Avaya has released software 6.2.1 for the Ethernet Routing Switch 5500/5600 series switches.
The following issues have been resolved;
wi00554995 Plugable ports do not show matching CLI data in Vendor Data and Order code
wi00555028 Base unit fails – Sw Exception: Task tSnmp
wi00600981 ERS 5500/5600 LACP does not recognize standby links
wi00600992 ERS 5520 switch reboot, 20% of the ip phones has the wrong vlan id
wi00664780 ERS5500: SW 6.1.1: Ip Source guard issue
wi00686330 5510 6.1.2 Static Route Going Inactive Do Not Recover Until Unit Is Rebooted
wi00691402 EDM: incorrect help for QoS classifier-block eval-order
wi00691671 5698 Cold Booting Non Base Unit Starts Broadcast Storm On Remaining DMLT Link
wi00691682 EAP Authentication Failing On First Attempt With EAP Default Values
wi00692082 ERS5500/6.1.1: dynamic ARP inspection/DHCP snooping blocks certain clients during PXE boot
wi00692555 New IPV6AAA:Incorrect error mess displayed when you create an ipv6 prefix without mask info
wi00692575 ERS 5650 6.0.3/6.1.2 OutDiscards are wrongly counting Filtered packets
wi00697419 Stack of 56xx units fails to upgrade to 6.2.0 code: last-exception output available
wi00700965 ADAC: Voice-Vlan ports set to none after change Uplink ports.
wi00703946 Will Not Accept RIP Updates With Destination IP Of All Ones
wi00704127 Incoming interface in mroute displays invalid ports on MLTs when PIM virtual neighbor is used
wi00716719 ERS5500//v6/2//STP/RSTP blocked ports allow multicast IGMP Query packets to ingress the stacks causing a multicast storm.
wi00728575 Main: Softlic: Stack crash, Units reset with tStartup after upgrade to 6.2
wi00728704 EDM: refresh is not done for QoS system-element pattern when re-creating element (display issue)
wi00729482 EDM: QoS enhancements needed for Traffic Profile Set if individual-rate-metering is used
wi00730724 Eap/MHMV:Not all the traffic of eap/non-eap clients reconverge after eap ena/disable
wi00731068 Auto Serial Console: Error msg should be enabled for show serial-console unit <2-8> for std
wi00731609 ERS 5520-48T PWR Stack v188.8.131.52 inoperable after adding ports to existing VLAN from third switch
wi00732866 ERS 5xxx- SMLT/SLT ports using SFPs with fix speed and duplex not working after a reboot
wi00734038 Usernames and passwords for stack units are not saved in ASCII
wi00734674 RADIUS: Reply protection disabled not saved in binary config file
wi00822281 56xx:V6.2.0: senders in same vlan can’t receive each others stream
wi00822413 Ports are incorrectly blocked by USC when burst traffic is used
wi00554954 New IPv6: TBU reboots with exception error if using IPv6 traffic
wi00496286 New: SMLT/LACP: SMLTs may bouce during the Download process
wi00487898 Stack Counter “Dropped no resources” not functioning 56xx
wi00488165 SLPP intermitently not shutting down ports when loop remains in the setup
wi00488638 SMLT/LACP: Ports going into a blocking state-on reset
wi00554985 New: Power is cut off when AES is deactivated
wi00555012 ERS5600-v6.2-trials: TACACS+ Changing User Levels
wi00488592 Brouter ports not restored by AUR
wi00494461 5698 184.108.40.206 Custom User Password Profiles Are Not Being Applied To All Units
wi00496267 IST may fail to recover on peer reset when under load
wi00554987 Stack breaks while doing AUR for BU; at the end stack recovers and AUR succeeds
wi00555011 ecmp: ospf bounce when ecmp =4 & route 4000+
wi00555109 Custom User Password Profiles Are Not Being Applied To All Units in stack
wi00496344 Stack running on TBU falls apart when NBU is powered down/up
wi00496057 New: SMLT – CLI – Block local address from being entered as IST Peer address
wi00554957 ERS5600-v6.2-trials: summer-time config import fails
wi00555007 ERS5600 vt6.2-trials: ERS5520 “show nvram block” w/o time or timezone
wi00555118 ERS5600 vt6.2-trials: “show nvram block” “show clock” mismatch
wi00555132 ERS5600-v6.2-trials: AUR license disappears
There are also a large number of known issues in the release notes.
