I have spent a bit of time yesterday and today installing CSM 3.2. You might want to hear about my experiences.
First thing is that CSM 3.2 is a worthwhile upgrade, mainly because of support for the latest ASA and FWSM code, plus better integration with CS-MARS and IDSM (there are others refer to my post a couple of days ago.
What is a little bit unusual in my installations is the following:
- we are using Cisco Secure to provide Role Based Access Control within CSM, Common Services and RME.
- we run CSM on one server (with Common Services) and RME on the other (Common Services) and have a combined login to all the servers.
Warning: The following assumes you are familiar with CiscoWorks management software and how it goes together.
But the installation seems to work OK with this. I can download the CSM 3.2 update (free upgrade from CSM 3.1 provided you have SAS). The CSM 3.2 update also upgrades Common Services to 3.1, but this breaks RME which must be version 4.1. So now I have CSM 3.2, CS3.1 and a broken RME4.01 installation. Excellent.
My current problem is that RME and Common Services is released by the Network Management BU (1) and they do not release RME 4.1 as a separate bundle, only as part of LMS 3.0. Previously you could download LMS 2.6, and only install RME4.01 from the bundle and everything would be OK (in fact that is all you can do, since you don’t have alicense for anything else). But this is not possible in LMS 3.0.
So a very helpful person on the TAC arranges for a RME 4.1 bundle to be cut and released as a special download. Nice, except that it wants a license.
At that point my test servers threw up and had aWindows moment and so I will be spending a couple of days rebuilding them. Again.
You know, there are days when Network Management is a joy, and there are days when you just want to give everything a solid wanging with RITA .
PS: Apologies if this post is cryptic. Post a comment and I will try to translate if I can.
(1) CSM is released by the Security/IDS BU.