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Cisco Nexus Dashboard Release Notes, Release 2.2.1

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Cisco Nexus Dashboard is the next generation of the Application Services Engine and provides a common platform for deploying Cisco Data Center applications. These applications provide real time analytics, visibility, and assurance for policy and infrastructure.

This document describes the features, issues, and limitations for the Cisco Nexus Dashboard software.

For more information, see the “Related Content” section of this document.

Note: The documentation set for this product strives to use bias-free language. For the purposes of this documentation set, bias-free is defined as language that does not imply discrimination based on age, disability, gender, racial identity, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality. Exceptions may be present in the documentation due to language that is hardcoded in the user interfaces of the product software, language used based on RFP documentation, or language that is used by a referenced third-party product.

Date               

Description

September 15, 2022

Updated “Sites per cluster” scale in the “Verified Scalability Limits” section.

August 17, 2022

Removed CSCvw52468 and CSCvy33462 from the “Known Issues” section, because they are not applicable for this release.

August 1, 2022

Updated the recommended CIMC version.

June 6, 2022

Release 2.2(1h) became available.

May 8, 2022

Release 2.2(1e) became available.

New Software Features

This release adds the following new features:

Feature          

Description

Support for Nexus Dashboard cluster deployment in Red Hat Enterprise Linux*

*Requires release 2.2(1h) or later

You can now deploy your Nexus Dashboard cluster in existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.

For more information about deploying a cluster, see Cisco Nexus Dashboard Deployment Guide.

Support for Persistent IP functionality across different Layer 3 domains

This release adds support for persistent IP addresses for services that require to retain the same IP addresses if it is relocated to a different Nexus Dashboard node across different Layer 3 networks.

For more information, see Cisco Nexus Dashboard User Guide.

Ability to export Kafka logs to an external monitoring and management system

You can configure your cluster to export all platform-level, infrastructure-level, and service-level events to external monitoring and management systems.

For more information, see Cisco Nexus Dashboard User Guide.

Simplification of services' deployment profiles using pre-defined target fabric scale

Services’ resource profile selection has been simplified using a number of more intuitive parameters, such as number of switches or flows, directly related to your deployment use case.

For more information, see Cisco Nexus Dashboard User Guide.

Changes in Behavior

If you are installing or upgrading to this release, you must consider the following:

      Service deployment profiles have been replaced with Network Scale settings.

Resource profile selection has been reduced to a number of more intuitive parameters directly related to your deployment use case. These parameters, such as number of switches or flows, describe the fabric size and use case intent and allow the cluster to intelligently determine the resources needed for the service. The parameters are categorized as "Network Scale" and must be provided prior to service deployment, as described in the Cisco Nexus Dashboard User Guide.

      The primary cluster, which you use to establish multi-cluster connectivity, must be running the same or later release of Nexus Dashboard as any other cluster in the group.

In other words, you cannot connect a Nexus Dashboard cluster running release 2.2(1) from a primary cluster that is running release 2.1(1).

If you are upgrading multiple clusters that are connected together, you must upgrade the primary cluster first.

      If you have Nexus Dashboard Insights service installed in your cluster, you must disable it before upgrading to Nexus Dashboard, Release 2.2(1) and re-enable it after the upgrade completes successfully.

      After upgrading to Release 2.2(1), we recommend upgrading all the services to their latest versions.

      After upgrading to Release 2.2(1), the main pane of the UI may display a blank page with only the top navigation bar visible. To resolve this issue, simply refresh the page.

      Downgrading from Release 2.2(1) is not supported.

Open Issues

This section lists the open issues. Click the bug ID to access the Bug Search Tool and see additional information about the issue. The "Exists In" column of the table specifies the releases in which the issue exists.

Bug ID               

Description

Exists in          

CSCvx93124

You see a message like:

  [2021-04-13 13:48:20,170] ERROR Error while appending records to stats-6 in dir /data/services/kafka/data/0 (kafka.server.LogDirFailureChannel)

  java.io.IOException: No space left on device

2.2(1e) and later

 

 

 

CSCwb31364

The UI login screen may show older ND version, even though ND upgrade is completed successfully.

