Network Convergence System 5000 Series Routers


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Cisco IOS XR Release 6.6.1 is a limited availability (LA) release. All Cisco IOS XR Release 6.6.1 features are available in Cisco IOS XR Release 6.6.25, which is a general availability (GA) release. For more information on IOS XR Release 6.6.25, see Release Notes for Cisco NCS 5500 Series Routers, Release 6.6.25

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.

Release 6.6.1 Packages

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

Table 1. Release 6.6.1 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-r661.x86_64..rpm

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

Cisco IOS XR MPLS Package

ncs5k-mpls-3.1.0.0-r661.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-r661.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-r661.x86_64.rpm

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

Cisco IOS XR Multicast Package

ncs5k-mcast-2.2.0.0-r661.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-r661.x86_64.rpm

Supports ISIS

Cisco IOS XR OSPF package

ncs5k-ospf-2.0.0.0-r661.x86_64.rpm

Supports OSPF

Software Features Introduced in this Release

Encapsulation Untagged

Encapsulation Untagged feature enables a Layer 2 sub-interface to carry only untagged Layer 2 traffic. You can enable this feature by configuring the encapsulation untagged command under the Layer 2 sub-interface. Normally, when an untagged sub-interface is unavailable, untagged traffic is routed through the main interface. When a Layer 2 untagged sub-interface is configured and is made a part of a Bridge Domain (BD), the untagged traffic is bridged across the BD.

Revised OC-platform model version

Support for openconfig-platform.yang (OC-platform) model is revised from version 0.4.0 to version 0.11.0. In addition to retreiving basic component information, this revised version of the model extracts additional details such as operational state, available and utilized memory, allocated and used power, temperature, power-supply, fan, linecard and so on.

Support for new XR NETCONF actions

IOS-XR and System admin actions are RPC statements that trigger an operation or execute a command on the router. The following NETCONF actions are introduced in this release:

  • copy

  • delete

Telemetry support for OC LACP

The OpenConfig-Link Aggregation Control Protocol (OC-LACP) model defined by the OC community, helps manage LACP-enabled bundles and member interfaces. Cisco IOS XR supports OC-LACP version 1.0.2. Currently, the support is extended to version 1.1.0. Telemetry support for (OC-LACP) is provided only for LACP state data at global, bundle and member level.

Behavior Change Introduced in this release

From this release onwards the ispf command is deprecated.

This command was used to calculate network topology using the incremental shortest path first (iSPF) algorithm.

Hardware Features Introduced in this Release

A new chassis, Cisco NCS 5064 is introduced in this release.

The Cisco NCS 5064 chassis, which is also 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.

The Cisco NCS 5064 chassis is a small form factor dense 100GE aggregation systems in 2RU form factor. 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 Cisco NCS 5064 chassis has the following features:

  • Two hot-swappable power supply (PSUs) that support 1+1 redundancy under most conditions. Only when the 930W DC supplies (NC5K-PDC-930W-FR and NC5K-PDC-930W-BK) are used, both the PSUs must be inserted and operational in a non-redundant 2+0 mode.

  • Different power supply units (PSUs) are available for different air flow configurations.

  • Three hot-swappable fan modules that provide port side intake or port side exhaust cooling in 2+1 redundancy mode.

  • A management, console, and the USB interface on fan side of the chassis.

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.

Cisco IOS XR Caveats

There are no caveats specific to Cisco IOS XR Software Release.

There are no caveats specific to Cisco IOS XR Software Release.

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).

Before starting the software upgrade, use the show install health command in the admin mode. This command validates if the statuses of all relevant parameters of the system are ready for the software upgrade without interrupting the system.

The upgrade document is available along with the software images.

Cisco Software Manager (CSM) application provides an intuitive user interface to manage Cisco IOS XR installations, with pre-installation and post-installation checks and reports. CSM helps manage the process of software maintenance upgrades (SMUs) and service packs (SPs) on devices that run the Cisco IOS XR Software.

For information on how to use CSM, see Cisco Software Manager User Guide.

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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