Administration Guide for Cisco Emergency Responder 8.7
Cisco Emergency Responder Configuration
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Cisco Emergency Responder Configuration

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Cisco Emergency Responder Configuration

After you install Cisco Emergency Responder (Emergency Responder) and configure Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Unified CM), you can configure Emergency Responder so that it begins managing emergency calls.

Configuration Overview

Emergency Responder provides several features, including expanded administrative website interfaces, role-based user management, and upload/download utilities.


Note


Emergency Responder is compatible with Cisco EnergyWise, including provisions to detect user activity on powered-down phones.


Website Interfaces

Emergency Responder provides several web sites from which you can access and use different parts of the system. From the main Emergency Responder web page, you can access the following areas:

  • Emergency Responder Serviceability
  • Emergency Responder Administration (default home)
  • Cisco Unified OS Administration
  • Disaster Recovery System
  • Emergency Responder User
  • Emergency Responder Admin Utility

Each of these web sites allows a user access to different parts of the system and requires a separate login and password. Access to these web sites is controlled through the role-based user management mechanism (for more information, see Role-based User Management).

When the Emergency Responder system is first installed, a default Emergency Responder Administrator user is created. The default Administrator has full access to all web sites except the Cisco Unified OS Administration and Disaster Recovery System websites, and can create users, roles, and user groups. The default Administrator cannot be deleted from the system.

Role-based User Management

Emergency Responder uses a role-based user management mechanism. The information in the following topics describe this mechanism.

User Management

On installation, the system creates one default user, Emergency Responder Administrator. The Emergency Responder Administrator has access to all system administration screens except the Platform Administration and Disaster Recovery System screens. By default, the Emergency Responder Administrator user is assigned to the Emergency Responder System Administrator, Emergency Responder Serviceability, Emergency Responder Admin Utility, and Emergency Responder User user groups and has access to the resources defined for the Emergency Responder System Admin, Emergency Responder Serviceability, Emergency Responder Admin Utility, and Emergency Responder User roles.


Note


The default Emergency Responder Administrator user cannot be deleted.


You can add additional users. After the additional users are added, you assign them to user groups. The new user then inherits the roles that were defined for that user group.

Related References

Role Management

On installation, the system creates six default roles. Table 1 lists and describes the default roles.


Note


Default roles cannot be deleted.


Table 1 Default Roles

Role

Description

Emergency Responder System Admin

Has access to all system administration screens

Emergency Responder Serviceability

Has access to all serviceability screens.

Emergency Responder Admin Utility

Has access to all Admin Utility screens.

Emergency Responder Network Admin

Has access to Cisco Unified Communications Manager, LAN switch, and SNMP settings screens.

Emergency Responder ERL Admin

Has access to all ERL-related screens.

Emergency Responder User

Has access to the user screens.

When creating a new role or modifying an existing role, you specify which system resources are assigned to the role. A resource is the same thing as a web page or a menu item within the Emergency Responder administration website. For example, the Find and List Roles web page is a resource, as is the User Management > Role menu item.

Table 2 shows the resources that are available to each default role.


Note


Some resources are groups of menu items. For example, the Logs menu in the Cisco Emergency Responder Serviceability website is one resource but it contains many sub-menus.


