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Release Notes for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1

AON Application Requirements

AON Node Supported Hardware

AON Node Supported Software

Important Notes

Resolved Caveats

Open Caveats

Upgrade Instructions

Backward Compatibility

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation

Cisco.com

Documentation DVD

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Reporting Security Problems in Cisco Products

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco Technical Support Website

Submitting a Service Request

Definitions of Service Request Severity

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information


Release Notes for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1


June 7, 2006

Cisco Application-Oriented Networking (AON) is the first in a new line of Cisco products that embed intelligence into the network to meet the needs of application deployment. AON enables you to:

Integrate dissimilar applications by routing information to the appropriate destination, in the format required at the destination.

Enforce policies for information access and exchange.

Optimize bandwidth and reduce processing overhead for application traffic.

Increase management of information flow, including monitoring for business and infrastructure.

Enhance business continuity by transparently backing up or rerouting critical business data.

Working at the message rather than packet level, AON provides this support by understanding more about the content and context of information flow.

These release notes cover Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1 and include the following topics:

AON Application Requirements

AON Node Supported Hardware

AON Node Supported Software

Important Notes

Resolved Caveats

Open Caveats

Upgrade Instructions

Backward Compatibility

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Obtaining Technical Assistance

AON Application Requirements

Table 1 lists the minimum requirements for installing AON applications.

Table 1 AON Minimum System Requirements

Application
Operating System
CPU
RAM
Hard Drive

AON Management Console (AMC)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 or later

Single processor;
Pentium III or Xeon

1 GB

20 GB

AON Development Studio (ADS)

Windows 2000 or Windows XP with latest service packs.

Pentium IV

1 GB (required)

2 GB (recommended for large adapters)

40 GB


AON Node Supported Hardware

Table 2 lists the hardware platforms that are supported by AON version 2.1.1.

Table 2 Supported Hardware

AON Appliance
AON Service Module (AON-SM)
AON Network Module (AON-NM)

Cisco 8340 AON Appliance

WS-6503

WS-C6503-E

WS-C6506

WS-6506-E

WS-C6509

WS-6509-E

WS-C6509-NEB-A

WS-6513

Cisco 2610XM

Cisco 2611XM

Cisco 2620XM

Cisco 2650XM

Cisco 2651XM

Cisco 2691XM

Cisco 2811

Cisco 2821

Cisco 2851

Cisco 3725

Cisco 3745

Cisco 3825

Cisco 3845


AON Node Supported Software

Table 3 lists the software levels for the Cisco platforms that support AON.

Table 3 Supported Software

Platform
Minimum Software Release Supported
Latest Software Release Supported

Cisco 8340 AON Appliance

AON version 1.1.0.189

AON version 2.1.1.53

Native

Catalyst 6500 Series Switches with Supervisor Engine 720

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXE1

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF2

Hybrid

Catalyst 6500 Series Switches with Supervisor Engine 720

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF

CatOS Release 8.5(3)

CatOS Release 8.5(3)

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF

Native

Catalyst 6500 Series Switches with Supervisor Engine 2

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF2

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF2

Hybrid

Catalyst 6500 Series Switches with Supervisor Engine 2

CatOS Release 8.4(2a)

Cisco IOS Release 12.1(23)E3

CatOS Release 8.5(3)

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF2

Cisco 2600, Cisco 2800, Cisco 3700,
and Cisco 3800 Series Routers

Cisco IOS Release 12.3(14)T1

Cisco IOS Release 12.4(3)


Important Notes

The AON Management Console (AMC) supports only Microsoft Internet Explorer 6. AMC pages may not render properly in other Web browsers.

AON is implemented in Java where memory is automatically managed by the Java runtime system. This means that there might be moments in the system where the garbage collection (automatic memory management) is still working at freeing up memory. The graceful handling mechanism checks the free memory to determine if a message should be let into the system. So under high loads it is possible that AON will reject messages because the garbage collection is taking time to free up memory.

The following issues may affect AON Development Studio installation, however, the root causes are beyond the control of Cisco:

Using the ALT key during ADS installation can cause some InstallShield screens to become corrupted. Despite this display problem, the ADS installer continues to function. If the display gets corrupted, minimize the ADS installer and then maximize it again. The display should return to normal. This is a known InstallShield issue when using JVMs with version 1.4.2.x.

In rare situations when initially launching ADS on Windows 2000, an error message may be returned indicating the database is busy or unavailable. The error can occur even though the database is listed as started in the list of Windows Services. This occurs when a database port is chosen in the ADS installer that also appears in the output of the netstat -a command in a loopback situation. The port is shown pointing to another server port which in turn points back to it. This behavior has only been seen with one port, though not always the same port on the system. Reboot the PC to correct this problem.

Resolved Caveats

Table 4 lists the caveats that have been resolved in this AON release.

Table 4 Resolved Caveats for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1 

Defect ID
Description

AMC

CSCek36891

Enhancements on AMC Package size reduction and AMC DB security.

AON

CSCek39791

JMS queue properties changes take effect only after AON restart.

CSCse03361

Dynamically listen for change in JMS resource file (.bindings).

CSCse03363

Dynamic update to SSL configuration is required.

CSCse01517

Loop Bladelet does not reset counters if called from within another loop.


Open Caveats

Table 5 lists the caveats for this AON release. These caveats are in addition to the open caveats listed in the Release Notes for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1

.

Table 5 Open Caveats for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1

Defect ID
Description

CSCsd99156

Symptom

When the flow has multiple SetDestination Bladelets (with XPath rules) or if there are Find Bladelets ahead of SetDestination Bladelet (with XPath Rules), SetDestination's XPath evaluation returns NULL for the first request message.

Workaround

Send another message.

CSCse35371

Symptom

If there is an existing or new sequence in the schema, the message log writing and viewing in AMC fails.

Workaround

For Oracle, do not change the schema after it is created using the scripts in appendix A. This information is found in "Create a Message Log Database" section of Chapter 4, Step 1, in the Cisco AON Installation and Administration Guide.

Note If changes are added, it may cause the message log feature to fail. For example, as reported in this defect, existing or new sequences to the schema can cause older version before 2.1.1 to fail.

CSCse41928

Symptom

Multiple modifications to JMS/SSL Property & Single deployment doesn't work correctly. The changes notification did not happen on the corresponding nodes. Only some of the modifications had done to the JMS/SSL property take effect and sometimes AON stops listening to the modified JMS queues.

Conditions

Make a series of changes to a JMS property and do a single deployment from AMC to nodes. The changes notification did not happen on the corresponding nodes.

Workaround

Either deploy one JMS property change at a time, or restart AON.


Upgrade Instructions

For detailed instructions on upgrading to Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1, see the following document:

Upgrading the Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Environment

Backward Compatibility

Cisco Application-Oriented Networking 2.1 and above releases are backward compatible.


Note You must install the latest Cisco AON Management Console (AMC) release and AON Developer Studio (ADS) software on your node. Both these software versions must match for the node to work.


Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1 will work with any node with Cisco AON Version 2.1.

Related Documentation

The AON documentation set includes the following guides:

AON Installation and Administration Guidecovers the installation and administration of the AON Management Console and AON nodes.

AON Development Studio User Guidecovers the AON Development Studio, Bladelets, and PEP creation.

AON Programming Guidecovers the development of custom Bladelets, custom adapters, and other features related to extending AON functionality.

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Severity 1 (S1)—Your network is "down," or there is a critical impact to your business operations. You and Cisco will commit all necessary resources around the clock to resolve the situation.

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