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Cisco Prime Network 5.1 provides service providers and other network operators with a comprehensive assurance and device management solution for IP next-generation networks (NGNs), mobility, data center, and cloud. It is offered as a standalone application and as a fully integrated component of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite for customers needing end-to-end network management lifecycle capabilities. It provides standards-based interfaces to integrate with OSS applications.
The Cisco Prime Network 5.1 primarily supports the following new technology features and enhancements:
SarOS 21.8 Modeling and Command Updates
VxLAN & BGP EVPN Address family in Inventory and Fault
New Strong Key Exchange Algorithms
CCM Image Management for NCS 6k
The Cisco Prime Network 5.1 primarily supports the following platform specific features and enhancements:
RedHat 6.9 and 7.4 with latest RPMs
Oracle 184.108.40.206 upgrade with latest April 2018 Critical Patch Updates (CPUs)
Java 80 update 162
Notification for digital certificate expiration
Image backup enhancement in Change and Configuration Management
Removal installation of Operation Reports
Update and Retrieve Bulk user with scope operation integrated with Prime Central
XML output of report information
System Account enhancements for applications in local HA configuration
Note Prime Network supports third-party devices through Cisco Advanced Services engagement. As of release 4.2, Prime Network will not natively support third-party devices, and a Cisco Advanced Services contract will be required for their enablement and support.
New Features and Enhancements
The following topics describe the new features and enhancements introduced in Prime Network 5.1:
Prime Network 5.1 supports Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) feature from StarOS 21.8 onwards. The two new services introduced are SX service and Userplane service and the existing SAEGW service is reused for CUPS feature. A node is identified as either control-plane or user- plane based on SX-service.
VXLAN and BGP EVPN Address Family in Inventory and Fault
Prime Network supports VXLAN - an overlay virtual network technology to support elastic compute architectures. New attribute named Associated VNI added for Bridges and VRFs. Prime Network also supports “L2VPN: EVPN” Address Family for BGP Neighbors.
Save All Reports
Prime Network allows you to provide required report format and the location to save in the Prime Network server.
The administrators can perform an one time configuration in the Global Report settings to avoid users to provide the report format and report save location of Prime Network server for each report execution.
Users can change the report save location while generating report.when two reports having same name are saved in the same location and completing on the same time will override the other one.
Ensure to create the Report save location and enable the read write permission before generating report.
Note Purging of reports should be performed manually.
Generate System Events for a Close to Expire Digital Certificates
Prime Network allows you to generate System Events for a Close to Expire Digital Certificates. you can generate these system events when digital certificate of a Product’s License expiry date is close to expiration and based on the following four Severities
– License expires in a month
– License expires in a fourteen days
– License expires in a Three days
– License expiry is < =0 days
– License expiry > 30 days
Also, Prime Network generates System Events for the Jars and Certificates that are about to expire and periodically checks (once a day) the expiration date, or on restart and forwards the system events for Digital certificates and JARS for the above mentioned severities.
Image Management Enhancements in Change and Configuration Management
CCM Image Management for MSDR
Prime Network 5.1 supports Image management operations using.iso and.rpm files in NCS6k device through Change and Configuration Management. The supported Image management operations are Image Distribution, Package add, Activate, Distribute and Activate and Commit.
CCM Image Back-up Enhancement
During the backup operation of Star-OS devices (for example, ASR5K) you can view the exact configuration file missing details. This is applicable with either TFTP, FTP or SFTP supported protocol.
Bulk User Management
You can view the updated and retrieved Bulk user with scope operation details that are integrated with Prime Central in Prime Network.
Ability to change the Prime Network OS user name and Oracle database user name after Prime Network installation. Changing the Prime Network OS username requires change in FTP configuration on the devices/VNE’s. Change of SystemAccounts script is supported on the Local HA setup. For more information see the section Changing System Accounts of the Prime Network OS User Name or/and Database User Name in the topic Configuring Prime Network Post-Installation in the Cisco Prime Network 5.1 Installation Guide.
In Prime Network 5.1, new strong Key Exchange Algorithms are supported for Network elements communication.
New Device Support Information
Prime Network supports the following new device support information.
This section provides important information of which you should be aware before using Prime Network 5.1.
Installation and Upgrade
Before performing any fresh installation of High Availability (HA), ensure that any label used by any cluster service to name a distinct block device on any node in the cluster, must be unique across all block devices on the nodes of the cluster. You need to run the command on all nodes of the cluster, and cross check across all results before configuring local HA cluster because, a label used in a cluster service may not be reused by any block device with a different UUID which is listed by command 'blkid'.
Non-Starting of Compliance Engine
If the compliance engine does not start, follow the below steps:
Before upgrading to 5.1, take the backup file nccmDatabase.properties that is located in PNHOME/utils/independent/compliance/resources/server/global/nccmDatabase.properties.
