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Cisco Prime Network 5.3 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 5.3 primarily supports the following new technology features and enhancements:
Support for Segment Routing attributes within ISIS technology for NCS 540, NCS 55xx, and Nexus 9K.
Support for MAC Algorithm SHA2-256.
Introduction of new log category “ENS.SnmpPdu” to enable logging the ENS forwarding events to NBI.
Introduction of the following enhancements in Command Builder:
– Support of confirmation dialog when delete commands are invoked in command builder.
– Introduction of option to save the command builder script execution output into a file at default or custom location.
– Introduction of option to email the command builder script execution output.
– Support for display of command builder script execution output as commands are being executed.
– Introduction of option to cancel a command builder script during execution.
The Cisco Prime Network 5.3 primarily supports the following platform specific features and enhancements:
Red Hat 7.7 with latest RPMs
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.
Cisco Prime Network Interoperability
Prime Network 5.3 can inter-operate with the following Cisco Prime products:
Cisco Prime Central 1.5.3, 2.0, and 2.1
New Features and Enhancements
The following topics describe the new features and enhancements introduced in Prime Network 5.3:
Support of confirmation dialog when delete commands are invoked in command builder
Prime Network 5.3 has introduced a confirmation dialog box in the Command Builder that gets invoked whenever you use delete commands.
Introduction of option to save the command builder script execution output into a file at default or custom location
Prime Network 5.3 allows you to save the Command Builder script output to a file at a default or custom location.
Introduction of option to email the command builder script execution output
Prime Network 5.3 allows you to send the Command Builder script output to recipient(s) via email.
Support for display of command builder script execution output as commands are being executed.
Prime Network 5.3 allows you to view the Command Builder script output live.
Introduction of option to cancel a command builder script during execution.
Prime Network 5.3 lets you cancel a Command Builder script any time during the execution.
New Device Support Information
Prime Network supports the following new device support information:
Cisco Network Convergence System 5500 Series Routers (NCS 5500)
New Module Support for Devices
Prime Network 5.3 introduces module support for devices in the device packages released during May DP1905, July DP1907, Sep DP1909, and Nov DP1911. Additional device support will be available in the next DP. For more information about the module support of devices, download the Cisco Prime Network 5.3 Supported Cisco VNEs - Addendum document on the Prime Network download site on Cisco.com.
This section provides important information of which you should be aware before using Prime Network 5.3.
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'.
Without root SSH access
Prime Network 5.3 supports the following scenarios without root SSH access:
Embedded DB Gateway/unit upgrade
Remote DB upgrade
Follow the below steps to create a new user and disable the root via ssh:
Step 1 Create a new user by executing the below command.
Step 2 Set the password for the new user by executing the below command.
Step 3 Go to visudo file and add the below line.
username ALL=(ALL) ALL
Step 4 Open /etc/ssh/sshd_config file in your preferred text editor and modify "PermitRootLogin yes" to look like below line.
Step 5 Restart the service by executing the below command.
service sshd restart
Step 6 Ensure ssh via root is disabled by executing the below command.
Non-Starting of Compliance Engine
If the compliance engine does not start, follow the below steps:
Before upgrading to 5.3, take the backup file nccmDatabase.properties that is located in PNHOME/utils/independent/compliance/resources/server/global/nccmDatabase.properties.
After upgrading to 5.3, 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 5.3 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 5.3 using a hostname instead of an IP address.
Automatic Restart After Gateway Reboot
Prime Network 5.3 will restart automatically whenever the gateway server is restarted. This behavior can be disabled (so that Prime Network 5.3 has to be manually started after a gateway restart). See the Cisco Prime Network 5.3 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 5.3 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 5.3 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 5.3
lists the open bug in Cisco Prime Network 5.3 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 2 lists the closed bugs in Cisco Prime Network 5.3 release. Click the Bug ID to view the conditions and workaround for the bug in the Bug Search Tool. Use this tool to track the status of the closed bug.
Choose Series/Model and enter Cisco Prime Network.
Releases drop-down list
Choose Affecting or Fixed in these Releases and enter 5.3.
Choose Fixed from the Status drop-down list.
Bugs Resolved in Earlier Releases but Still Open in Prime Network 5.3
The bugs listed in Table 4 were identified too late in the Prime Network 5.3 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 4 Bugs Resolved in Earlier Releases but Still Open in Prime Network 5.0
Accessibility Features in Prime Network 5.3
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