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Deployment Rules for TCX1000 Management Communications


When deploying TCX1000 devices, there are rules and management communication considerations that you need to consider before you deploy the devices in your optical network.

This topic summarizes the deployment rules for TCX1000 management communications and the proNX Optical Director.

Summary of Deployment Rules for the proNX Optical Director

The servers running the proNX Optical Director must be enterprise class servers, and the server cluster must be installed in an HA data center that has redundant systems and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

When deploying your optical network, you must use the following rules for the proNX Optical Director:

  1. Servers in the proNX Optical Director server cluster must reside in the same subnet.

  2. All servers in the proNX Optical Director server cluster must redundant high-availability connectivity to your HA network.

  3. Your DCN HA network must support HA connectivity between the proNX Optical Director servers and TCX1000 devices (TCX1000-RDM20 or TCX1000-ILA).

This guide does not describe the requirements for proNX Optical Director and its servers in detail. Refer to the proNX Optical Director Documentation for complete details.

Summary of Deployment Rules for TCX1000-RDM20 and TCX1000-ILA

Here are the hard rules to follow when deploying TCX1000 devices in your optical network:

  1. Each TCX1000-RDM20 and TCX1000-ILA must have redundant paths for management communications with the proNX Optical Director. See, Rule 1: Before Deploying Identify Redundant Paths for Management Communications to Each TCX1000 Device.

  2. Keep Layer 2 and Layer 3 management networks together and segregated from other L2/L3 IP subnets. See, Rule 2: Keep Layer 2 and Layer 3 Management Networks Together and Segregated From Other L2/L3 IP Subnets.

  3. You must determine whether a TCX1000-RDM20 needs to have OSC forwarding enabled on it and configure the feature before you deploy the TCX1000-RDM20. See, Rule 3: Configure OSC Forwarding on TCX1000-RDM20 Before Deploying.

  4. Configure IP set up before deploying TCX1000 devices. See, Rule 4: Configure IP Management Before Deploying TCX1000 Devices.

  5. Switches that connect to the TCX Series devices to your DCN HA must participate in RSTP to prevent Layer 2 network loops and must be compatible with the IEEE 802.1w RTSP protocol. Both the TCX1000-RDM20 and TCX1000-ILA are compatible with the protocol. See, Rule 5: RSTP Deployment Rules for TCX1000 Devices.