Skylight orchestrator 22.07 Release Notes
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Accedian is pleased to announce release 22.07 of Skylight orchestrator.

The following topics are covered in this document:

  • Accedian Technology Support
    Covers the applicable Accedian product information.
  • Upgrade Paths
    Details the supported upgrade paths for this release.
  • New Features
    Covers the new features introduced in this release.
  • Deployment Considerations
    Covers general limitations of the current release and any upcoming changes to product availability and support.
  • Skylight orchestrator 22.07 Lifecycle
    Lists the planned lifecycle dates of this software release. Includes table with milestones.

For more information, see the Skylight orchestrator Features/User Material section.

Accedian Technology Support

These release notes apply to the following Accedian products:

Product Name Product ID Software Version Software Files
Skylight orchestrator virtual appliance 7NV-VMW 22.07 GA SO_v22.07_4_vm_core.ova

upgradeAppliance-SO_v22.07_4_package- prod.tar

SO_v22.07_4.fsa

Skylight orchestrator virtual appliance 7NV-KVM 22.07 GA SO_ v22.07_4_vm_core. qcow2

upgradeAppliance-SO_v22.07_4_package- prod.tar

SO_v22.07_4.fsa

The following table lists key functionality of Accedian Skylight sensor elements, sensor control, modules, SFP compute and Flex 100 supported by Skylight orchestrator 22.07.

Supported in Skylight orchestrator Version 22.07

Functionality AT TE GE 10

GE

GT/GX LT/LX Modules SFP Compute Sensor control FS & FS10G FSX Flex 100
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* CLI step support for Device Commissioning

Upgrade Paths

Upgrades are supported on virtual appliances only. The upgrade to Skylight orchestrator version 22.07 requires that you are running a system with one of these previously-installed software versions:

  • Virtual appliance running 21.01 / 21.01.1 5K profile
  • Virtual appliance running 21.01 / 21.01.1 15K profile
  • Virtual appliance running 21.01 / 21.01.1 30K profile
  • Virtual appliance running 21.01 / 21.01.1 60K profile
  • Virtual appliance running 21.08 / 21.08.1 5K profile
  • Virtual appliance running 21.08 / 21.08.1 15K profile
  • Virtual appliance running 21.08 / 21.08.1 30K profile
  • Virtual appliance running 21.08 / 21.08.1 60K profile


Note: Upgrade path for container (Docker) is currently unavailable.

Detailed procedures for upgrading to this release are provided in the article Upgrading Skylight orchestrator 22.07.

IMPORTANT: You cannot upgrade hardware appliances to version 22.07.

For customers running Skylight Director or Skylight orchestrator software on hardware appliances, a rehoming procedure is available that allows the transfer of the software and its configuration to a new virtual appliance.

Detailed procedures for rehoming on a virtual appliance are provided in the Installation/Deployment subcategory titled Virtual Appliance Rehoming.

Skylight orchestrator uses feature keys to enable certain menus and features. When upgrading to a new version, you must install new feature keys.

New Features

Skylight orchestrator 22.07 introduces the following enhancements.

Skylight Flex 100 Inventory Management

Skylight orchestrator is capable of managing Skylight Flex 100. The managed objects currently available include:

  • Flex Interfaces
  • Flex Ports

Skylight Flex 100 Discovery using Zero Touch Provisioning

Discovery mechanisms are implemented so that Skylight Flex 100 can advertise to an inventory node. Skylight Flex 100 allows initial connectivity by Skylight orchestrator using a username and password mechanism similar to existing NIDs.

Skylight Flex 100 CLI Provisioning Script

Skylight Flex 100 CLI script execution at the simplest level is possible.

Limitations:

When creating a configuration job with a CLI set, Skylight orchestrator cannot detect errors when CLI command fails.

Certain limitations arise when executing Skylight Flex 100 commands in the CLI Sets.