Table 2 Resources Assigned to Default Roles

Resource

Emergency Responder System Admin

Emergency Responder Network Admin

Emergency Responder ERL Admin

Emergency Responder Serviceability

Emergency Responder Admin Utility

Emergency Responder User

Add Subscriber

x

Admin Utility

x

ALI Formatting Tool

x

All Logs

x

Application User

x

Call History

x

Unified CM Details

x

x

Emergency Responder Groups in Cluster

x

Change Unified CM Version

x

Cluster DBHost Setting

x

Control Center

x

CPU and Memory Usage

x

Device SNMP Settings

x

x

Disk Usage

x

ERL

x

x

ERL Audit Trail

x

ERL Debug Tool

x

ERL Migration

x

x

Event Viewer

x

File Management Utility

x

Functional role

x

Intrado ERL

x

x

Intrado VUI Settings

x

IP subnet

x

x

License Management

x

Mail Alert Configurations

x

Manually Configured Phones

x

x

MIB2 System Group Configuration

x

Off-Premises ERL

x

x

Onsite Contact

x

x

Pager Alert Configurations

x

x

Phone Search

x

Point to New Publisher

x

Processes

x

PS ALI Convert

x

PS ALI Export

x

Purge

x

Run Tracking

x

x

Tracking Schedule

x

x

Server

x

Server Group

x

LAN Switches

x

x

SNMP V1/V3c Configuration

x

SNMP V3 Configuration

x

Switch Port

x

x

Synthetic Phone

x

x

Telephony

x

Unlocated Phones

x

x

User Call History

x

User Group

x

Web Alert

x

Related References

User Group Management

On installation, the system creates six default user groups. Table 1 lists and describes the default user groups.


Note


Default user groups cannot be deleted.


Table 3 Default User Groups

User Group

Description

Emergency Responder System Administrator

Assigned System Administration roles

Emergency Responder Network Administrator

Assigned Network Administration role

Emergency Responder ERL Administrator

Assigned ERL Administration role

Emergency Responder Serviceability

Assigned Serviceability role

Emergency Responder Admin Utility

Assigned Admin Utility role

Emergency Responder User

Assigned User role

You can create additional user groups. When you create a user group, you assign roles and add users to the group. Multiple roles can be assigned to a single group. The users in the group have access to all the resources defined by the roles assigned to the group.

Related References

Upload and Download Utilities

Emergency Responder includes download and upload utilities that allow you to transfer bulk data in the form of csv files from a Emergency Responder server to a local system (download) and from a local system to a Emergency Responder server (upload).

For example, you can export database details to a csv file and then download the csv file to a local system. On the local system, you can modify the csv file, upload it the Emergency Responder server, and import the data in the csv file into the Emergency Responder database.

Table 1 lists the Emergency Responder administrative web pages from which you can use the upload and download utilities and gives the navigation path to each page.


Note


You can upload only four file types: xml, csv, lic, and txt. Filenames must not contain spaces.


Table 4 Administrative Web Pages Containing the Upload and Download Utilities

Page Name

Navigation Path

Find Conventional ERL Data

ERL > Conventional ERL

Find Off-Premises ERL Data

ERL >Off-premises ERL>Off-premises ERL(Search and List)

Find Intrado ERLs Data

ERL > Intrado ERL>Intrado ERL (Search and List)

LAN Switch Details

Phone Tracking > LAN Switch Details

Switch Port Details

ERL Membership > Switch Ports

Find and List IP subnets

ERL Membership > IP subnets

Find and List Manually Configured Phones

ERL Membership > Manually Configured Phones

Download File

To download a file from a Emergency Responder server to a local system, follow these steps:

Procedure
    Step 1   From one of the pages listed in Table 1, click Export. The Export page appears.
    Step 2   If you have previously exported the data to a file, skip to Step 3. If you have not previously exported data to a file, use the Select Export Format pulldown menu to select the file format, then enter the name of the file to be created in the Enter Export File Name field. Click Export. The data is exported to the specified file.
    Step 3   Use the Select a File to Download pulldown menu to select the file that you want to download, then click Download. The file is downloaded to your local system.

    Upload File

    To upload a file from a local system to an Emergency Responder server, follow these steps:

    Before You Begin

    Before beginning the procedure, make sure the file to be uploaded exists on your local system. The file can be one that was previously downloaded from a Emergency Responder server, or one that you created.

    Procedure
      Step 1   From one of the pages listed in Table 1, click Import. The Import page appears.
      Step 2   Click Upload. The Upload File page appears.
      Step 3   Click Browse to select the file to be uploaded. A Choose File window opens and displays the files on your local system.
      Step 4   Select the file to be uploaded and click Open. The pathname of the file to be uploaded appears in the Select the file to be uploaded field of the Upload File page.
      Step 5   Click Upload. The file is uploaded to the Emergency Responder server. You can then import the data from the file.

