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About SBC Release Notes

This page describes new features, new hardware and software requirements, and known limitations for the latest release of Sonus' Session Border Controller SBC 5000 series.

This release addresses the Heartbleed OpenSSL security issue. Sonus recommends all SBC 4.0.x users to upgrade to the 4.0.5R0 or higher version to protect against this issue.

Related Documentation

The SBC 5000 series 04.00.05R000 documentation is located at the following Sonus Networks Wiki space: SBC 5000 Series Documentation.

Problems or Questions

For problems or questions, contact the Sonus Technical Assistance Center (TAC) via telephone, fax, or e-mail:

Worldwide Voice: 1 (978) 614-8589

USA Toll-free: 1 (888) 391-3434

Worldwide Fax: 1 (978) 614-8609

Email: TechnicalPublications@sonusnet.com.

About SBC 5000 Series

The Sonus Session Border Controller platforms: SBC 5100, 5110, 5200, 5210, provide enterprises and service providers with the features, performance, and reliability that they require. This versatile series of SBCs can be deployed as a Peering, Access, or enterprise SBC (e-SBC), and is tested for interoperability and performance against a variety of third party products and call flow configuration in the customer networks.

Interoperability

The SBC 5000 series software inter-operates with the following:

  • SIP/H.323 compliant IADs and IP-PBXs
  • Sonus PSX Policy Server Softswitch via SIP redirects and/or Diameter+ protocol
  • Sonus SBC 9000 through SIP call signaling and Sonus Networks MCS protocol

Compatibility with Sonus Products

This 04.00.05R000 release is compatible with the following Sonus product releases versions:

The minimum compatible release versions are listed.

Supported Device Bundles

PSX

GSX

EMS

DSI

ePSX OVA
V09.01.01R000V09.00.03R000V09.01.01R000V09.00.00R000V09.01.01R000
V09.01.00R000V09.00.02R000V09.01.00R000V08.04.07R000 (Linux) 
 V08.04.08R000 V08.04.02R000 P4 (Solaris) 

Before installing a Replica ePSX on the SBC, accomplish the following:

  • Install/upgrade PSX Master with the correct version.
  • Ensure that PSX Master is runningV09.01.01R000 version.

ePSX (OVA)

FileUsage
ePSX-V09.01.01R000.ova

ePSX installation package on SBC 5000 series.

ePSX installation is not supported on SBC 5100.

The ePSX installation package is not available in the standard SBC package. It is provided separately.

To upgrade from ERE to ePSX, contact Sonus Technical Assistance Center (TAC).

Required Software and Firmware Versions

The following SBC 5000 series software and firmware versions are required for this release:

ComponetsSoftware/FirmwareVersion
SBC 5000 Series PlatformBMC

V02.05.00-R0

BIOS

V02.04.00-R0 (Minimum required: V02.01.02-R0)

CONNEX IP

V02.0.09R000

SBC 5000 Series Application

SonusDB

V04.00.05-R000
(Minimum required: V01.02.00-R000)

SBC Application

sbc-V04.00.05-R000

SBC 04.00.03F001 is deprecated.