  • When using the reload command in the CLI sets, it must be followed by sleep 1:
[#disconnect#]
reload; sleep 1


Note: reload will need to be added to the #disconnect commands.

  • When using the configure terminal command, it must finish with the end keyword. The commands to configure the unit must be executed between these two keywords, as below:
configure terminal; interface vlan 1000; no shutdown; end
  • If a command returns a warning message, it needs to preceded by the [#continue#] CLI instruction, as below:
[#continue#]
configure terminal; interface xl-ethernet 0/2; speed 1000; end

Removed Support for SkyLIGHT Director Manager and Classic Actuator

Support for SkyLIGHT Director Manager and Classic Actuator families for managed elements has been removed from Skylight orchestrator.

Deprecated HTTP Basic Authentication for all NBAPI / Web Service

The use of basic authentication for the NBAPI/Web Services has been deprecated. Instead, cookies must be used.


Note: SevOne uses basic authentication to retrieve XML data from Skylight orchestrator. For this reason, SevOne cannot be used with Skylight orchestrator 22.07.

Skylight orchestrator RADIUS Timeout Raised to 60 Seconds

When using RADIUS with two-factor authentication, the maximum timeout value has increased from 10 seconds to 60 seconds. After 60 seconds, the system considers that the RADIUS server request has timed out.

Deployment Considerations

Hypervisor Guidelines

Skylight orchestrator has been testing against KVM and VMware hypervisors. The following guidelines should be used when deploying to these environments:

  • The engineering guidelines of the product must be respected. The product ships with a minimal configuration that in most cases needs to be adjusted to meet the requirements stated in “Deployment Profiles” section of the Administration Guide. Failure to respect these engineering settings can lead to application downtime and possible data loss.
  • The product was designed assuming MAC addresses and UUIDs assigned on installation of the virtual appliance will persist for the lifetime of the virtual appliance. Licensing functions are tied to these identifiers and unexpected behavior can occur if they are changed. This is especially important when installing the virtual appliance in a cluster. These assignments must be static.
  • When using hypervisor functions that involve dynamic load balancing of guest virtual appliances in a hypervisor cluster (i.e. VMware DRS), the balancing policy should limit rebalancing operations to be done on virtual appliance startup and/or hypervisor host failures.
  • When the Skylight orchestrator VM is deployed on the KVM host, ensure to enable all ports after they are added Skylight orchestrator.

Device Interoperability

The following section details the firmware releases that are known to interoperate with this release of Skylight orchestrator. Please refer to the Skylight orchestrator Administration documentation for a listing of supported functions for each firmware version.

Support for sensor element software releases 4.7.x, 5.4.x and 5.5.x is deprecated. Plans should be put in place to upgrade your performance elements to more recent versions.

For the releases mentioned below, support for maintenance releases is also included.

Product Supported Releases
AT 1G Sensor Element 1.2.1
AT 10G Sensor Elements 2.1 -> 2.3
CE & NE Sensor Elements 6.1.0.4 -> 6.4
GE Skylight Element 4.9
GT Skylight Element 7.1.2 -> 7.9.3
GX Skylight Element 7.4 -> 7.9.3
LT Skylight Element 7.1.2 -> 7.9.3
LX Skylight Element 7.9.3
Skylight VCX 2.5, 2.7 -> 19.07
Skylight sensor: control 19.12 -> 22.01.1
Skylight Flex 100 22.01.1
TE Sensor Element 6.1.0.4-> 6.4
Velocity FS 1.0 and 1.1
Velocity FSX 2.1 and 2.2
SDLS 1.6.0.2


Note: Support for Classic Actuator has been removed.

ESXi Support

Skylight orchestrator release 20.05 and later will not support ESXi hypervisors running release 5.5 and 6.0. Systems running ESXi 6.5 can be upgraded to release 20.05 and later.

HTTP Interface

The HTTP interface of Skylight orchestrator is no longer supported for GUI operations. HTTP operations are still supported for the REST and XML APIs, but web service clients are urged to switch to the more secure HTTPS protocol.

