Features and Enhancements
What's New in CA Spectrum 10.3.1
This release includes the following features and enhancements:
About OneClick WebApp
Leverage the new OneClick WebApp with the latest Spectrum 10.3.1 release! OneClick WebApp ensures ease of use with browser access to the OneClick Console and comes without hassles of having to install and update Java with each launch. For more information about setting up OneClick WebApp (Beta) on Windows and Linux, refer to the OneClick WebApp page.
NCM Self Certification
The Network Configuration Manager feature is enhanced to support capturing and managing network configurations for your custom device families by using simple SSH commands. Previously, enabling NCM support for devices did not come with an out of the box NCM support. You can use the SSH commands to capture and upload the configurations for custom devices which are SSH capable. For more information, see the Network Configuration Manager Self Certification section.
Monitoring SD-WAN for Viptela and Versa
This release supports monitoring Viptela and Versa devices through CA VNA integration. This functionality allows you to use SD-WAN solution that is provided by Viptela and Versa. SD-WAN stands for Software Defined Wide Area Networking. It is a combination of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Wide Area Networking (WAN). For more information, see the Monitoring SD-WAN section.
CA Spectrum integration with CA APM (SaaS)
With Spectrum 10.3.1, users can now leverage the new APM SaaS integration! The CA APM (SaaS) integration is available through the CA Digital Experience Insights (DXI) platform. With this integration, users can now, discover models/agents from APM SaaS, and get APM alerts via SaaS DOI. APM and (Digital Operational Intelligence) DOI are part of SaaS enabled DXI. The Spectrum with APM SaaS and DXI platform enabled solution, address key challenges for customers such as managing APM agents in SaaS, discovering APM, inventory/models from SaaS and fetching the APM alerts from SaaS. For more information, see the Support for Spectrum Integration with APM SaaS and DXI page.
CA Remote Engineer Tool Enhancements
CA Remote Engineer is a tool that automates the collection of diagnostic data for installed CA software products. CA Remote Engineer scans the system, collects log or configuration file information packages, and transmits the file to CA Support. This tool helps technicians troubleshoot problems with the system or software. This diagnostics tool simplifies the diagnostics process and ensures business continuity. For more information, see the Use the CA Remote Engineer Tool to Collect Troubleshooting Data for CA Spectrum section.
Discover Connections Only toward Access Points
When the Access Point Discovery is run, in Spectrum 10.3, the WLC Manager discovers connections on all the subnet switches corresponding to the access points (APs). With this release, the WLC Manager includes an option to discover connections only toward the access points (APs) from their right upstream switches, which skip creation of other neighbor connections for subnet switches. This feature uses mac address (SAT Table) or IP address (CDP Table) of the Access Point to discover connection toward its upstream switch. For instructions, see the WLC Manager page.
Support for Dynamic VPN (DMVPN)
DMVPN (Dynamic Multipoint VPN) is a routing technique that is used to build a VPN network with multiple sites without having to statically configure all devices. It is a “hub and spoke” network where the spokes communicate with each other directly without having to go through the hub. Encryption is supported through IPsec for connecting different sites using regular internet connections. DMVPN is an alternative solution to private networks like MPLS VPN. For more information about the topology and alarms, refer to the page on Support for Dynamic VPN (DMVPN).
Starting from CA Spectrum 10.3.1 release, The Spectrum OneClick page allows you to download and install the SpectrumDataPublisher JAR file. The Spectrum Data Publisher version should be same as the version of CA Spectrum. For installation/upgrade instructions, see the Installation or Upgrade Spectrum Data Publisher section.
CA Spectrum-CA UIM Integration Enhancements
Migrating Multiple DataCenters across Landscapes Via REST API
Previously, as a user, you could only migrate one Datacenter a time from one landscape to another using the OneClick console. Each time the user migrated the Datacenter, triggering the discover connection caused a delay in completing the migration. To address this challenge, Spectrum 10.3.1 introduces, a new feature under the Spectrum-UIM integration, to migrate multiple Datacenters at a time from an existing landscape to a new landscape. To achieve this execute a post request through a REST call with the required information payload. This new approach triggers discover connections only once during the migration of multiple Datacenters. For more information, see the Migrating Multiple Data Centers across Landscapes Via REST API section in the Distribution of Virtual Center (VC) Across Landscapes page.
