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    Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi, I am struggling with the setup of the WLC 9800 on a Catalyst 9300 Switch. I would like to configure it from DNA Center but I think DNA Center is not aware that I have one.

    Here is the output from my switch

     

    Next reload AIR license Level: AIR DNA Advantage

    Active PKG Information:
    State (St): C - Committed, U - Uncommitted
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Type Package_Type Version St Filename
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    PKG C9800-Wirele 16.11.1c. C C9800-SW-iosxe-wlc.16.11.01c.SPA.bin
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     

    Can anyone share a link to a document how to set up a wireless network for a site?

     

    thanks

    Alex

     

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi

    If you are only looking for wireless deployment guide than it is available @
    https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/technotes/8-5/b_SD_Access_Wireless_Deployment_Guide.html

    If you are looking for basic information on 9800 then it is available @ https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/9800/config-guide/b_wl_16_10_cg/wireless-sub-package.html

    Deployment almost similar for both case. If you have any specific question or need help with some problem than let us know.

    Thanks
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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi Parthiv, 

    thanks for sharing the guide, I guess this will help to configure the wireless network. 

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi Parthiv,

    somehow it doesn't work. I've added the WLC function to the Border as Nathan suggested. Then I was following the SD Access CVD Guide to set up the wireless portion. 

    When I configure it in the fabric the deployment stops with this error

    Provisioning failed for border
    NCWL10100: WlanController is not found for the device border with Id d3fbed38-fa03-4a74-aa89-d72ea6037fad

    I have opened a TAC case, hope this will be fixed today. 

    thanks

    Alex

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Make sure that when you're discovering the 9300 that the Netconf option (on the default port 830) is enabled. Once discovery with netconf is successful, you'll see the option to enable embedded wireless on the 9300 in the fabric infrastructure page.

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi Nathan, 

    I managed to to enable the wireless controller. I did earlier a re discovery of the node but didn't now how to enable it. 

    In the infrastructure fabric my border shows as C|B|W

     

    I guess it means I am good to configure my wireless network now. 

     

    thanks

    Alex

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Any idea, why my access point doesn't get registered to the controller? Do I need different software than the one installed on it?

    Here the output from show cdp neighbour from the switch

    Device ID: APDC8C.37A3.8B36
    Entry address(es):
    IP address: 10.38.128.128
    Platform: cisco AIR-AP2802I-E-K9, Capabilities: Router Trans-Bridge
    Interface: GigabitEthernet1/0/2, Port ID (outgoing port): GigabitEthernet0
    Holdtime : 164 sec

    Version :
    Cisco AP Software, ap3g3-k9w8 Version: 8.3.143.0
    Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
    Copyright (c) 2014-2015 by Cisco Systems, Inc.

    advertisement version: 2
    Power drawn: 26.100 Watts
    Power request id: 3220, Power management id: 2
    Power request levels are:26100 15400 0 0 0
    Management address(es):
    IP address: 10.38.128.128

     

    The SD WAN compatibility matrix suggests AireOS or IOS XE, which one should I use?

     

    thanks

    Alex

     

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Any idea, why my access point doesn't get registered to the controller? Do I need different software than the one installed on it?

    Here the output from show cdp neighbour from the switch

    Device ID: APDC8C.37A3.8B36
    Entry address(es):
    IP address: 10.38.128.128
    Platform: cisco AIR-AP2802I-E-K9, Capabilities: Router Trans-Bridge
    Interface: GigabitEthernet1/0/2, Port ID (outgoing port): GigabitEthernet0
    Holdtime : 164 sec

    Version :
    Cisco AP Software, ap3g3-k9w8 Version: 8.3.143.0
    Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
    Copyright (c) 2014-2015 by Cisco Systems, Inc.

    advertisement version: 2
    Power drawn: 26.100 Watts
    Power request id: 3220, Power management id: 2
    Power request levels are:26100 15400 0 0 0
    Management address(es):
    IP address: 10.38.128.128

     

    The SD WAN compatibility matrix suggests AireOS or IOS XE, which one should I use?

     

    thanks

    Alex

     

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Verify that your DHCP server for the APs has option 43 defined pointing to the ip address of the C9300 that is hosting the eWLC.  Once it joins the eWLC that APs will update the firmware to match the eWLC version.

     

    Regards

     

    T.

    .:|:.:|:. Tomas de Leon | Cisco Systems | Technical Leader - CX Enterprise Networking | tdeleon@cisco.com
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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi Tomas, thanks for the advise. I've added option 43 to the scope and rebooted the AP. Now I am waiting. I thought this is somehow done by a macro on the switch.

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi Tomas, thanks for the advise. I've added option 43 to the scope and rebooted the AP. Now I am waiting. I thought this is somehow done by a macro on the switch.

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    am still waiting for the AP to register...

    I think my controller isn't good yet. I have a red exclamation mark next to my border and it has one critical alert. In the more details it shows that the fabric role isn't good. 

    these are the messages

    PETR config in external border
    proxy-etr configured under global ip service
    Lisp Process On device
    Found Lisp Process on Device
    Please do the following
    Please add a control plane to the fabric domain
    Border with L3 handoff
    found map-cache site-registration
     
    I have the control plane assigned to the border, that's very odd. 
     
    then I got 3 Information Alerts.When expanding those i have a red exclamation mark for connectivity checks 
    PingMapServer-172.16.38.100 failed
    ping to 172.16.38.100 unsuccessful, success rate 0
     
    Also very strange because I can run an inventory collection on the device. 
     
    and the Software License has also a red exclamation mark.
    Failure Reason
    No valid license on device
     
    very strange
     
    thanks for any suggestions to get this solved
     
    Alex
     
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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi Alex,

    This is probably going to require some checking of your setup. Might take too long to resolve over one-message-a-day forum posts.

    If this is urgent please raise a TAC case.

    Other option might be to delete the 9300 from fabric and inventory, then rediscover and re-provision.

    Otherwise PM me your email address and perhaps we can do a WebEx next week.

    Jerome

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    Re: Getting started with an embedded WLC 9800 in DNA Center

    Hi Jerome, 

    the software on the Catalyst is Cisco IOS XE Software, Version 16.11.01c

    the 9800 Controller software is PKG C9800-Wirele 16.11.1c. C C9800-SW-iosxe-wlc.16.11.01c.SPA.bin

    I did install the software manually, I copied to the device and activated from the cli, maybe this causes the troubles. 

    I opened a TAC case, we scheduled a Webex for this evening in my CET timezone. 

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