Prior SBC 5000 Series Software/Firmware Versions

SBC Release

BMC

BIOS

ConnexIP OS

SonusDB

V02.00.06-R000V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-R000
V02.00.06-R001V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-R001
V02.00.06-R002V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-R002
V02.00.06-F001V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-F001
V02.00.06-F002V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-F002
V02.00.06-F003V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-F003
V02.00.06-F004V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-F004
V02.00.06-F005V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-F005
V02.00.06-F006V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-F006
V02.00.06-F007V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.06-F007
V02.00.07-R000V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.07-R000
V02.00.07-F001V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.07-F001
V02.00.07-F002V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.07-F002
V02.00.07-F003V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.07-F003
V02.00.08-R000V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.08-R000
V02.00.08-F001V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.08-F001
V02.00.08-F002V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.08-F002
V02.00.09-R000V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.09-R000
V02.00.09-F001V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.09-F001
V02.00.10-R000V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.10-R000
V02.00.10-R001V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.10-R001
V02.00.11-R000V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.11-R000
V02.00.12-R000V01.14.00-R000V01.06.03-R000V01.07.05-R000V02.00.12-R000
V03.00.00-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.00-R000V03.00.00-R000
V03.00.01-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.01-R000V03.00.01-R000
V03.00.01-R001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.01-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.01-F001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.01-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.02-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.02-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.02-R001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.02-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.02-F001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.02-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.02-F002V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.02-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.02-F003V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.02-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.02-F004V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.02-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.03-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.03-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.03-R001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.03-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.03-R002V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.04-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.04-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-F001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.05-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-F002V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.05-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-F003V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.05-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-F004V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.05-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-F005V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.05-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-F006V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.05-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.04-F007V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.05-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.05-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.06-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.05-F001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.06-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.06-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.07-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.06-F001V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.07-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.00.07-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V01.08.07-R000V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.00-R000V02.01.07-R000V02.00.00-R000V02.00.00-R007V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.00-R001V02.04.01-R000V02.01.01-R000V02.00.00-R007V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.00-F001V02.04.01-R000V02.01.01-R000V02.00.00-R007V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.01-R000V02.04.01-R000V02.01.02-R000V02.00.00-R007V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.01-R001V02.04.01-R000V02.01.02-R000V02.00.01-R007V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.01-F001V02.04.01-R000V02.01.02-R000V02.00.01-R008V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.01-F002V02.04.01-R000V02.01.02-R000V02.00.01-R008V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.02-R000V02.04.01-R000V02.01.02-R000V02.00.01-R010V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.02-R001V02.04.01-R000V02.01.02-R000V02.00.01-R010V01.02.00-R000
V03.01.02-R002V02.04.01-R000V02.01.02-R000V02.00.01-R011V03.01.02-R002
V03.01.03-R000V02.04.01-R000V02.02.00-R000V02.00.01-R012V03.01.03-R000
V03.01.03-R001V02.04.01-R000V02.02.00-R000V02.00.01-R012V03.01.03-R001
V03.01.04-R000V02.04.01-R000V02.02.00-R000V02.00.01-R013V03.01.04-R000
V03.01.05-R000V02.05.00-R000V02.03.00-R000V02.00.01-R014V03.01.05-R000
V04.00.00-R000V02.04.01-R000V02.02.00-R000V02.00.02-R000V04.00.00-R000
V04.00.01-R000

V02.04.01-R000

V02.02.00-R000

V02.00.03-R000

V04.00.01-R000
V04.00.02-R000V02.05.00-R000V02.04.00-R000V02.00.04-R000V04.00.02-R000
V04.00.03-F002V02.05.00-R000V02.04.00-R000V02.00.06-R000V04.00.01-R000
V04.00.04-R000V02.05.00-R000V02.04.00-R000V02.00.08-R000V04.00.04-R000

How to Verify Currently Installed Software/Firmware Versions

Use Platform Manager to verify the currently installed software and firmware versions.

During an SBC upgrade process, the SonusDB version may not get upgraded and this will not have any functional impact.

Software Bundles

Download the required software bundles from the Customer Portal to your PC:

During the SBC upgrade process, an automatic check is performed to determine if the SonusDB software requires upgrading. Because of this, the SonusDB version may not always increment with an SBC upgrade.

Firmware

  • firmware-bmc5X00_v2.5.0-R0-bios5X00_v2.4.0-R0.tar.gz
  • firmware-bmc5X00_v2.5.0-R0-bios5X00_v2.4.0-R0.tar.gz.md5

Operating System

  • connexip-os_v02.00.09-R000.tar.gz
  • connexip-os_v02.00.09-R000.tar.gz.md5

Application

  • sbc-V04.00.05-R000.x86_64.tar.gz
  • sbc-V04.00.05-R000.x86_64.md5
  • sbc-V04.00.05-R000.x86_64.signature

For detailed information on installation and upgrade procedures, refer to Installing and Commissioning SBC 5000 Series.

