Cisco Voice Services Provisioning Tool User's Guide, 1.6
Provisioning the Billing and Measurements Server
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Provisioning the Billing and Measurements Server

Table Of Contents

Provisioning the Billing and Measurements Server

Starting a BAMS Provisioning Session

BAMS Provisioning

Provisioning General Information

Provisioning Zones

Provisioning Trunk Group Information

Provisioning Measurements


Provisioning the Billing and Measurements Server


The Cisco Billing and Measurements Server (BAMS) provides enhanced billing and measurement functions corresponding to those found in a traditional Class 4 tandem switch. The BAMS server collects, formats, and stores billing and measurement data from the Cisco MGC. The data can then be processed by a billing system and other measurement collection and reporting systems. BAMS runs on a standalone server designed to interface with the Cisco  MGC.

.Figure 4-1 provides an overview of the BAMS components.

Figure 4-1 BAMS Overview

The VSPT helps you create, copy, modify, and deploy a configuration for the BAM server. The BAMS provisioning session can exist as a standalone provisioning application using MML commands.

The VSPT performs the following tasks when you are configuring BAMS:

Generates an MML batch file either from scratch or based on a preexisting configuration

Imports and exports configuration information from and to a host

Deploys the current configuration to a host

Supports incremental deployment

Displays the current MML batch file

Imports the TrunkGroup file from the Cisco MGC host to keep trunk group information synchronized

Performs an integrity check to ensure that the current configuration check is valid

The steps necessary to provision a BAMS are:

General provisioning

Define country codes

Define map types

Define tollfree prefixes

Zone provisioning

Create zones in the Zone_Information table for separate rating zones

Assign NPA-NXX prefixes to appropriate zones

For each from/to zone pair, define the appropriate rating type for that zone pair

Define rating exceptions in the rate-exception table

Trunk group provisioning

Configure trunk groups that map to trunk groups on the MGC. These trunk groups define the default originating and terminating NPAs and the number of circuits in a trunk group.

Define a SigPath table for a dial configuration, because dial configurations have no trunk groups, routing files, or dial plans. Map SigpathID/bearer channelnumbers to trunk group number/member numbers.

Measurements provisioning—Configure threshold alarms by means of the Threshold Crossing Alarms table (TCA-TBL).


Note VSPT Release 1.6 currently supports BAMS Phase 2 only. See the currentVSPT release notes for further information about future support for BAMS Phase 3.


Starting a BAMS Provisioning Session

Use the following procedure to provision a BAMS:


Step 1 Start and log in to the VSPT. The main VSPT window is displayed.

Step 2 Click File > Open on the main VSPT menu bar, to open an existing configuration, and go to Step5. If you want to start a new configuration, go to the next step. For more information, see the "Starting a New Provisioning Session" section.

Step 3 Click Tools > BAMS Config. The screen shown in Figure 4-2 appears.

Figure 4-2 BAMS Configuration Screen

Step 4 Click File > New.

Step 5 Enter a name for the provisioning session you are creating. For more information on BAMS naming restrictions, refer to the Cisco Media Gateway Controller Software Release 7 Provisioning Guide. Click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-3 appears.

Figure 4-3 New Configuration Wizard

Step 6 If you want to import an existing configuration from a BAMS, click the Import from BAMS radio button. Enter the host name, login, password, and the configuration you want to import. If you do not know the name of the configuration, click Select, highlight the configuration you want in the list that is displayed, and click OK.

If you want to manually configure the BAMS, select the Perform manual configuration radio button, and click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-4 appears.

Figure 4-4 BAMS Configuration

Step 7 Enter the BAMS IP address in the BAMS hostname field.

Step 8 Enter a the BAMS login ID and password.

Step 9 Enter the network addresses (IP Addr 1 and IP Addr 2) in dotted notation; for example, 172.18.145.3.

Step 10 Click Modify, and begin BAMS provisioning.


BAMS Provisioning

This section provides directions for using the VSPT to provision a BAMS server. The VSPT performs the following procedures:

Provisioning General Information

Provisioning Zones

Provisioning Trunk Group Information

Provisioning Measurements

Provisioning General Information

Provisioning general BAMS information includes defining country codes, map types, and tollfree prefixes. Use the following procedure to configure general BAMS information:


Step 1 Click the icon next to General in the left pane of the main VSPT screen to expand the hierarchical tree.

Step 2 Highlight Country Codes, and click Add in the right pane of the main VSPT window.

Step 3 Enter the country code and country name, and click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-5 appears.

Figure 4-5 Country Code Added

Step 4 Click Maptypes, in the right pane of the main VSPT window, and click Get Defaults in the left pane. The screen shown in Figure 4-6 appears.

Figure 4-6 Maptype Information Added

Step 5 Click Tollfree in the left pane of the main VSPT window, and click Add in the right pane.

Step 6 Enter a tollfree code and click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-7 appears.

Figure 4-7 Tollfree Information Added

Step 7 If you want to configure more tollfree codes, click Add and repeat Step 6 for each code you want to configure.


Provisioning Zones


Note If you do not need BAF output, proceed to "Provisioning Measurements" section.


