The Protocol Pack Update page enables deploying Protocol Packs to devices in the network that are are using SD-AVC. The page contains tabs for loading and scheduling deployment of Protocol Pack files, and checking status.
Understanding Protocol Pack Files
Cisco releases Protocol Packs on an ongoing basis. Each Protocol Pack release provides updates that expand and improve AVC application recognition. Typically, it is recommended to use the latest Protocol Pack compatible with the OS running on a device. The Protocol Library page indicates the latest Protocol Pack and provides compatibility information.
Protocol Packs are available using the Cisco Download Software tool. When using the tool, specify a platform and then navigate to software downloads for the platform.
Protocol Pack filenames have the following format:
Platform type may be, for example, asr1k, csr1000v, or isr4000. However, a Protocol Pack may be installed on any compatible device, even if that device is not indicated by the filename.
How SD-AVC Determines which Devices are Compatible with a Protocol Pack
The SD-AVC network service contains a Protocol Pack repository that stores specific Protocol Packs uploaded to the repository for deployment to devices in the network. The SD-AVC network service deploys a Protocol Pack in the repository to all compatible devices, at the time scheduled.
To determine compatibility, the SD-AVC network service compares the IOS version and engine ID of a Protocol Pack in the repository to the IOS version and engine running on devices in the network. If a Protocol Pack in the repository is compatible with a device, then the SD-AVC network service deploys the Protocol Pack from the repository to the device.
Deploying Protocol Packs Using SD-AVC
Use the SD-AVC network service to deploy Protocol Packs to devices operating with the service, as follows:
Determine the Protocol Pack to deploy. The Protocol Library page provides compatibility information.
Download the Protocol Pack using the Cisco Download Software tool. In the filename of the downloaded Protocol Pack, note the engine ID.
In the SD-AVC Dashboard, use the Protocol Pack Update page to upload the Protocol Pack file into the Protocol Pack repository on the SD-AVC network service. SD-AVC determines which devices are compatible with the Protocol Packs in the repository.
On the Protocol Pack Update page, open the Deployment Status tab. The SD-AVC network service indicates the Protocol Packs ready for deployment to compatible devices.
On the Protocol Pack Update page, open the Deploy tab and schedule a time for deployment. At the specified time, the SD-AVC network service deploys the Protocol Pack to any compatible devices. If no time is scheduled, and if the Immediate option is not selected, then Protocol Pack deployment does not occur.