      Emergency Responder Configuration

      The following procedure provides information about the tasks that must be completed to configure Emergency Responder and indicates which user types can complete the tasks, with pointers to more detailed information.


      Note


      Some of the following tasks listed can be done in parallel.


      • Create and set up Emergency Responder users and groups. This step can be completed by the System Administrator.

      • Identify the switches and configure the connection to them. This step can be completed by the Network Administrator.

      • Identify the onsite alert (security) personnel, create the emergency response locations (ERLs), assign them to phones, and transmit your ALI data to your service provider. This step can be completed by the ERL Administrator.

      • Set up Emergency Responder with Intrado V9-1-1 for Enterprise Service.

      Set Up Users and Groups

      The following procedure provides information about the tasks that must be completed to set up Emergency Responder users and groups. This task can be completed by a System Administrator.

      • Create the users your organization requires for Emergency Responder administration.

      • Create the Emergency Responder group.

      • Set up the Emergency Responder group telephony settings.

      • Update Emergency Responder servers to the Emergency Responder group.

      • Upload the product license key.

      • Identify and configure the Unified CM clusters whose emergency calls this Emergency Responder group handles.


        Note


        The network administrator can also perform this step.


      • Understand recurring system administration tasks.

      • If you use Intrado V9-1-1 for Enterprise Service, configure Emergency Responder to support Intrado V9-1-1 for Enterprise Service.

      • If you support off-premise users, configure AXL authentication information with Unified CM.

      Set Up Switch Connection

      The following procedure provides information about the tasks that must be completed to set up Emergency Responder switch connection. This task can be completed by a Network Administrator.

      • Enter the SNMP read community strings.

      • Define the schedule Emergency Responder should use for updating information from the switches.

      • Identify the switches that can have phones connected to them.

      • Run the switch-port and phone update process so that Emergency Responder can identify the ports on the switches and whether phones are attached to them.

      • Understand recurring network administration tasks.

      Related Information

      Manage Onsite Alerts, ERLs, and ALI Data

      The following procedure provides information about the tasks that must be completed to Manage onsite alerts, ERLs, and ALI data. This task can be completed by an ERL Administrator.

      • Identify the onsite alert (security) personnel that should receive alerts from Emergency Responder.

      • Create the ERLs.

      • Assign the ERLs to switch ports.


        Note


        The network administrator must add the switches and run the switch-port and phone update process before you can do this task.


      • Add phones that Emergency Responder does not directly support.


        Note


        Emergency Responder does not automatically track the movement of these phones.


      • Identify the unlocated phones and work with the network administrator to resolve problems that are preventing Emergency Responder from locating these phones. Assign ERLs to the phones that remain.

      • Export the ALI data and transmit it to your service provider. Work with your service provider to determine transmission requirements.

      • Understand recurring ERL administration tasks.

      Set Up Emergency Responder with Intrado V9-1-1 for Enterprise Service

      The following tasks apply when you use Emergency Responder with Intrado V9-1-1 for Enterprise Service:

      • Create Intrado ERL and verify the validity and consistency of the ALI data for the Intrado ERL against the Intrado TN database.

      • Assign Intrado ERLs to switch ports, IP subnets, and unlocated phones.

      • If you support off-premise users, create off-premise ERLs and assign to IP subnets and unlocated phones.


        Note


        You cannot assign off-premise ERLs to switch ports.


      Related Information

      Emergency Responder User Management

      When you install Emergency Responder, the system defines one default Emergency Responder Administrator user (see User Management for more information). You can also define additional users or modify existing users.

      The information in the following sections describe how to add new users and how to modify and delete existing users.

      Add Users

      You can add additional users to the system and then assign them to user groups. The security levels for new users are determined by which user groups you assign them to.

      In Emergency Responder, you can add a user either as a local user or a remote user. Remote users must use their Unified CM credentials or Active Directory credentials for authentication.

