Cisco Voice Services Provisioning Tool User's Guide, 1.6
Provisioning with VSPT Wizards
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Provisioning with VSPT Wizards

Table Of Contents

Provisioning with VSPT Wizards

Starting a New Provisioning Session

Overview of the VSPT Wizards

Using the Tandem Transit Solution Wizard

Configuring the Cisco MGC

Configuring SS7 Signaling Services

Configuring Media Gateway Control Links

Provisioning Session Results

Viewing Generated MML


Provisioning with VSPT Wizards


Wizards are utilities included in the Cisco VSPT to help you rapidly create a new deployment by providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for provisioning specific Cisco MGC configurations. A wizard leads you through the steps of provisioning the Cisco MGC and external components.

This chapter describes wizards and provides an example showing how you can use a wizard to configure a Cisco MGC. It includes the following sections:

Starting a New Provisioning Session

Overview of the VSPT Wizards

Using the Tandem Transit Solution Wizard

Starting a New Provisioning Session

Use the following procedure to start a new VSPT provisioning session:


Step 1 Start and log in to the VSPT.

Step 2 Select File > New.

Step 3 Enter a name for the new configuration you will create, and click OK. The screen shown in Figure 2-1 appears.

Figure 2-1 Select Method for Creating Configuration

Step 4 If you want to import an existing configuration, click the Import from MGC radio button, and click Select; otherwise, click Perform Manual Configuration and proceed to Chapter 3, or choose the wizard you want to use.

If you import an existing configuration, a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2-2 appears.

Figure 2-2 Select Configuration

 

Step 5 Select the configuration to import, and click OK. The screen shown in Figure 2-3 is displayed, and checkmarks appear in the boxes as the configuration is imported.

Figure 2-3 Importing Configuration

Step 6 The existing configuration is imported from your Cisco MGC.


Overview of the VSPT Wizards

The VSPT includes two provisioning wizards:

SS7-PRI Gateway—Offloads modem dial traffic from CLEC switches and either forwards the calls, using SS7, to the destination CLEC switches or translates the calls to ISDN PRI to terminate them on the NAS gateways.

Tandem Transit—Offloads modem dial traffic from CLEC switches and forwards the calls to the Internet Protocol (IP) network.

Each wizard automatically guides you through many of the steps involved in provisioning your Cisco MGC. A VSPT wizard:

Lets you create configuration files across multiple devices, for example, VSCs and Cisco MGX 8850s.

Helps you avoid common errors when you are provisioning devices independently, for example, it ensures that you correctly match D channels for PRI.

Lets you avoid having to repeatedly enter the same data.

Creates the MML files and the Cisco MGX 8850 command files used to provision the VSC.

In the example in this chapter, a wizard is used to provision a Cisco MGC for tandem transit with STP links, but the process is similar for all VSPT wizards. Specific components and steps vary, depending on the wizard you are using; for a complete description of provisioning components, refer to the documentation for your solution.

When you finish the provisioning session, the VSPT wizard saves your configuration as the "active" configuration, and it cannot be modified. To make changes, you must save the configuration with another name and deploy the new provisioning session to make it active.

The number of configurations you can store might be limited by available disk space. Consider deleting old or unwanted configurations, or save them to another machine, if you do not have sufficient disk space.


Note The provisioning procedures described in this chapter follow the sequence for provisioning a "typical" Cisco MGC described in the Cisco Media Gateway Controller Release 7 Provisioning Guide.


Using the Tandem Transit Solution Wizard

The VSPT utility, Solution Wizard: Tandem Transit, guides you step-by-step through the following procedures:

Configuring the Cisco MGC

Configuring SS7 Signaling Services

Configuring Media Gateway Control Links

When you finish using the VSPT wizard, you must still configure the trunk groups, trunks, and routes. For more information, see the "Configuring Bearer Traffic" section of Chapter 3.


Tip Before you begin provisioning, compile information about the solution components, including their names, IP addresses, and properties. Worksheets designed for collecting this information are provided in the Cisco Media Gateway Controller Software Release 7 Provisioning Guide. Complete them before you begin provisioning, and refer to them during provisioning.


Configuring the Cisco MGC

Use the following procedure to provision a Cisco MGC using the Tandem Transit with STP wizard:


Step 1 Start a new provisioning session.

Step 2 Click File > New.

Step 3 Click the Solution Wizard: Tandem Transit button, and click OK. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-4 appears.

Figure 2-4 Specifying Cisco MGC (VSC3000) Properties

Step 4 Enter the MGC IP address, for example, 161.44.157.1, in the MGC Hostname field.

Step 5 Enter a login ID and a password.

Step 6 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-5 appears.

Figure 2-5 Specifying MGC IP Addresses

Step 7 Enter the network addresses of the MGC (IP_Addr1 and IP_Addr2) in dotted notation, for example, 172.18.145.38.

