Prime Provisioning is a management solution for network provisioning that enables the automation and scaling of complex, policy-driven network provisioning tasks to produce consistent and reliable service deployments. Prime Provisioning does this by planning, provisioning, and auditing services across core, aggregation, access, and consumer premises equipment devices.
Cisco Prime Provisioning enables fast deployment and time-to-market of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Carrier Ethernet technologies. In addition, the Prime Provisioning Traffic Engineering Management (TEM) module is Cisco’s exclusive planning and provisioning tool for Cisco MPLS Traffic Engineering-enabled routers. MPLS Transport Profile (TP) provides service providers with a reliable packet-based technology that is based upon circuit-based transport networking, and hence is expected to align with current organizational processes and large-scale work procedures similar to other packet transport technologies.
The Cisco Prime Provisioning solution has management capabilities for MPLS VPN, L2VPN and Carrier Ethernet, MPLS TP, and MPLS Traffic Engineering. These capabilities that comprise Cisco Prime Provisioning can be used in a stand-alone manner or can be integrated with the Prime Carrier Management January 2015 suite.
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 has new functionality added and changed since Prime Provisioning 6.7(see the “New Features and Enhancements in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1” section) and fixes (see the “Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 Resolved Bugs” section).
The system recommendations for Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 are based on those for Prime Provisioning 6.7 (with some restrictions, as noted). The new devices and platforms supported in addition to those supported in Prime Provisioning 6.7 are referenced in the “System Recommendations” section.
Steps for installing Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 are found in the “Installation Notes” section, and other important information is found in the “Finding Known Problems in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1” section. For problems that were found and might still exist in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, see the URL in the Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 Open Bugs.
URLs for base information about Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 and an overview and suggested reading order of these documents is given in the Cisco Prime Provisioning Documentation Overview 6.7.
The Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 documentation includes the Prime Provisioning 6.7 document set and the updated information for Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 found in this Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 Release Notes. The entire documentation set is listed in the “Related Documentation” section.
Prime Provisioning patches are available at:
This section contains the following information:
You can install Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 on Prime Provisioning 6.7. Schema upgrade is supported from 6.7.
Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 is a maintenance release on the Prime Provisioning 6.7 release. Therefore, repository migration can only be performed from 6.7. To migrate from earlier releases (prior to 6.7), you must first upgrade to Prime Provisioning 6.7 release. See “Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 Patch Installation” section.
The procedure for upgrading from earlier releases is documented in the Cisco Prime Provisioning Installation Guide 6.7.
The Linux platforms supported by Prime Provisioning include: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, versions 5.5 onwards (for the 5.x stream only), and 6.x.
Note Prior to installing Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, ensure that you take a back up of your repository, as explained in New Features and Enhancements in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1.The upgrade tool needs to be executed after installing the patch on database schema upgrade. For information on using this tool, see “Using the Upgrade Tool for Schema Upgrade” section.
Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 Patch Installation
The following section describes the common steps of the scenarios included for Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 installation in standalone and suite mode:
The following section describes about the steps required for Suite Mode installation.
Note $PRIMEF_HOME and <PRIMEF_HOME> represents the location where the latest version of Cisco Prime Provisioning is installed. <REPOSITORY_HOME> represents the location of the Repository folder created in the Prime Provisioning directory.
6.7 to 6.7.1 Standalone or Suite Mode Installation
To install Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 maintenance path in Standalone mode or Suite mode follow these steps:
Note Prior to installing Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, if you are moving a repository from one machine to another, the schema upgrade fails unless the repository has been initialized on the new machine. This requires that you successfully run initdb.sh on the repository to update the host entry. To run initdb.sh, execute the following command from <PRIMEF_HOME> location:./prime.sh initdb.sh.
Step 1 Before proceeding to install Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, ensure that you take a back up of your repository, as explained in New Features and Enhancements in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1.
Step 2 Retrieve the Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 software (prime-provisioning-6_7_1-07.tar.gz) from here:
Note If you have difficulties accessing the software from this location, please go to Cisco.com and choose Support > Downloads > Cloud and Systems Management > Routing and Switching Management > Fullfillment Products > Cisco Prime Provisioning.
Note You should place the retrieved tar file in a directory outside of the <PRIMEF_HOME> directory structure.
Step 3 Before you install Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, verify that you have 100 MB of free space in the <PRIMEF_HOME > directory and that you are logged in with the same username as the owner of your supported version of Prime Provisioning.
Step 4 Navigate to the directory where the Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 software is downloaded.
Step 5 Untar (unzip) the software prime-provisioning-6_7_1-07.tar.gz using the command:
tar -xvf prime-provisioning-6_7_1-07.tar.gz
Step 6 If Prime Provisioning is running, navigate to < PRIMEF_HOME > directory and use the following command to stop the database, name server, and WatchDog on the machine on which it is running:
Note To check if Prime Provisioning is running, execute the command ./prime.sh status in <PRIMEF_HOME> location.
Step 7 Use the following command to run the patch installation script:
You will be prompted with the following message “Enter a new path or press Enter for the default [ <PRIMEF_OWNER_HOME_DIR> /prime-provisioning-6_7_1-07/PrimeProvisioning]:”.
Step 8 To specify the path, where the patch has to be installed, follow the steps below:
a. Press Enter, if you want to accept the default path.
b. Enter the path, where the prime has already been installed.
c. To terminate the installer at any time, press Ctrl-C.
Step 9 At the end of the installation, you will get the following message:
"Do you want to continue the installation in Standalone mode?"
Enter yes to finish the installation. This completes the installation process and the installation stops immediately.