Supported SBC 5000 Series Upgrade Paths

The SBC supports upgrading software version from the following releases:

From V02.xx version...
V02.00.04 F001
V02.00.04 R000
V02.00.05 F001
V02.00.05 F003
V02.00.05 F004
V02.00.05 R000
V02.00.06 F001
V02.00.06 F002
V02.00.06 F003
V02.00.06 F004
V02.00.06 F005
V02.00.06 F006
V02.00.06 F007
V02.00.06 R000
V02.00.06 R001
V02.00.06 R002
V02.00.07 F001
V02.00.07 F002
V02.00.07 F003
V02.00.07 R000
V02.00.08 F001
V02.00.08 R000
V02.00.09 F001
V02.00.09 R000
V02.00.10 R000
V02.00.10 R001
V02.00.11 R000
V02.00.12 R000
V02.01.00 S102
From V03.xx version...
V03.00.00 R000
V03.00.01 F001
V03.00.01 R000
V03.00.01 R001
V03.00.02 F001
V03.00.02 F002
V03.00.02 F003
V03.00.02 F004
V03.00.02 R000
V03.00.02 R001
V03.00.03 R000
V03.00.03 R001
V03.00.03 R002
V03.00.04 F001
V03.00.04 F002
V03.00.04 F003
V03.00.04 F004
V03.00.04 F005
V03.00.04 F006
V03.00.04 F007
V03.00.04 R000
V03.00.05 F001
V03.00.05 R000
V03.00.06 F001
V03.00.06 R000
V03.00.07 R000
V03.00.08 R000
V03.01.00 F001
V03.01.00 R000
V03.01.00 R001
V03.01.01 F001
V03.01.01 F002
V03.01.01 R000
V03.01.01 R001
V03.01.02 F001
V03.01.02 F002
V03.01.02 F003
V03.01.02 R000
V03.01.02 R001
V03.01.02 R002
V03.01.03 F001
V03.01.03 F002
V03.01.03 F003
V03.01.03 F004
V03.01.03 F005
V03.01.03 R000
V03.01.03 R001
V03.01.04 F001
V03.01.04 F002
V03.01.04 R000
V03.01.05 F001
V03.01.05 F002

V03.01.05 F003

V03.01.05 F004
V03.01.05 F005
V03.01.05 F006
V03.01.05 R000
V03.01.06 F001

V03.01.06 F002

V03.01.06 R000
From V04.xx version...
V04.00.00 B001
V04.00.00 R000
V04.00.01 R000
V04.00.02 F001
V04.00.02 F002

V04.00.02 F003

V04.00.02 R000
V04.00.03 R000
V04.00.04 F001
V04.00.04 R000

 

New Features

The following features are added in this release:

SBX-23339 Call Pickup using INVITE with REPLACES and Early Dialog

The SBC is enhanced with the following capabilities:

  • Use the Early-Only flag while processing the Replaces header of the INVITE w/ REPLACES message.
  • Allow the Call Pickup feature in Alerting state by allowing the INVITE w/ REPLACES of an early dialog.

The SBC allows INVITE w/ REPLACES messages on the following types of calls:

  • Calls in Established state—in this case, INVITE w/ REPLACES messages are allowed either on ingress call legs or on egress call legs.
  • Calls in Alerting state—in this case, INVITE w/ REPLACES messages are allowed only on egress call legs.
INVITE w/ REPLACES MessageOn Matching An Early DialogOn Matching a Confirmed Dialog
With an Early-Only flagSBC accepts the new INVITE by sending a 200-class response and shuts down the replaced dialog by sending a CANCEL message.SBC rejects the new INVITE by sending a 486 response (Busy Here) and leaves the matched dialog unchanged.
Without an Early-Only flagSBC accepts the new INVITE by sending a 200-class response and shuts down the replaced dialog by sending a CANCEL message.SBC accepts the new INVITE by sending a 200-class response and shuts down the replaced dialog by sending a BYE message.

SBX-3973 Add MaxActiveCalls to SystemCongestionIntervalStatistics

The SBC 5x00 is enhanced to include a new systemCongestionIntervalStatistics statistic, maxActiveCalls, to ascertain the maximum (peak value) active calls within a specified interval on a system wide level.

