The release notes cover the following topics:

Product Description

VMware Smart Assurance Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is:

  • An automated compliance, change and configuration management solution that delivers industry-recognized best practices.
  • A collaborative network infrastructure design that controls change processes, provides network device and service configuration transparency, and ensures compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements — to enable you to ensure the security, availability, and operational efficiency of your network.
  • An automated support for all facets of the network infrastructure lifecycle, seamlessly integrating critical design, change, and compliance management requirements.

What's New in this Release

Smart Assurance Network Configuration Manager 10.1.4 introduces the following enhancements:

  • "Speed" and "Mode" details of Interfaces

    Added "Speed" and “Mode” columns in NCM GUI and enhanced getDeviceinterfaces() API to pull speed and mode attributes of interfaces. Please note, DSr code is used to get the "Speed" and "Mode" values of Interfaces and if DSr code gets these values from the devices then only these values will be available in NCM GUI and API. In this release "Speed" and "Mode" values are validated with "Cisco IOS Switch" using CLI mechanism.

  • Association of VLANs and Interfaces

    Enhanced association of VLANs and interfaces in NCM GUI and added getDeviceVlans() API to pull the association details. DSr code is used to get the association details of interface and VLANs that is, if DSr code gets VLANs and associated interfaces then only these will be available in NCM GUI and API. In this release association of VLANs and interfaces is validated with "Cisco IOS Switch" using CLI mechanism.

  • Support for Key exchange algorithms enabled in OpenSSH 8.3

    Added support for the following Key exchange algorithms which are enabled in OpenSSH 8.3:

    1. curve25519-sha256
    3. ecdh-sha2-nistp256
    4. ecdh-sha2-nistp384
    5. ecdh-sha2-nistp521
  • NCM application to run with minimal privileges

    Enabled NCM application to run with minimal privileges and account permissions. 

  • Support for export and import of compliance policies and standards

    Added support for export and import of compliance policies and standards from one NCM server to another NCM server in NCM GUI. Imported Policy is disabled by default in the destination server and it's recommended to validate the area of enforcement, notifications, and Standards before enabling the policy. While importing the Standard in the destination server, the user must ensure to add all the device classes added in the source Standard. Also, after importing the standard it's recommended to validate the tests and filters configured for the standard.                    

For Security vulnerabilities addressed in NCM, see Network Configuration Manager Security Update for Multiple Vulnerabilities, and security enhancements section in NCM Security Configuration Guide.

Third-party software component upgrades:

Following third-party software components are upgraded in Smart Assurance Network Configuration Manager 10.1.4 :

  • Postgress is upgraded to 13.1.
  • Spring-framework is upgraded to 5.3.1.
  • Spring-Security is upgraded to 5.4.1.
  • BouncyCastle is upgraded to 1.68.
  • Jackson-databind is upgraded to 2.11.4.

For Open Source License(OSL) file open_source_licenses.txt, navigate to <VOYENCE_HOME>/osl directory.

Platform Support

The VMware Smart Assurance Network Configure Manager Support Matrix available from the VMware Support website provides the latest platform and interoperability information. For detailed information about platform support and interoperability, refer support matrix for your release.

Note: In NCM 10.1.4 release, some of the document(s) do not require modification. The older version document(s) are released as it is.    

Resolved Issues

  • VSAC-379

    Syslog messages are not captured in RHEL 8 Server.

  • SMARTA-1178 / SR 21196483202​

    Cross-Site Scripting (reflected) reported in Setup Manager.

  • SMARTA-1185

    NCM documentation needs update stating that UI upgrade is not supported.

  • SMARTA-1183

    NCM UI Version in Windows installer properties does not match with NCM version.

Known Issues

  • SA1-824/[ER-979]

    NCM 10.1.0 application launch is breaking on Google Chrome.

    Chrome has deprecated the NPAPI support which causes Java plugins to be disabled.
    If you have problems accessing Java applications using Chrome, Oracle recommends using Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari instead. 

    Users that need to run Web Start application may launch that application through a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Pale Moon.

    The link, https://<ipaddress>:8880/voyence/powerup.jnlp, provides a .jnlp file download you can use to enable the launch of the NCM application.

  • VSAC-531 

    After upgrading from 10.1.3 to 10.1.4 on RHEL8, vcmaster service status command displays failed message for ncm-as service. 

    Workaround: There is no functionality impact and workaround is to restart the vcmaster service.

  • SMAR-1855

    User is not able to launch NCM MSA on the Firefox version 58 or later.

    Use the older version of Firefox (version older than 58), or use Internet Explorer to launch the NCM MSA.

  • VSACAPRI-919

    NCM MSA login screen should have a standard login screen with VMware logo.

    No workaround.

  • VSACAPRI-833

    MSA login page display Grails as the logo, instead of VMWare Network Configuration manager.

    No workaround.

  • VSACAPRI-945

    Device Server health check log has some warnings.

    No workaround.

  • VSACAPRI-950

    When UI is launched with the new UI Linux client, Schedule Manager sorting is not happening properly and device properties are not seen.

    Workaround: User can use filters to check the details of required job.

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