Release Notes for Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches, Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.x

Introduction

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are Cisco’s lead stackable access platforms for the next-generation enterprise and have been purpose-built to address emerging trends of Security, IoT, Mobility, and Cloud.

They deliver complete convergence with the rest of the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches in terms of ASIC architecture with a Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) 2.0. The platform runs an Open Cisco IOS XE that supports model driven programmability, has the capacity to host containers, and run 3rd party applications and scripts natively within the switch (by virtue of x86 CPU architecture, local storage, and a higher memory footprint). This series forms the foundational building block for SD-Access, which is Cisco’s lead enterprise architecture.

Whats New in Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1

Hardware Features in Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1

There are no new hardware features in this release.

Software Features in Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1

Feature Name

Description and License Level Information

AAA Authentication Cache for 802.1x

Introduces support for AAA authentication caching for 802.1x.


AES67 Compliance

Introduces support for AES67 timing profile for high-performance streaming and audio-over-IP interoperability in audio devices.

Cisco TrustSec support with IEEE 802.1X

Introduces support for interoperability of Cisco TrustSec with IEEE 802.1x.


Export Control Key for High Security (HSECK9)

Introduces support for the HSECK9 key on Cisco Catalyst 9300X Series Switches.

The HSECK9 key is an export-controlled license, which authorizes the use of cryptographic features that are restricted by U.S. export control laws. If you want to use a restricted cryptographic feature, an HSECK9 key is required.

The list of cryptographic features that require an HSECK9 key currently includes only the IPsec feature.

An HSECK9 key is required for each UDI where you want to configure and use the cryptographic feature. A Smart Licensing Authorization Code (SLAC) must be installed for each HSECK9 key that you want to use.


(DNA Advantage)

Extended Fast Software Upgrade

Extended Fast Software Upgrade reduces the traffic downtime to less than 30 seconds during software reload operations.

Support for this feature is introduced on the Cisco Catalyst 9300X Series Switches.


Low priority control packet mapping to Non-Low Latency Queueing (LLQ)

The system generated low-priority CPU traffic is now mapped to threshold 2 of a non-priority queue with highest bandwidth.

Mandatory enable secret password in the initial configuration

For a device that loads with no start-up configuration, the enable secret password is now a mandatory configuration in the initial configuration wizard.

MPLS Traffic Engineering

  • Any Transport over MPLS Tunnel Selection

  • Forwarding Adjacency

  • Interarea Tunnels

  • Inter-AS TE

  • RSVP Graceful Restart

  • RSVP Refresh Reduction and Reliable Messaging

  • Verbatim Path Support

  • Any Transport over MPLS Tunnel Selection: Any Transport over MPLS Tunnel Selection feature allows you to specify the path that Any Transport over MPLS (AToM) traffic uses. You can specify either a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) traffic engineering tunnel or a destination IP address and Domain Name System (DNS) name.

  • Forwarding Adjacency: Forwarding Adjacency feature allows you to handle a traffic engineering (TE) label switched path (LSP) tunnel as a link in an Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) network based on the Shortest Path First (SPF) algorithm.

  • Interarea Tunnels: Interarea Tunnels feature allows you to establish MPLS TE tunnels that span multiple IGP areas and levels, removing the restriction that had required the tunnel headend and tailend devices both to be in the same area.

  • Inter-AS TE: Autonomous System Boundary Router (ASBR) node protection, loose path reoptimization, stateful switchover (SSO) recovery of label-switched paths (LSPs) that include loose hops. It also provides ASBR forced link flooding, Cisco IOS Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP) local policy extensions for interautonomous system (Inter-AS), and per-neighbor keys.

  • RSVP Graceful Restart: RSVP Graceful Restart feature allows a neighboring Route Processor (RP) to recover from disruption in control plane service (specifically, the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) component) without losing its Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) forwarding state.

  • RSVP Refresh Reduction and Reliable Messaging: RSVP Graceful Restart feature allows a neighboring Route Processor (RP) to recover from disruption in control plane service (specifically, the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) component) without losing its Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) forwarding state.

  • Verbatim Path Support: Verbatim Path Support feature allows network nodes to support Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP) extensions without supporting Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) extensions for traffic engineering (TE), thereby bypassing the topology database verification process.

PBR Support for IPsec SVTI

Introduces support for Policy Based Routing (PBR) over IPsec Static Virtual Tunnel Interfaces (SVTI). PBR support is applicable for both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic. This feature is supported only on Catalyst 9300X Series Switches and requires DNA Advantage license with HSEC enabled.

Programmability

  • YANG Model Version 1.1

  • Converting IOS Commands to XML

  • gNOI Factory Reset Services

  • Leaf-Level Filtering for Telemetry

  • ZTP Configuration through YANG

The following programmability features are introduced in this release:

  • YANG Model Version 1.1: Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1 uses the YANG version 1.0; however, you can download Cisco IOS XE YANG models in yang-version 1.1 from GitHub at https://github.com/YangModels/yang/tree/master/vendor/cisco/xe/1771 folder. For inquiries related to the migrate_yang_version.py script or the Cisco IOS XE YANG version 1.1 migration process, send an email to xe-yang-migration@cisco.com.

  • Converting IOS Commands to XML: This feature helps to automatically translate IOS commands into relevant NETCONF-XML or RESTCONF/JSON request messages.

  • gNOI Factory Reset Services: The gNOI factory reset service provides an interface that instructs target devices to clean the existing state, and boot the devices in same condition as it was shipped from the factory.

  • Leaf-Level Filtering for Telemetry: Optimised code path is enhanced to support on-change subscriptions via gNMI and gRPC. Both on-change and periodic subscriptions currently receive all the data for the subscribed XPath and all the XPaths under the same gatherpoint. The Leaf-Level Filtering for Telemetry feature allows filtering below the gatherpoint level for the optimized code paths

  • ZTP Configuration through YANG: ZTP is enabled through YANG models when NETCONF is enabled.

Smart Licensing Using Policy

  • Factory-installed trust code

  • Support for trust code in additional topologies

  • Ability to save authorization code request and return in a file and simpler upload in the CSSM Web UI

  • RUM Report optimization and availability of statistics

  • Support to collect software version in a RUM report

  • Account information included in the ACK and show command outputs

  • CSLU support for Linux

The following Smart Licensing Using Policy enhancements were introduced in this release:

  • Factory-installed trust code: For new hardware orders, a trust code is now installed at the time of manufacturing. Note: You cannot use a factory-installed trust code to communicate with CSSM.

  • Support for trust code in additional topologies: A trust code is automatically obtained in topologies where the product instance initiates the sending of data to CSLU and in topologies where the product instance is in an air-gapped network.

    See:

  • Ability to save authorization code request and return in a file and simpler upload in the CSSM Web UI: If your product instance is in an air-gapped network, you can now save a SLAC request in a file on the product instance. The SLAC request file must be uploaded to the CSSM Web UI. You can then download the file containing the SLAC code and install it on the product instance. You can also upload a return request file in a similar manner.

    With this new method you do not have to gather and enter the required details on the CSSM Web UI to generate a SLAC. You also do not have to locate the product instance in the CSSM Web UI to return an authorization code.

    In the CSSM Web UI, the request or return file is uploaded in the same location and in the same way as you upload a RUM report. In the required Smart Account, navigate to ReportsUsage Data Files.

  • RUM Report optimization and availability of statistics: RUM report generation and related processes have been optimized. This includes a reduction in the time it takes to process RUM reports, better memory and disk space utilization, and visibility into the RUM reports on the product instance (how many there are, the processing state each one is in, if there are errors in any of them, and so on).

