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Platform and Software Compatibility

 

The NorthStar Controller 5.1.0 release is qualified to work with Junos OS Release 18.3R2.4. We recommend contacting JTAC for information about the compatibility of other Junos OS releases. Table 1 lists feature-specific Junos OS requirements.

Table 1: Feature-Specific Junos OS Requirements

NorthStar Feature

Junos OS Release

Analytics

15.1F6

Segment Routing (SPRING), MD5 authentication for PCEP, P2MP, Admin groups

17.2R1

PCEP-Provisioned P2MP Groups

18.3R2

PCEP-Provisioned P2MP Groups with MVPN (S,G) Service Mapping via Flowspec

19.4R1

EPE

19.2R1.8

Bandwidth sizing and container LSPs for SR-TE LSPs

19.2R1.2

Note

The Path Computation Element Protocol (PCEP) configuration on the PCC routers does not persist across upgrades when the SDN package is not part of the installation binary. Before upgrading the Junos OS image to this release, save the existing configuration to a file by using the save command. After you upgrade the Junos OS image on each PCC router, use the load override command to restore the PCEP configuration.

The NorthStar Controller is supported on the following Juniper platforms: M Series, T Series, MX Series, PTX Series, and QFX10008. As of Junos OS Release 17.4R1, NorthStar Controller is also supported on QFX5110, QFX5100, and QFX5200. Please contact JTAC for more information.

Junos OS supports Internet draft draft-crabbe-pce-pce-initiated-lsp-03 for the stateful PCE-initiated LSP implementation (M Series, MX Series, PTX Series, T Series, and QFX Series).

The following sections provide information that will help guide you in determining which installation instructions you will need based on how you intend to install NorthStar, and how many servers you will need, based on the deployment scenario you choose:

Installation Options

There are three NorthStar Controller installation options for use with Junos VM as summarized in Figure 1.

Figure 1: NorthStar/Junos VM Installation Options
NorthStar/Junos VM Installation
Options

You can also install NorthStar Controller using cRPD as summarized in Figure 2.

Figure 2: NorthStar/cRPD Installation
NorthStar/cRPD Installation

For installation procedures, see:

Deployment Scenarios

Table 2 lists the supported deployment configurations by NorthStar 4.x release.

Table 2: Supported NorthStar Deployment Configurations by 4.x Release

Deployment

Configuration

Features Available

NorthStar Release 4.0.0

Features Available

NorthStar Release 4.1.0

Features Available

NorthStar Release 4.2.x, 4.3.0

Description:

  • NorthStar application (no Analytics, no HA)

Number of Servers:

  • NorthStar: 1

  • Total: 1

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • Device collection

Description:

  • NorthStar application and Analytics, both installed in a single server

  • One or more optional secondary collector servers

Number of Servers:

  • NorthStar + Analytics: 1

  • Total: 1

  • Total with optional secondary collector servers: 2 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application and Analytics, each installed in a separate server

  • One or more optional secondary collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: 1

  • Analytics: 1

  • Total: 2

  • Total with optional secondary collector servers: 3 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 3 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA and separate, single Analytics server

  • One or more optional secondary collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Analytics: 1

  • Total: 4 or more

  • Total with optional secondary collector servers: 5 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

Description:

  • Single NorthStar application server and Analytics HA

  • One or more optional secondary collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: 1

  • Analytics: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 4 or more

  • Total with optional secondary collector servers: 5 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA and separate Analytics HA

  • One or more optional secondary collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Analytics: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 6 or more

  • Total with optional secondary collector servers: 7 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA sharing servers with Analytics HA.

  • One or more optional secondary collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar + Analytics: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 3 or more

  • Total with optional secondary collector servers: 4 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional secondary collectors are installed)