      You can add users to either the primary and standby servers within a single Emergency Responder group. Because access is allowed based on the combination of the user groups defined on the two servers, a user that is defined only on the primary server can log into the backup server.

      Before You Begin

      Develop a list of users for each security level. You must know the user names of all onsite alert personnel, and you should determine who should have access to each of the administration security levels.

      To add users, follow these steps:


      Note


      You can use this procedure to add or remove users. However, you cannot remove the administrative user created at the time of Emergency Responder installation.


      Procedure
        Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User.

        The Find and List Users page appears.

        Step 2   Click the Add New User button. The User Configuration page appears.
        Step 3   Enter the required information in the User Name, Authentication Mode, Password, Confirm Password and Unified CM Cluster fields.
        Step 4   Click Insert.
        Step 5   Repeat these steps to add additional users.
        Step 6   To assign security levels to the new users, you must add them to one or more user groups. See Emergency Responder User Group Management for details.
        Step 7   Repeat this procedure on the other Emergency Responder server in the Emergency Responder server group.
        Note   

        To remove a user from a group, you must remove the user from groups on both the primary and standby servers.


        Modify Users

        After you have created a user, you can change user authentication mode, change password for local user, or change a Unified CM cluster for remote user.

        Change User Authentication Mode

        To change the users authentication mode, follow these steps:

        Procedure
          Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User.

          The Find and List Users page appears.

          Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific user you want to modify and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured users. The search results display.
          Step 3   Click on the user name.
          Step 4   The User Configuration—Modify User page appears.
          Step 5   Select the authentication mode that you want to assign to the user from the drop down box:
          • If you select Remote as the authentication mode, select a Unified CM Cluster from the drop down box.
          • If you select Local as the authentication mode, enter a password and reconfirm the password.
          Step 6   Click Update.

          Change Password for Local User

          To change the password for a local user, follow these steps:

          Procedure
            Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User.

            The Find and List Users page appears.

            Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific user you want to modify and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured users. The search results display.
            Step 3   Click on the user name.
            Step 4   The Modify User page, used for user configuration, appears.
            Step 5   Select the authentication mode that you want to assign to the user from the drop down box.

            If you select Local as the authentication mode, enter a new password and reconfirm the new password.

            Step 6   Click Update.

            Change A Unified CM Cluster for Remote User

            In Emergency Responder, you can also change the Unified CM cluster of an existing remote user to another Unified CM Cluster.

            To change the Unified CM cluster for remote user, follow these steps:

            Procedure
              Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User.

              The Find and List Users page appears.

              Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific user you want to modify and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured users. The search results display.
              Step 3   If you select Remote as the authentication mode, select a Unified CM Cluster from the drop down box.
              Step 4   The User Configuration—Modify User page appears.
              Step 5   Select the new Unified CM Cluster for all the remote users.
              Step 6   Click Update

              Delete Users

              Emergency Responder enables you to perform batch operation in which you can either delete a single user or delete multiple users in bulk.

              To delete single user or multiple users in bulk, follow these steps:


              Note


              You cannot delete the default administrative user created at the time of installing Emergency Responder.


              Procedure
                Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User.

                The Find and List Users page appears.

                Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific user you want to delete and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured users. The search results appear.
                Step 3   Find the user you want to delete and click the Delete icon for that user.

                The system displays a warning prompting you to confirm the deletion.

                Similarly select multiple users from the list, both local and remote, by checking the check box and then clicking the Delete Users button to delete users in bulk.

                The system displays a warning prompting you to confirm the deletion.

                Step 4   Click OK. The user is removed from the system and all User Group associations to the user are deleted.

                Changing Users to Remote in Bulk

                Emergency Responder allows you to change the user to either local or remote. A remote user are authenticated using the Unified CM Cluster.


                Note


                You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to access this page.


                To change the users authentication mode, follow these steps:

                Procedure
                  Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User.

                  The Find and List Users page appears.

