Nov 19

Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.0 upgrade.

Over the past year I have struggled with Cisco’s Prime Infrastructure (PI). I have had problems with it slow performance, slow logins, maps not displaying wireless access points, maps not displaying the mesh links, taking a long time to load and parser error after parser error after parser error. I have upgraded from 1.1 to 1.2 to 1.3 for the simple fact that the performance was poor. At one point Google Chrome pushed out update 29 and that broke PI. FireFox was the only browser that would work and that gives an error stating that it’s not a supported browser.

After 2.0 was release on September 3, 2013, I waited a while before upgrading. I don’t like upgrading to a Dot Zero release. I was waiting for a patch to come soon after 2.0 was release. After two full months, there has yet to be a patch release for PI 2.0. In that time though, the performance of my two PI servers was degrading. More people from the help desk and the lobby admin were complaining that the product was not usable. I had to move to PI 2.0.

After reading the release notes, I found out that there was a patch to 1.3.0.20 to resolve the parser errors in Google Chrome version 29. Below is the patch details and name. This patch was release on September 4, 2013.

Apply this patch over existing Prime Infrastructure 1.3.0.20 to fix the issue introduced in Google Chrome 29 build, which broke Dojo Toolkits query interface.
PI_1_3_0_20-Update.1.12.CSCui77571-2.tar.gz

This patch took about 15 minutes to install. After the patch was installed, the product became usable again. The help desk staff and the lobby admin were able to perform their work in PI with out parser or any more rendering issues.

After you install this patch, the only way to know that it was installed is to issue the “show version” command at the CLI. At the bottom you will see the following line.

Cisco Prime Network Control System
——————————————
Version : 1.3.0.20
Patch: Cisco Prime Network Control System Version: Update.4.16

I had opened a case on this issue with Chrome and the Cisco TAC engineer informed me that this was a known bug and told me to use Firefox. It would have been nice to be put on a distribution list and notified when the patch was release. Maybe you can ask your Cisco Sales staff to add that feature in the future!!

Next was the upgrade to 2.0. On my appliance, it took about 75 minutes from the time I executed the install. I had around 1,000 APs in my server when I did the upgrade. I assume it will take longer with more maps and more APs. After the install the login screen showed version 2.0. The single command install worked very!! Maps loaded all of the APs in a timely manor, Mesh links on the map were displayed, the server lag was gone.

Here are the steps for installing the PI 2.0 upgrade from 1.3.0.20. Your upgrade may be different and I suggest you read the release notes to make sure you get the correct patch installed before going to 2.0.

Prime Upgrade from Version 1.3.0.20 to 2.0

1. Read Release notes for version 2.0
2. Perform a backup and copy the back up off to another server.
3. Download files from Cisco.com (Requires CCO account)
1. PI_1_3_0_20-Update.4-16.tar.gz
2. PI-Upgrade-2.0.0.0.294.tar.gz
4. Use SCP to transfer these files onto the Prime Infrastructure server
1. Log into Prime via the username you setup, not ROOT.
2. Place files in the defaultRepo folder
5. Install the patch PI_1_3_0_20-Update.4-16.tar.gz
6. Install the upgrade PI-Upgrade-2.0.0.0.294.tar.gz

———–PATCH INSTALL———–

CiscoPrime/Server# patch install PI_1_3_0_20-Update.4-16.tar.gz defaultRepo
Save the current ADE-OS running configuration? (yes/no) [yes] ? yes
Generating configuration…
Saved the ADE-OS running configuration to startup successfully
Initiating Application Patch installation…

** After about 15 minutes it was complete **

———–UPGRADE INSTALL———–

CiscoPrime/Server# application upgrade PI-Upgrade-2.0.0.0.294.tar.gz defaultRepo
Save the current ADE-OS running configuration? (yes/no) [yes] ? yes
Generating configuration…
Saved the ADE-OS running configuration to startup successfully
Initiating Application Upgrade…
Stage 1 of 7: Transferring file …
— complete.
Stage 2 of 7: Unpacking file …
— complete.
Stage 3 of 7: Executing pre-install …

[WARNING] System will reboot after a successful installation of this package (after Stage 7).
After reboot, please login again into the server to check status.
No action required at this time. Continuing with Stage 3.

— complete.
Stage 4 of 7: Upgrading binaries …
— complete.
Prime Infrastructure Application installation completed

Stage 5 of 7: Retrieving system version …
— complete.
Stage 6 of 7: Updating Database Schema …
: This could take long time based on the existing data size.
Stage 1 of 5: Pre Migration Schema Upgrade …
— completed at: 2013-11-07 05:43:04.887, Time Taken : 0 hr, 4 min, 2 sec
Stage 2 of 5: Schema Upgrade …
: This could take long time based on the existing data size.
— completed at: 2013-11-07 05:54:42.908, Time Taken : 0 hr, 11 min, 37 sec
Stage 3 of 5: Post Migration Schema Upgrade …
— completed at: 2013-11-07 06:02:54.779, Time Taken : 0 hr, 8 min, 11 sec
Stage 4 of 5: Enabling DB Constraints …
— completed at: 2013-11-07 06:14:53.745, Time Taken : 0 hr, 11 min, 56 sec
Stage 5 of 5: Finishing Up …
— completed at: 2013-11-07 06:15:15.525, Time Taken : 0 hr, 0 min, 21 sec
— complete.
Stage 7 of 7: Re-enabling Database Settings …
— complete.
Upgrade Finished. Server is restarting . Please wait ..

% This application Install or Upgrade requires reboot, rebooting now…

Broadcast message from root (pts/1) :

The system is going down for reboot NOW!

Application upgrade successful

** After about 75 minutes it was complete **


Over time I will find more things that work and do not work in PI 2.0, I will try and add them to this post. I really hope that Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.0 is a really great product. I could really use a great piece of software to manage my wireless networks.

Please reply and post the amount of time it takes you to upgrade to 2.0, Please include the following
– Version you are upgrading from
– Number of APs
– Number of Controllers
– Appliance or Virtual
– Time of install

Here is my information
Version = 1.3.0.20
APs = ~1,000
Controllers = 15
Appliance
Time of install = ~75 minutes

What success or failures have you had with Cisco Prime (Or NCS)?
Has PI 2.0 been stable and reliable for you?

Oct 01

Cannot SCP or SFTP to Cisco Prime Infrastructure 1.3

Yesterday I was trying to copy a file to my Cisco Prime Infrastructure (PI) appliance. I found that I could SSH to the appliance, but could not authenticate with WinSCP.


I was using the username password that I had set on the appliance. I had proven this username/password worked for SSH. After some digging, I figured out that the username of “root” needed to be used in order to SCP to the PI appliance.

For some reason, the root password did not work. After enabling and resetting the root password, WinSCP connected with no problem.

Here is how to enable root access and set the password.

GOAT-PI-SERVER/SCAPE# root_enable —> Enables Root access
GOAT-PI-SERVER/SCAPE# root —> Moves you into Root access
Enter root patch password :
Starting root bash shell …
ade #
ade #
ade #
ade # passwd —> Command to change the password
Changing password for user root.
New UNIX password: —> Enter your new password here
Retype new UNIX password: —> Enter your new password here
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
ade #

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