The "Firmware Management" page will report that all nodes have completed upgrade successfully.

2.2(1e) and later

CSCwb41778

Making network connections via ssh/scp or other utilities from the command line as rescue-user may not work if the remote host's address is given using a DNS name.

2.2(1e) and later

CSCwb42508

There may be pods which are stuck in pending state because the node which just became a Master is unable to schedule workloads.

The “kubectl get pods -A -o wide | grep Pending” command will show may pods in pending state.

2.2(1e) and later

CSCwb45970

While there are many different ways a pod can get into terminating, this is a very specific scenario. PLEASE DO ATTEMPT WORKAROUND if you cannot confirm that this is exact scenario:

- A node was powered off for 5+ hours and then powered back on.

- "kubectl get pods -A -o wide | grep -v Running" reports a lot of pods on this node as Terminating even after waiting for multiple hours

2.2(1e) and later

CSCwb28144

External Services IPs used by NDFC for following cases may not work

1. Syslog Trap IP

2. POAP IP for tftp/http/scp from switch.

3. End point locator IPs for NDFC GO-BGP connectivity

4. IPFM Telemetry IPs for Streaming telemetry

5. SAN Insights Telemetry Receiver IPs for SAN Analytics telemetry

2.2(1e) and later

Resolved Issues

This section lists the resolved issues. Click the bug ID to access the Bug Search tool and see additional information about the issue. The "Fixed In" column of the table specifies whether the bug was resolved in the base release or a patch release.

Bug ID               

Description

Fixed in          

CSCvy82547

To do upgrade ND, you need to:

1. Disable the installed apps, and

2. Validate health of the  cluster before proceeding with upgrade of the a node (using acs health)

Otherwise, you can end up in situations where some kafka topics will have no leader.

2.2(1e)

CSCvy97888

Unable to delete a security domain from site edit page.

2.2(1e)

CSCvz42210

After completing 2-node RMA procedure, new nodes' serial numbers are overwritten with old nodes' serial numbers, causing cluster to become unhealthy.

2.2(1e)

CSCvz50040

"kubectl get pods -A" reports a pod in "ContainerCreating" state.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

nodemgr    pod/nodeagent-tbh29    0/1    ContainerCreating   0   84m   <none>    ute11-nd3   <none>  <none>

"kubectl describe pod/nodeagent-tbh29 -n nodemgr", will have Events that look like:

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Events:

  Type     Reason       Age                   From                Message

  ----     ------       ----                  ----                -------

  Warning  FailedMount  52m                   kubelet, ute11-nd3  Unable to attach or mount volumes: unmounted volumes=[logs], unattached volumes=[network-config localdb system-version default-token-h5npm config kms logs cloud-config]:

  Warning  FailedMount  27m (x2 over 72m)     kubelet, ute11-nd3  Unable to attach or mount volumes: unmounted volumes=[logs], unattached volumes=[kms logs cloud-config network-config localdb system-version default-token-h5npm config]:

  Warning  FailedMount  22m (x4 over 81m)     kubelet, ute11-nd3  Unable to attach or mount volumes: unmounted volumes=[logs], unattached volumes=[default-token-h5npm config kms logs cloud-config network-config localdb system-version]:

  Warning  FailedMount  8m13s (x44 over 83m)  kubelet, ute11-nd3  MountVolume.SetUp failed for volume "nodemgr-log-nodemgr" : mount command failed, status: Failure, reason: exit status 32

 

Keywords to look for here are:

 - unmounted volumes=[logs]

 - MountVolume.SetUp failed for volume "nodemgr-log-nodemgr"

2.2(1e)

CSCvz64288

Upgrade from 2.0.2h to 2.1 fails with the following message:

install/1-atomix-install

atomix extract failed

This indicates that the 2.1 ISO was not copied completely across all nodes, and there was an IO error while trying to copy files from that ISO.

2.2(1e)

CSCwb18594

When trying to add a site into Nexus Dashboard, if the password has an '&' the addition of the site fails and stays in an uknown state. With the following error message:

"Site not available, Verify input:Response error:401 Unauthorized {\"totalCount\":\"1\",\"imdata\":[{\"error\":{\"attributes\":{\"code\":\"401\",\"text\":\"User credential is incorrect - FAILED local authentication\"}}}]}"

2.2(1e)

Known Issues

This section lists known behaviors. Click the Bug ID to access the Bug Search Tool and see additional information about the issue.

