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Cisco IPICS Server Quick Start Reference Card, Release 2.1(1)

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Table Of Contents

Cisco IPICS Server

About the Cisco IPICS Server

Enhanced Server Features

Security Features

Browser Guidelines

Using the Administration Console

Administration Console Items

For More Information


Quick Start

Cisco IPICS Server


About the Cisco IPICS Server

Cisco IPICS interconnects voice channels and virtual talk groups (VTGs). To use the server, you must first upload and install one or more licenses. The licenses that you purchase are based on the following licensable features:

Concurrent number of LMR ports

Concurrent number of multicast VTG ports

Concurrent number of PMC users

Concurrent number of IP phone users

Concurrent number of dial users

Total number of ops views


Note:   To enable the Cisco IPICS policy engine, you must install a license that includes the policy engine feature.


Enhanced Server Features

The Cisco IPICS server includes the following features:

Updated Cisco standardized graphical user interface (GUI)

Support for additional behavioral attributes on users, channels, and VTGs

Enhanced serviceability

Direct 2-way and direct dial features that provide support for point-to-point connectivity

Hardware support for new and additional Cisco MCS servers

Tone-controlled radio functionality

Configuration for user radio permissions

Support for radio and tone descriptor file configuration

Security Features

The server implementation includes many security enhancements, which include:

Cisco IPICS now supports password encryption when you perform a remote host backup operation.

For additional security, this release now accepts the establishment of only Secure Shell (SSH) version 2.

Browser Guidelines

Be aware of the following browser guidelines when you use the Administration Console:

Cisco IPICS only supports Internet Explorer version 6.0.2.

To view updated information, refresh the Administration Console windows often by clicking the button or tab that you used to display the window.

Disable any browser pop-up blocker software that is installed on your machine before using Cisco IPICS.

Open only one browser session at a time on the same machine for Administration Console functions.

To avoid browser-related memory issues, exit your browser and then restart it after prolonged use of the Administration Console.

Using the Administration Console

Follow these steps to log in to the Administration Console:

1. Launch your browser and enter the IP address or host name of the Cisco IPICS server in the Address field.

2. Enter your user name and password.

3. Click Log In.

The Cisco IPICS Administration Console displays with the My Profile window showing information that relates to your user ID. Drawers display along the left side of the graphical user interface (GUI) and tabs display along the top of the GUI to access additional features.

To view information about your Cisco IPICS installation, click the About link in the Administration Console.

To access online help, click the Help link in the Administration Console.

To log out of Cisco IPICS, click the Logout link that displays in the Administration Console.

The Administration Console times out after 30 minutes of non use. When a timeout occurs, you are prompted to log back in.

Administration Console Items

The Administration Console contains several information drawers and tabs.


Note:   An asterisk (*) next to an input field that displays in any of the drawers indicates required information.


The following list describes the tabs and drawers that you can access, depending on your user roles:

Server Tab—The server tab contains the following drawers:

Home—Includes windows that users access to manage personal data and to download the PMC

VTG Management—Includes windows that the dispatcher uses to manage VTGs and events

User Management—Includes windows that are used by the operator to manage users and user groups

Configuration—Includes windows that the system administrator uses to configure various components, such as channels, descriptors, ops views, and RMS components

Administration—Includes windows that administrators use to manage functions, such as license and database management

PMC Management—Includes windows that the system administrator uses to manage PMC customizations

Serviceability—Includes windows that the system administrator uses to monitor system status

Policy Engine Tab—Contains the following drawers:


Note:   The Policy Engine tab can be accessed by any user but the functions that can be performed depend on your user role.


Policy Management—Includes windows that enables the telephony dial functionality, and provides users with the capability to manage and execute policies and notifications

Dial Engine—Includes windows that users use to manage standard/custom scripts and prompts that enable the telephony user interface (TUI) interaction with incoming and outgoing calls and audio instructions to users


Note:   Refer to the Cisco IPICS Server Administration Guide, Release 2.1(1) for more detailed information about Cisco IPICS.


For More Information

For detailed information about the Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (Cisco IPICS) server, refer to the Cisco IPICS Server Administration Guide, Release 2.1(1).

Refer to the following URL for the complete Cisco IPICS documentation set: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/
ps7026/tsd_products_support_series_home.html