  • Support to collect software version in a RUM report: If version privacy is disabled (no license smart privacy version global configuration command), the Cisco IOS-XE software version running on the product instance and the Smart Agent version information is included in the RUM report.

  • Account information included in the ACK and show command outputs: A RUM acknowledgement (ACK) includes the Smart Account and Virtual Account that was reported to, in CSSM. You can then display account information using various show commands. The account information that is displayed is always as per the latest available ACK on the product instance.

  • CSLU support for Linux: CSLU can now be deployed on a machine (laptop or desktop) running Linux.

New on the WebUI

There are no WebUI features in this release.

Serviceability

access-session host-mode multi-host peer

The command was modified. peer keyword was introduced. Use this command to enable authentication and authorization of a device before any other devices on the fabric edge port. Ensure that the extended node is the peer device that is connected to the fabric edge port.

show ip pim vrf

The command was introduced. It displays Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) related information for all VRFs.

show ip mroute vrf

The command was introduced. It displays all the multicast VPN routing and forwarding (VRF) instances related to multicast routing tables.

show consistency-checker mcast l3m

The command was modified. mcast l3m keyword was introduced. It displays inconsistent states of software entries on the Layer 3 multicast forwarding tables.

Important Notes

Unsupported Features

  • Cisco TrustSec Network Device Admission Control (NDAC) on Uplinks

  • Converged Access for Branch Deployments

  • Performance Monitoring (PerfMon)

  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)-Aware web authentication

Complete List of Supported Features

For the complete list of features supported on a platform, see the Cisco Feature Navigator at https://cfnng.cisco.com.

Accessing Hidden Commands

Starting with Cisco IOS XE Fuji 16.8.1a, as an improved security measure, the way in which hidden commands can be accessed has changed.

Hidden commands have always been present in Cisco IOS XE, but were not equipped with CLI help. That is, entering a question mark (?) at the system prompt did not display the list of available commands. These commands were only meant to assist Cisco TAC in advanced troubleshooting and were not documented either.

Starting with Cisco IOS XE Fuji 16.8.1a, hidden commands are available under:

  • Category 1—Hidden commands in privileged or User EXEC mode. Begin by entering the service internal command to access these commands.

  • Category 2—Hidden commands in one of the configuration modes (global, interface and so on). These commands do not require the service internal command.

Further, the following applies to hidden commands under Category 1 and 2:

  • The commands have CLI help. Enter enter a question mark (?) at the system prompt to display the list of available commands.

    Note: For Category 1, enter the service internal command before you enter the question mark; you do not have to do this for Category 2.

  • The system generates a %PARSER-5-HIDDEN syslog message when a hidden command is used. For example:
    *Feb 14 10:44:37.917: %PARSER-5-HIDDEN: Warning!!! 'show processes memory old-header ' is a hidden command. 
    Use of this command is not recommended/supported and will be removed in future.
    
    

Apart from category 1 and 2, there remain internal commands displayed on the CLI, for which the system does NOT generate the %PARSER-5-HIDDEN syslog message.


Important

We recommend that you use any hidden command only under TAC supervision.

If you find that you are using a hidden command, open a TAC case for help with finding another way of collecting the same information as the hidden command (for a hidden EXEC mode command), or to configure the same functionality (for a hidden configuration mode command) using non-hidden commands.


Supported Hardware

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches—Model Numbers

The following table lists the supported hardware models and the default license levels they are delivered with. For information about the available license levels, see section License Levels .

Table 1. Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Switch Model

Default License Level1

Description

C9300-24H-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 10/100/1000 Mbps UPOE+ ports; PoE budget of 830 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-24H-E

Network Essentials

C9300-24P-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports; PoE budget of 437W; 715 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-24P-E

Network Essentials

C9300-24S-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 1G SFP ports; two power supply slots with 715 WAC power supply installed by default; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower.

C9300-24S-E

Network Essentials

C9300-24T-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports; 350 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-24T-E

Network Essentials

C9300-24U-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 10/100/1000 UPoE ports; PoE budget of 830W; 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-24U-E

Network Essentials

C9300-24UB-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 10/100/1000 Mbps UPOE ports that provide deep buffers and higher scale; PoE budget of 830W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-24UB-E

Network Essentials

C9300-24UX-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 Multigigabit Ethernet 100/1000/2500/5000/10000 UPoE ports; PoE budget of 490 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-24UX-E

Network Essentials

C9300-24UXB-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) UPOE ports that provide deep buffers and higher scale; PoE budget of 560 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-24UXB-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48H-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 Mbps UPOE+ ports; PoE budget of 822 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-48H-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48T-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports; 350 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-48T-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48P-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports; PoE budget of 437W; 715 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-48P-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48S-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 1G SFP ports; two power supply slots with 715 WAC power supply installed by default; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower.

C9300-48S-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48T-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports; 350 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-48T-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48U-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 UPoE ports; PoE budget of 822 W; 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-48U-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48UB-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 Mbps UPOE ports that provide deep buffers and higher scale; PoE budget of 822 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-48UB-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48UN-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5 Gbps) UPoE ports; PoE budget of 610 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-480 and StackPower

C9300-48UN-E

Network Essentials

C9300-48UXM-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 (36 2.5G Multigigabit Ethernet and 12 10G Multigigabit Ethernet Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) ports)

C9300-48UXM-E

Network Essentials

1 See section LicensingTable: Permitted Combinations, in this document for information about the add-on licenses that you can order.
Table 2. Cisco Catalyst 9300L Series Switches

Switch Model

Default License Level2

Description

C9300L-24T-4G-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24x10/100/1000M Ethernet ports; 4x1G SFP fixed uplink ports; 350 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-24T-4G-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-24P-4G-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24x10/100/1000M PoE+ ports; 4x1G SFP fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 505W with 715 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-24P-4G-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-24T-4X-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24x10/100/1000M Ethernet ports; 4x10G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; 350 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-24T-4X-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-24P-4X-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24x10/100/1000M PoE+ ports; 4x10G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 505W with 715 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-24P-4X-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48T-4G-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48x10/100/1000M Ethernet ports; 4x1G SFP fixed uplink ports; 350 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48T-4G-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48P-4G-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48x10/100/1000M PoE+ ports; 4x1G SFP fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 505W with 715 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48P-4G-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48T-4X-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48x10/100/1000M Ethernet ports; 4x10G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; 350 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48T-4X-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48P-4X-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48x10/100/1000M PoE+ ports; 4x10G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 505W with 715 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48P-4X-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48PF-4G-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 Mbps PoE+ ports; 4x1G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 890 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48PF-4G-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48PF-4X-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 10/100/1000 Mbps PoE+ ports; 4x10G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 890 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48PF-4X-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-24UXG-4X-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 16 10/100/1000 Mbps and 8 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) UPOE ports; 4x10G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 880 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-24UXG-4X-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-24UXG-2Q-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 16 10/100/1000 Mbps and 8 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) UPOE ports; 2x40G QSFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 722 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-24UXG-2Q-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48UXG-4X-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 36 10/100/1000 Mbps and 12 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) UPOE ports; 4x10G SFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 675 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48UXG-4X-E

Network Essentials

C9300L-48UXG-2Q-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 36 10/100/1000 Mbps and 12 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) UPOE ports; 2x40G QSFP+ fixed uplink ports; PoE budget of 675 W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackWise-320.

