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Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) 2504 Auto-install hanging

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    Introduction

    Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) 2504 Auto-install hanging

    Scenario

    When a new 2504 is consoled and powered on, the boot sequence shown starting all the services. When tried to terminate the Auto-install script after pressing the Enter key, nothing happened. Ping to 2504 works fine but http times out.

    Verified the console cable and terminal software (working fine for other devices). Also Tried to perform the factory reset,same behavior.

    It seems the hardware is bad and need replacement.

    Details of Session

    Starting Management Services:
    Web Server: ok
    CLI: ok
    Secure Web: Web Authentication Certificate not found (error). If you cannot access management interface via HTTPS please reconfigure Virtual Interface.
    License Agent: ok

    (Cisco Controller)

    Welcome to the Cisco Wizard Configuration Tool
    Use the '-' character to backup

    Would you like to terminate autoinstall? [yes]:
    AUTO-INSTALL: starting now...
    rc = 0

    Solution

    With the WLC, Please set flow control to none. Once the changes are made, CLI will start working as usual.

    TIP

    The auto install will terminate after a minute or so. After that startup wizard will appear. If it doesn't allow to enter anything in startup wizard, then check above mentioned settings.

    Similar Issue

    Similar issue was reported when using SecureCRT. But, hypertrm works fine.

    Steps to Configure Controller through CLI

    Before you can configure the controller for basic operations, you need to connect it to a PC that uses a VT-100 terminal emulator (such as HyperTerminal, ProComm, Minicom, or Tip). Complete these steps in order to connect the PC to the controller's console port:

    1. Plug the RJ-45 connector on a null-modem serial cable into the controller's console port and the other end of the cable into the PC's serial port.

    2. Start the PC's terminal emulation program.

    3. Configure the terminal emulation program for these parameters:

    • 9600 baud
    • 8 data bits
    • No flow control
    • 1 stop bit
    • No parity

    Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Each port is, by default, an 802.1Q VLAN trunk port. The VLAN trunking characteristics of the port are not configurable.

    An interface is a logical entity on the controller. An interface has multiple parameters associated with it, including IP address, default-gateway (for the IP subnet), primary physical port, secondary physical port, VLAN tag, and DHCP server. Since LAG is not used, each interface is mapped to at least one primary physical port and an optional secondary port. Multiple interfaces can be mapped to a single Wireless Controller port.

    There are multiple types of interfaces on the Wireless Controller, four of which are static types that must be present and are configured at setup time:

    • Management interface (static and configured at setup time; mandatory)
    • AP-manager interface – Not required for the Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller
    • Virtual interface (static and configured at setup time; mandatory)
    • Dynamic interface (user-defined)

    The management interface is the default interface for in-band management of the controller and connectivity to enterprise services such as AAA servers. The management interface is also used for communications between the controller and APs. The management Interface is the only consistently "pingable" in-band interface IP address on the controller. The management interface will act like an AP manager interface by default.

    The dynamic interface with the “Dynamic AP Management” option enabled on it is used as the tunnel source for packets from the controller to the AP, and as the destination for CAPWAP packets from the AP to the controller. The dynamic interfaces for AP manager must have a unique IP address. Typically, this is configured on the same subnet as the management interface, but this is not necessarily a requirement. In the case of the Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller, a single dynamic AP manager can support any number of APs. However, as a best practice, it is suggested to have 4 separate dynamic AP manager interfaces and associate them to the 4 Gigabit interfaces. By default, the management interface acts like an AP-manager interface as well and it is associated to one Gigabit interface. As a result, if you are using the management interface, you need to create only 3 more dynamic AP manager interfaces and associate them to the remaining 3 Gigabit interfaces.

    The virtual interface is used to support mobility management, DHCP relay, and embedded layer 3 security like guest web authentication and VPN termination. The virtual interface must be configured with an unassigned and unused gateway IP address. A typical virtual interface is 1.1.1.1. The virtual interface address is not pingable and should not exist in any routing table in your network.