                  Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific user you want to delete and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured users. The search results appear.
                  Step 3   Click username. The Modify User page, used for user configuration, appears.
                  Step 4   Select the authentication mode that you want to assign to the user. You can change a local user to remote user.
                  Step 5   Select an Unified CM Cluster from the drop down box if you have changed the user to remote user.
                  Step 6   Click Update.
                  Note   

                  To change users in bulk, select the users you wish to change by checking the check box and then clicking the Change to Remote Users button. Select the Unified CM cluster from the drop down box, as described in Step 6.


                  Emergency Responder Role Management

                  When you install Emergency Responder, the system defines six default roles (see Role Management for more information about the default roles). You can also define additional roles or modify existing roles.

                  The following topics describe how to add new roles and how to modify and delete existing roles.

                  Add Roles

                  You can add additional roles to the system and assign resources to them.


                  Note


                  The default roles cannot be removed or modified.


                  Before You Begin

                  Before you begin, you should decide what additional roles you want to create and determine if any existing default role meets your needs.

                  To add new roles, follow these steps:

                  Procedure
                    Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > Roles.

                    The Find and List Roles page appears.

                    Step 2   Click Add a New Role.

                    The Role Configuration page appears.

                    Step 3   Enter the Role Name (required) and Description (optional) in the text boxes.
                    Step 4   From the list of resources, check the check box next to the resources to which the new role should have access.
                    Step 5   Click Insert to add the new role to the system.
                    Step 6   To verify that you successfully added the new role, go back to the User Management > Roles page and perform a role search. Enter search criteria to find the specific role you just created and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured roles. The search results appear. Verify that the new role is listed.

                    Modify Roles

                    To modify existing roles, follow these steps:


                    Note


                    You cannot modify default roles.


                    Procedure
                      Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > Roles.

                      The Find and List Roles page appears.

                      Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific role you want to modify and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured roles. The search results appears.
                      Step 3   Click the role name.

                      The Role Configuration—Modify Role page appears.

                      Step 4   If desired, modify the Role Name and Description (if one is listed) in the text boxes.
                      Step 5   From the list of resources, checking or unchecking the check boxes next to the resources to which the modified role should have access.
                      Step 6   Click Update to add the updated role information to the system.
                      Step 7   To verify that you successfully modified the new role, go back to the User Management > Roles page and perform a role search. Enter search criteria to find the specific role you just modified and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured roles. The search results appear. Click the role name and verify that the modified role information appears on the Role Configuration—Modify Role page.

                      Delete Roles

                      To delete an existing role, follow these steps:


                      Note


                      You cannot delete a default role.


                      Procedure
                        Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > Roles.

                        The Find and List Roles page appears.

                        Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific role you want to delete and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured roles. The search results appear.
                        Step 3   Click the Delete icon for the role to be deleted.

                        A warning message displays asking you to verify that you want to delete the role.

                        Step 4   Click OK to delete the role.

                        The Find and List Roles page refresh and the roles are no longer be listed in the Role Names list.


                        Emergency Responder User Group Management

                        When you install Emergency Responder, the system defines six default user groups (see User Group Management for more information about the default user groups). You can also define additional user groups or modify existing user groups.

                        The following topics describe how to add new user groups and how to modify existing user groups.

                        Add User Groups

                        You can add user groups to the system and assign users and roles to each new user group.

                        Before You Begin

                        Before you begin, you should decide what additional user groups you want to create and determine if any existing default user groups meets your needs.

                        To add new user groups, follow these steps:

                        Procedure
                          Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User Group.

                          The Find and List User Groups page appears.

                          Step 2   Click Add a User Group.

                          The User Group Configuration—Add User Group page appears.

                          Step 3   Enter the User Group Name (required) and Description (optional) in the text boxes.
                          Step 4   Click Add Users.

                          The User Names page appears.

                          Step 5   Enter search criteria to find a specific user and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured users. The search results appear.
                          Step 6   Check the check box to the left of the user names to be added and click Add.