C9300L-48UXG-2Q-E

Network Essentials

2 See section LicensingTable: Permitted Combinations, in this document for information about the add-on licenses that you can order.
Table 3. Cisco Catalyst 9300X Series Switches

Switch Model

Default License Level3

Description

C9300X-12Y-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 12 1/10/25 GE SFP28 downlink ports; 715 WAC power supply; supports StackPower+, StackWise-1T and C9300X-NM network modules.

C9300X-12Y-E

Network Essentials

C9300X-24Y-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 24 1/10/25 GE SFP28 downlink ports; 715 WAC power supply; supports StackPower+, StackWise-1 and C9300X-NM network modules.

C9300X-24Y-E

Network Essentials

C9300X-48HX-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) UPOE+ports; PoE budget of 590W with 1100 WAC power supply; supports StackPower+, StackWise-1T and C9300X-NM network modules.

C9300X-48HX-E

Network Essentials

C9300X-48TX-A

Network Advantage

Stackable 48 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps or 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) ports; 715WAC powersupply; supports StackPower+, StackWise-1T and C9300X-NM network modules.

C9300X-48TX-E

Network Essentials

3 See section LicensingTable: Permitted Combinations, in this document for information about the add-on licenses that you can order.

Network Modules

The following table lists the optional uplink network modules with 1-Gigabit, 10-Gigabit, 25-Gigabit, and 40-Gigabit slots. You should only operate the switch with either a network module or a blank module installed.

Network Module

Description

C9300-NM-4G 1

Four 1 Gigabit Ethernet SFP module slots

C9300-NM-4M 1

Four MultiGigabit Ethernet slots

C9300-NM-8X 1

Eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ module slots

C9300-NM-2Q 1

Two 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ module slots

C9300-NM-2Y 1

Two 25 Gigabit Ethernet SFP28 module slots

C9300X-NM-2C2

Two 40 Gigabit Ethernet/100 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ module slots

C9300X-NM-4C 2

Four 40 Gigabit Ethernet/100 Gigabit Ethernet slots with a QSFP+ connector ineach slot.

C9300X-NM-8M2

Eight Multigigabit Ethernet slots

C9300X-NM-8Y2

Eight 25 Gigabit Ethernet/10 Gigabit Ethernet/1 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ module slots

C3850-NM-4-1G

3

Four 1 Gigabit Ethernet SFP module slots

C3850-NM-2-10G

3

Two 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP module slots

C3850-NM-4-10G

3

Four 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP module slots

C3850-NM-8-10G

3

Eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP module slots

C3850-NM-2-40G

3

Two 40 Gigabit Ethernet SFP module slots


Note

  1. These network modules are supported only on the C9300 SKUs of the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches.

  2. These network modules are supported only on the C9300X SKUs of the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches.

  3. These network modules are supported only on the C3850 and C9300 SKUs of the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches respectively.


Compatibility Matrix

The following table provides software compatibility information.

Catalyst 9300

Cisco Identity Services Engine

Cisco Access Control Server

Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Cupertino 17.7.1

3.1

3.0 latest patch

2.7 latest patch

2.6 latest patch

2.4 latest patch

-

C9300, C9300L, and C9300X: PI 3.10 + PI 3.10 latest maintenance release + PI 3.10 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.10 Downloads.

Bengaluru 17.6.4

3.1

3.0 latest patch

2.7 latest patch

2.6 latest patch

2.4 latest patch

-

C9300, C9300L, and C9300X: PI 3.10 + PI 3.10 latest maintenance release + PI 3.10 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.10 Downloads.

Bengaluru 17.6.3

3.1

3.0 latest patch

2.7 latest patch

2.6 latest patch

2.4 latest patch

-

C9300, C9300L, and C9300X: PI 3.10 + PI 3.10 latest maintenance release + PI 3.10 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.10 Downloads.

Bengaluru 17.6.2

3.1

3.0 latest patch

2.7 latest patch

2.6 latest patch

2.4 latest patch

-

C9300, C9300L, and C9300X: PI 3.10 + PI 3.10 latest maintenance release + PI 3.10 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.10 Downloads.

Bengaluru 17.6.1

3.1

3.0 latest patch

2.7 latest patch

2.6 latest patch

2.4 latest patch

-

C9300, C9300L, and C9300X: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 Downloads.

Bengaluru 17.5.1

3.0 Patch 1

2.7 Patch 2

2.6 Patch 7

2.4 Patch 13

-

C9300, C9300L, and C9300X: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 Downloads.

Bengaluru 17.4.1

3.0

2.7 Patch 2

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.3.6

2.7

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.10 + PI 3.10 latest maintenance release + PI 3.10 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.10Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.3.5

2.7

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.3.4

2.7

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.3.3

2.7

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.3.2a

2.7

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.8 + PI 3.8 latest maintenance release + PI 3.8 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.8 Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.3.1

2.7

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.8 + PI 3.8 latest maintenance release + PI 3.8 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.8 Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.2.1

2.7

-

C9300 and C9300L: PI 3.7 + PI 3.7 latest maintenance release + PI 3.7 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.7 Downloads.

Amsterdam 17.1.1

2.7

-

C9300: PI 3.6 + PI 3.6 latest maintenance release + PI 3.6 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.6Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.8

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 → Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.7

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 → Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.6

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 → Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.5b

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 → Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.5

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9 → Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.4

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.8 + PI 3.8 latest maintenance release + PI 3.8 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.8 → Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.3a

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.5 + PI 3.5 latest maintenance release + PI 3.5 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.5Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.3

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.5 + PI 3.5 latest maintenance release + PI 3.5 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.5Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.2

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.5 + PI 3.5 latest maintenance release + PI 3.5 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.5Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.12.1

2.6

-

C9300: PI 3.5 + PI 3.5 latest maintenance release + PI 3.5 latest device pack

C9300L: -

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.5Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.11.1

2.6

2.4 Patch 5

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest maintenance release + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Gibraltar 16.10.1

2.3 Patch 1

2.4 Patch 1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest maintenance release + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.8

2.5

2.1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.7

2.5

2.1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.9 + PI 3.9 latest maintenance release + PI 3.9 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.9Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.6

2.3 Patch 1

2.4 Patch 1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest maintenance release + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.5

2.3 Patch 1

2.4 Patch 1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest maintenance release + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.4

2.3 Patch 1

2.4 Patch 1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest maintenance release + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.3

2.3 Patch 1

2.4 Patch 1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest maintenance release + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.2

2.3 Patch 1

2.4 Patch 1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest maintenance release + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Fuji 16.9.1

2.3 Patch 1

2.4 Patch 1

5.4

5.5

PI 3.4 + PI 3.4 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.4Downloads.

Fuji 16.8.1a

2.3 Patch 1

2.4

5.4

5.5

PI 3.3 + PI 3.3 latest maintenance release + PI 3.3 latest device pack

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.3Downloads.

Everest 16.6.4a

2.2

2.3

5.4

5.5

PI 3.1.6 + Device Pack 13

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.1Downloads.

Everest 16.6.4

2.2

2.3

5.4

5.5

PI 3.1.6 + Device Pack 13

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.1Downloads.

