Network Convergence System 5500 Series Routers


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The Network Convergence System 5500 Series routers deliver a programmable, high-capacity and modular answer for Core, Peering, and WAN Transport deployments. Running the latest version of Cisco IOS XR Software, the 5500 Series supports segment routing, advanced forwarding feature sets, and programmable network management.

This series of routers deliver:

  • High-Performance, High-Density 100 Gb centric deployments

  • Option for redundant route processors, fabric cards, power modules and system controllers

  • Extreme focus on optimized power consumption in watts/Gbps

  • An infrastructure for hosting applications

  • Programmability with YANG model based APIs

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

New Hardware Introduced in Cisco IOS XR Release 6.3.3

There is no new hardware introduced in this release. However, this release supports all hardware released until Cisco IOS XR Release 6.3.2

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 5500 Series Router

Composite Package

Feature Set

Filename

Description

Cisco IOS XR IP Unicast Routing Core Bundle

ncs5500-mini-x.iso

Contains base image contents that includes:

  • Host operating system

  • System Admin boot image

  • IOS XR boot image

  • BGP packages

Individually-Installable Optional Packages

Feature Set

Filename

Description

Cisco IOS XR Manageability Package

ncs5500-mgbl-4.0.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Extensible Markup Language (XML) Parser, Telemetry, Netconf, gRPC and HTTP server packages.

Cisco IOS XR MPLS Package

ncs5500-mpls-2.1.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

ncs5500-mpls-te-rsvp-2.3.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

MPLS and MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE) RPM.

Cisco IOS XR Security Package

ncs5500-k9sec-4.2.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Support for Encryption, Decryption, Secure Shell (SSH), Secure Socket Layer (SSL), and Public-key infrastructure (PKI)

Cisco IOS XR ISIS package

ncs5500-isis-1.3.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Support ISIS

Cisco IOS XR OSPF package

ncs5500-ospf-2.0.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Support OSPF

Lawful Intercept (LI) Package

ncs5500-li-1.0.0.0-r633.x86_64.rpm

Includes LI software images

Multicast Package

ncs5500-mcast-1.0.0.0-r633.rpm

Support Multicast

Determine Software Version

To verify the software version running on the router, use show version command in the EXEC mode.

RP/0/RP0/CPU0:router# show version

Cisco IOS XR Software, Version 6.3.3
Copyright (c) 2013-2017 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
 
Build Information:
Built By     : <username>
Built On     : Tue Aug 28 13:54:20 PDT 2018
Build Host   : iox-lnx-040
Workspace    : /auto/srcarchive16/prod/6.3.3/ncs5500/ws
Version      : 6.3.3
Location    : /opt/cisco/XR/packages/
Label        : 6.3.3

cisco NCS-5500 () processor
System uptime is 1 hours 15 minutes

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.

Caveats Specific to the Cisco NCS 5500 Routers

Caveats describe unexpected behavior in Cisco IOS XR Software releases.

Bug ID

Headline

CSCvm03210

Show platform not displaying slice info for a few line cards.

Determine Firmware Support

Use the show hw-module fpd command in Admin mode to view the hardware components with their current FPD version and status. The status of the hardware must be CURRENT; Running and Programed version must be the same.

This sample show hw-module fpd command output is taken from NCS 5508 chassis:

(sysadmin-vm)#show hw-module fpd
                                                  FPD Versions
                                                                ===============
Location  Card type         HWver FPD device       ATR Status   Run    Programd
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
0/0       NC55-36X100G-S    1.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.13    1.13 
0/0       NC55-36X100G-S    1.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.11    0.11 
0/0       NC55-36X100G-S    1.1   SATA                 CURRENT    5.00    5.00 
0/2       NC55-24H12F-SE    1.0   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.13    1.13 
0/2       NC55-24H12F-SE    1.0   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.09    0.09 
0/2       NC55-24H12F-SE    1.0   SATA                 CURRENT    5.00    5.00 
0/3       NC55-36X100G      1.4   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.18    1.18 
0/3       NC55-36X100G      1.4   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.15    0.15 
0/3       NC55-36X100G      1.4   SATA                 CURRENT    5.00    5.00 
0/4       NC55-36X100G      1.4   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.18    1.18 
0/4       NC55-36X100G      1.4   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.15    0.15 
0/4       NC55-36X100G      1.4   SATA                 CURRENT    5.00    5.00 
0/5       NC55-18H18F       1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.13    1.13 
0/5       NC55-18H18F       1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.22    0.22 
0/5       NC55-18H18F       1.2   SATA                 CURRENT    5.00    5.00 
0/6       NC55-18H18F       1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.13    1.13 
0/6       NC55-18H18F       1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.22    0.22 
0/6       NC55-18H18F       1.2   SATA                 CURRENT    5.00    5.00 
0/7       NC55-18H18F       1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.13    1.13 
0/7       NC55-18H18F       1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.22    0.22 
0/7       NC55-18H18F       1.2   SATA                 CURRENT    5.00    5.00 
0/RP0     NC55-RP           1.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    9.25    9.25 
0/RP0     NC55-RP           1.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.09    0.09 
0/RP1     NC55-RP           1.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    9.25    9.25 
0/RP1     NC55-RP           1.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.09    0.09 
0/FC0     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/FC0     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.16    0.16 
0/FC1     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/FC1     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.16    0.16 
0/FC2     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/FC2     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.16    0.16 
0/FC3     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/FC3     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.16    0.16 
0/FC4     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/FC4     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.16    0.16 
0/FC5     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/FC5     NC55-5508-FC      1.2   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.16    0.16 
0/SC0     NC55-SC           1.5   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/SC0     NC55-SC           1.5   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.10    0.10 
0/SC1     NC55-SC           1.5   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.74    1.74 
0/SC1     NC55-SC           1.5   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.10    0.10 



Note

The FPD versions on board shipped by manufacturer may have higher versions than the FPD package integrated in the IOS XR.


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.

  • The total number of bridge-domains (2*BDs) and GRE tunnels put together should not exceed 1518.

    Here the number 1518 represents the multi-dimensional scale value.

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

  • The offline diagnostics functionality is not supported in NCS 5500 platform. Therefore, the hw-module service offline location command will not work. However, you can use the (sysadmin)# hw-module shutdown location command to bring down the LC.

  • The hw-module profile mfib statistics configuration command is not supported in this release.

  • The warning message that the smart licensing evaluation period has expired is displayed on the console every hour. There is, however, no functionality impact on the device. To stop the repetitive messaging, register the device with the smart licensing server and load a new registration token.

    To register the device with the smart licensing server, follow the instructions provided in this link: Register and Activate Your Device.

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.

Related Documentation

The most current Cisco Network Convergence System 5500 Series documentation is located at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/routers/network-convergence-system-5500-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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