Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista Cirrus

Network Management as a Service

OmniVista Cirrus Production Notes 2.0

OmniVista® Cirrus Production Notes detail new features and functions, network/device configuration prerequisites, supported devices, and known issues/workarounds in OmniVista Cirrus. Please read the Production Notes in their entirety as they contain important operational information that may impact successful use of the application.

New Features and Functions

An overview of new features and functions is provided below.

Devices

OmniVista Cirrus now supports the following devices:

  • Stellar APs
    • OAW-AP1201H - Features three (3) RJ45 downlink Ethernet ports.
  • AOS Devices
    • OS6465
  • Mobile Device Support
    • UPAM Captive Portal Login is now supported on tablets and phones.

Software

OmniVista Cirrus now supports the following OS Software Versions:

  • AOS 6.7.2.R04 - OS6350 and OS6450 Devices
  • AOS 8.5R2 - OS6465, OS6560, OS6860/OS6860E/OS6865, and OS6900 Devices
  • AWOS 3.0.4.1036 - APs

UI Enhancements Across Applications

  • The UI has been optimized to display more information:
    • Columns and text resized
    • Full-screen view option available for all screens.
    • Left-Hand Side Menus automatically close after a page is initially displayed to provide display more information on the screen. You can click on the arrows (>>) or hover the mouse over the area to temporarily display the menu, or lock the menu in place by clicking on the Pin Sidebar icon at the top of the menu.
  • The navigation icon color scheme has been changed to a gray background for easier viewing.
  • An "Application Results" button has been added to the top of the screen to display a list of user actions taken in the application. The information will persist until the user logs off. At this time, this feature is only supported in the Device Catalog application. The button is located to the left of the Support Center link at the top of the screen.

Applications

New Applications

The following new applications have been added to OmniVista Cirrus.

  • Audit - OmniVista Cirrus now includes the Audit Application (Administrator - Audit). The Audit application is used to monitor client and server activity, such as the date and time when a user logged into OmniVista, when an item was added to the discovery database, when a configuration file was saved, or when a particular application was launched. The information is contained in log files, which are organized by type (e.g., Network, Configuration) on the Audit Home Page. You can also collect log information from a network device that you can send to Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) Technical Support to troubleshoot problems.
  • Configuration Manager - The Configuration Manager application (previously known as Resource Manager) is used to backup/restore configuration files, view the contents of a backup file, compare configuration files, and view a summary of backup/restore operations. You can also set the backup retention policy and the amount of space that must be available on the CMM before an upgrade is allowed. Image Upgrade Functions (which were previously part of the Resource Manager application) are now performed on the Device Catalog page.
  • Report - OmniVista Cirrus now includes the Report Application (Configuration - Report). The Report Application enables you to create and schedule reports in certain OmniVista Cirrus applications. These reports are generated and stored as PDF documents. So in addition to viewing information in real-time, you can generate PDFs of the screens.