Everest 16.6.3

2.2

2.3

5.4

5.5

PI 3.1.6 + Device Pack 13

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.1Downloads

Everest 16.6.2

2.2

2.3

5.4

5.5

PI 3.1.6 + Device Pack 13

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.1Downloads

Everest 16.6.1

2.2

5.4

5.5

PI 3.1.6 + Device Pack 13

See Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.1Downloads

Everest 16.5.1a

2.1 Patch 3

5.4

5.5

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Web UI System Requirements

The following subsections list the hardware and software required to access the Web UI:

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Processor Speed

DRAM

Number of Colors

Resolution

Font Size

233 MHz minimum4

512 MB5

256

1280 x 800 or higher

Small

4 We recommend 1 GHz
5 We recommend 1 GB DRAM

Software Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 or later

  • Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later

Browsers

  • Google Chrome—Version 59 or later (On Windows and Mac)

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Mozilla Firefox—Version 54 or later (On Windows and Mac)

  • Safari—Version 10 or later (On Mac)

Upgrading the Switch Software

This section covers the various aspects of upgrading or downgrading the device software.


Note

You cannot use the Web UI to install, upgrade, or downgrade device software.

Finding the Software Version

The package files for the Cisco IOS XE software are stored on the system board flash device (flash:).

You can use the show version privileged EXEC command to see the software version that is running on your switch.


Note

Although the show version output always shows the software image running on the switch, the model name shown at the end of this display is the factory configuration and does not change if you upgrade the software license.

You can also use the dir filesystem: privileged EXEC command to see the directory names of other software images that you might have stored in flash memory.

Software Images

Release

Image Type

File Name

Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1

CAT9K_IOSXE

cat9k_iosxe.17.07.01.SPA.bin

No Payload Encryption (NPE)

cat9k_iosxe_npe.17.07.01.SPA.bin

ROMMON Upgrades

The ROM monitor (ROMMON), also known as the boot loader, is firmware that runs when the device is powered up or reset. It initializes the processor hardware and boots the operating system software (Cisco IOS XE software image). The ROMMON is stored on the following Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) flash devices on your switch:

  • Primary: The ROMMON stored here is the one the system boots every time the device is powered-on or reset.

  • Golden: The ROMMON stored here is a backup copy. If the one in the primary is corrupted, the system automatically boots the ROMMON in the golden SPI flash device.

ROMMON upgrades may be required to resolve firmware defects, or to support new features, but there may not be new versions with every release. To know the ROMMON or bootloader version that applies to every major and maintenance release, refer to the table below.

You can upgrade the ROMMON before, or, after upgrading the software version. If a new ROMMON version is available for the software version you are upgrading to, proceed as follows:

  • Upgrading the ROMMON in the primary SPI flash device

    This ROMMON is upgraded automatically. When you upgrade from an existing release on your switch to a later or newer release for the first time, and there is a new ROMMON version in the new release, the system automatically upgrades the ROMMON in the primary SPI flash device, based on the hardware version of the switch.

  • Upgrading the ROMMON in the golden SPI flash device

    You must manually upgrade this ROMMON. Enter the upgrade rom-monitor capsule golden switch command in privileged EXEC mode.


Note

In case of a switch stack, perform the upgrade on the active switch and all members of the stack.


After the ROMMON is upgraded, it will take effect on the next reload. If you go back to an older release after this, the ROMMON is not downgraded. The updated ROMMON supports all previous releases.

Release

ROMMON or Boot Loader Version

For Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1

On the C9300 models, the ROMMON version is 17.6.1r[FC2].
ROM: IOS-XE ROMMON
BOOTLDR: System Bootstrap, Version 17.6.1r[FC2], RELEASE SOFTWARE (P)
<output truncated>

On the C9300L models, the ROMMON version is 17.6.1r[FC2].

ROM: IOS-XE ROMMON
BOOTLDR: System Bootstrap, Version 17.6.1r[FC2], RELEASE SOFTWARE (P)
<output truncated>

On the C9300X models, the ROMMON version is 17.5.1r.

ROM: IOS-XE ROMMON
BOOTLDR: System Bootstrap, Version 17.5.1r, RELEASE SOFTWARE (P)
<output truncated>

When the boot loader upgrade occurs, you will see the following on the console:

<output truncated>
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
%IOSXEBOOT-4-BOOTLOADER_UPGRADE: (local/local): ### Tue Oct 13 11:09:47 PDT 2020 PLEASE DO NOT POWER CYCLE ### 
BOOT LOADER UPGRADING
<output truncated>

Software Installation Commands

Summary of Software Installation Commands

Supported starting from Cisco IOS XE Everest 16.6.2 and later releases

To install and activate the specified file, and to commit changes to be persistent across reloads:

install add file filename [ activate commit]

To separately install, activate, commit, cancel, or remove the installation file: install ?

add file tftp: filename

Copies the install file package from a remote location to the device and performs a compatibility check for the platform and image versions.

activate [ auto-abort-timer]

Activates the file, and reloads the device. The auto-abort-timer keyword automatically rolls back image activation.

commit

Makes changes persistent over reloads.

rollback to committed

Rolls back the update to the last committed version.

abort

Cancels file activation, and rolls back to the version that was running before the current installation procedure started.

remove

Deletes all unused and inactive software installation files.


Note

The request platform software commands are deprecated starting from Cisco IOS XE Gibraltar 16.10.1. The commands are visible on the CLI in this release and you can configure them, but we recommend that you use the install commands to upgrade or downgrade.

Summary of request platform software Commands

Device# request platform software package ?

clean

Cleans unnecessary package files from media

copy

Copies package to media

describe

Describes package content

expand

Expands all-in-one package to media

install

Installs the package

uninstall

Uninstalls the package

verify

Verifies In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) software package compatibility

Upgrading in Install Mode

Follow these instructions to upgrade from one release to another, in install mode. To perform a software image upgrade, you must be booted into IOS through boot flash:packages.conf .

Before you begin

Note that you can use this procedure for the following upgrade scenarios:

When upgrading from ...

Use these commands...

To upgrade to...

Cisco IOS XE Everest 16.5.1a or Cisco IOS XE Everest 16.6.1

Only request platform software commands

Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.x

Cisco IOS XE Everest 16.6.2 and all later releases

Either install commands or request platform software commands6.

6 The request platform software commands are deprecated. So although they are still visible on the CLI, we recommend that you use install commands.

The sample output in this section displays upgrade from Cisco IOS XE Bengaluru 17.6.1 to Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1 using install commands only.

Procedure


Step 1

Clean-up

install remove inactive

Use this command to clean-up old installation files in case of insufficient space and to ensure that you have at least 1GB of space in flash, to expand a new image.

The following sample output displays the cleaning up of unused files, by using the install remove inactive command:
Switch# install remove inactive

install_remove: START Mon Jul 19 19:51:48 PDT 2021
Cleaning up unnecessary package files
Scanning boot directory for packages ... done.
Preparing packages list to delete ...
    cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    packages.conf
      File is in use, will not delete.
  done.
The following files will be deleted:
[switch 1]:
/flash/cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/packages.conf

Do you want to remove the above files? [y/n]y

[switch 1]:
Deleting file flash:cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg ... done.
Deleting file flash:packages.conf ... done.
SUCCESS: Files deleted.
--- Starting Post_Remove_Cleanup ---
Performing Post_Remove_Cleanup on all members
[1] Post_Remove_Cleanup package(s) on switch 1
[1] Finished Post_Remove_Cleanup on switch 1
Checking status of Post_Remove_Cleanup on [1]
Post_Remove_Cleanup: Passed on [1]
Finished Post_Remove_Cleanup
 
SUCCESS: install_remove Mon Jul 19 19:52:25 PDT 2021
Switch#
<output truncated>
Step 2

Copy new image to flash

  1. copy tftp:[[//location]/directory]/filenameflash:

    Use this command to copy the new image from a TFTP server to flash memory. The location is either an IP address or a host name. The filename is specified relative to the directory used for file transfers. Skip this step if you want to use the new image from a TFTP server.
    Switch# copy tftp://10.8.0.6/image/cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin flash:
    destination filename [cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin]?
    Accessing tftp://10.8.0.6/image/cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin...
    Loading /cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin from 10.8.0.6 (via GigabitEthernet0/0): 
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    [OK - 601216545 bytes]
     
    601216545 bytes copied in 50.649 secs (11870255 bytes/sec)
    
     
  2. dir flash:

    Use this command to confirm that the image has been successfully copied to flash.
    Switch# dir flash:*.bin
    Directory of flash:/*.bin
     
    Directory of flash:/
     
    434184 -rw- 601216545    Jul 19 2021 10:18:11 -07:00 cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin
    11353194496 bytes total (8976625664 bytes free)
    
    
Step 3

Set boot variable

  1. no system boot all

    Use this command to reset the boot variable. This command removes the startup system image specification. Otherwise, the switch may boot a previously configured boot image.