                          The User Name page closes and the added names appears in the Add User to Group text box on User Group Configuration—Add User Group page.

                          Note   

                          To delete users from this list, select the user name and click Remove Users.

                          Step 7   Click Add Roles.

                          The Role Names page appears.

                          Step 8   Enter search criteria to find a specific role and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured roles. The search results appear.
                          Step 9   Check the check box to the left of the roles to be added and click Add.

                          The Role Names page closes and the added roles appears in the Add Roles to Group text box on User Group Configuration page.

                          Note   

                          To delete roles from this list, select the user name and click Delete Roles.

                          Step 10   Click Insert to add the new role to the system.

                          Modify User Groups

                          To modify existing user groups, follow these steps:


                          Note


                          You cannot modify default user groups.


                          Procedure
                            Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User Group.

                            The Find and List User Groups page appears.

                            Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific user group you want to modify and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured user groups. The search results appear.
                            Step 3   Click the user group name.

                            The User Group Configuration—Modify User Group page appears.

                            Step 4   If desired, modify the description of the User Group (if one is listed) in the Description text box.
                            Step 5   The Add Users to Group text box displays the names of the users currently assigned to the user group. To add additional users, follow the procedure given in the Add User Groups.

                            To remove users, highlight the name of the users and click Remove Users.

                            Step 6   The Assign Roles to Group text box displays the names of the roles currently assigned to the user group. To add additional roles, follow the procedure given in the Add Roles.

                            To remove roles, highlight the name of the roles and click Remove Roles.

                            Step 7   When you are finished, click Update to save the updated user group information to the system.
                            Step 8   To verify that you successfully modified the user group, go back to the User Management > User Group page and perform a search. Enter search criteria to find the specific user group you just modified and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured user groups. The search results appear. Click the user group name and verify that the modified user group information appears on the User Group Configuration—Modify User Group page.

                            Delete User Groups

                            To delete an existing user group, follow these steps:


                            Note


                            You cannot delete the default user groups. You can only delete user groups that you have created.


                            Procedure
                              Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration web interface, select User Management > User Group.

                              The Find and List User Groups page appears.

                              Step 2   Enter search criteria to find the specific user group you want to delete and click Find, or click Find without any search criteria to display all configured user groups. The search results appear.
                              Step 3   Click the Delete icon for the user group to be deleted.
                              Note   

                              You cannot delete the default user groups. You can only delete user groups that you have created.

                              A warning message appears asking you to verify that you want to delete the user group.

                              Step 4   Click OK to delete the user group.

                              The Find and List Roles page refresh and the deleted user group is no longer be listed in the User Groups list.


                              Log into Emergency Responder

                              You must log into the Emergency Responder web interfaces to view or change the system configuration. The system administrator controls access using the Role-Based User Management mechanism. See Role-based User Management for more information.

                              Before You Begin

                              You must have a valid user ID and password before you can log into Emergency Responder. Contact the main Emergency Responder administrator if you cannot log into the interface and you are supposed to have administrative access.

                              To log into Emergency Responder, follow these steps:

                              Procedure
                                Step 1   From an supported browser, open this URL, where servername is the DNS name or IP address of the Emergency Responder server: http://servername/ceradmin.

                                The browser opens the Emergency Responder Server Administration page.

                                Step 2   Use the Navigation pulldown menu to select the website you wish to log into. The Emergency Responder websites are as follows:
                                • Emergency Responder Serviceability
                                • Emergency Responder Administration
                                • Cisco Unified OS Administration
                                • Disaster Recovery System
                                • Emergency Responder User
                                • Emergency Responder Admin Utility

                                To open the Log-in page, click one of these links.

                                Step 3   Click Go.

                                The login screen for the selected website appears.

                                Step 4   Enter your user name and password, and click Login.

                                Emergency Responder logs you into the selected website. Unless you log in as a system administrator, some commands in the menus may have lock icons. These locks indicate pages you cannot view because of your authorization level.

                                When you are finished, click Logout above the menu bar to log out.

