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Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2
New Features and Enhancements
Using the Bug Toolkit
Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request
Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2
June 15, 2012
This document provides an overview to Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2 and helps you understand it at a high level.
Note You can access the most current Prime Performance Manager documentation, including these release notes, online at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11715/tsd_products_support_series_home.html.
These release notes contain the following sections:
•New Features and Enhancements
•Using the Bug Toolkit
•Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request
Cisco Prime Performance Manager is a simple-to-deploy and easy-to-use, unified management system that helps you monitor an all-Cisco or multi-vendor and multi-technology network. It allows you to view reports and perform administrative tasks, using a Web 2.0 user interface.
Prime Performance Manager is an integral part of the Cisco Prime product family. You can use it with Cisco Prime Central to provide a seamless user experience to view performance reports, integrated with network and service topologies.
Prime Performance Manager:
•Collects network performance information and generates statistics on delay, jitter, and packet loss in a packet network.
•Monitors performance statistics for IP/MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, and mobile backhaul networks. Using a web-based user interface, you can view over 1400 reports in the following areas:
–Mobile IOS statistics
–Mobile StarOS statistics
•Allows you to integrate with Cisco Prime Central. Prime Central is the presentation tier for the Cisco IP NGN suite, which includes Prime Performance Manager, Cisco Prime Network, Cisco Prime Optical, and other domain managers.
•Allows you to discovery network devices by importing the Prime Network device inventory or by running device discovery from Prime Performance Manager.
•Allows you to install cross-launch scripts on Prime Network gateways, which enables Prime Performance Manager reports to be launched from the Prime Network GUI.
•Synchronizes device lists, credentials, and business tags from Prime Network.
•Provides a simple administrative interface that allows you to manage gateways and units, assign devices to units, administer autodiscovery, manage users, administer reports, and other tasks.
•Reduces time to troubleshoot and recover from problems that affect service.
Prime Performance Manager features and benefits include:
•Carrier class scale—Prime Performance Manager can manage 25,000 devices with up to 1.1 million interfaces and 50 GUI clients. Prime Performance Manager is designed for low startup and administrative costs with support for Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Linux, and VMware. The Prime Performance Manager embedded database eliminates third-party license and maintenance costs. Its distributed architecture provides reliability, deployment flexibility, and horizontal scaling to grow with the network.
•Prepackaged reports—Prime Performance Manager can generate more than 900 prepackaged reports on a wide range of network services, technologies, and devices. These reports provide visibility into the network and service performance characteristics of core, aggregation, and access network devices. Reports are automatically generated and do not require complex customization or configuration.
•Data collection and processing—Prime Performance Manager standards-based data collection can be applied to any device enabled for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Summarized reports can be generated in 5-minute, 15-minute, hourly, or daily intervals and can be viewed using the Cisco Prime Performance Manager web interface. They can also be generated as a comma-separated value (CSV) data file for integration with a third-party OSS.
•Multi-technology support—Prime Performance Manager supports many network services, technologies, and devices. It facilitates proactive service assurance by allowing you to quickly detect network congestion and other issues.
For detailed information on Prime Performance Manager features, see the Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2 User Guide.
For information on prerequisites, system requirements, and installation, see the Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2 Quick Start Guide and the Readme file that is provided with the Prime Performance Manager distribution.
New Features and Enhancements
Prime Performance Manager 1.2 includes features and enhancements described in the following sections.
Home Page URL
The default top-level home page URL has changed in Prime Performance Manager 1.2. It is now formatted as:
You might need to update previous bookmarks as they will continue to point to the previous GUI URL. Connecting to the server name and port number without the trailing URL will always go to the correct new home page URL.
Support for the following devices was added in Prime Performance Manager 1.2:
•IOS XR 4.2.1 Satellite nV on Cisco ASR 9000.
•Cisco ASR 5000 running StarOS.
•Cisco ME 3400/3400E IOS Release 12.2(58)EX.
•Cisco ME 3600/3800 IOS Release 15.1(2)EY2.
This release includes the following enhancements to the Prime Performance Manager framework:
•Gateway high availability using the Red Hat Cluster Suite.
•IPv6 support enhancements:
–Support IPv6 for client-to-gateway communication.
–Security: PSB - SEC-IP-IPv6.
–Support IPv6 addresses during installation on Solaris.
•Additional EMS alarms and alarm types for TCAs.
•Automatic disk space reclamation to prevent automatic shutdown.
–ppm servername: change gateway/unit on same machine
•CSV BulkStats collection from the Cisco ASR 5000 running StarOS.
•Test handling duplicate HSRP IP address from StarOS.
•CLI command GUI setting to control BulkStats aging.
•Data access for custom portal reports using RESTFul APIs.
•Ability to integrate with e-mail systems for sending alarms.
•Display unit IP Address in a details screen.
•Filter upstream OSS alarms by severity.
•HighCharts printing and exporting to PDF.
•Parameter to limit the maximum simultaneous report queries.
•Property to suppress EPM NBAPI Delete alarm messages.
•Ability to launch configuration scripts from TCAs.
•User-defined per-object report filtering.
•X.733 Probable Cause alarm field.
Custom Report Views Enhancement
Prime Performance Manager 1.2 provides users with the ability to create custom report views, including:
•View tree hierarchy.
•View management GUI.
•Ability to display report graphs in views.
•A Star Graphs tab to create custom views per device.
This release includes the following enhancements to the Prime Performance Manager GUI:
•Added Last Full Poll Time and Last Poll Response/Location columns to the Network Devices Average Poll Response screen.
•Added additional default menu choices to the Duration menu.