    Switch(config)# no system boot all
    
  2. boot system flash:packages.conf

    Use this command to set the boot variable to flash:packages.conf .
    Switch(config)# boot system flash:packages.conf
    
  3. no boot manual

    Use this command to configure the switch to auto-boot.
    Switch(config)# no boot manual
    Switch(config)# exit
  4. write memory

    Use this command to save boot settings.
    Switch# write memory
  5. show boot

    Use this command to verify the boot variable (packages.conf) and manual boot setting (no):
    Switch# show boot            
    Current Boot Variables:
    BOOT variable = flash:packages.conf;
    
    Boot Variables on next reload:
    BOOT variable = flash:packages.conf;
    Manual Boot = no
    Enable Break = yes
    Boot Mode = DEVICE
    iPXE Timeout = 0 
Step 4

Install image to flash

install add file activate commit

Use this command to install the image.

We recommend that you point to the source image on your TFTP server or the flash drive of the active switch, if you have copied the image to flash memory. If you point to an image on the flash or USB drive of a member switch (instead of the active), you must specify the exact flash or USB drive - otherwise installation fails. For example, if the image is on the flash drive of member switch 3 (flash-3): Switch# install add file flash-3:cat9k_iosxe.17.07.01.SPA.bin activate commit.

The following sample output displays installation of the Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1 software image in the flash memory:
Switch# install add file flash:cat9k_iosxe.17.07.01.SPA.bin activate commit

install_add_activate_commit: START Mon Jul 19 15:37:20 PDT 2021
install_add_activate_commit: Adding PACKAGE
install_add_activate_commit: Checking whether new add is allowed ....

--- Starting initial file syncing ---
[2]: Copying flash:cat9k_iosxe.17.07.01.SPA.bin from switch 2 to switch 1 3 4
[1 3 4]: Finished copying to switch 1 switch 3 switch 4  
Info: Finished copying flash:cat9k_iosxe.17.07.01.SPA.bin to the selected switch(es)
Finished initial file syncing

--- Starting Add ---
Performing Add on all members
  [1] Add package(s) on switch 1
  [1] Finished Add on switch 1
  [2] Add package(s) on switch 2
  [2] Finished Add on switch 2
  [3] Add package(s) on switch 3
  [3] Finished Add on switch 3
  [4] Add package(s) on switch 4
  [4] Finished Add on switch 4
Checking status of Add on [1 2 3 4]
Add: Passed on [1 2 3 4]
Finished Add

Image added. Version: 17.07.01
install_add_activate_commit: Activating PACKAGE
Following packages shall be activated:
/flash/cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-lni.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
--- Starting Activate ---
Performing Activate on all members
  [1] Activate package(s) on switch 1
    --- Starting list of software package changes ---
    Old files list:
      Removed cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    New files list:
      Added cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-lni.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    Finished list of software package changes
  [1] Finished Activate on switch 1
  [2] Activate package(s) on switch 2
    --- Starting list of software package changes ---
    Old files list:
      Removed cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    New files list:
      Added cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-lni.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    Finished list of software package changes
  [2] Finished Activate on switch 2
  [3] Activate package(s) on switch 3
    --- Starting list of software package changes ---
    Old files list:
      Removed cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    New files list:
      Added cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-lni.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    Finished list of software package changes
  [3] Finished Activate on switch 3
  [4] Activate package(s) on switch 4
    --- Starting list of software package changes ---
    Old files list:
      Removed cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    New files list:
      Added cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-lni.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    Finished list of software package changes
  [4] Finished Activate on switch 4
Checking status of Activate on [1 2 3 4]
Activate: Passed on [1 2 3 4]
Finished Activate

--- Starting Commit ---
Performing Commit on all members
  [1] Commit package(s) on switch 1
  [1] Finished Commit on switch 1
  [2] Commit package(s) on switch 2
  [2] Finished Commit on switch 2
  [3] Commit package(s) on switch 3
  [3] Finished Commit on switch 3
  [4] Commit package(s) on switch 4
  [4] Finished Commit on switch 4
Checking status of Commit on [1 2 3 4]
Commit: Passed on [1 2 3 4]
Finished Commit

Send model notification for install_add_activate_commit before reload
[1 2 3 4]: Performing Upgrade_Service

*Jul 19 15:47:28.095: %IOSXEBOOT-4-BOOTLOADER_UPGRADE: (local/local): Starting boot preupgrade
300+0 records in
300+0 records out
307200 bytes (307 kB, 300 KiB) copied, 0.315817 s, 973 kB/s

AppGigabitEthernet port has the latest Firmware

MM [1] MCU version 191 sw ver 196
MM [2] MCU version 191 sw ver 196

Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: found 4 microcode images for 1 device.
Image for front-end 0: /tmp/microcode_update/front_end/fe_type_6_0 update needed: no
Image for front-end 0: /tmp/microcode_update/front_end/fe_type_6_1 update needed: yes
Image for front-end 0: /tmp/microcode_update/front_end/fe_type_6_2 update needed: yes
Image for front-end 0: /tmp/microcode_update/front_end/fe_type_6_3 update needed: no
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Preparing to program device microcode...
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Preparing to program device[0], index=0 ...594412 bytes.... Skipped[0].
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Preparing to program device[0], index=1 ...440976 bytes.
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Programming device 0...rwRrrrrrrw..
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Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Preparing to program device[0], index=2 ...24506 bytes.
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Programming device 0...rrrrrrw..0%....10%....20%......30%...40%....50%......60%....70%.....80%....90%....100%w
Wating for MCU to come up .....Rr!
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Microcode programming complete for device 0.
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Preparing to program device[0], index=3 ...90974 bytes.... Skipped[3].
Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Microcode programming complete in 298 seconds


MCU UPGRADE COMPLETED!!...  SUCCESS: Upgrade_Service finished
Install will reload the system now!
SUCCESS: install_add_activate_commit  Mon Jul 19 15:52:33 PDT 2021
Switch#
Chassis 2 reloading, reason - Reload command
Jul 19 15:52:36.588: %PMAN-5-EXITACTION: F0/0: pvp: Process manager is exiting: reload fp action requested
Jul 19 15:52:38.199: %PMAN-5-EXITACTION: R0/0: pvp: Process manager is exiting: rp processes exit with reload switch code



Initializing Hardware......