After upgrading to 5.1, replace the backed up file nccmDatabase.properties.
Perform cmctl restart.
The Unconfigured VDC in the logical inventory shows configuration detail with empty data.
Differentiation between Unconfigured VDC and suspended VDC in Prime Network is not available.
PN-IL Health Monitor
By default, the PN-IL health monitor is disabled.
CCM Environment Limitations
1. The XMP process requires 64-bit Java environment.
2. The number of Linux memory pages should be increased to 8718 to support CCM.
To increase the Linux memory page size, perform the following steps:
a. Login to the Linux server as a pnuser.
b. Increase the number of pages in the server by entering the following command: sysctl -w vm.nr_hugepages=8718
c. View the changes by entering the following command: cat /proc/meminfo | grep Huge.
Limitations in Compliance Manager
1. In Compliance Audit, few system AAA service policies show incorrect audit violations. For more information, see CSCvm56361.
2. In Compliance Audit, few Fix CLI commands are applied twice. For more information, see CSCvm84162.
Workflow and Activation Replaced With Transaction Manager
Activation and workflow features have been replaced with Transaction Manager. These features are no longer available in Prime Network.
Configuration Audit Features Available Only upon Upgrade
The configuration audit feature in Change and Configuration Management is deprecated and is being replaced with Compliance Audit. When you upgrade to Prime Network Version 5.0, the system prompts you about the Configuration feature. Based on your input, the Configuration Audit feature is enabled or disabled.
Cable Technology - uBR10K Devices
For uBR10K devices, cable modeling for Upstream and Downstream channels and complete modeling for the MC20X20V and MC3GX60V line cards will be only supported from versions 12.2(33)SCG5 and higher.
Browser Limitations for Prime Network Web Components
In Firefox 24, users might not be able to connect to the Prime Network 5.1 web server to use features such as VCB, Network Discovery, and CCM, using Firefox 24 if the gateway IP address is a raw IPv6 address. This issue seen because of Firefox defect. To avoid this issue, log in to Prime Network 5.1 using a hostname instead of an IP address.
Automatic Restart After Gateway Reboot
Prime Network 5.1 will restart automatically whenever the gateway server is restarted. This behavior can be disabled (so that Prime Network 5.1 has to be manually started after a gateway restart). See the Cisco Prime Network 5.1 Administrator Guide for more information.
Auto-Discovery of Unsupported Modules
Auto-discovery of unsupported module types is done on a best effort basis and is based on standard information which is reported by the device as part of the ENTITY-MIB. Operators are advised to validate that the discovery was fully successful. If not, add support for the specific module type using the VCB.
Prime Network 5.1 Bugs Using Bug Search Tool
Use the Bug Search tool (BST) to get the latest information about Cisco Prime Network bugs. BST allows partners and customers to search for software bugs based on product, release, and keyword, and it aggregates key data such as bug details, product, and version.
Bug Search allows you to:
Quickly scan bug content
Configure e-mail notifications for updates on selected bugs
Start or join community discussions about bugs
Save your search criteria so you can use it later
When you open the Bug Search page, check the interactive tour to familiarize yourself with these and other Bug Search features.
a. Enter Prime Network 5.1 in the Search For field and hit Return. (Leave the Product, Software Type, Release, and Show Bugs fields empty.)
b. When the search results are displayed, use the filter and sort tools to find the types of bugs you are looking for. You can search for bugs by severity, by status, how recently they were modified, according to the number of support cases associated with them, and so forth.
If you know the bug ID, simply enter it in the Search For field and hit Return.
Open Bugs in Prime Network 5.1
lists the open bug in Cisco Prime Network 5.1 release. Click the Bug ID to view the impact and workaround for the bug in the Bug Search Tool. Use this tool to track the status of the open bug.
Table 1 Open Bugs
Unable to re-locate the services when oracle username contains the first part of Pn username.
After the upgrade or downgrade of NCS6k device the device state becomes Unsynchronized in Prime Network.
SSH private key stored as clear text in Prime Network servers.
Discovering & Creating VNEs with different enabled password results in telnet sequence errors.
VNEs created by Network Discovery are in unreachable state if they are added to Units behind NAT.
Choose Series/Model and enter Cisco Prime Network.
Releases drop-down list
Choose Affecting or Fixed in these Releases and enter 5.1.
Choose Fixed from the Status drop-down list.
Bugs Resolved in Earlier Releases but Still Open in Prime Network 5.1
The bugs listed in Table 3 were identified too late in the Prime Network 5.1 development cycle to be fixed for this release. The fixes for these bugs have been provided to customers running older versions of the product as needed and are scheduled for inclusion in the next release.
Table 3 Bugs Resolved in Earlier Releases but Still Open in Prime Network 5.0
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