“There are also a large number of known issues…”
Is it just me or are they really having a hard time getting the 5000 series to behave nicely when using them for routing? Mind you, we only have a couple of 5510’s which are only doing standard forwarding tasks, nothing fancy. They haven’t let us down in that department but reading about all the issues in the release notes one might start thinking twice before using these as L3 components in their network.
I’m also still waiting for VRF capabilities on the 5000 series which would make them more suitable as backbone switch/router for our remote sites.
Michael McNamara says
We’re actually using the ERS 5530 switch as a replacement for the ERS 1648 switch acting as a L3 router for a large number of our remote offices where we have between 100-500 devices. The ERS 5530 acts as our core/distribution switch connecting the WAN (dark fiber, metro Ethernet) with the building LAN made up of edge/closet switches/stacks. We utilize the Advanced Routing License to provide OSPF routing on the platform. I will tell you that we are still running 5.1.x for the most part and haven’t upgraded any of our L3 deployments to 6.2.x.
I’m not sure the ERS 5000 series will ever get VRF capabilities… have you heard different?
Thanks for the post!
I once read this in the Nortel ERS 5000 FAQ:
So I remembered it as being under consideration :-), never heard anything more of it though. It would allow us to extend our different central routing domains in a very elegant way to our remote sites.
Just a small note on the remote site thing:
I guess you’re just extending a single routing domain to your remote sites? We’re a university college and have different routing domains mapped to different security zones on our Juniper firewall for security reasons. For this reason we can’t just enable routing and be done with it because some VLAN’s are not allowed to directly route to eachother without some sort of ACL’s. I know there is some form of ACL’s available on the ERS 5000’s but I’ve never really played with and it probably can’t really be compared to a real dedicated Juniper firewall.
Don’t know if the 5500 will get vrf functionality. But I know that the 5500 and Routing needs some work being addressed. Avaya is aware of it and putting many resources on it.
Still troubleshooting is childish on a 5×00 compaired to a 8600. So it needs some more time I guess…
For as it comes down to routing, late 5.1.x code is pretty good. But as it is not really supported anymore, you should take care when you install this device a larger environment.
Simonelli Laurent says
Since update 6.2.1.003, I have a big problem any ip address finish by 0 example 10.60.x.0 the message is “ERROR : Reserved IP address cannot set as Switch IP address” I erase config and retest same problem
have you got one solution
Michael McNamara says
I would guess that it’s a bug in the software… it’s very unusual to have a .0 address on anything. I actually know of a number of devices that choke when you try to use a last octet of 127 (example; 10.1.0.127).
I just tested it myself and even with a valid network mask of say 255.255.240.0 (/20) I was unable to assign an IP address of 10.1.17.0 (network comprised of 10.1.16.0 – 10.1.31.255).
I would guess that you’ll probably just need to avoid utilizing the .0 address for any of your switch interfaces. You could certainly report the problem to Avaya but I don’t they’ll have any quick fix for you.
Simonelli Laurent says
Ok I find problem
since version 220.127.116.11 diag 18.104.22.168 I not enter x.x.x.0 for my problem
Radius help says
I am looking for help configuring a Windows 2008 server as the radius server for the ERS-5000 switches. First to processes the telnet/ssh/edm login, second to process 802.1x on the ports.
Michael McNamara says
Hi Radius help,
I would suggest you start by reading the fine manual… then review the technical configuration guides. When that’s all done you can review the posts on the discussion forums.