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Feature Friday: Release 6.2 Edition

  • 1.  Feature Friday: Release 6.2 Edition

    Posted 12-01-2023 16:21
    Edited by Justin 12-08-2023 10:00

    Hello Everyone!

    I hope you are all doing well! I had a busy November, but it was all good. In fact, last week was Thanksgiving in the States. Thanksgiving is a great holiday because it is a chance to get together with your family and share what you are thankful for. We also eat a lot of food on Thanksgiving, but I don't need to get into that here. (It's definitely time to start my diet 😅)

    There are many things I am thankful for including my health, my family, friends, you, (food obviously), etc. But another thing I am thankful for is that the Session Smart Router had a software release on November 16. 6.2 is out! So for this Feature Friday it looks like we are going to have another Release Edition. Let's look at some of the cool features that came out with 6.2.

    6.2 Release Notes

    IPv6 Support for BGP: The SSR now supports BGP using IPv6 addressing. IPv6 can be used alone, combined with IPv4, or IPv4 can continue to be used without IPv6. For more information, see IPv6 Addressing.

    SNMPv3: I've heard this request a bunch. Support for SNMPv3 has been added. For configuration details, see SNPMv3 Basic Configuration.

    Static NAT: Static NAT address mapping is supported by the SSR. For supporting information about this feature, see Static NAT.

    VRF Route Leaking: VRF Route Leaking allows the intentional sharing of route information across VRF instances. For a more detailed explanation and configuration information please refer to VRF Route Leaking.

    Local Configuration Override: Administrators can now make configuration changes to a local router without access to the conductor, and prevent the conductor from overriding those changes. For more information about using this feature, see Local Configuration Override.

    Support for Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP), and the SSR as a Rendezvous Point (RP): MSDP support has been added, allowing the RP's to share active Multicast Sources. For detailed configuration information, see Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP).

    Tenancy consideration in Application ID lookup: Application Identification service lookups now consider the source tenant. This allows matches to be specific to certain networks/users. See  AppID and Tenancy  for more information.

    There are a lot of other cool things included in the 6.2 release, so definitely check out the release notes and see if there is anything that can help your network. 

    As a reminder, before upgrading please review the Upgrade Considerations and the Rolling Back Software pages to make sure upgrading is appropriate for you. 

    Ok, now I would like to hear from you:

    • Have you already used any of these features?
    • Which features are you most excited about from the new 6.2 Release?
    • What are some features you are still waiting to see?
    • What are you thankful for?

    Alright, I hope you have a great start of your December and I will talk to you soon!

    #FeatureFridays #SSR #SessionSmartRouter #BGP #SNMPv3 #SNMP #NAT #VRFs #MultiCast

    Justin Melloni