System Bootstrap, Version 17.3.1r[FC2], RELEASE SOFTWARE (P)
Compiled Wed 04/29/2021 12:55:25.08 by rel

Current ROMMON image : Primary
Last reset cause     : SoftwareReload
C9300-48P platform with 8388608 Kbytes of main memory

Preparing to autoboot. [Press Ctrl-C to interrupt]  0     
boot: attempting to boot from [flash:packages.conf]
boot: reading file packages.conf
#########################################################################################################################################
#########################################################################################################################################


Waiting for 120 seconds for other switches to boot
##################################################################################################################
Switch number is 2
<output truncated>

Note 
The system reloads automatically after executing the install add file activate commit command. You do not have to manually reload the system.
Step 5

Verify installation

After the software has been successfully installed, use the dir flash: command to verify that the flash partition has ten new .pkg files and two .conf files.

  1. dir flash:*.pkg

    The following is sample output of the dir flash:*.pkg command:
    Switch# dir flash:*.pkg
     
    Directory of flash:/
    75140 -rw- 2012104     Mar 17 2021 09:52:41 -07:00 cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475141 -rw- 70333380   Mar 17 2021 09:52:44 -07:00 cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475142 -rw- 13256      Mar 17 2021 09:52:44 -07:00 cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475143 -rw- 349635524  Mar 17 2021 09:52:54 -07:00 cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475149 -rw- 24248187   Mar 17 2021 09:53:02 -07:00 cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475144 -rw- 25285572   Mar 17 2021 09:52:55 -07:00 cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475145 -rw- 20947908   Mar 17 2021 09:52:55 -07:00 cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475146 -rw- 2962372    Mar 17 2021 09:52:56 -07:00 cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475147 -rw- 13284288   Mar 17 2021 09:52:56 -07:00 cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    475148 -rw- 13248      Mar 17 2021 09:52:56 -07:00 cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    
    491524 -rw- 25711568   Jul 19 2021 11:49:33 -07:00 cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491525 -rw- 78484428   Jul 19 2021 11:49:35 -07:00 cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491526 -rw- 1598412    Jul 19 2021 11:49:35 -07:00 cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491527 -rw- 404153288  Jul 19 2021 11:49:47 -07:00 cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491533 -rw- 31657374   Jul 19 2021 11:50:09 -07:00 cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491528 -rw- 27681740   Jul 19 2021 11:49:48 -07:00 cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491529 -rw- 52224968   Jul 19 2021 11:49:49 -07:00 cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491530 -rw- 31130572   Jul 19 2021 11:49:50 -07:00 cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491531 -rw- 14783432   Jul 19 2021 11:49:51 -07:00 cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    491532 -rw- 9160       Jul 19 2021 11:49:51 -07:00 cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SPA.pkg
    
    
    11353194496 bytes total (9544245248 bytes free)
    Switch#
    
    
  2. dir flash:*.conf

    The following is sample output of the dir flash:*.conf command. It displays the .conf files in the flash partition; note the two .conf files:

    • packages.conf—the file that has been re-written with the newly installed .pkg files

    • cat9k_iosxe.17.07.01.SPA.conf— a backup copy of the newly installed packages.conf file

    Switch# dir flash:*.conf
     
    Directory of flash:/*.conf
    Directory of flash:/
    
    434197 -rw- 7406 Jul 19 2021 10:59:16 -07:00 packages.conf
    516098 -rw- 7406 Jul 19 2021 10:58:08 -07:00 cat9k_iosxe.17.07.01.SPA.conf
    11353194496 bytes total (8963174400 bytes free)
     
Step 6

show version

After the image boots up, use this command to verify the version of the new image.

The following sample output of the show version command displays the Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1 image on the device:
Switch# show version
Cisco IOS XE Software, Version 17.07.01
Cisco IOS Software [Cupertino], Catalyst L3 Switch Software (CAT9K_IOSXE), Version 17.7.1, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
Copyright (c) 1986-2021 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
<output truncated>

Downgrading in Install Mode

Follow these instructions to downgrade from one release to another, in install mode.

Before you begin

Note that you can use this procedure for the following downgrade scenarios:

When downgrading from ...

Use these commands...

To downgrade to...

Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.x

  • On Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches, either install commands or request platform software commands7.

  • On Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches - High Performance, only install commands

Cisco IOS XE Bengaluru 17.6.x or earlier releases.

7 The request platform software commands are deprecated. So although they are still visible on the CLI, we recommend that you use install commands.

Note

New switch models that are introduced in a release cannot be downgraded. The release in which a switch model is introduced is the minimum software version for that model.

The sample output in this section shows downgrade from Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1 to Cisco IOS XE Bengaluru 17.6.1, using install commands.

Procedure


Step 1

Clean-up

install remove inactive

Use this command to clean-up old installation files in case of insufficient space and to ensure that you have at least 1GB of space in flash, to expand a new image.

The following sample output displays the cleaning up of unused files, by using the install remove inactive command:
Switch# install remove inactive
 install_remove: START Wed Jul 21 11:42:27 IST 2021

Cleaning up unnecessary package files

No path specified, will use booted path bootflash:packages.conf

Cleaning bootflash:
  Scanning boot directory for packages ... done.
  Preparing packages list to delete ... 
    cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      File is in use, will not delete.
    packages.conf
      File is in use, will not delete.
  done.
SUCCESS: No extra package or provisioning files found on media. Nothing to clean.

SUCCESS: install_remove  Wed Jul 21 11:42:39 IST 2021
Step 2

Copy new image to flash

  1. copy tftp:[[//location]/directory]/filenameflash:

    Use this command to copy the new image from a TFTP server to flash memory. The location is either an IP address or a host name. The filename is specified relative to the directory used for file transfers. Skip this step if you want to use the new image from a TFTP server.
    Switch# copy tftp://10.8.0.6/image/cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin flash:
    Destination filename [cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin]?
    Accessing tftp://10.8.0.6//cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin...
    Loading /cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin from 10.8.0.6 (via GigabitEthernet0/0): 
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    [OK - 508584771 bytes]
    508584771 bytes copied in 101.005 secs (5035244 bytes/sec)
     
    
  2. dir flash:

    Use this command to confirm that the image has been successfully copied to flash.
    Switch# dir flash:*.bin
    Directory of flash:/*.bin
     
    Directory of flash:/
     
    434184 -rw- 508584771 Jul 21 2021 13:35:16 -07:00 cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin
    11353194496 bytes total (9055866880 bytes free)
    
    
Step 3

Set boot variable

  1. boot system flash:packages.conf

    Use this command to set the boot variable to flash:packages.conf .
    Switch(config)# boot system flash:packages.conf
    
  2. no boot manual

    Use this command to configure the switch to auto-boot. Settings are synchronized with the standby switch, if applicable.
    Switch(config)# no boot manual
    Switch(config)# exit
  3. write memory

    Use this command to save boot settings.
    Switch# write memory
  4. show bootvar or show boot

    Use this command to verify the boot variable (packages.conf) and manual boot setting (no):
    Switch# show bootvar               <<on the C9500-24Y4C,C9500-32C, C9500-32QC, and C9500-48Y4C models
    BOOT variable = bootflash:packages.conf
    MANUAL_BOOT variable = no
    BAUD variable = 9600
    ENABLE_BREAK variable = yes
    BOOTMODE variable does not exist
    IPXE_TIMEOUT variable does not exist
    CONFIG_FILE variable = 
    
    Standby BOOT variable = bootflash:packages.conf
    Standby MANUAL_BOOT variable = no
    Standby BAUD variable = 9600
    Standby ENABLE_BREAK variable = yes
    Standby BOOTMODE variable does not exist
    Standby IPXE_TIMEOUT variable does not exist
    Standby CONFIG_FILE variable = 
    Switch# show boot                        <<on the C9500-12Q,C9500-16X C9500-24Q, and C9500-40X models
    Current Boot Variables:
    BOOT variable = flash:packages.conf;
    
    Boot Variables on next reload:
    BOOT variable = flash:packages.conf;
    Manual Boot = no
    Enable Break = yes
    Boot Mode = DEVICE
    iPXE Timeout = 0 
Step 4

Downgrade software image

install add file activate commit

Use this command to install the image.