Step 10 If you want to install Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 in suite mode, enter no and follow from step 3 mentioned in the procedure 6.7 to 6.7.1 Suite Mode Installation.
Note You must execute the upgrade tool before starting the server.d. For detailed steps to upgrade, see “Using the Upgrade Tool for Schema Upgrade” section.
6.7 to 6.7.1 Suite Mode Installation
To continue installing the Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 maintenance patch in suite mode, follow these steps:
Step 1 During patch installation, if Prime Provisioning 6.7 is installed in suite mode, you will get the following message:
"Do you want to continue the patch installation?[yes/no]"
To terminate the patch installation in suite mode, enter no.
Step 2 Enter yes to continue with suite mode installation.
Step 3 Enter the following details about the Prime Central database on prompt:
- Server IP Address- IP Address of the Prime Central Database server
- SID- Server instance identifier of the Prime Central Database server
- Port- Port number of the Prime Central Database server
- DB User- Database username of the Prime Central Database server
- DB Password- Database password associated with the above user name.
Using the Upgrade Tool for Schema Upgrade
The following steps describe how to use the upgrade tool to update the database schema. To upgrade the schema from Prime Provisioning 6.7 to Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, follow these steps:
Step 1 Copy the upgrade tool from the image location to any preferred location. For example:
cp prime-provisioning-6_7_1-07_upgradeTool.tar.gz /opt/
Step 2 Use the following command to untar or unzip prime_provisioning_671_upgradeTool.tar.gz :
tar -xvf prime-provisioning-6_7_1-07_upgradeTool.tar.gz
Step 3 Unzip the file isc-upgrade.zip to extract its contents:
Step 4 Go to the upgradeTool folder and execute the following command to run the upgrade tool:
Step 5 Provide the admin credentials on prompt to continue with the upgrade tool installation.
Please enter ISC admin user name [admin]:
Please enter admin password:
Step 6 Navigate to <PRIMEF_HOME>.
Step 7 Execute. /prime.sh start command to start Prime Provisioning.
To uninstall the Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 maintenance release that was successfully installed, follow these steps:
Step 1 Log in with the same user name as the owner of Prime Provisioning 6.7.1.
Step 2 Navigate to the <PRIMEF_HOME> directory.
Step 3 If Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 is running, use the following command to stop the database, name server, and WatchDog on the machine on which it is running:
Step 4 Navigate to the directory <PRIMEF_HOME>/patch/prime6_7_1-07, where all the files replaced by the Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 maintenance release were stored.
Step 5 Use the following command to run the patch script to uninstall:
a. When you run this script, you are asked to ensure that you have followed the equivalent of Step 1 and Step 2.
b. To accept the default value for a prompt indicated in [ ], for example, [n] or [y], press Enter. To terminate the installer at any time, press Ctrl-C.
c. You are asked if you would like to roll back the patch. Answer yes or no as prompted.
d. At the end of the uninstall, you receive a message that the patch rollback is complete.
Note You can only restart Prime Provisioning if you restore a copy of the backed up repository from the version of the patch used prior to the Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 upgrade. You cannot perform patch rollback once the database schema is updated with upgrade tool.
New Features and Enhancements in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1
This section describes features and enhancements added or modified in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1.
Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 is based on Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.7. Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 includes problems fixed since Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.7. See Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 Resolved Bugs.
Note Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 is only compatible with PCM January 2015 release. Make sure you upgrade to latest Prime suite components before upgrading and integrating the current version of Prime Provisioning.
Note ● Prime Provisioning can be used as a standalone product or as a part of Prime Carrier Management January 2015. When installed as part of the suite, you can launch Prime Provisioning from the Prime Central portal. For more information about Prime Central, see the documentation for Cisco Prime Central.
- Cisco Prime for IP Next Generation Networks (IP NGN) has been renamed as Cisco Prime for Evolved Programmable Networks (EPN). Please keep this in mind when viewing the suite and application documentation for the upcoming Cisco Prime Carrier Management release.
Items specific to Prime Provisioning 6.7.1 include the new and changed information as documented in the following section:
- Features introduced in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1.
– L2VPN/EVC/ATM New Features
L2VPN/EVC/ATM New Features
This section summarizes features that were added to enhance EVC services in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1.
Supporting Hundred Gigabit Ethernet in L2 EVC Services
From Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, Hundred Gigabit Ethernet support is provided for all L2 EVC services. Currently this support is extended only for IOS XR devices and not for IOS devices. This feature is supported through both GUI and NBI.
Extending ATM Inter-networking Functionality
From Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, ATM Inter-networking Functionality has been extended to support all new IOS/IOS-XR platforms that were added to EVC provisioning. There is no dependency factor on the platforms so all the devices with the ATM card can be provisioned using the EVC service blade for ATM Ethernet internetwork.
In accordance with this functionality, two new fields have been added in the GUI for IOS-XR platform devices:
- L2VPN Group name
- E-Line name
This functionality is also supported through NBI.
Finding Known Problems in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1
To find known problems in Prime Provisioning 6.7.1, use the following URL:
You must log into Cisco.com.
You can search for specific bugs or search for a range by product name. This tool enables you to query for keywords, severity, range, or version.
Use the following search criteria to locate bugs for Prime Provisioning 6.7.1:
- Product category: Cloud and Systems Management > Routing and Switching Management > Fulfillment Products.
- Product: Cisco Prime Provisioning (6.3 to 6.7.1).
The results display bug ID and title, found-in version, fixed-in version, and status. The bug ID is a hyperlink to detailed information for the bug ID’s product, component, severity, first found-in, and release notes. The results could be displayed in a feature matrix or spreadsheet.