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Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3
New Features and Enhancements
Using the Bug Toolkit
Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request
Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3
November 30, 2012
This document provides an overview to Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3 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 integrate 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, mobile backhaul, and data center. networks and technologies. Using a web-based user interface, you can view over 2800 reports in the following areas:
–Data Network Services
–Mobile IOS Statistics
–Mobile StarOS Statistics
–Prime Performance Manager System
•Allows you to integrate with Cisco Prime Central. Prime Central is the presentation tier for the Cisco Prime suites, which include Prime Performance Manager, Cisco Prime Network, Cisco Prime Optical, and other Cisco Prime applications.
•Allows you to discover 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 50,000 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 2800 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, access, and data center 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 1-minute, 5-minute, 15-minute, hourly, daily, or longer 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. Prime Performance Manager also supports CLI-based reports by Telnet, SSH, and WSMA.
For hypervisors, Prime Performance Manager supports:
–ESXi/vCenter by SOAP
–Hyper-V by WMI CIM
–Xen and KVM by libvirtd
•Bulk statistics reports—For the Cisco ASR 5000 and Cisco ASR 5500, the ability to generate reports based on bulk statistics.
•Report aggregation and grouping—Prime Performance Manager provides the ability to create reports based on groups of network objects such as interfaces or devices within specified regions.The grouping feature works flexibly according to customized algorithms.
•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 1.3 User Guide.
For information on prerequisites, system requirements, and installation, see the Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3 Quick Start Guide and the Readme file that is provided with the Prime Performance Manager distribution.
New Features and Enhancements
Prime Performance Manager 1.3 new features and enhancements are described in the following sections.
Alarms enhancements include:
•Device name as UserID for ClearID instead of AutoClear for ADAC alarms
Support for the following devices was added:
•Cisco ASR 9001 running Cisco IOS XR 4.2.1
•Cisco ASR 901 IOS Release 15.1(2)SNI
•Cisco ASR 901 IOS Release 15.2(2)SNG Rel2.0
•Cisco ASR 903 IOS Release 15.2(1)S2 XE3.5.2
•Cisco Carrier Packet Transport 9.5 on CPT 50/200/600
•Cisco IOS-XE Release 3.6 and 3.7 on service provider platforms
•Whales II - ME-3600X-24CX
•Cisco ASR 5000 bulk statistics setup procedure added to user documentation
Data Center Support
Support for data center device and technology reports was added, including:
•Logical and physical data center reports
•Cisco Unified Computing System blade server monitoring
•Monitoring Cisco Nexus in VDC mode
•LAN statistics from Cisco Nexus devices using Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)
•SAN statistics from Cisco MDS devices using Finite State Machine (FSM)
•Linux uptime updates using hrSystemUptime
•LPM reports using PAL for MSDC
•Cisco Catalyst 6000 VSS/FWSM MIB reports
•EMC director and device inventory storage reports
•NetApp storage reports
•Hypervisors: ESXi/vCenter, Xen, Hyper-V, KVM
•VM reports: host memory, CPU, physical inventory, storage, performance, and availability
•Cisco ACE 4712 performance reports
•Cisco ASA 5500 availability and performance reports
•Cisco ASA 5500 VPN connections
•Cisco Catalyst 6000 VSS/ACE MIB reports
•Prime Performance Manager TCA destination
•Cisco Prime domain manager time zone consistency
This release includes the following Prime Performance Manager framework enhancements:
•1-minute polling intervals: GUI/CLI report settings and server functions
•3GPP compliant XML report export files
•Additional alarm filtering, including filtering by user views
•Automatic device polling interval selections from minimum report interval
•Collector status and SNMP device types
•Automatic polling shut down when Prime Network VNEs are down
•Disable CSV exports by default
•Display alarms and reports in device time zone for:
–Device alarms and events
–Bulk statistics imports
–GUI edit properties
–GUI report display
–Prime Network imports
•Duplication option in threshold GUI editor
•Gateway and unit health monitoring and dashboards
•Grouping and aggregation support:
–Group manager server
–Group editor GUI
–Group-aware CSV generation
–Predefined XML aggregation definitions for commonly requested reports
–Group reports exposure through the REST interface
–Group report drill down
•Geographical high availability
–Manual disaster recovery
–Local HA integration
–Secondary gateway is Active and view only
•Disable IPV6 address ping poller when unit is not configured for IPv6
•Jasper reports integration, documentation and sample code
•Pentaho reports integration using REST APIs
•Pentaho/Jasper REST portal application examples
•Predefined TCA alarm definitions for common threshold scenarios
•Real-time GoLive polling for graphs and polling infrastructure
•Reports for reported object numbers with byte compression
–Optimize polled data at each device visit interval when using mixed report intervals
–Enable/disable CSV export per report
–Enhance capability polling based on enabled reports
–Additional system capability polling optimization for scale
–ONS relay polling through TNS
–Data filtering in REST APIs
–RHEL 5.8 and 6.3 Releases
–Device summary vendor field
•Ability to provision thresholds on device objects
•Updates to Telnet/SSH SNMPv3 titles and importcw CLI behavior