Customers using browsers with HTTP protocol on port 6080 will automatically be redirected to HTTPS protocol on the same port (6080). This means no firewall changes are required as part of this change.

Disk Sizing for New Installations

The default image size for Skylight orchestrator is now 150 GiB. This image is large enough to support small networks of under 100 network elements and 1,000 performance sessions. For larger networks, the disk size of the image must be increased. This can be achieved via VMware and KVM management tools.

Example disk sizing:

  • For 5,000 elements and 20,000 performance sessions: 370 GiB is recommended
  • For 52,000 performance sessions: 482 GiB is recommended

Please consult the Skylight orchestrator Administration documentation for sizing guidelines and for procedures on how to increase the disk size.

IPv4 Addresses for Hot Standby

The hot standby feature requires the use of IPv4 addresses for its configuration. For planning purposes, it should also be noted that hot standby configuration requires three (3) distinct subnets for the management, data replication, and heartbeat functions.

IPv6 addresses can be used in addition to these IPv4 interfaces for connectivity to the application interfaces (web and REST APIs) and devices being managed. IPv4 addresses are only required strictly for the hot standby functions.

If you wish to make use of this feature, please contact your Solution Engineering representative to initiate network planning activities.

XML Interface Deprecated

The XML interface is deprecated and will be phased out in future releases. It is still available in this release, but northbound systems are urged to migrate to the CSV file format for PM data reception.

Manager Module Interoperability

Conflicts will arise if both Manager Module and Skylight orchestrator are configured to manage the same Skylight sensor: control. Skylight orchestrator will effectively take over all management of the performance sessions for the Skylight sensor: control, and leave the Manager Module with un-acquired supervision endpoint.

Using this release to add Manager Modules as managed elements is not recommended.

Manager API

The performance session management calls defined at the /nbapi REST endpoint were introduced in SDV 1.6 to duplicate the calls present in the Skylight Director Manager Module. This endpoint was preserved in a backwards compatible fashion to allow REST API clients of the Manager Module to seamlessly switch to the Skylight orchestrator.

This endpoint is to be considered capped. Any new features pertaining to performance session management will be implemented using the /nbapiemswsweb REST endpoint in future releases.

CLI Additions and Changes

The CLI command set of the appliance monitor interface was enhanced to duplicate the mgr-commands that are present in the SkyLIGHT Director Manager module.

These commands were preserved in a backwards compatible fashion to allow customers familiar with the Manager Module command set to migrate to the Skylight orchestrator.

This command set is to be considered capped; no new features will be developed on the CLI functionality.

Performance Session Feature Activation

Skylight Performance Session functionality requires to be activated via a Feature Key. This key is available at no additional charge. Please contact Accedian TAC to have this key added to your Accedian customer portal profile.

Performance Session Licensing

Skylight Performance sessions are licensed objects. In order to configure such sessions, Skylight orchestrator must be configured to access a License Server. Accedian recommends using Skylight orchestrator License Server release 1.6.0.1 or higher.

Licensing alarms have been added for the following scenarios:

  • License Server connectivity loss
    • Raised when connectivity checks to the SDLS are unsuccessful
  • License about to expire
    • Raised seven days before license expiration
  • License Exceeded condition
    • Raised when more sessions are configured than what is available on the license server


Note: Although the ability to support session licensing using SDLS for session enforcement is available, there is also the option for no session enforcement.

Please refer to the Skylight orchestrator article titled Licensing for instructions on configuring connectivity to a license server.

Browser Support Limitations

The minimum recommended screen resolution to operate Skylight orchestrator is 1360 x 768. Lower resolutions will not provide an optimal experience.

Performing a zoom on your display is not recommended due to incompatible implementations with browsers. If a zoom must be applied, please use a Firefox browser as it has the most standard support for this function.

