Cisco Prime Optical is a carrier-class, multitechnology management system that integrates the end-to-end management of traditional transport networks and new carrier packet transport networks. It helps to maintain the integrity of existing services as well as deliver interactive, content-based services and high-bandwidth applications.
Prime Optical manages the entire Cisco optical portfolio, including:
- Metro core
- Metro dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM)
- Metro edge and access products
- Carrier Packet Transport (CPT) System products
- Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS)
Prime Optical also serves as a foundation for integration into a larger overall Operations Support System (OSS) environment by providing northbound gateway interfaces to higher-layer management systems.
Advantages and Limitations of an Embedded Oracle Database
Prime Optical is available in two different solutions: Embedded Oracle Database and Not Embedded Oracle Database. Installing Prime Optical with an embedded Oracle database offers the following advantages:
- The Prime Optical installer checks all prerequisites and installs Oracle automatically. The installation includes any required Oracle patches.
- Improved security: The oracle user account, SYSDBA Oracle credentials, and Prime Optical database user credentials are hidden and can be changed and used only by Cisco for troubleshooting and configuration.
- User-friendly tools let you browse the schema.
- Redo logs and archive files are reorganized to save disk space.
- You can restore the database to the most recent backup or to a saved checkpoint.
- The database has automatic resilience, including automatic checks of problems, health checks, and automatic management of tablespace fragmentation.
With an embedded Oracle database, you cannot:
- Change the credentials of the oracle user, Oracle SYSDBA user, or Prime Optical database user.
- Use third-party tools to connect to the Prime Optical Oracle database.
- Modify the Oracle installation (for example, by patching it).
- Use the Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage the database.
Prime Optical Integration with Cisco Prime Central
You can use Prime Optical as a standalone product or with Prime Central. After Prime Optical is integrated with Prime Central, it cannot be reverted to standalone mode.
To integrate Prime Optical with Prime Central after Prime Optical has been installed in standalone mode, follow the procedure described in “Configuring Application Managers as Suite Components” in the Cisco Prime Central 1.4.1 Quick Start Guide.
Note If you are installing Prime Optical with Prime Central, the Domain Name Service (DNS) must be enabled on the machine where Prime Optical is being installed. If the machine cannot resolve hostnames into IP addresses through DNS, Prime Optical registration will fail.
After Prime Optical is integrated with Prime Central, you can launch Prime Optical from the Prime Central portal. For information about Prime Central, see http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/cloud-systems-management/prime-central/tsd-products-support-series-home.html.
What’s New in Prime Optical Installation Guide 10.5
Table 1-2 Features Removed
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Overview of Installation and Upgrade
The following steps describe the typical Prime Optical installation workflow.
Step 1 Check your system requirements before you install Prime Optical or upgrade select data from an earlier release. See Chapter2, “Installation Requirements”
Step 2 To ensure a successful installation or upgrade, use one of the checklists provided for your installation scenario as described in Installation Scenarios and Checklists. The checklists are for your reference throughout the installation process. You might find it helpful to print the appropriate checklist and check off each task as you complete it. For upgrading selected data from a previous Cisco Transport Manager (CTM) or Prime Optical release, follow the steps described in Chapter6, “Upgrading Prime Optical”
Note Before performing a fresh installation, remove all previous CTM or Prime Optical installations including softlinks.
Step 3 Start the Prime Optical client; see Chapter 7, “Starting the Prime Optical Client”
Installation Scenarios and Checklists
To ensure a successful installation or upgrade, use the checklist provided for the installation or upgrade scenario that applies to your setup. To help you keep track of the steps in the installation process, print the appropriate checklist from the PDF, which shows the section number where you will find each task, and check off each task as you complete it.
Note You must complete all the steps in a particular section before proceeding to another section.
The following checklists are available:
Table 1-3 lists the tasks for installing Prime Optical and an external database on the same workstation.
Table 1-4 lists the tasks for installing Prime Optical and an embedded database on the same workstation.
Table 1-5 lists the tasks for installing Prime Optical and an external database on separate workstations.
Table 1-6 lists the tasks for installing Prime Optical and an embedded database on separate workstations.
Table 1-7 shows the task for migrating selected optical data from your existing CTM or Prime Optical server.
Note You cannot perform a full upgrade from an earlier CTM or Prime Optical release.
Table 1-7 Checklist for Migrating Selected Optical Data from Your Existing CTM or Prime Optical Server
Complete the Steps Described in
Migrate selected optical data from your existing CTM 8.5, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, or Prime Optical 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.5, 9.6, 9.6.3, 9.8, 10.0 and 10.3 server.
Chapter6, “Upgrading Prime Optical”
With the wizard, you can migrate a subset of an existing database to a newly installed Prime Optical server. You cannot migrate the entire database with this approach.