HP Route Analytics Management System 8.01 / Traffic Analysis Add-On 8.01

Release Notes

June 2008

This document provides important information about the Route Analytics Management System (RAMS) version 8.01 and the Traffic Analysis Add-On version 8.01. The information here may not be available elsewhere.

NOTE: Starting with this release, the RAMS product release version is aligned with HP Software Network Management Centre software modules version.  It will no longer correspond to the appliance software version. The product version in this release is 8.01. The appliance software version is 6.1.

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

In This Version

Route Analytics Management System 8.01

RAMS 8.01 includes the following major, new features:

 

Other new and enhanced features in RAMS 8.01 are:

Installation Notes

The following information is important for RAMS or the Traffic Analysis Add-on installation and deployment:


The following information is important for RAMS Traffic Analysis Add-on installation and deployment:

Hardware Requirements

Before installing RAMS or Traffic Analysis, make sure that your system meets the following minimum requirements:

NOTE: Starting with this release, the hardware component requirements specified  in the RAMS8.01 Support matrix must be adhered. Problems related to inadequate hardware configuration which do not follow the recommended guidelines will not be supported.

Disk Configuration of RAMS appliance

IMPORTANT: Consider your disk space requirements and fault tolerance needs and ensure that all available physical drives are installed before powering up the HP ProLiant server for the first time.

Starting with this release,  the Flow Collector is only supported on a DL 380 G5 hardware platform.  RAMS will require two logical drives be configured for a Flow Collector unit - the first logical drive must be set at RAID 1 + 0, the second  logical drive set at RAID 0.  If you have an existing Flow Collector unit running a pre-6.1 software version, you must re-configure the server with two logical volumes and install the 6.1 software version from a CD image.  Failing to do so can cause unexpected behavior.  Cases reported as such will not be supported.

For all non-Flow Collector units, RAMS will only utilize a single logical drive as configured on the ProLiant DL380/360 hardware; this means any extra physical disks configured in a second logical drive will be not be recognized by RAMS. 

For detailed steps to configure a RAMS 8.01 Flow Collector, it is recommended that you use a HP Proliant SmartStart CD (shipped with the server).  The SmartStart CD provides a more comprehensive Array Configuration Utility interface.   Please refer to instructions in the RAMS Appliance Setup Guide.

The following describes a quick way to configure a single logical drive.

During the initial power-up of a new server, an auto-configuration process uses all of the physical drives on the HP Smart Array controller to set up a single logical drive. The default RAID (fault tolerance) level used for the logical drive depends on the number of physical drives as listed below:

*The available disk space is ~5% less than the disk's reported size. Every physical drive in an array will have the usable capacity of the smallest drive in the array.

NOTE: Multiple drives configured as a RAID 0 striped set will provide maximum disk space but will NOT provide any fault tolerance. If you install more than one drive intended for maximum disk space usage, i.e., not for fault tolerance, you MUST configure to use RAID 0 or the hardware will default to RAID 1 +0.

During the initial hardware boot sequence, you have the opportunity to accept the default logical drive configuration as shown above, or you can create the logical drive based on your drive space and fault tolerance needs. Watch for the following message during the boot process:

Slot 0 HP Smart Array Controller
Press <F8> to run the Option ROM Configuration for Arrays Utility
Press <F7> to Accept the default configuration - 2 drives in RAID 1 +0

Refer to the HP Smart Array Controller Reference Guide for configuration options and details.

IMPORTANT: Make sure the logical drive is configured as needed before installing RAMS. Any changes to the logical drive configuration, e.g., adding drives or changing the RAID level, will require a reload of the RAMS software and a restore (from backup) of the RAMS configuration and databases.

Upgrading to RAMS 8.01

 

Known Problems, Limitations, and Workarounds

Known Issues in this software release version (6.1.11-R):

Fixes and Enhancements

Following are selected fixes and enhancements since RAMS 5.5.18-R.

Documentation Errata

 

Support

Visit the HP Software web site at:
http://www.hp.com/go/software

This web site provides contact information and details about the products, services, and support that HP OpenView offers.

You can also go directly to the HP Software Support web site at:
www.hp.com/go/hpsoftwaresupport 

HP Software Support Online 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 valuable support customer, you can benefit by being able to:

NOTE: Most of the support areas require that you register as an HP Passport user and log in. Many also require an active support contract. To find more information about support access levels, go to the following URL:
http://support.openview.hp.com/access_level.jsp

To register for an HP Passport ID, go to the following URL:
https://passport2.hp.com/hpp/newuser.do

To view release notes and other documentation, go to the following URL:

   http://h20230.www2.hp.com/selfsolve/manuals

NOTE: To view files in PDF format (*.pdf), Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your system. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, go to the following URL:
http://www.adobe.com/

Legal Notices

ęCopyright 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.

The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Open Source Software Acknowledgement

The full acknowledgement for open source software components included in the RAMS and Traffic Analysis-Add on product can be obtained by opening the "About HP Route Analytics Management System" link under the Help menu in the RAMS GUI.  The "Click Here" link from the "About HP Route Analytics Management System" page also provides information and agreement on the provision of source code for the mentioned software components.