Release 15.2(3)T Caveats – Cisco Systems

5 0 0 1 0 1zM15. Cisco Identity Services Engine Network Component Compatibility, Release 2. Table of Contents Cisco Identity Services Engine Network Component Compatibility, Release 2. LAN controllers, and other release 15.2(3)T Caveats – Cisco Systems enforcement devices as well as operating systems with which Cisco ISE interoperates.

Certain advanced use cases, such as those that involve posture assessment, profiling, and web authentication, are not consistently available with non-Cisco devices or may provide limited functionality, and are therefore not supported with non-Cisco devices. Cisco Identity Services Engine Admin Guide, Release 2. Note Some switch models and IOS versions may have reached the end-of-life date and interoperability may not be fully supported. MAB supports MAC filtering with RADIUS lookup. Support for session ID and COA with MAC filtering provides MAB-like functionality. DNS based ACL feature will be supported in WLC 8.

Not all Access Points support DNS based ACL. Refer to Cisco Access Points Release Notes for more details. Validated OS is the version tested for compatibility and stability. Minimum OS is the version in which the features got introduced.

Posture and Guest flows because of CSCsx97093. Catalyst 9000 Series Switches are validated with Cisco ISE, Release 2. Autonomous AP deployments do not support endpoint posturing. Profiling services are supported for 802. 1X-authenticated WLANs starting from WLC release 7.

0 and for MAB-authenticated WLANs starting from WLC 7. Aruba 3200 is supported for ISE 2. This was to manually change the primary status for the Fabric Interconnects to be the recently upgraded Fabric Interconnect. This way your environment remains accessible while the second FI is being upgraded. I’ve updated this step now to include the manual failover steps on the FI. Recently I was tasked with performing an upgrade to our UCS environment to support some new B200 M4 blades.

The current firmware version only supported the B200 M3 blades. As part of the process I performed the below steps to complete the upgrade. O module upgrades you will see a swarm of alerts coming from UCSM. This is expected as some of the links will be unavailable as part of the upgrade process so wait until all the steps have been completed before raising an issue with support.

As a caveat however, if there is anything that really stands out as not being right open a call with support and get it fixed before proceeding to the next step. You will need to check the release requirements from Cisco regarding the upgrade path from your current firmware version to the desired version and also the capabilities that the desired firmware version contains. The upgrade process takes some time so it’s best to review everything in advance and not have to do this on the day of the upgrade itself. Check the release version notes on Cisco’s website for the version you want to upgrade to. For this example we are upgrading to version 2.

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Check the required minimum software version as this should be the one that you should update to. This depends on what new infrastructure you are adding such as new blade type or VIC module. Also check the Capability Catalog support to ensure that the CPU and RAM. In this instance we are using UCS-CPU-E52670D CPU. Check the VIC type support also, we are using the latest VIC 1340 which is support in release 2.

You may notice that that version also supports the UCS B200 M4 with the CPU listed above so we could go to 2. Note 19: Cluster-on-Die feature is not supported. Once you login you will be presented with the UCS Manager screen. Review the faults on each UCS Chassis or just click on one of the links in fault summary in the top left. This will open up the list of faults for the fabric. It is important to remove critical and major alerts before completing the UCS upgrade.

In this instance the critical alert is due to grace license period expired on UCS Central. For the critical issues it is best to open a support call with TAC to advise that a firmware upgrade is going to be performed to ensure that there are no recommended steps missing. Open a support call with TAC to ask them to quickly review the upgrade procedure you are going to follow and it’s good to clarify that there are no other issues to be faced. Also, it gives you a support case to reference when you perform the upgrade in case there are issues and you need to quickly escalate any problems.

The major alert is due to Keyrings certificate is invalid. Another alert that has appeared is for FCoE membership down which has shown to be a bug but it’s worth checking with TAC if this is the case. Download the Cisco UCS Firmware from cisco. You will need a valid Cisco Support login to download this firmware. Click Download for each binary file. Select the Download Tasks tab and press the Download Firmware button. Select location of the file as Local File System.

Press the Browse button and locate the three binary files downloaded earlier. Under Download Tasks you can now see the new file has been uploaded. Do the above steps to import the B and C bin files. Take a backup of the UCS configuration before continuing.

Select Download to Local System, select type as Full State and ensure the file extension on the local file system is set to . Temp on your local drive and enter the file name. Select UCS Manager at the top and click the Activate Firmware button. Note: The screenshot below shows 2. You will lose access to UCSM during the upgrade. Sit tight for a few minutes and it will be available again. Log in again to UCSM and accept any Java warnings.