Application Updates/Enhancements

  • AP Registration
    • Access Points
      • Reset APs - A new "Reset APs" button has been added. When you reset an AP, the AP will reset to the factory default configuration and reboot. When an AP is rebooted as part of a reset, the latest configuration available on OmniVista is downloaded to the AP. If the AP is unable to connect to OmniVista, the AP will come up with the factory default configuration.
      • Edit AP IP Address - You can edit the IP address of an AP by selecting the AP and clicking on the Edit icon. Click on "Edit Mode" to edit the IP address. You can also set the AP to default DHCP Mode.
      • Web UI Device Management Tool - A Web UI Device Management Tool is now available to view configuration information and perform limited management on individual Stellar APs. To access the Web UI Device Management Tool, select an AP in the Access Points List and click on the AP Web option in the "Action" drop-down. Access Points Screen.
      • Access Heat Maps for Individual APs - You can view a Heat map for a Stellar AP by selecting an AP in the Access Points List and clicking on the Heat Map option in the "Action" drop-down.
      • View Port Information - You can view port information on 1201H APs by selecting an AP(s) and selecting "Port Management" from the "Action" drop-down. The Ports page in the Inventory application will open with port information displayed for the selected APs.
      • Bridge Tab - A new Bridge Tab has been added to the Access Points Table to display information on APs working in wireless Bridge Mode.
    • AP Group
      • Enable SNMP - This option allows third-party SNMP-based platforms to monitor APs in a group using SNMP. OmniVista Cirrus does not use SNMP to manage Stellar APs. With defined SNMP MIBs, an Administrator can monitor APs, configured services, and wireless clients and their traffic utilization.
      • External Captive Portal Configuration - The External Captive Portal Config File Screen has been added to create a custom External Captive Portal Configuration File. The file is used to establish a secure connection between OmniVista and an external captive portal server for authentication of Stellar APs.
  • Captive Portal
    • Redirect to FDQN - Captive Portal can be configured to redirect to an FDQN as well as an IP address.
    • Captive Portal Certificates - You can create Captive Portal Certificates to implement the HTTPs login when UPAM is used as a Captive Portal Server.
  • Inventory
    • Device Catalog Updates
      • Automatic Call Home Feature - There is a new Automatic Call Home Feature for the following devices: LAN Devices running AOS 6.7.2.R04 (and later) or AOS 8.5R2 (and later), and APs running AWOS 3.0.4.1036. These devices contact the OmniVista Cirrus Server at regular intervals. If configured for automatic software updates, the device will download and install the latest software. Note that you should not reboot a device while it is upgrading. You can determine if a device is upgrading by checking the "Device Status" column; or check for the next schedule call home time in the "Approximate Time of Next Call Home" column.
      • Image Upgrade - The image upgrade functions are now performed on the Device Catalog page. You can select a device(s) and click on the "Set Software Version" button at the top of the Device Catalog to upgrade image files.
      • Streamlined Device Deletion - Device deletion from the Device Catalog has been streamlined. A device can be deleted directly from the Device Catalog in a single step.
      • Color Coded Device Status - Information in the Device Status column is color coded to more easily view the status (e.g., Green, Yellow, Red).
      • Color Code Current Software Version - Information in the Current Software Version column is also color coded to more easily view the status of the current device software. (e.g., Black = Up to Date, Yellow = Below the Latest Version, Red = Version Should Be Updated). In addition, you can hover over an entry for more information.
      • Configuration Change Notification Button - There is an "Unsaved Working Directory" Notification button at the top of the screen. If any managed devices have unsaved changes in the Working Directory, a number will appear on the button (Bell icon). Click on the button to display a list of devices in this state. You then have the option of saving the changes in those devices. This Notification button is also displayed on the Managed Devices Screen and in the Topology application.
      • Serial Number Links - Serial Numbers are displayed as links. When you click on a device's serial number, the Topology application will open and the device will be highlighted in a map.
      • Updated Column Heading - The "Set to Software Version" column has been renamed to "Desired Software Version".
  • License
    • Automatically Apply Licenses - A new option in the License Wizard enables you to automatically apply a license to a device when a device is added to the Device Catalog. The option is also presented when a user upgrades from a Freemium account to a Trial or Paid account. Also, two new buttons have been added to the License Home Page:
    • Activate Add Ons - If you purchase additional licenses or license extensions through your Business Partner, the "Activate Ad-On" button at the top of the screen will be activated. Click on the button to activate the licenses. If you do not click on the button, the new licenses/extensions will automatically be activated when older licenses expire.
    • Extension Details - If you purchase a license extension, the "Detail of Extension" button will be activated. Click on the button to see when the extension will be applied.
    • Subscription Number and Activation Code - When you upgrade to a Paid account, you now enter your Subscription Number and Activation Code, which you receive from your Business Partner, in the applicable fields.
  • Unified Access
    • Map Access Role Profile to Untagged Traffic - For AOS Devices, a VLAN must exist on a switch to configure VLAN Mapping. However, for APs, you can now map an Access Role Profile to untagged traffic.
    • "Walled Garden" Feature - Fields on the Access Role Profile configuration screen have been updated to support the “Walled Garden” feature for Stellar APs. This feature allows users to authenticate through social media login, and also enables you to configure “whitelist” domains to direct users to certain website without authentication. Also, you can now configure Client Session logging as part of an Access Role Profile.
    • Client Session Logging - You can enable and configure logging for wireless client sessions as part of an Access Role Profile.
  • WLAN
    • Client Isolation - Client isolation is a security feature to lock down your Wi-Fi clients to only access the Internet. It is configured on the WLAN Service Screen.
    • Smart Sticky Avoidance - This feature is used to assist with client Wi-Fi roaming (e.g., 802.11k/802.11v protocol, Client Data Rate Controls, Minimum MGMT Rate Controls). It is configured on the WLAN Service Screen.
    • New Client Monitoring Screens - New client monitoring screens have been added (WLAN - Client):
      • Client Summary Screen - Provides a graphical view of the number of clients and client throughput on the network. You can view the information by AP/AP Group and WLAN; and can view information over different time periods (24 Hours, Last 7 Days, 30 Days, 90 Days).
      • Client Session Screens - Provide information about wireless and wired clients associated with APs.