•Upgrade JRE to 1.6.0_37
•Upgrade to Tomcat7
This release includes the following GUI enhancements:
•Ability to set the graph column number in dashboards and reports
•Scroll bar added to Event Editor window
–Chart types dynamically selectable from graph
–CLI commands and READMEs available from the GUI
–Default duration options in pull down menus
–Graph and legend display features
•Utilization color-level adjustments to match Cisco Prime GUI standards
•Administration menu separated from the System menu
•Alarm overview dashboard added to screens
•Remember filter settings inside views
•Color-coded values in utilization and availability reports
•Color chooser for user-defined graph colors
•Device Status Overview tab added to device drill-down window
•Device window available from lower toolbar
–Additional information under Device Details
–Latest alarm name next to alarm severity in the device hover popup
–Thresholds in graphs
–Recent CPU/memory statistics from a hover popup inside device details panels
•ICMP ping response and availability in device summary table
•Improved legend text alignment in graphs and hide summary support
•Add the Action menu to device Software Version, Alarms By Device, and Ping Response tabs
•Maintain legend settings and series selections across page reloads and full screen display
•Merge multiple graphs into one comparison graph in views
•Merge user management and security settings under system administration
•Option to display color gauge utilization values bar in dashboard summary tables
•Ping and traceroute added to device windows
•Option to display device summary in Cisco Prime style
•Report status window usability improvements
•Set device credentials from device Actions menu
•Show in-progress status when integrating with Cisco Prime Central
•Support decimal precision tag in reports XML
•Support multiple delete selections in Telnet/SSH and SNMP Editor windows
•Support the "not" option in device filters and allow filtering on device name
•System administration panel with GUI versions of CLI commands
•Report filter behavior updates
•Usability improvements to series selector window
•User preference enhancements:
–Display all report graphs in one graph column
–Display minimum and current values in graph legends
–Display totals in graph legends and summary tables
–Display vertical bar during highlight of series values
–Always display legends in report graphs
–Display time stamps from end-of-time period instead of the beginning
–Enable graph grid
–Enable or disable time span bar
–Enable or disable utilization color displays
–Hide deleted device data
–Set graph default font size, and background and border color
–Set default graph height
–Set summary table or graph as dashboard default
•Vertical size reduction improvements
–Home icon to save user home view
–Updates to toolbar icon look and feel
–Additional browser history support through right-click and tab options
–Global toolbar alarms information
–Views, dashboards, and reports tree object selectors remember their state
–User management and security options
–Local password policy and active sessions
•Updates to match Prime Infrastructure 1.2
This release provides the following Cisco Prime enhancements:
•Cisco Prime Central integration in silent mode
•Alarm Ack/UnAck/Clear/Sync operations using SOAP/XML NBI
•List users while integrated with Prime Central
•Cisco Prime Network fault integration enhancements
•Provide monitoring information to ITM report enhancements
This release includes the following report enhancements:
•Additional CMTS reports and flap statistics
•Additional columns for setting Tx/Rx power rising and falling thresholds
•Additional TCP metrics
•Carrier grade NAT statistics
–Controller host, process, and network element
•G-709 report for Tx/Rx power and FEC/BER
•Memory used/available bytes and flash memory reports
•MIB-based Y.1731 through IPSLA
•Mobility StarOS 14.0:
–Cisco ASR 5000 based EPC VoLTE
–Additional PGW/EGTPC reports schema updates
–Additional Radius groups
–Additional SAEGW, Additional SAEGW-1, SAEGW-2, SAEGW-3, SAEGW-4, SAEGW-5, SAEGW-6, SAEGW-7, SAEGW-8
–Additional SGW schema updates
–Additional system schema
–Temperature, voltage, current power monitoring from CISCO-ENTITY-SENSOR-MIB
–Optical power reports using show commands
•Server temperature, voltage, and fan reports
Security enhancements provided in this release include:
•Apply report filter per report and per user
•Apply report policy to a user
•Add first and last name fields to user information
–SEC-MAX-LENG and SEC-PWD-USAGE-2
Enhancements to Prime Performance Manager views include:
•Additional view display features
•Zoom time frame options on view graphs
–Editing permission updates
–Maintain device data when custom name changes
–Additional features for view management and usage
–Copy and paste entire subviews between views
–Make view editor pageable
–Ordering of views and subviews in view editor
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.
Tip To display open bugs in Prime Performance Manager 1.3, launch Prime Performance Manager, then from the Help menu, choose Release Notes.
To use the Bug Toolkit:
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 1.3 User Guide
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3 Release Notes (this document)
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3 Quick Start Guide
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3 Integration Developer Guide
•Open Source Used in Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3
•Cisco Prime Performance Manager 1.3 Documentation Overview
The Prime Performance Manager data sheet can be found at http://www.cisco.com/go/performance
Note We sometimes update the documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should review the documentation on Cisco.com for any updates.
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