•Made security and system CLI commands available in the GUI.
•Added verifications to ensure device custom names are unique.
•Added device details to the Node Availability tab.
•Allow dashboards to be displayed under the Devices window.
•Display the unit name and location in the SNMP Timeout window.
•Added the ability to export only the current page to CSV from the reports table view.
•Added a device details popup that appears a when the cursor is moved over a device link.
•Moved Prime Performance Manager to the Cisco Prime XWT-based GUI. This includes:
–Adoption of Cisco User Experience look and feel standards.
–Adoption of the Cisco Prime UI shell and megamenus.
–Creation of the system administrator properties screens, administration logs, and dashboard.
–Integrated Prime Central SSO login and logout interface.
–Created a global toolbar and help links.
–Converted log tables to XWT tables.
–Created a new preferences screen.
•Added a per-user setting for the number of rows included in top XY graphs and dashboards.
•Added a preference to enableor disable the display of KB/MB/GB in reports.
•Removed unnecessary header rows from manually-exported CSV files.
•Added the ability to highlight or hide series in dashboard graphs.
•Display red/green/yellow severity icons next to device names in reports.
•Display threshold settings for selected event dialog.
•Support consistent default time durations in reports.
•Support the ability to enable or disable hourly 5-minute and hourly 15-minute CSV options from the GUI.
•Support the display of filled-area charts as a per-user dynamically selectable option.
•Support the display of legends dynamically without a full screen.
•Added support for average and maximum values and series selections in graph legends.
•Added the ability to set threshold rising/falling option.
•Added a two-tiered report selection window.
•Added a user preference to show minimum values in summary tables.
•Added a user preference to set level of precision in numbers below zero in tables and graph legends.
Prime Central Integration
Added functionality to allow Prime Performance Manager to integrate with Prime Central, including:
–Prime Central Integration
–System test for Linux/Solaris/VMWARE/Java/Citrix support
–Send traps in Prime EPM format
–SSO and RBAC
–Inventory and fault cross launching
–Installation and health monitoring
Prime Performance Manager 1.2 report enhancements include:
•DragonWave Horizon Compact Plus.
•L2 interface reports for MWRs for EFPs.
•IPSEC Phase-II reports for SAMI.
•Cisco ASR 5000 EPC reports:
–Card and Port
•Added ppm ifnameformat command and cross launch BQL.
•Added PW VC ID in IPSLA Y.1731 reports.
•Added separate database tables and criteria for different IPSLA Y.1731 types.
Prime Performance Manager 1.2 security enhancements include:
•Force autologout to the login dialog after a session expires.
•Option to not allow multiple logins.
•Display configurable security banner before and after login.
•Upgraded OpenSSL To 0.9.8s.
•Integration testing with Prime Network 3.8.1.
•Tested and documented required settings for VMWare deployments.
Using the Bug Toolkit
This section explains how to use the Bug Toolkit to search for a specific bug or to search for all bugs in a Prime Performance Manager release.
Step 1 Go to http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit.
Step 2 At the Log In screen, enter your registered Cisco.com username and password; then, click Log In. The Bug Toolkit page opens.
Note If you do not have a Cisco.com username and password, you can register for them at http://tools.cisco.com/RPF/register/register.do.
Step 3 To search for a specific bug, click the Search Bugs tab, enter the bug ID in the Search for Bug ID field, and click Go.
Step 4 To search for bugs in the current release, click the Search Bugs tab and specify the following criteria:
•Select Product Category—Network Management and Automation.
•Select Products—Cisco Prime Performance Manager.
•Search for Keyword(s)—Separate search phrases with boolean expressions (AND, NOT, OR) to search within the bug title and details.
•Advanced Options—You can either perform a search using the default search criteria or define custom criteria for an advanced search. To customize the advanced search, click Use custom settings for severity, status, and others and specify the following information:
–Severity—Choose the severity level.
–Status—Choose Terminated, Open, or Fixed.
Choose Terminated to view terminated bugs. To filter terminated bugs, uncheck the Terminated check box and select the appropriate suboption (Closed, Junked, or Unreproducible) that appears below the Terminated check box. Select multiple options as required.
Choose Open to view all open bugs. To filter the open bugs, uncheck the Open check box and select the appropriate suboptions that appear below the Open check box. For example, if you want to view only new bugs in Prime Optical 9.5, choose only New.
Choose Fixed to view fixed bugs. To filter fixed bugs, uncheck the Fixed check box and select the appropriate suboption (Resolved or Verified) that appears below the Fixed check box.
–Advanced—Check the Show only bugs containing bug details check box to view only those bugs that contain detailed information, such as symptoms and workarounds.
–Modified Date—Choose this option to filter bugs based on the date when the bugs were last modified.
–Results Displayed Per Page—Specify the number of bugs to display per page.
Step 5 Click Search. The Bug Toolkit displays the list of bugs based on the specified search criteria.
Step 6 To export the results to a spreadsheet:
a. In the Search Bugs tab, click Export All to Spreadsheet.
b. Specify the filename and location at which to save the spreadsheet.
c. Click Save. All bugs retrieved by the search are exported.
If you cannot export the spreadsheet, log into the Technical Support website at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/support/index.html or contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC).
You can access the following Cisco Prime Performance Manager guides on the Cisco Prime Performance Manager page on Cisco.com:
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2 Quick Start Guide
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2 User Guide
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2 Documentation Overview
•Open Source Used In Cisco Prime Performance Manager
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.2 Release Notes (this document)
Note We sometimes update the documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should review the documentation on Cisco.com for any updates.
Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request
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