Autoinstall Spectrum DSS
With the previous release, Spectrum Dockerization meant large numbers of resources, increased time because of manually defining and installing Spectrum Docker components and if not subsequently used, it resulted in storage wastage. Spectrum 10.3.1, introduces autoinstallation of distributed SpectroSERVER, reducing time and storage. For detailed steps on installation, refer to the Autoinstall Spectrum DSS page.
Filtering UIM VMware entities
The spectrumgtw release 8.67 offers support for filtering UIM VMware entities to be synchronized in Spectrum using a UIM Group. For more information, refer to the VM Entities Filtering on Group Name section under the 'How to Integrate CA Spectrum and CA UIM for Virtualization Management' section.
Out of the Box Reports
The 'Out of the Box Reports' available for users in this release are, the Service Availability by Service Name Report and the Service Inventory Report. For more information about these reports, refer to the section on Available Out of the Box Reports and Domains.
Spectrum 10.3.1 introduces support for a Secure Domain option in the SNMPv3 profile creation dialog. This feature ensures privacy and security by restricting v3 profile to the particular SDC specified in secure Domain option and preventing users from viewing device profiles belonging to other users. Users have to specify the IP address and configure the secure domain for their devices. For more information about the enhanced support for SNMPv3 Profile, refer to the SNMPv3 Profiles Dialog page.
Monitoring Profile Enhancements
This release introduces enhancements to support the Monitoring Profile features that are present in the previous release. These enhancements include the MIB Description, Dynamic Alarm Titles, Event Text, Event Procedures, Support for all MIBs and Custom Alert Maps. For more information, refer to the Fetch MIBs Information of a Device Using a Script page.
Improve Spectrum Fanout Performance
With Spectrum 10.3.1, the Fanout performance has been improved by propagating the 'Are_You_Down' action to only SNMP capable neighbors of Fanout. For more information about how to set the parameter attribute refer to the Fault Isolation page.
Allowing a single poll from Spectrum OneClick for a device in maintenance
The poll result of a device in maintenance, if pinged manually only has a 'successful' or a 'unsuccessful' message with no description. Generally users execute a poll before resetting the device to 'normal'. With the latest release of Spectrum 10.3.1 this scenario is addressed with an enhancement that displays the actual status of a device in poll results to help users with descriptive result status. For more information, refer to the Suppress Events and Alarms for Devices in Maintenance or Hibernation page.
Schedule Discover Jobs for WLC AP discovery and VHM
Users can now set the 'Enable Schedule Discovery' feature to 'Yes' to enable scheduling of discovery jobs, then set the 'Schedule Discovery Timer' (in hours) to the time they want, for queuing up all the discovery jobs. For more information about the settings of this feature, refer to the Schedule Discover Jobs for WLC Manager for the WLC AP discovery and the Schedule Discovery page for VHM Vmware.
The Modeling Options window is enhanced with a new option called Reconfigure Interfaces. This feature helps determining whether the Discovery/Schedule Discovery reconfigure the interfaces of the devices which are already modeled in the network for the given IP range. Select this check box to reconfigure the interfaces of the existing devices with the discovery of new devices. For more information about Modeling Options window, see the Define the Modeling Options section.
NCM Capture Enhancements: Capture Huge Configurations
Starting from CA Spectrum 10.3.1 release, you can capture huge configuration files using the capture functionality of the Network Configuration Manager by configuring 'thread-timeout-value' settings. To capture large configuration files, increase the thread-timeout-value. For instructions, see the Capture Huge Configurations section in the Network Configuration Manager Extension Utility page.
Third party Software Updates
- CAPKI 5.2.5
- Struts 2.3.36
- Apache httpd 2.4.35
- JRE 8.192
- WebSwing 2.5.5
- Cygwin 2.11.2
- Tomcat 9.0.8
- RHEL 7 Container - 7.4
- MYSQL backup - 4.1.2
- JSON - 00002090_12
Device Certification Updates
Select here to see the full list of devices that are certified in CA Spectrum 10.3.1.