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The present article shows how the NFM (Network Function Manager) portal simplifies the operations of maintaining the Cisco BroadWorks servers by automatically downloading software and performing most patching management operations including creating custom patch bundle (PB).
The NFM portal is the preferred solution for Cisco BroadWorks operators to manage patches and software. Considering that the Xchange portal will be eventually decommissioned, it is strongly advised to leverage and understand these functionalities in order to fully optimize maintenance operations.
The Network Function Manager also supports the following operations:
Applying and removing patches
Automatically/manually updating SWManager
Creating patching report
High Level Architecture
Main Key Components
The operators typically performs most of the operations through the admin portal available from the NFM FrontEnd. It is typically deployed on /nfmPortal/ and therefore available via http(s)://<NFM_IP_or_FQDN>/nfmPortal/.
Software Distribution Center
This is the source repository where all patches and other components are downloaded from. The repository is using Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) and resides on Cisco. The transfers are fully automated as configured with the NFM scheduling.
NFM_CLI/Applications/SoftwareManagement/SoftwareDistributionCenter> validate Validating Software Distribution Center configuration... successful. NFM_CLI/Applications/SoftwareManagement/SoftwareDistributionCenter>
This is where the downloaded patches and other software components are stored locally, i.e. customer's environment.