Bug ID               

Description

CSCvy62110

For Nexus Dashboard nodes connected to Catalyst switches packets are tagged with vlan0 even though no VLAN is specified. This causes no reachability over the data network. In this case, 'switchport voice vlan dot1p' command must be added to the switch interfaces where the nodes are connected.

CSCvw39822

On power cycle system lvm initialization may fail on due to a slowness in the disks.

CSCvw48448

Upgrade fails and cluster is in diverged state with one or more nodes on the target version.

CSCvw57953

When the system is being recovered with a clean reboot of all nodes, the admin login password will be reset to the day0 password that is entered during the bootstrap of the cluster.

CSCvw70476

When bringing up ND cluster first time, all three master nodes need to join Kafka cluster before any master node can be rebooted. Failing to do so, 2 node cluster doesn't become healthy as Kafka cluster requires 3 nodes to be in Kafka cluster first time.

CSCvx89368

After ND upgrade, there will be still pods belonging to the older version running on the cluster.

For example, in this case upgrade was from 2.0.1.27 to 2.0.1.36.

After the upgrade, running following command gives:

 

node1# kubectl get pods -n kube-system -o yaml | grep image: | grep 2.0.1.27

      image: infra/ui:nd-2.0.1.27-e881b96b5

      image: infra/ui:nd-2.0.1.27-e881b96b5

      image: infra/ui:nd-2.0.1.27-e881b96b5

      image: infra/ui:nd-2.0.1.27-e881b96b5

      image: infra/ui:nd-2.0.1.27-e881b96b5

      image: infra/ui:nd-2.0.1.27-e881b96b5

 

node1# acs version

Nexus Dashboard 2.0.1.36

 

Clearly the ND nodes have completed upgrade, but some services are showing older version.

CSCvx98282

Pods in pending state for a long period upon restart. These pods are usually stateful sets that require specific node placement and capacity must be available on the specific node they are first scheduled. This happens when multiple applications are installed on the same ND cluster and the ND capacity overloaded.

CSCvu21304

Intersight device connector connects to the Intersight over the Cisco Application Services Engine Out-Of-Band Management.

Compatibility

For Cisco Nexus Dashboard services compatibility information, see the Cisco Data Center Networking Applications Compatibility Matrix.

For Cisco Nexus Dashboard cluster sizing guidelines, see the Nexus Dashboard Cluster Sizing tool.

Physical Nexus Dashboard nodes must be running a supported version of Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC).
CIMC, Release 4.2(2a) is the recommended version; CIMC, Release 4.0(1a) is the minimum supported version.

Cisco UCS C220 M3 and earlier servers are not supported for Virtual Nexus Dashboard clusters.

Nexus Dashboard clusters deployed in Linux KVM, Amazon Web Services, or Microsoft Azure support the Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator service only.

Nexus Dashboard clusters deployed in ESX VMware must use the “data” node profile if running the Nexus Dashboard Insights service.

Verified Scalability Limits

The following table lists the maximum verified scalability limits for the Nexus Dashboard platform.

Category

Scale

Nodes in a physical cluster

3 master nodes
4 worker nodes
2 standby nodes

Nodes in a virtual cluster (ESX)

3 master nodes
3 worker nodes
2 standby nodes

Nodes in a virtual cluster (KVM)

3 master nodes

Nodes in a cloud cluster (AWS or Azure)

3 master nodes

Nodes in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

3 master nodes

Sites per cluster

100 for Nexus Dashboard and Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator, see Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator Verified Scalability Guide for details and limitations.

4 for Nexus Dashboard Insights

Admin users

50

Operator users

1000

Service instances

4

API sessions

2000 for Nexus Dashboard and Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator

100 for Nexus Dashboard Insights

Login domains

8

Clusters connected via multi-cluster connectivity for single pane of glass experience

4

Sites across all clusters within the same single pane of glass experience

12

 

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