    Dynamic interfaces are created by users and are designed to be analogous to VLANs for wireless LAN client device. The Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller will support up to 16 dynamic interfaces. Dynamic interfaces must be configured on a unique IP network and VLAN. Each dynamic interface acts as a DHCP relay for wireless clients associated to wireless LANs (WLANs) mapped to the interface. A WLAN associates an SSID to an interface and is configured with security, QoS, radio policies, and other wireless network parameters. There can be up to 16 WLANs configured per controller.

    Note: Link Aggregation (LAG) is not supported on the Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller.

    Configure the Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller Using the Startup Wizard

    (Cisco Controller)
    Welcome to the Cisco Wizard Configuration Tool
    Use the '-' character to backup

    Would you like to terminate autoinstall? [yes]: yes
    AUTO-INSTALL: process terminated -- no configuration loaded
    System Name [Cisco_d9:24:44] (31 characters max): Szabla
    Enter Administrative User Name (24 characters max): cisco
    Enter Administrative Password (3 to 24 characters): ********
    Re-enter Administrative Password                 : ********
    Management Interface IP Address: 10.10.10.20
    Management Interface Netmask: 255.255.255.0
    Management Interface Default Router: 10.10.10.1
    Management Interface VLAN Identifier (0 = untagged): 0
    Management Interface Port Num [1 to 4]: 1
    Management Interface DHCP Server IP Address: 10.10.10.1

    Virtual Gateway IP Address: 1.1.1.1
    Mobility/RF Group Name: Jmobile

    Network Name (SSID): Szabla
    Configure DHCP Bridging Mode [yes][NO]: no
    Allow Static IP Addresses [YES][no]: no

    Configure a RADIUS Server now? [YES][no]: no
    Warning! The default WLAN security policy requires a RADIUS server.
    Please see documentation for more details.

    Enter Country Code list (enter 'help' for a list of countries) [US]: US

    Enable 802.11b Network [YES][no]: yes
    Enable 802.11a Network [YES][no]: yes
    Enable 802.11g Network [YES][no]: yes
    Enable Auto-RF [YES][no]: yes

    Configure a NTP server now? [YES][no]: no
    Configure the system time now? [YES][no]: yes
    Enter the date in MM/DD/YY format: 04/14/11
    Enter the time in HH:MM:SS format: 15:52:20
    Configuration correct? If yes, system will save it and reset. [yes][NO]: yes

    Configuration saved!
    Resetting system with new configuration...
    Restarting system.
    Note: The above configuration is an example. It may differ from one install to another.

    (Cisco Controller) >show sysinfo 
    Manufacturer's Name.............................. Cisco Systems Inc.
    Product Name..................................... Cisco Controller
    Product Version.................................. 7.0.116.0
    Bootloader Version............................... 1.0.11
    Field Recovery Image Version..................... 1.0.0
    Firmware Version................................. PIC 14.0

    Build Type....................................... DATA + WPS

    System Name...................................... Szabla
    System Location.................................. SJC14-Area51
    System Contact................................... TME-admin
    System ObjectID.................................. 1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.1279
    IP Address....................................... 10.10.10.20
    Last Reset....................................... Software reset
    System Up Time................................... 0 days 2 hrs 34 mins 29 secs
    System Timezone Location......................... (GMT -8:00) Pacific Time (US
        and Canada)
    Current Boot License Level....................... base
    Current Boot License Type........................ Default. No valid license
        found.
    Next Boot License Level.......................... base
    Next Boot License Type........................... Default. No valid license
        found.

    Configured Country............................... US - United States
    Operating Environment............................ Commercial (0 to 40 C)
    Internal Temp Alarm Limits....................... 0 to 65 C
    Internal Temperature............................. +33 C
    External Temperature............................. +35 C
    Fan Status....................................... 3168 rpm

    State of 802.11b Network......................... Enabled
    State of 802.11a Network......................... Enabled
    Number of WLANs.................................. 2
    Number of Active Clients......................... 0
    Burned-in MAC Address............................ 00:22:BD:D9:24:E0
    Maximum number of APs supported.................. 50
    (Cisco Controller) >

    Reference

    This document was generated from the following discussion: 2504 Auto-install hanging

    Controller Configuration through CLI

    Comments
    gultekinerdem
    Beginner

    Hello,

    Why my 2504 controller's WLan automatic disabled rarely?

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