Server requirements for Wireless Control System (WCS) installation

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The Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) is the leading platform for wireless LAN planning, configuration, and management in the industry . It provides a powerful foundation that allows IT managers to design, control, and  monitor enterprise wireless networks from a centralized location, which simplifies operations and reduces total cost of ownership. Cisco WCS is a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network.

With Cisco WCS, network administrators have a single  solution for Radio Frequency (RF) prediction, policy provisioning, network optimization,  troubleshooting, user tracking, security monitoring, and wireless LAN systems  management. Robust graphical interfaces make wireless LAN deployment and  operations simple and cost-effective. Detailed trend and analysis reports  make Cisco WCS vital to ongoing network operations.


Cisco WCS runs on a server platform with an embedded  database. This provides the scalability necessary to manage hundreds of Cisco  wireless LAN controllers, which in turn can manage thousands of Cisco Aironet  lightweight Cisco Access Points (APs). Cisco wireless LAN controllers can be located on the  same LAN as Cisco WCS, on separate routed subnets, or across a wide-area  connection. All Cisco wireless LAN controller models can be managed by Cisco WCS,  including enterprise-class stand-alone wireless LAN controllers such as the 4400  and 2000 Series as well as the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM) and the Cisco  Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers. This  makes Cisco WCS the ideal wireless LAN management platform for even the largest  enterprise environments and outdoor deployments.


For more information on the WCS, refer to Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS). & Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) Licensing

These are the minimum requirements that are necessary to install the Cisco WCS:

  • WCS Version 2.0: The Cisco WCS software can be run on a workstation/server class WCS server: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or faster, with 1 GB or more RAM, that runs Windows® 2000/SP4 or Windows 2003 with all critical and security Windows updates installed. The web browser needs to be Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0/SP 1 or later.
  • WCS Version 2.1: The Cisco WCS software can be run on a workstation/server class WCS server: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or faster, with 1 GB or more RAM, that runs Windows 2000/SP4 with all critical and security Windows updates installed. The web browser needs to be IE 6.0/SP 1 or later.
  • WCS Version 2.2: The Cisco WCS software can be run on a workstation/server class system: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or faster, with 1 GB or more RAM. These operating systems are supported: Windows 2000/SP4 or Windows 2003 with all critical and security Windows updates installed. The Linux Red Hat® Enterprise Linux ES Version 3 is supported. The Cisco WCS web interface requires IE 6.0/SP1 or later.
  • WCS Version 3.0: The Cisco WCS can be run on a workstation/server class system:
    • For up to 500 Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points: 2.4 GHz Pentium with 1 GB RAM.
    • For over 500 Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points: Dual Processors (at least 2.4 GHz each) with minimum 2 GB RAM.
    • 20 GB Hard Drive
    • These operating systems are supported:
      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 3.0
      • Windows 2000/SP4 or later, or Windows 2003/SP1 or later with all critical and security Windows updates installed





For more information on the WCS product specifications, refer to the Product  Specification section of Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS).

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johnruffing@sun... Wed, 10/14/2009 - 10:01

There appear to be updated specifications:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/wcs/6.0/configuration/guide/6_0wst.html#wp1061082

For example,

Low-End Server

Up to 500 Cisco Aironet lightweight access points, 200 standalone access points, and 125 Cisco wireless LAN controllers.

3.06-GHz Intel processor.

1.86-GHz Intel Dual core processor.

2-GB RAM.

50-GB minimum free disk space on your hard drive.

Supported Operating Systems

The following operating systems are supported:

Windows 2003/SP2 and Windows 2003 R2/SP2 32-bit installations with all critical and security Windows updates installed.

Windows 2003/SP2 64-bit installations are not supported.

Windows 2003 32-bit installations provide support for up to 64 GB of RAM provided Physical Address Extension (PAE) is enabled. Refer to Windows documentation for instructions on enabling this mode.

Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 5.X 32-bit operating system installations.

Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 5.X 64-bit operating system installations are not supported.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0. or 3.0.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Red Hat Linux version support on VMware ESX version 3.0.1 and above with either local storage or SAN over fiber channel.

dennischolmes Mon, 01/18/2010 - 08:15 (reply to johnruffing@sun...)

John,

Yes, there are new specifications. The specs listed are minimum only. I would build a much more robust server hardware wise as my experience has been that with every subsequent release of code the hardware demands are a little higher. I would go at least 8gb of ram and as much drive space as you can allow for but no less than 200gb. If the mapping feature ever goes 3 dimensional, and it will eventually, then your maps will occupy an exponentially larger amount of drive space.

Lucien Avramov Mon, 01/18/2010 - 09:08 (reply to dennischolmes)

The requirements should be found only in the release notes. Such document is static and may not have really a good interest.

Please refer to www.cisco.com/go/wcs and click on the release notes for server requirements.

WCS 4.0 and earlier are almost not used anymore.

bbyers Wed, 07/21/2010 - 11:26 (reply to dennischolmes)

Question on this... If the miminum requirements for a Highend Server say (1) Xeon Quad Core 3.16, and a customer has a sever with (2) Quad core 2.26 processors would you say this meets the requirement, exceeds it, or less than the requriement...?

Vinay Sharma Tue, 02/08/2011 - 07:10 (reply to bbyers)

Hi All,

I would request you to post your questions under discussion section so that you can get timely response.

thanks,

Vinay

dennischolmes Wed, 04/14/2010 - 13:00 (reply to rtrincado@raytel.cl)

There is none. 500 series controllers are managed by the Cisco Network Configuration tool. This is an snmp based free tool for down load from the Cisco support pages for the 500 series controller.

rtrincado@raytel.cl Tue, 04/20/2010 - 07:41 (reply to dennischolmes)

Ok. Thanks. Consulting: I have a 1140 AP Series and a target WPC4400N wireless Linksys 802.11n draft. The AP 1140 to support 802.11n draft version 2.0

802.11n draft and 802.11n draft version 2.0 are compatibles for function in N?

best regards

rtrincado@raytel.cl Wed, 06/30/2010 - 09:00 (reply to rtrincado@raytel.cl)

Hi, I need help about  upgrade the acccess point autonomus to access point LAP.

The  problem is the sintax for the following information:  ap-ip-address,telnet-username,telnet-user-password,enable-password. You  can send me a example about this point.

best regards

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