Cisco ONS 15454

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Apr 15th, 2009
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We just finished an episode with our ONS15454 box having a bad OS-12 card. My question is this.

Is there any way to Monitor this appliance so that we can detect when there are errors on the Card(s) or Management engine.

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Marvin Rhoads Wed, 04/15/2009 - 09:01
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There are at least three ways.

1. Watch the boxes in near real time using Cisco Transport Controller (CTC). Pros - easy to use, interface allows you to control the box as well (or not, depending on the user's access level). Cons - doesn't scale well since you only see one box's alarms in a given window.

2. Roll up the devices' status into the Cisco Transport Manager (CTM) product. Pros - scales to large network sizes. Cons - cost and yet another app to watch

3. Configure the devices to log/trap to a third part network manager like Openview or something like Entuity Eye of the Storm (EoTS). Pros - integrates with your other network devices' status, potentially delivering root cause correlation. Cons - can become VERY expensive (typically >> US$100,000) in terms of total cost of ownership.

You can do #3 in a more quick and dirty manner by using something like an open source syslog analyzer. (For example, Kiwi:

Hope this helps. Please rate helpful posts.


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