CLI Changes

Command Syntax

The command syntax to view the values of the Interval table is shown below.

> show table system systemCongestionIntervalStatistics
Command Parameters
ParameterDescription
maxActiveCalls

The current high water mark of the total number of active calls in both inbound and outbound directions on all trunk groups in the system for specified interval. This statistic applies to calls which are setting up, tearing down or stable.

Switch-over scenario:

When a switch-over occurs from SBC-A to SBC-B, the number of stable calls that were transferred from SBC-A to SBC-B equals the initial value of "maxActiveCalls" (immediately after the switch-over). Subsequent values are calculated and recorded accordingly.

Command Examples
> show table system systemCongestionIntervalStatistics
                                        LEVEL               LEVEL               LEVEL               AVG   PEAK            EMERGENCY  EMERGENCY                     AVG   PEAK  MAX
              INTERVAL        LEVEL     MC1TOTAL  LEVEL     MC2TOTAL  LEVEL     MC3TOTAL  OVERLOAD  CALL  CALL  CALL      CALL       CALL       SIP REG   SIP REG  REG   REG   ACTIVE
NUMBER  NAME  VALID     TIME  MC1COUNT  TIME      MC2COUNT  TIME      MC3COUNT  TIME      REJECTS   RATE  RATE  ARRIVALS  ARRIVALS   REJECTS    ARRIVALS  REJECTS  RATE  RATE  CALLS
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

EMA Changes

EMA > System > System Congestion Interval Statistics

SBX-3974 Add PeakCallRate to CallIntervalStatistics

The SBC 5x00 is enhanced to include peakCallRate in callIntervalStatistics table for every trunk group.

CLI Changes

Command Syntax
> show table addressContext <address context name> zone <zone name> callIntervalStatistics 
Command Parameters
ParameterDescription
peakCallRateThe peak call arrival rate on a trunk group level within a specified interval.
Command Examples
> show table addressContext default zone EXTERNAL callIntervalStatistics
                                                                                                                                                                 CALLS
                                                                                                                                                 MAX     CALLS   WITH                                                                                               CALLS
                                                                                                  MAX     CALL                            OUT    ACTIVE  WITH    PKT     TOTAL   MAX             PLAYOUT  PLAYOUT     PLAYOUT  PLAYOUT                              WITH   TOTAL          MAX             MAX     PEAK
                                  INTERVAL        IN     OUT    IN     OUT    IN CALL   OUT CALL  ACTIVE  SETUP  CALL    ROUTING   IN BW  BW     BW      PKT     OUTAGE  PKT     PKT     POD     BUFFER   BUFFER      BUFFER   BUFFER        SIP REG   SIP REG      PSX    PSX    ACTIVE  ACTIVE  ACTIVE  ACTIVE  CALL
NUMBER  NAME                      VALID     TIME  USAGE  USAGE  CALLS  CALLS  ATTEMPTS  ATTEMPTS  CALLS   TIME   SETUPS  ATTEMPTS  USAGE  USAGE  USAGE   OUTAGE  AT END  OUTAGE  OUTAGE  EVENTS  GOOD     ACCEPTABLE  POOR     UNACCEPTABLE  ATTEMPTS  COMPLETIONS  DIPS   DIPS   REGS    REGS    SUBS    SUBS    RATE
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

EMA Changes

EMA > Address Context > Zone > Call Interval Statistics

SBX-4383 Advanced ERE configurable Number of Routes to per Routing Label

With the implementation of this feature, SBC 5000 can support configurable number of routes to return per routing label. A new parameter numRoutesPerCall is added to the routingLabel object.

CLI Changes

The following parameter is introduced to routingLabel object.

  • numRoutesPerCall
Command Syntax
% set global callRouting routingLabel <routingLabel_ID> numRoutesPerCall <int>
Command Parameters
ParameterLength/RangeDefaultDescription
numRoutesPerCall<int>  (10)N/ADefines the maximum number of routes per call.
Command Example
% set global callRouting routingLabel <routing_label_1> numRoutesPerCall 10

Issues Resolved

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