Zoning provides a mechanism for differentiating between rating types. Each supported NPANXX combination must be a member of a zone.

Use the following procedure to provision zones:


Step 1 Click Zones > Identification, in the left pane of the main VSPT window, and click Add in the right pane.

Step 2 Enter the zone number and description, and click OK.

Step 3 Enter the zone number and description and click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-8 appears.

Figure 4-8 Zone Information Added

Step 4 Click Membership in the left pane of the window shown in Figure 4-8, and click Add in the right pane. The screen shown in Figure 4-9 appears.

Figure 4-9 Add Npanxx

Step 5 Enter the six-digit NPANXX numbers. You can enter several numbers by separating them with commas, for example, 123456,345678,567890. You can obtain A/Bdig numbers from the MGC by clicking Look up to display the dial plans defined on the MGC appears.

Step 6 Select a dial plan, and click OK. A screen displaying all A/Bdig numbers appears.

Step 7 Select one or more dial plans, and click OK.

Step 8 The screen shown in Figure 4-9 reappears. Enter the LATA, and select the zone.

Step 9 Click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-10 appears.

Figure 4-10 Membership Information Added

Step 10 Click Relationships in the left pane of the window shown inFigure 4-10, and click Add on the right pane. The screen shown in Figure 4-11 appears.

Figure 4-11 Add Rating Type

Step 11 Select the origination zone, termination zone, and rate type. Indicate whether or not the relationship is bidirectional. If you select bidirectional, two entries are added to the table; otherwise, one entry is added.

Step 12 Click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-12 appears.

Figure 4-12 Rating Type Information Added

Step 13 Click Exceptions, in the left pane of the window shown in ,Figure 4-12, and click Add in the right pane. The screen shown in Figure 4-13 appears.

Figure 4-13 Add Rate Exception

Step 14 Select the origination NPANxx, termination NPANxx, and rate type. Indicate whether or not the relationship is bidirectional.

Step 15 Click OK. The exception is added, and the screen shown in Figure 4-14 appears.

Figure 4-14 Exception Added


Provisioning Trunk Group Information

Provisioning trunk group information includes:

Defining trunk groups that map to trunk groups on the Cisco MGC

Specifying default origination and termination NPAs and the number of circuits in the trunk group

Defining a SigPath table for dial configurations

Use the following procedure to provision trunk group information:


Step 1 Click the icon next to Trunk Group Info. in the left pane of the window shown in Figure 4-14, to expand the hierarchical tree.

Step 2 Click Trunk Groups. The screen shown in Figure 4-15 appears.

Figure 4-15 Configure BAMS Trunk Groups

Step 3 To import trunk groups from the MGC, click Import, and click OK at the confirmation prompt.

Step 4 Click OK. All trunk groups on the MGC are displayed in the trunk group screen.

Step 5 To add individual trunk groups, click Add. The screen shown in Figure 4-16 appears.

Figure 4-16 Add Trunkgrp

Step 6 Enter the trunk group, select the connection type, and enter the origination NPA, termination NPA, and circuits.

Step 7 Click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-17 appears.

Figure 4-17 Trunk Group Added

Step 8 Click Sigpath. The screen shown in Figure 4-18 appears.

Figure 4-18 Configure a BAMS Sigpath

Step 9 You add a Sigpath only if the MGC is nailed up. You can import from the MGC by clicking Import.

Step 10 To add a Sigpath, click Add. The screen shown in Figure 4-19 appears.

Figure 4-19 Add Sigpath

Step 11 Enter the Sigpath ID in hexadecimal, enter the number of bearer channels for this sigpath, select the trunk group number, and enter the starting trunk number. Click OK. The screen shown in Figure 4-20 appears.

Figure 4-20 Sigpath Added


Provisioning Measurements

BAMS generates and maintains measurements, which are performance indicators that constitute a history of traffic statistics on a network. Each measurement value represents an accumulation of activity that took place during a specific interval.

Use the following procedure to configure measurement types and properties:


Step 1 Click the icon next to Measurements in the left pane of the main VSPT screen to expand the hierarchical tree. Click Thresholds. The screen shown in Figure 4-21 appears.

Figure 4-21 Configuring BAMS Thresholds

Step 2 You can set thresholds for the item displayed in the drop-down menu next to VSCID/TRK/[IC]. Select a value from the drop-down menu next to the threshold you want to change. When you have finished setting thresholds, click Modify and all threshold configurations are saved.

Step 3 To add an item to the drop-down menu next to VSCID/TRK/[IC], click Add. The screen shown in Figure 4-22 appears.

Figure 4-22 Add TcaTbl

Step 4 Enter the VSCID, select the trunk group, and enter the carrier ID.

Step 5 Indicate whether it should inherit from global/0. If you select inherit from global/0, you can then modify individual thresholds to meet your needs.

Step 6 Click OK. The item you added is now accessible in the drop-down menu next to VSCID/TRK/[IC].


After the BAMS server is provisioned, you must deploy the new configuration. Refer to the "Deploying a New Configuration" section for instructions.