                                Note   

                                In Emergency Responder 8.5 and above, the validation for Username is not case sensitive.


                                Restrict Maximum Number of Concurrent Sessions

                                Emergency Responder allows the administrator to restrict the maximum number of concurrent sessions that can be active at a time for any user. If this restriction is enabled, the administrator can specify a maximum limit (between 1 and15) for the number of concurrent sessions allowed.

                                This limit is applicable to all users configured in Emergency Responder.

                                Emergency Responder restricts users from creating more than the specified number of concurrent sessions. Users who attempt to create additional sessions that exceed the concurrent session limit are prevented from logging in to Emergency Responder and receive this an error message: "Session limit exceeded. Please log out of any existing sessions and try again".


                                Note


                                This limit is applicable to all users that exceed the limit, added in Emergency Responder.



                                Note


                                This limit is imposed separately for each Emergency Responder website:
                                • Emergency Responder Administration
                                • Emergency Responder Serviceability
                                • Emergency Responder User
                                • Emergency Responder Admin Utility


                                Warning


                                If a user logs in to an Emergency Responder website and closes the browser without logging out, the session remains active until it times out after a period of 30 minutes. During this period, if the user attempts to establish additional sessions beyond the prescribed limit, he will be unable to do so.


                                Before You Begin

                                You must have system administrator authority to configure an Emergency Responder server group.

                                To configure an Emergency Responder server group, follow these steps:

                                Procedure
                                  Step 1   Select System > Cisco ER Group Settings.

                                  Emergency Responder opens the Emergency Responder Group Settings page.

                                  Step 2   Check the Limit Concurrent Sessions check box. This is used to enable limiting the number of concurrent sessions and enables the Max. number of concurrent sessions drop down box.
                                  Step 3   Select the maximum number of concurrent session, you want to impose on the Emergency Responder user, from the Max. number of concurrent sessions drop down box.
                                  Step 4   Click Update Settings button to apply the new change.
                                  Note   

                                  You can disable the maximum number of concurrent settings by going to System > Emergency Responder Group Settings and uncheck the Limit Concurrent Sessions check box.


                                  Related References

                                  Server and Server Group Configuration

                                  The information in the following topics describe how to configure Emergency Responder servers and server groups, and the telephony connection between the Emergency Responder groups and Unified CM.

                                  Set Up Server Group

                                  To configure a Emergency Responder server group, you must connect to the administration interface on one of the servers that is part of the group. An Emergency Responder server group consists of up to two Emergency Responder servers, a primary and a standby, or backup, server. This redundancy helps ensure that Emergency Responder remains available in case one server becomes disabled.

                                  Consider placing the two servers in a group in separate physical locations so that problems that might affect one server do not affect the other, such as a fire, flood, or network disruption. See Data Integrity and Reliability for more information.

                                  Before You Begin

                                  You must have system administrator authority to configure an Emergency Responder server group.

                                  To configure an Emergency Responder server group, follow these steps:

                                  Procedure
                                    Step 1   Select System > Cisco ER Group Settings.

                                    Emergency Responder opens the Emergency Responder Group Settings page.

                                    Step 2   Fill in the group settings, as described in the Group Settings. Many fields have defaults that should work for most networks. At minimum, you must configure these fields:
                                    • Cisco ER Group Name—Enter a name for the group. This name is mainly for your use, so choose a name you find meaningful.
                                    • SMTP Mail Server and Source Mail ID—If you want Emergency Responder to send email alerts to your Emergency Responder system administrator and onsite alert personnel (security), enter the IP address or DNS name of a mail server, and the name of an account on that server to use for sending email. If you configure email addresses for onsite alert personnel (see Add Onsite Security Personnel), they receive email alerts from this account when an emergency call is made in their assigned area. If their email address is for an email-based paging system, they are paged.
                                    • System Administrator Mail ID—If you want Emergency Responder to send email alerts in the case of critical errors, enter the email account information for the system contact.
                                    • Calling Party Modification flag—You must set this flag if you enabled Calling Party Modification when you created Emergency Responder as a Cisco Call Manager user.
                                    • Enable Syslog and Syslog Server—If you are using CiscoWorks2000 as your network management software, you can configure Emergency Responder to send log messages to the Syslog Collector. To use Syslog Collector, select Enable Syslog and enter the fully-qualified DNS name of the Syslog server.
                                    • Security end user web interface language—To display the Emergency Responder User webpages in French (Canadian), select it in the drop-down box. The default language is English.
                                    Step 3   When you are satisfied with your settings, click Update Settings.