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Note: You may see some new alerts and warnings after you upgrade UCSM firmware versions. I’d recommend investigating them to ensure there are no obvious issues before continuing with the FI upgrades. Verify that HA settings are as follows: Ready: Yes, State: Up, Leadership: Primary, Cluster Link State: Full. From the drop down menus select the desired Kernel and System Versions and then click OK. This process will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

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You can monitor the progress of the firmware upgrade from the FSM tab. Use the FSM tab to monitor the progress of the firmware upgrade. Connect via SSH directly to Fabric Interconnect IP address. Once connected you can run the below commands to make the newly updated fabric interconnect the lead FI within the environment. This stops your systems from going offline during the upgrade of the A fabric interconnect.

The change over will be pretty much instantaneous. You may lose connectivity to UCSM during this upgrade process as it’s the primary Fabric Interconnect that you are connected to and it will need to reboot. If this occurs just log into UCSM again and it will connect to the remaining Fabric Interconnect. O Modules have a Running Version of 2. Now that both Fabric Interconnects have been upgraded you can go ahead and return to primary function back to Fabric Interconnect A.

Release 15.2(3)T Caveats - Cisco Systems

Please note that this is an optional step. Connect via SSH directly to Fabric Interconnect B IP address. Enter the Name as per your companies naming convention e. Enter a description and select Simple for How would you like to configure the Host Firmware Package?

From the drop down menus  select the desired firmware version  for Blade and Rack packages and then click ok. Select Maintenance Policies and verify that the Reboot Policy is set to User Ack. Now you are ready to start upgrading the Blade firmware of your ESXi hosts. For Service Profiles that are bound to a service profile template the change can be made across the board quite easily.

Release 15.2(3)T Caveats - Cisco Systems

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Service Profile Template, select root, select Sub-organizations and then select the Service Profile Template Name. Service Profile Template Name of the associated ESXi hosts that you want to update. Select the Policies tab and then expand Firmware Policies. From drop down menu select the newly created Host Firmware policy and click Save Changes. Select the General tab and press Reboot now from the Pending Activities section.

Release 15.2(3)T Caveats - Cisco Systems


BIOS, CIMC Controller and Board Controller. Maintenance Mode of the upgraded ESXi host. Verify that all firmware has been upgraded. Somewhere along the way in my UCS travels we were advised to fail over to Fab B BEFORE beginning work. The explanation given was to verify that HA was in fact working before you actually start work. This also allowed you to forgo the last manual failover because you’d do Fab B last and when finished you’d naturally be on A without the need to manually failover again. I think at the time there also might have been some sort of bug with the FI’s reporting wrong and this was a good way of insuring they were responding correctly.

We are upgrading from about to expire RCM To 5. 21 and the current UCS version is 2. Anything to keep in mind for in between releases between the same 2. Hi Tom, I believe the steps would still be valid for same version released. It’s been a while since I’ve done this upgrade but check Cisco support just in case anything new has come to light since this was written.

Release 15.2(3)T Caveats - Cisco Systems

Thank you Derek, appreciate your help. This was very helpful for a first timer on a UCS upgrade. Only thing is I had to wait about 15 more minutes after upgrading each FI for all alerts to clear and High Availability to come back available. Hi Joao, yes it can as far as I’m aware.

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Hopefully that post can help with your upgrade. I’d recommend checking the driver versions of ESXi host before the upgrade so as not to run into unexpected issues. HI, I may have missed it in the article, but did you have to do the firmware upgrade on all the chassis or were able to do just one chassis? The upgrade of the FIs updated the IOMs on the chassis so any chassis connected upgraded as well. If only one chassis was present it would only have done one chassis. In my case I had two chassis and they were both handled as part of the upgrade. Yes after each FI upgrade, IOMs connected to the upgraded FI will go to the Auto upgrade stage automaticly.

I think, there is a mistake . I just hadn’t grabbed the correct screenshot at the time. I’ve updated the section to specify that it should be 2. Found one important missing item in step 8 between sub steps 7 and 8. You need to login to the CLI and change the cluster lead so primary and subordinate change roles. Hi LS, thanks for the feedback.

Sorry to hear about the issues you faced. I’ll update the document in the next 24 hours to reflect the CLI change. I’m not sure why it is missing and it’s a really important step. I really appreciate the feedback and I don’t want anyone else to have this issue in future.