Network Convergence System 5000 Series Routers


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The Network Convergence System 5000 Series offers a high-density, small-form-factor MPLS aggregation router for metro aggregation. It is designed to economically scale large enterprise, over-the-top (OTT), and service provider Data Center networking architectures.

The Cisco NCS 5000 Series is an extension to Cisco’s routing platform portfolio enabling Service Providers and MPLS enabled data center architectures to offer elastic networks with improved business agility and simplified operations to deliver high-bandwidth mobile, video, and cloud services.

It can also operate as an extension shelf of Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers using Network Virtualization (nV) technology, consolidating multiple layers in the network and dramatically reducing operational costs.

The Cisco NCS 5000 series routers are small form factor dense aggregation systems. Powered by industry leading routing operation system, IOS-XR, the system also offers rich functions such as third party application hosting, machine-to-machine interface, telemetry and flexible package delivery.

The latest release of Cisco IOS XR operating system opens up the architecture of Cisco IOS XR using a 64-bit Linux-based operating system to deliver greater agility, automation and simplicity, while reducing cost of operating the networks.

Software Features Introduced in Cisco IOS XR Software Release 6.3.3

There are no new software features introduced in this release. However, this release supports software features released until Cisco IOS XR Release 6.3.2

New Hardware Introduced in Cisco IOS XR Release 6.3.3

There is no new hardware introduced in this release.

Release 6.3.3 Packages

This table lists the Cisco IOS XR Software feature set matrix (packages) with associated filenames.

Table 1. Release 6.3.3 Packages for Cisco NCS 5000 Series Router

Composite Package

Feature Set

Filename

Description

Cisco IOS XR IP Unicast Routing Core Bundle

ncs5k-mini-x.iso

Contains base image contents that includes:

  • Host operating system

  • System Admin boot image

  • IOS XR boot image

  • Alarm co-relation

Individually-Installable Optional Packages

Feature Set

Filename

Description

Cisco IOS XR Manageability Package

ncs5k-mgbl-3.0.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

XML, Parser, HTTP Server, Telemetry, and gRPC.

Cisco IOS XR MPLS Package

ncs5k-mpls-3.1.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Label Distribution Protocol (LDP), MPLS forwarding , MPLS operations , Administration and maintenance (OAM), Layer3-vpn , layer-2 vpn.

Cisco IOS XR MPLS RSVP TE package

ncs5k-mpls-te-rsvp-1.1.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Supports MPLS RSVP-TE (Resource Reservation Protocol with Traffic Engineering extensions)

Cisco IOS XR Security Package

ncs5k-k9sec-3.2.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Support for Encryption, Decryption, and Secure Shell (SSH),

Cisco IOS XR Multicast Package

ncs5k-mcast-2.2.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Multicast routing protocols (PIM, IGMP, Auto-RP, BSR) and infrastructure (Multicast routing information Base) , Multicast forwarding (mfwd)

Cisco IOS XR ISIS package

ncs5k-isis-2.2.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Supports ISIS

Cisco IOS XR OSPF package

ncs5k-ospf-2.0.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Supports OSPF

Caveats

Caveats describe unexpected behavior in Cisco IOS XR Software releases. Severity-1 caveats are the most critical caveats; severity-2 caveats are less critical.

Caveats Specific to the NCS 5000 Routers

There are no caveats in this release.

Upgrading Cisco IOS XR Software

Cisco IOS XR Software is installed and activated from modular packages, allowing specific features or software patches to be installed, upgraded, or downgraded without affecting unrelated processes. Software packages can be upgraded or downgraded on all supported card types, or on a single card (node).

After you upgrade to Cisco IOS XR Release 6.3.3 using the 'fpd auto-upgrade enable' config command, note that the system does not upgrade the FPD version of the Micron_M600 SATA module.

Use the following CLI to manually upgrade FPD version of the SATA module:

(sysadmin-vm)# upgrade hw-module location <node-id> fpd SATA 

You need not reload the card. After the upgrade, the FPD is updated to version 5.00.

Important Notes

  • From this release, DN bit is set by default for all prefixes redistributed into BGP.

    Previous to this release, the prefixes redistributed into BGP from other protocols in the remote PE do not contain the extended community attributes. When these prefixes are redistributed into the OSPF VRF instance, OSPF originates external LSAs without DN bit being set.

  • MLD Snooping is not supported until Cisco IOS XR Release 6.5.3. The support will be available in future releases.

Related Documentation

The most current Cisco Network Convergence System 5000 Series documentation is located at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/routers/network-convergence-system-5000-series/tsd-products-support-series-home.html

The document containing Cisco IOS XR System Error Messages (SEM) is located at this URL:

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/ios_xr_sw/error/message/ios-xr-sem-guide.html

Production Software Maintenance Updates (SMUs)

A production SMU is a SMU that is formally requested, developed, tested, and released. Production SMUs are intended for use in a live network environment and are formally supported by the Cisco TAC and the relevant development teams. Software bugs identified through software recommendations or Bug Search Tools are not a basis for production SMU requests.

For information on production SMU types, refer the Production SMU Types section of the IOS XR Software Maintenance Updates (SMUs) guide.

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