New Widgets

  • LBS Widget - Provides a link to the OmniAccess┬« Stellar Location Based Services (LBS) Cloud Manager application.
  • Top N Devices by Traps - Displays a summary of traps by device and severity level. You can display the top 5, 10, 15, or 20 devices, and view traps by severity level.

OmniVista Cirrus Production Notes 1.0.2

OmniVista® Cirrus Production Notes detail new features and functions, network/device configuration prerequisites, supported devices, and known issues/workarounds in OmniVista Cirrus. Please read the Production Notes in their entirety as they contain important operational information that may impact successful use of the application.

New Features and Functions

An overview of new features and functions is provided below. Details are provided in the Production Notes.

New Account Types

  • Trial Account - The Premium-Trial Account has been renamed to Trial Account. Account features and support remain unchanged from previous releases.
  • Paid Account - The Premium Account has been renamed to Paid Account. There are three (3) levels of Paid Accounts:
    • Base - Includes all previous Premium Account features and support.
    • Business - Includes all previous Premium Account features and support, plus TAC Device Support, AVR Service, and Support Portal Access for Business Partners.
    • Premium - Includes all previous Premium Account features and support, plus TAC Device Support, AVR Service, and Support Portal Access for End Customers.

OmniVista Cirrus Production Notes 1.0.1

OmniVista® Cirrus Production Notes detail new features and functions, network/device configuration prerequisites, supported devices, and known issues/workarounds in OmniVista Cirrus. Please read the Production Notes in their entirety as they contain important operational information that may impact successful use of the application.

New Features and Functions

An overview of new features and functions is provided below. Details are provided in the Production Notes.

Devices

  • APs Can Connect Without DHCP Configuration - APs can now connect to OmniVista Cirrus without configuring the OmniVista Cirrus Server option in the DHCP Server. The AP only requires a unique IP address to automatically locate and connect to the OmniVista Cirrus Server.

Applications

  • New Application Visibility Application - The Application Visibility application (Network - Application Visibility) supports monitoring and QoS configuration of application traffic flows, and performs statistics profiling on the collected data. OmniVista Cirrus simplifies Application Visibility configuration for the network by enabling you to quickly configure Application Visibility on devices throughout the network.
  • Analytics - With the introduction of the Application Visibility application, the following new Analytics Reports are available: Top N Applications, Top N Applications - Advanced, and Top N Clients.
  • Dashboard - If no data has been generated for a Dashboard widget, or the widget is not properly configured to display data, a "sample" widget is now displayed on the Dashboard. You can click on links in the widget to configure the widget display, or the application and configure the application to generate data.
  • Inventory - The following enhancements have been made to the Device Catalog Page in the Inventory application.
    • Device Catalog Refresh - The Device Catalog Page automatically refreshes every minute to display the most recent device information.
    • Device Status Display - Device Status in the Device Catalog is now color-coded to more easily view device status (e.g., Green, Yellow, Red).
    • New Device Status - Unsupported devices that are added to the Device Catalog will now display an "Unsupported Device" status.
  • License - The following enhancements have been made to the License application:
    • Additional Licenses Immediately Available - When additional licenses are purchased, they will be displayed in the Device Catalog Wizard to apply to network devices.
    • Expiration Display - The License Expiration Time/Date is displayed in the user's timezone.
  • Topology - The following enhancements have been made to the Topology application:
    • Deleting Maps - You can now quickly delete maps containing devices, without having to first remove devices in the map.

OmniVista Cirrus Production Notes 1.0

OmniVista® Cirrus is being released into production on March 16, 2018. OmniVista Cirrus is a cloud-based Network Management System (NMS). This cloud-based approach eliminates the need for purchasing and maintaining a physical server and installing the NMS on premise, since everything resides in the cloud. Network Operators can access OmniVista Cirrus from anywhere, using any approved browser and device (e.g., workstation, tablet).

Access to OmniVista Cirrus is supported on the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10+ (on Windows client PCs), Firefox 26+ (on Windows and Redhat/SuSE Linux client PCs), Chrome 26+ (on Windows and Redhat/SuSE Linux client PCs).

The Production Notes detail network/device configuration prerequisites, supported devices, and known issues/workarounds in OmniVista Cirrus. Please read the Production Notes in their entirety as they contain important operational information that may impact successful use of the application.

New Features and Functions

This is the initial release of OmniVista Cirrus.