Cisco ONS 15454 Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide, Release 3.2
About this Manual

Table Of Contents

About This Manual



Related Documentation


Obtaining Documentation

World Wide Web

Optical Networking Product Documentation CD-ROM

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance Center

About This Manual

This section explains who should read the Cisco ONS 15454 Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide, R3.2 , how the document is organized, related documentation, document conventions, how to order print and CD-ROM documentation, and how to obtain technical assistance.


This guide is for Cisco ONS 15454 users who are responsible for troubleshooting and maintenance. General troubleshooting categories and a comprehensive list of ONS 15454 alarms are provided. These sections include procedures for correcting every troubleshooting issue. All maintenance procedures are included, as well as detailed card reference information.

Users responsible for installing and configuring ONS 15454 nodes should have the companion Cisco ONS 15454 Installation and Operations Guide. Users who require TL1 information should consult the Cisco ONS 15454 TL1 Command Guide.


Chapter and Title

Chapter 1, "Alarm Troubleshooting"

Alphabetically lists the alarms generated by the ONS 15454 and provides troubleshooting procedures for each alarm

Chapter 2, "General Troubleshooting"

Explains several common troubleshooting topics and provides their solution procedures

Chapter 3, "Maintenance"

Explains how to perform several routine hardware and software maintenance procedures

Chapter 4, "Card Reference"

Provides a functional description, illustration, block diagram, and specifications for every ONS 15454 card


Identifies commonly-used acronyms


Defines commonly-used terms

Related Documentation

Cisco ONS 15454 Installation and Operations Guide, Release 3.2

Cisco ONS 15454 TL1 Command Guide, Release 3.2

Cisco ONS 15454 Product Overview, Release 3.2

Release Notes for the Cisco ONS 15454, Release 3.2

Cisco Warranty Services for ONG Products

Cisco ONS 15454 Quick Configuration Guide

Cisco ONS 15454 Quick Installation Guide

Cisco ONS 15454 Quick Reference for TL1 Commands, Release 3.2

Installing the Cisco ONS 15454 Conducted Emissions Kit (Required for EMEA compliance only)

Related products:

Cisco ONS 15216 EDFA2 Operations Guide

Installing the Cisco ONS 15216 100 Ghz DWDM Filters

Installing Cisco ONS 15216 OADMs

Cisco ONS 15216 Optical Performance Manager Operations Guide


The following conventions are used throughout this publication:

Note Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or useful background information.

Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

Warning Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in harm to yourself or others.

Tip Means the information might help you solve a problem.



Replaces all instances of Bellcore, the former name of Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Cisco Transport Controller (CTC)

Replaces all instances of Cerent Management System (CMS)


Denotes icons, buttons, or tabs that the user must select


Used to separate consecutive actions; for example, "click the Maintenance > Protection > Ring tabs"


Precedes all procedures; a horizontal line indicates the end of each procedure

Obtaining Documentation

The following sections provide sources for obtaining documentation from Cisco Systems.

World Wide Web

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Optical Networking Product Documentation CD-ROM

Optical networking-related documentation, including Release 3.2 of the Cisco ONS 15454 Troubleshooting and Reference Guide, Cisco ONS 15454 Installation and Operations Guide, and Cisco ONS 15454 TL1 Command Reference Guide is available in a CD-ROM package that ships with your product. The Optical Networking Product Documentation CD-ROM is updated as required. Therefore, it might be more current than printed documentation.

Ordering Documentation

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Registered Cisco Direct Customers can order Cisco Product documentation, including the Optical Networking Product CD-ROM, from the Networking Products MarketPlace:

Nonregistered users can order documentation through a local account representative by calling Cisco corporate headquarters (California, USA) at 408 526-7208 or, in North America, by calling 800 553-NETS (6387).

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Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco provides as a starting point for all technical assistance. Customers and partners can obtain documentation, troubleshooting tips, and sample configurations from online tools by using the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Web Site. registered users have complete access to the technical support resources on the Cisco TAC Web Site. is the foundation of a suite of interactive, networked services that provides immediate, open access to Cisco information, networking solutions, services, programs, and resources at any time, from anywhere in the world. is a highly integrated Internet application and a powerful, easy-to-use tool that provides a broad range of features and services to help you to

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Technical Assistance Center

The Cisco TAC is available to all customers who need technical assistance with a Cisco product, technology, or solution. Two types of support are available through the Cisco TAC: the Cisco TAC Web Site and the Cisco TAC Escalation Center.

Inquiries to Cisco TAC are categorized according to the urgency of the issue:

Priority level 4 (P4)—You need information or assistance concerning Cisco product capabilities, product installation, or basic product configuration.

Priority level 3 (P3)—Your network performance is degraded. Network functionality is noticeably impaired, but most business operations continue.

Priority level 2 (P2)—Your production network is severely degraded, affecting significant aspects of business operations. No workaround is available.

Priority level 1 (P1)—Your production network is down, and a critical impact to business operations will occur if service is not restored quickly. No workaround is available.

Which Cisco TAC resource you choose is based on the priority of the problem and the conditions of service contracts, when applicable.

Cisco TAC Web Site

The Cisco TAC Web Site allows you to resolve P3 and P4 issues yourself, saving both cost and time. The site provides around-the-clock access to online tools, knowledge bases, and software. To access the Cisco TAC Web Site, go to the following URL:

All customers, partners, and resellers who have a valid Cisco services contract have complete access to the technical support resources on the Cisco TAC Web Site. The Cisco TAC Web Site requires a login ID and password. If you have a valid service contract but do not have a login ID or password, go to the following URL to register:

If you cannot resolve your technical issues by using the Cisco TAC Web Site, and you are a registered user, you can open a case online by using the TAC Case Open tool at the following URL:

If you have Internet access, it is recommended that you open P3 and P4 cases through the Cisco TAC Web Site.

Cisco TAC Escalation Center

The Cisco TAC Escalation Center addresses issues that are classified as priority level 1 or priority level 2; these classifications are assigned when severe network degradation significantly impacts business operations. When you contact the TAC Escalation Center with a P1 or P2 problem, a Cisco TAC engineer will automatically open a case.

To obtain a directory of toll-free Cisco TAC telephone numbers for your country, go to the following URL:

Before calling, please check with your network operations center to determine the level of Cisco support services to which your company is entitled; for example, SMARTnet, SMARTnet Onsite, or Network Supported Accounts (NSA). In addition, please have available your service agreement number and your product serial number.