We recommend that you point to the source image on your TFTP server or the flash drive of the active switch, if you have copied the image to flash memory. If you point to an image on the flash or USB drive of a member switch (instead of the active), you must specify the exact flash or USB drive - otherwise installation fails. For example, if the image is on the flash drive of member switch 3 (flash-3): Switch# install add file flash-3:cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin activate commit.

The following example displays the installation of the Cisco IOS XE Bengaluru 17.6.1 software image to flash, by using the install add file activate commit command.
Switch# install add file flash:cat9k_iosxe.17.06.01.SPA.bin activate commit
install_add_activate_commit: Adding PACKAGE
install_add_activate_commit: Checking whether new add is allowed ....
--- Starting Add ---
Performing Add on Active/Standby
[1] Add package(s) on R0
[1] Finished Add on R0
Checking status of Add on [R0]
Add: Passed on [R0]
Finished Add
Image added. Version: 17.06.01.0.269
install_add_activate_commit: Activating PACKAGE

Following packages shall be activated:
/flash/cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
/flash/cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg

This operation may require a reload of the system. Do you want to proceed? [y/n] y


Performing Activate on Active/Standby
1] Activate package(s) on R0
    --- Starting list of software package changes ---
    Old files list:
      Removed cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-espbase.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-guestshell.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-lni.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpbase.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-rpboot.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipbase.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-sipspa.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-srdriver.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-webui.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
      Removed cat9k-wlc.17.07.01.SSA.pkg
    New files list:
      Added cat9k-cc_srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-espbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-guestshell.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-rpboot.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipbase.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-sipspa.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-srdriver.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-webui.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
      Added cat9k-wlc.17.06.01.SPA.pkg
    Finished list of software package changes
  [1] Finished Activate on R0
Checking status of Activate on [R0]
Activate: Passed on [R0]
Finished Activate

--- Starting Commit ---
Performing Commit on Active/Standby
 [1] Commit package(s) on R0
 [1] Finished Commit on R0
Checking status of Commit on [R0]
Commit: Passed on [R0]
Finished Commit

Send model notification for install_add_activate_commit before reload
Install will reload the system now!
SUCCESS: install_add_activate_commit  Wed Jul 21 11:51:01 IST 2021

Jul 21 11:51:07.505: %PMANTvp: Process manager is exiting: ren requested
Jul 21 11:51:07.505: %PMAN-5-EXITACTION: F0/0: pvp: Process manager is exiting: reload fru action requested
Jul 21 11:51:07.834: %PMAN-5-EXITACTION: R0/0: pvp: Process manager is exiting: reload action requested

Initializing Hardware...

System Bootstrap, Version 17.3.1r[FC2], RELEASE SOFTWARE (P)
Compiled 30-04-2021 12:00:00.00 by rel
Current ROMMON image : Primary Rommon Image

Last reset cause:LocalSoft
C9500-32QC platform with 16777216 Kbytes of main memory
Preparing to autoboot. [Press Ctrl-C to interrupt]  5     5     /-\|/-\|/-4     \|/-\|/-\|3     /-\|/-\|/-2     \|/-\|/-\|1     /-\|/-\|/-0     
boot: attempting to boot from [bootflash:packages.conf]
boot: reading file packages.conf

<output truncated>
Note 
The system reloads automatically after executing the install add file activate commit command. You do not have to manually reload the system.
Step 5

Verify version

show version

After the image boots up, use this command to verify the version of the new image.

Note 
When you downgrade the software image, the ROMMON version does not downgrade. It remains updated.
The following sample output of the show version command displays the Cisco IOS XE Bengaluru 17.6.1 image on the device:
Switch# show version
Cisco IOS XE Software, Version 17.06.01
Cisco IOS Software [Bengaluru], Catalyst L3 Switch Software (CAT9K_IOSXE), Version 17.6.1, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
Copyright (c) 1986-2021 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
<output truncated>

Field-Programmable Gate Array Version Upgrade

A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is a type of programmable memory device that exists on Cisco switches. They are re-configurable logic circuits that enable the creation of specific and dedicated functions.

To check the current FPGA version, enter the version -v command in ROMMON mode.


Note

  • Not every software release has a change in the FPGA version.

  • The version change occurs as part of the regular software upgrade and you do not have to perform any other additional steps.


Licensing

This section provides information about the licensing packages for features available on Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches.

License Levels

The software features available on Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches fall under these base or add-on license levels.

Base Licenses

  • Network Essentials

  • Network Advantage—Includes features available with the Network Essentials license and more.

Add-On Licenses

Add-On Licenses require a Network Essentials or Network Advantage as a pre-requisite. The features available with add-on license levels provide Cisco innovations on the switch, as well as on the Cisco Digital Network Architecture Center (Cisco DNA Center).

  • DNA Essentials

  • DNA Advantage— Includes features available with the DNA Essentials license and more.

To find information about platform support and to know which license levels a feature is available with, use Cisco Feature Navigator. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to https://cfnng.cisco.com. An account on cisco.com is not required.

Available Licensing Models and Configuration Information

  • Cisco IOS XE Fuji 16.8.x and earlier: RTU Licensing is the default and the only supported method to manage licenses.

  • Cisco IOS XE Fuji 16.9.1 to Cisco IOS XE Amsterdam 17.3.1: Smart Licensing is the default and the only supported method to manage licenses.

    In the software configuration guide of the required release, see System ManagementConfiguring Smart Licensing.

  • Cisco IOS XE Amsterdam 17.3.2a and later: Smart Licensing Using Policy, which is an enhanced version of Smart Licensing, is the default and the only supported method to manage licenses.

    In the software configuration guide of the required release (17.3.x onwards), see System ManagementSmart Licensing Using Policy.

For a more detailed overview on Cisco Licensing, go to cisco.com/go/licensingguide.

License Levels - Usage Guidelines

  • The duration or term for which a purchased license is valid:

    Smart Licensing Using Policy

    Smart Licensing

    • Perpetual: There is no expiration date for such a license.

    • Subscription: The license is valid only until a certain date (for a three, five, or seven year period).

    • Permanent: for a license level, and without an expiration date.

    • Term: for a license level, and for a three, five, or seven year period.

    • Evaluation: a license that is not registered.

  • Base licenses (Network Essentials and Network-Advantage) are ordered and fulfilled only with a perpetual or permanent license type.

  • Add-on licenses (DNA Essentials and DNA Advantage) are ordered and fulfilled only with a subscription or term license type.

  • An add-on license level is included when you choose a network license level. If you use DNA features, renew the license before term expiry, to continue using it, or deactivate the add-on license and then reload the switch to continue operating with the base license capabilities.

