP (VoIP) and IP telephony traffic and applications.
• CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution (VMS), providing an integrated set of Web applications with features that assist in the deployment and monitoring of VPN and security devices.
• CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE), helping enable advanced wireless access-point and radio-management capabilities.
The CiscoWorks Family provides comprehensive network-management solutions that improve the effectiveness of your IT organizations through task automation and ease of use, while increasing network resiliency and security through proactive planning and integration.
The CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) is a collection of powerful management applications that provide configuration, administration, monitoring, fault detection, and troubleshooting tools for campus networks. It includes applications for managing LAN switching and routing environments.
Q. Which applications are in CiscoWorks LMS 2.5?
A. CiscoWorks LMS 2.5 contains the following applications:
• CiscoWorks Campus Manager-CiscoWorks Campus Manager is a suite of Web-based applications designed for managing networks powered by Cisco switches. These include Layer 2 device and connectivity discovery, workflow application-server discovery and management, detailed topology views, virtual LAN/LAN Emulation (VLAN/LANE) and ATM configuration, end-station tracking, Layer 2 and 3 path-analysis tools, and IP phone user and path information.
• CiscoWorks Device Fault Manager-CiscoWorks Device Fault Manager provides real-time fault analysis for Cisco devices. It generates "intelligent Cisco traps" through a variety of data collection and analysis techniques. These can be locally displayed, e-mailed, or forwarded to other popular event-management systems.
• CiscoWorks Internetwork Performance Monitor- Internetwork Performance Monitor (IPM) is a network response-time and availability troubleshooting application. This tool empowers network engineers to proactively troubleshoot network performance using real-time and historical reports.
• CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials (RME)-CiscoWorks RME provides the tools needed to manage Cisco devices. It includes inventory and device change management, network-configuration and software-image management, network availability, and syslog analysis.
• CiscoWorks CiscoView-CiscoView is a Web-based tool that graphically provides real-time status of Cisco devices. The tool can display detailed monitoring information on interfaces and access configuration functions.
• CiscoWorks Management Server-The CiscoWorks Management Server provides the common management desktop services and security across the CiscoWorks Family of solutions. It also provides the foundation for integrating with other Cisco and third-party applications.
Q. Where can I find additional information about these applications?
Q. What are the essential features of CiscoWorks LMS?
A. Essential features are:
• Cisco device discovery
• Layer 2 and Layer 3 topology and connection-path trace
• End station, IP phone, and user tracking
• VLAN management
• Configuration and software-image archiving, editing, and distribution
• Historical change and syslog auditing
• Extensive inventory tracking
• Cisco device trap and fault management
• Graphical device interface for monitoring and configuration editing
• WAN performance measurements including latency and jitter
• Cisco server load-balancing and content-flow management
Q. What are the new features in CiscoWorks LMS 2.5?
A. New features in CiscoWorks LMS 2.5 include:
• New lightweight CiscoWorks homepage
• Common device administration across all applications
• Mitigation of plug-in issues by providing an HTML-based client for CiscoWorks CiscoView, CiscoWorks Device Fault Manager, CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials, and User Tracking module of CiscoWorks Campus Manager
• Enhanced application security through integration with Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS)
• CiscoWorks LMS Enterprise version providing all features supported with a restricted license for up to 300 devices
• CiscoWorks LMS Large Enterprise version providing an unrestricted license for unlimited devices
• CiscoWorks Internetwork Performance Monitor (IPM) Version 2.6 now included
INSTALLATION AND COMPATIBILITY
Q. What platforms support CiscoWorks LMS?
A. Windows and Solaris support CiscoWorks LMS.
Q. Can all the applications within CiscoWorks LMS 2.5 be loaded on a single server?
Q. What are the system requirements for CiscoWorks LMS 2.5?
A. Table 1 and 2 list the system requirements.
Table 1. System Requirements-Server
Single CPU 1 GHz or equivalent, SPARC IIIi or x86
2 GB (CiscoWorks LMS 2.5 Enterprise) or 4 GB (CiscoWorks LMS 2.5 Large Enterprise)
• Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server w SP4
• Windows Server 2003 Standard and Enterprise Editions
• Solaris 2.8, 2.9 (English and Japanese)
Network Management System (NMS) Integration
• CiscoWorks CiscoView with Network Management Integration Module (NMIM) and Device Fault Manager supports integration with Hewlett Packard OpenView 6.4 and 7.01
• IBM NetView 7.1 and 7.1.4 are supported by Dynamic Contact Replication (DCR) and NMIM
Table 2. System Requirements-Client
Single CPU 1 GHz or equivalent, SPARC IIIi or Windows
• Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Enterprise Server
• Windows Server 2003 Standard and Enterprise Editions
• Windows XP
• Solaris 8 and 9 (English and Japanese)
• Windows-Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1, Netscape 7.1, Mozilla 1.7
A. The CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution is available for purchase through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide.
To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page.
Q. Are software-support contracts available and how are they ordered?
A. Yes. You can purchase a one (1) year Software Application Support (SAS) contract that provides Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) support, access to software maintenance patches on Cisco.com Software Center, and CiscoWorks LMS minor update releases.
Q. Can individual applications within CiscoWorks LMS be purchased?
A. No. These CiscoWorks applications are sold only as bundled solutions.
Q. How can CiscoWorks LMS 1.X customers purchase CiscoWorks Device Fault Manager?
A. CiscoWorks LMS 1.X customers who want to purchase CiscoWorks Device Fault Manager should upgrade to CiscoWorks LMS 2.5. This release includes the newest version of CiscoWorks Device Fault Manager and can be ordered through normal Cisco sales channels using part numbers CWLMS-2.5-RUP-K9 or CWLMS-2.5-URUP-K9.