Step 8 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-6 appears, and SS7 signaling service provisioning begins.

Figure 2-6 Specifying a Point Code


Configuring SS7 Signaling Services

Use the following procedure to configure SS7 signaling services:


Step 1 Enter a name for the point code, for example, OPC.

Step 2 Enter a description of the point code, for example, Originating Point Code.

Step 3 Enter the network address (NetAddr) of the MGC in dotted notation, for example, 172.44.102.39.

Step 4 From the NetIndicator drop-down menu, choose the network indicator menu:

International—Used if the node is an international gateway.

Spare—Used in countries where multiple carriers share point codes; networks are differentiated by this indicator.

National—Used if the node routes calls through the national network (default).

Reserved—For national use. Do not use.

Step 5 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-7 appears.

Figure 2-7 Specifying the Number of Adjacent Point Codes

Step 6 Enter the number of adjacent point codes (APCs) to create. This number corresponds to the number of Cisco MGX 8850 switches to be provisioned. Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-8 appears.

Figure 2-8 Specifying Properties for Each APC

Step 7 Enter a name for the APC.

Step 8 Enter a description of the APC.

Step 9 Enter the network address (NetAddr) of the APC in dotted notation; for example, 244.0.123.

Step 10 From the NetIndicator drop-down menu, choose the network indicator:

International—Used if the node is an international gateway.

Spare—Used in countries where multiple carriers share point codes; networks are differentiated by this indicator.

National—Used if the node routes calls through the national network (default).

Reserved. For national use. Do not use.

Step 11 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-9 appears.

Step 12 Repeat Step 7 through Step 11 for each APC. After you have configured properties for each APC you specified in Step 6, a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2-9 appears.

Figure 2-9 Specifying Properties for Mating APCs

Step 13 Enter the name (the default APC mate).

Step 14 Choose the protocol family.

Step 15 Choose the transport protocol.

Step 16 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-10 appears.

Figure 2-10 Specifying a Protocol for Linksets

Step 17 Enter the linkset name prefix (the default is lnkset).

Step 18 From the Linkset protocol drop-down menu, choose the linkset protocol.

Step 19 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-11 appears.

Figure 2-11 Specifying Values for C7 IP lnks

Step 20 Enter the name prefix.

Step 21 Enter the network addresses (IP addr for SLT 1 and IP addr for SLT 2) in dotted notation; for example, 172.18.145.38.

Step 22 Enter the local port.

Step 23 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-12 appears, and media gateway control links provisioning begins.

Figure 2-12 Specifying the Number of Destination Point Codes

Configuring Media Gateway Control Links

Use the following procedure to configure media gateway control links for this solution:


Step 1 Enter the number of the destination point code (DPC) to create.

Step 2 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-13 appears.

Figure 2-13 Specifying Properties for Each DPC

Step 3 Enter the DPC name.

Step 4 Enter the network address of the destination network element in dotted notation; for example, 172.18.145.38.

Step 5 Enter the SS7 path name.

Step 6 From the MDO drop-down menu, choose the protocol for this signaling service, for example, ANSISS7_STANDARD.

Step 7 Enter the customer group ID.

Step 8 Enter the customer group table.

Step 9 Enter the SS7 route name prefix.

Step 10 Click Next. A screen similar to the one in Figure 2-14 appears.

Figure 2-14 Importing VISMs from the MGX 8850 Chassis

Step 11 Enter the MGX 8850 host name in which the VISM cards are installed.

Step 12 Enter the MGX 8850 login ID.

Step 13 Enter the MGX 8850 password.

Step 14 Click Import VISMs. A list of the imported MGX 8850 switches appears in the lower portion of the screen.

Step 15 Click Finish. Media gateway control links are provisioned, and you can now provision trunk groups, trunks, and routes for this solution. Refer to "Configuring Bearer Traffic" section.


Provisioning Session Results

The results of the provisioning session you just completed are visible in the hierarchical tree on the left pane of the screen. You can expand the branches to view individual components, (see Figure 2-15).

Figure 2-15 Expanded Hierarchical Tree Showing Results of Provisioning Session

You can expand the branches to view individual components. To view the provisioning information for a particular system component, click on the component name. Information about the selected component is shown on the right-hand side of the screen (see Figure 2-16).

Figure 2-16 View a Selected Component Configuration

  

   

Viewing Generated MML

To view the MML commands generated by the VSPT wizard, select View > MML. A screen displaying generated MML, similar to the one shown in Figure 2-17, appears.

Figure 2-17 Generated MML

If you have used a different solution wizard, you can view the commands generated by the wizard by clicking View > <External Component>Commands.

You cannot use the VSPT wizard to provision trunk groups, trunks, and routes. For more information about provisioning these components using the VSPT, see "Configuring Bearer Traffic" section.