  • When ordering an add-on license with a base license, note the combinations that are permitted and those that are not permitted:

    Table 4. Permitted Combinations

    DNA Essentials

    DNA Advantage

    Network Essentials

    Yes

    No

    Network Advantage

    Yes8

    Yes

    8 You will be able to purchase this combination only at the time of the DNA license renewal and not when you purchase DNA-Essentials the first time.
  • Evaluation licenses cannot be ordered. They are not tracked via Cisco Smart Software Manager and expire after a 90-day period. Evaluation licenses can be used only once on the switch and cannot be regenerated. Warning system messages about an evaluation license expiry are generated only 275 days after expiration and every week thereafter. An expired evaluation license cannot be reactivated after reload. This applies only to Smart Licensing. The notion of evaluation licenses does not apply to Smart Licensing Using Policy.

Limitations and Restrictions

  • Control Plane Policing (CoPP)—The show run command does not display information about classes configured under system-cpp policy, when they are left at default values. Use the show policy-map system-cpp-policy or the show policy-map control-plane commands in privileged EXEC mode instead.

  • Cisco TrustSec restrictions—Cisco TrustSec can be configured only on physical interfaces, not on logical interfaces.

  • Flexible NetFlow limitations

    • You cannot configure NetFlow export using the Ethernet Management port (GigabitEthernet0/0).

    • You can not configure a flow monitor on logical interfaces, such as layer 2 port-channels, loopback, tunnels.

    • You can not configure multiple flow monitors of same type (ipv4, ipv6 or datalink) on the same interface for same direction.

  • Hardware Limitations — Optics:

    • SFP-10G-T-X supports 100Mbps/1G/10G speeds based on auto negotiation with the peer device. 10Mbps speed is not supported and you cannot force speed settings from the transceiver.

    • PHY Loopback test is not supported on SFP-10G-T-X.

  • QoS restrictions

    • When configuring QoS queuing policy, the sum of the queuing buffer should not exceed 100%.

    • Policing and marking policy on sub interfaces is supported.

    • Marking policy on switched virtual interfaces (SVI) is supported.

    • QoS policies are not supported for port-channel interfaces, tunnel interfaces, and other logical interfaces.

    • Stack Queuing and Scheduling (SQS) drops CPU bound packets exceeding 1.4 Gbps.

  • Secure Shell (SSH)

    • Use SSH Version 2. SSH Version 1 is not supported.

    • When the device is running SCP and SSH cryptographic operations, expect high CPU until the SCP read process is completed. SCP supports file transfers between hosts on a network and uses SSH for the transfer.

      Since SCP and SSH operations are currently not supported on the hardware crypto engine, running encryption and decryption process in software causes high CPU. The SCP and SSH processes can show as much as 40 or 50 percent CPU usage, but they do not cause the device to shutdown.

  • Smart Licensing Using Policy: Starting with Cisco IOS XE Amsterdam 17.3.2a, with the introduction of Smart Licensing Using Policy, even if you configure a hostname for a product instance or device, only the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) is displayed. This change in the display can be observed in all licensing utilities and user interfaces where the hostname was displayed in earlier releases. It does not affect any licensing functionality. There is no workaround for this limitation.

    The licensing utilities and user interfaces that are affected by this limitation include only the following: Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM), Cisco Smart License Utility (CSLU), and Smart Software Manager On-Prem (SSM On-Prem).

  • Stacking:

    • A switch stack supports up to eight stack members.

    • Only homogenous stacking is supported, mixed stacking is not.

      C9300 SKUs can be stacked only with other C9300 SKUs. Similarly C9300L SKUs can be stacked only with other C9300L SKUs.

      The following additional restriction applies to the C9300-24UB, C9300-24UXB, and C9300-48UB models of the series: These models can be stacked only with each other. They cannot be stacked with other C9300 SKUs.

    • Auto upgrade for a new member switch is supported only in the install mode.

  • TACACS legacy command: Do not configure the legacy tacacs-server host command; this command is deprecated. If the software version running on your device is Cisco IOS XE Gibraltar 16.12.2 or a later release, using the legacy command can cause authentication failures. Use the tacacs server command in global configuration mode.

  • USB Authentication—When you connect a Cisco USB drive to the switch, the switch tries to authenticate the drive against an existing encrypted preshared key. Since the USB drive does not send a key for authentication, the following message is displayed on the console when you enter password encryption aes command:
    Device(config)# password encryption aes
    Master key change notification called without new or old key
  • VLAN Restriction—It is advisable to have well-defined segregation while defining data and voice domain during switch configuration and to maintain a data VLAN different from voice VLAN across the switch stack. If the same VLAN is configured for data and voice domains on an interface, the resulting high CPU utilization might affect the device.

  • Wired Application Visibility and Control limitations:

    • NBAR2 (QoS and Protocol-discovery) configuration is allowed only on wired physical ports. It is not supported on virtual interfaces, for example, VLAN, port channel nor other logical interfaces.

    • NBAR2 based match criteria ‘match protocol’ is allowed only with marking or policing actions. NBAR2 match criteria will not be allowed in a policy that has queuing features configured.

    • ‘Match Protocol’: up to 256 concurrent different protocols in all policies.

    • NBAR2 and Legacy NetFlow cannot be configured together at the same time on the same interface. However, NBAR2 and wired AVC Flexible NetFlow can be configured together on the same interface.

    • Only IPv4 unicast (TCP/UDP) is supported.

    • AVC is not supported on management port (Gig 0/0)

    • NBAR2 attachment should be done only on physical access ports. Uplink can be attached as long as it is a single uplink and is not part of a port channel.

    • Performance—Each switch member is able to handle 2000 connections per second (CPS) at less than 50% CPU utilization. Above this rate, AVC service is not guaranteed.

    • Scale—Able to handle up to 20000 bi-directional flows per 24 access ports and per 48 access ports.

  • YANG data modeling limitation—A maximum of 20 simultaneous NETCONF sessions are supported.

  • Embedded Event Manager—Identity event detector is not supported on Embedded Event Manager.

  • The File System Check (fsck) utility is not supported in install mode.

Caveats

Caveats describe unexpected behavior in Cisco IOS-XE releases. Caveats listed as open in a prior release are carried forward to the next release as either open or resolved.

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Open Caveats in Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.x

Identifier

Description

CSCvz85562

Link may not come up between C9300 and C9500 at 25G with SFP-10/25G-CSR-S

Resolved Caveats in Cisco IOS XE Cupertino 17.7.1

Identifier

Description

CSCvs33050

SVL Hung - CPU HOG by Process - "Crimson Flush Transaction"

CSCvx87277

Cat9k may experience an unexpected reboot with Critical process fed fault on fp_0_0

CSCvy08148

Multicast packets replicates twice after redundant switch take power off

CSCvy16234

IOSd crashes with system buffer pool corruption

CSCvy17654

c9300L // SFP-H10GB-CU1M // port stays up/up even if remote side is down

CSCvy25845

SNMP: ifHCInOctets - snmpwalk on sub-interface octet counter does not increase

CSCvy40384

Cat9300L: 1G SFP uplink does not come up after reload

CSCvy51582

SNMP: sub-interface octet counter reports wrong value

CSCvy62453

Cat9k Switch may see Multicast traffic loss triggered by IGMP Join received on Mcast source port.

CSCvz10097

ETA to claim flows only for ETA and not for ETA+AVC | Enhancement to avoid stale FNF exports

CSCvz18383

SGT Bindings for Fabric Enabled SSIDs are not seen on Fabric Edge Switch

CSCvz54210

C9300 / C9500 / C9500H // Constraining Uncore Frequency on CPU to mitigate Hang/Crash

Troubleshooting

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Related Documentation

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All support documentation for Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches is at this URL: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/switches/catalyst-9300-series-switches/tsd-products-support-series-home.html

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