Due to issues with browser compatibility mode and web sockets, Internet Explorer is no longer supported. Please use Google Chrome (version 70 or higher) or Firefox (version 50 or higher) to access the Skylight orchestrator web interface.

For Windows users, it is also recommended to leave the scale and layout option of the Display settings at a value of 100%.

Restoring Virtual Appliance Configuration Backups

Configuration backups of the virtual appliance (done via the configuration export command) are not portable from release to release. That is to say, a configuration backup from a 1.6 system should not be used to restore a 19.12 system. Unexpected behavior may occur.

Please ensure that configuration backups are restored on systems running the same release from which the backup was taken.

Metrics Collection CSV Filename Timestamp

In Skylight Director Manager Module, the timestamp contained in the filename of the CSV files produced by the CSV generation feature indicates the timestamp of the most recent performance metric contained within the file.

In order to align with the CSV filename convention of all other Accedian products (Skylight sensor: control and Skylight elements), this naming strategy is changed in Skylight orchestrator. The timestamp in the CSV filename represents the time when the file was created.

Please note that in all cases, the timestamps of the metrics themselves (present within the content of the file) represent the time of when the metric was produced. Only the timestamp contained in the CSV filename is impacted by this change.

Vision Collect Streaming Limitations on 6.4.1.2 and 6.4.2

When using release firmware 6.4.1.2 with Vision Collect, a disconnection from Skylight orchestrator may incur data loss. The data retention periods are not respected and data loss can occur after a few seconds of disconnection.

When using firmware release 6.4.2 in Skylight elements in high resolution mode with packet loss greater than 10% of the management network, some reporting periods may be lost. Please ensure a reliable management network is in place.

These issues are corrected in Skylight element firmware releases 6.4.3 and higher.

The First Result Records for a New Session Are Skipped by CSV Export

When the CSV producer detects a new performance session, it marks its data for extract from the first time it views the session. If the CSV producer is configured to run every five (5) minutes, this can mean that the first five minutes of result data for a new session will not be exported.

This is expected behavior; all performance data after this initial detection phase will be captured by the CSV producer.

Number of Acceptable Firmware Loads

Before upgrading or starting app_server on Skylight orchestrator, you must validate the number of acceptable firmware loads based on the specific profile of the system. It must not be higher than the limitations shown below.


Note: When the requirements from the table below are met, the upgrade can be performed and the system will restart. After the system restarts, the partition can be checked. The partition must have at least 1 GB of free space remaining.

Skylight orchestrator Profile Acceptable Firmware Loads
60K profile system 1 sensor: control or 5 performance element loads
30K profile system 2 sensor: control or 10 performance element loads
15K profile system 4 sensor: control or 20 performance element loads
5K profile system 12 sensor: control or 60 performance element loads

vMotion Support Limitations

VMWare’s vMotion feature, technology that enables live migration of a virtual machine from one physical server to another, has certain limitations when used with Skylight orchestrator:

  • vMotion should be configured static; no load balancing
  • MAC preservation
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with Skylight orchestrator HA or standby protection
  • If using VSAN disk shared between many hosts, ensure disk IOPs of Skylight orchestrator will meet the minimum requirement.

Skylight orchestrator 22.07 Lifecycle

This section lists the planned lifecycle dates of this software release. See the table below outlining the following milestones:

Milestone Description Date
General Availability Date where the product is available for general field deployment for both new installations and upgrades. 2022-06-10
End of Security Support Date where security patches will no longer be delivered for this release. Any correctives for security defects required after this date will be delivered using the next major release of the software. Next Major Release
Last Time Buy / Last Time Ship Date where this release can no longer be purchased from Accedian. 2023-06-10
End of Product Support Date where functional patches will no longer be delivered for this release. Any correctives for functional defects required after this date will be delivered using the next major release of the software. 2023-06-10
End of Technical Support Date where technical assistance is no longer available from the Accedian Technical Assistance Center for this release. 2027-06-10

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