HP Network Node Manager i-series Smart Plug-in for MPLS

for the HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, and Windows Operating System

Release Notes

Software version: 8.11 / June 2009

Document Update Date: October 2010

This document provides an overview of the HP Network Node Manager i-series Smart Plug-in for MPLS ( iSPI for MPLS ) for the 8.10 and 8.11 release. It contains important information not included in the manuals or in online help.

For a list of supported hardware platforms, operating systems, and database, see the Support Matrix. You can find both the Support Matrix and the Release Notes at the root directory of the installation media or or from the HP Software Product Manuals web site.

In This Version
Documentation Updates
Installation Notes
Known Problems, Limitations, and Workarounds
Documentation Enhancements
Support
Legal Notices

In This Version

The HP Network Node Manager (NNM) i-series Smart Plug-in for Multi Protocol Label Switching (iSPI for MPLS) provides real-time data that enables you to monitor the health of MPLS Virtual Private Network (L3 VPN), MPLS PseudoWire VC, and Traffic Engineering (TE) tunnels.

The iSPI for MPLS uses the properties of NNMi to gather information and monitor MPLS-enabled nodes. The iSPI for MPLS gives you detailed information of your converged network and the ability to perform fault analysis. The MPLS workspace helps you to monitor traffic in the network.

This release of the iSPI for MPLS, 8.11 is a patch release. This release provides you support for Juniper devices.

The iSPI for MPLS, 8.10 includes the following features:

The iSPI for MPLS, version 8.11 is supported with NNMi, version 8.1x (all available patches).

Before you begin the iSPI for MPLS installation, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Install NNMi. Make sure that NNMi is installed and running in the management server.
  2. Install the latest NNMi patches.
  3. Start the iSPI for MPLS installation process.

Note: For HA deployment and for non-English locales, install latest NNMi 8.10 patch and then the iSPI for MPLS, 8.10.

Documentation Updates

The first page of this release notes document contains the following identifying information:

To check for recent updates or to verify that you are using the most recent edition, go to the following web site:
http://h20230.www2.hp.com/selfsolve/manuals

  1. In the Product list, click the product name.
  2. In the Version list, click the version number.
  3. In the OS list, click the OS type.
  4. In the document list, click the document title.
  5. To retrieve the document, click Open or Download.

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Installation Notes

Installation requirements, as well as instructions for installing the iSPI for MPLS, are documented in the installation guide provided in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. The document file is included on the product's installation media as: MPLS_install_guide_en.pdf.

Before installation, apply the latest patch for NNMi 8.10.

Before installing the iSPI for MPLS, note down the NNMi port details. Open the nnm.ports.properties file from the %NnmDataDir%\shared\nnm\conf or $NnmDataDir/shared/nnm/conf directory on the management server, and then note down the values of the following properties:

For a list of supported hardware platforms, operating systems, and databases, see the NNMi Support Matrix.

To install the iSPI for MPLS, 8.11, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the following web site:
    http://h20230.www2.hp.com/selfsolve/patches
  2. Log on with your HP Passport credentials.
  3. Select network node manager SPI for MPLS from the Product list.
  4. Select 8.10 from the Product version list.
  5. Click Search. The links to download the iSPI for MPLS 8.11 patch (MPLSSPI 8.1x Patch 1) for different platforms appear.

Known Problems, Limitations, and Workarounds

This release contains certain unresolved problems, some limitations, and there are workaround to help solve certain problems.

Workaround:

Wait till the log files show the status as RUNNING. Check the log files in $OvDataDir/log/mpls/jbossServer.log
or $OvDataDir/log/mpls/startup.log to verify if there are any exceptions while installing the iSPI for MPLS.

Workaround:

The MPLS Configuration UI is supported only with Microsoft IE 7. You can only view (Read only mode) but not perform any tasks such as updating Exclude Route Targets or updating the polling intervals if you are using any browser other than Microsoft IE 7.

Workaround:

If any of the processes (mplsjboss, nmsdbmgr) is in FAILED state and you are not able to restart the process. You have to stop and start ovspmd (all the processes) again. Check ovstatus -c to verify if the process state is changed from FAILED to RUNNING state.

Workaround:

The occurrence of this situation is minimal. You can delete the node and rediscover again by using configuration poll.

Workaround

You can view the PseudoWire VC range of indexes from Incidents view -> Custom Attributes tab. The Custom Attributes tab lists the PseudoWire VC range of indexes. The details of the range of indexes appear in the Name attribute of the tab. The last digit in the Name column corresponds to the table index which maps to corresponding PseudoWire VC.

Workaround:

For the iSPI for MPLS devices configured with SNMPv3 having privileges other than No Authorization, No Privileges security level requires Webclient User to use the Administrator privileges.

Workaround:

After uninstalling the iSPI for MPLS patch, Juniper devices appear in the iSPI for MPLS views with No Status. Delete Juniper nodes in NNMi and again seed Juniper nodes in NNMi. After this step, Juniper devices will not appear in the MPLS views.

Workaround:

After uninstalling the iSPI for MPLS patch, you can disable the SNMP traps configuration for Juniper devices. Follow the steps to disable the SNMP traps for Juniper devices:

  1. From the workspace navigation panel, select Configuration->Incident Configuration.
  2. From the SNMP Trap Configuration (by OID) or SNMP Trap Configuration (by Name) tab, select Juniper trap from the available list of traps. For more information about list of Juniper traps, see Documentation Enhancements.
  3. In the SNMP Trap Configuration form, from Basics settings, uncheck Enable attribute to disable the selected trap.
  4. Click Save and Close to return to the Incident Configuration form.
  5. Click Save and Close to save your changes.

 

Documentation Enhancements

The iSPI for MPLS, 8.10 includes support for Cisco devices. For the list of traps generated from Cisco devices, see the Online Help for the iSPI for MPLS.

This patch release includes support for Juniper devices. The list of SNMP traps for Juniper devices are:

Traps Name Description
JnxMplsTETunnelUp Generated when the configured tunnel is back Up.
JnxMplsTETunnelDown Generated when the configured tunnel is Down.
JnxMplsVpnIfUp Generated when the mpls-enabled interface is back Up.
JnxMplsVpnIfDown Generated when the mpls-enabled interface is Down.
JnxMplsPseudoWireVCDown Generated when the configured PseudoWire VC is back Up.
JnxMplsPseudoWireVCUp Generated when the configured PseudoWire VC is Down.

 

Support

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HP Software support provides customer self-solve capabilities. It provides a fast and efficient way to access interactive technical support tools needed to manage your business. As a valued support customer, you can benefit by being able to:

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