                                    Emergency Responder creates the Emergency Responder group.


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                                    Set Up Group Telephony Settings for Server

                                    You must configure the telephony settings to tell Emergency Responder the phone numbers it should use for emergency calls and ELINs.

                                    Before You Begin

                                    You must have system administrator authority to configure the telephony settings.

                                    Before you configure these settings, create the required route points and route patterns in Unified CM. See these topics for more information:

                                    To configure telephony settings, follow these steps:

                                    Procedure
                                      Step 1   Select System > Telephony Settings.

                                      Emergency Responder opens the Telephony Settings page.

                                      Step 2   Enter the telephony settings, as described in the Telephony Settings:
                                      • UDP Port Begin—The first UDP port Emergency Responder can use for telephone calls. For example, 32000.
                                      • Inter Cisco ER Group Route Pattern—The route pattern that other Emergency Responder groups use to route emergency calls to this group, for example, 1000.911.
                                      • PSAP Callback Route Point Pattern—The CTI route point you created to receive calls from the PSAP. For example, 913XXXXXXXXXX (913 plus 10 Xs).
                                      • ELIN Digit Strip Pattern—The digits to strip from the PSAP callback route point to reveal the ELIN. For example, 913.
                                      • Route Point for Primary Cisco ER Server—The route point you created for the Emergency Responder primary server to use. For example, 711. You may change this number. See Modify The Emergency Number.
                                      • Route Point for Standby Cisco ER Server—The route point you created for the Emergency Responder standby server to use. For example, 912.
                                      • IP Type of Service (00-FF)—The value of the Type of Service (TOS) byte in the IP header. The default 0xB8 implies a TOS class of Priority Queue. It is recommended that this default value be used for Emergency Responder.
                                      • Onsite Alert Prompt Repeat Count—The number of times a prompt is given on the onsite security phone.
                                      • Intrado Route Pattern—The route pattern for an Intrado emergency response location (ERL).
                                      Step 3   Click Update Settings to save your changes.

                                      Modify The Emergency Number

                                      You can configure or modify the emergency number that was automatically set at installation time by entering the number in the Route Point for Primary Cisco ER Server field. Before you configure or change the emergency number, you must configure the new route point and associate it with the Emergency Responder user in Unified CM.


                                      Caution


                                      Modify the emergency number during off-peak hours.


                                      To modify the emergency number, follow these steps:

                                      Procedure
                                        Step 1   Associate the new route point with the Emergency Responder user in Unified CM. See Create Emergency Responder Cisco Unified Communications Manager User.
                                        Step 2   Modify the route point for the new number: enter the number in the field Route Point for Primary Cisco ER Server.
                                        Step 3   Click Update Settings.
                                        Note   

                                        Emergency Responder can still support only one emergency number; after you change it, Emergency Responder starts routing calls received at the new emergency number route point.


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                                        Configure Servers

                                        After you create an Emergency Responder group (see Set Up Server Group), you can use the Server Settings page to update Emergency Responder server settings (for example, to change the server name or to change the trace and debug settings) and to delete servers.

                                        Before You Begin

                                        You must have system administrator authority to update or delete a Emergency Responder server.

                                        To configure Emergency Responder servers, follow these steps:

                                        Procedure
                                          Step 1   Select System > Server Settings.

                                          Emergency Responder opens the Server Settings page.

                                          Step 2   To change the server settings (Server Name or Debug Package List, or Trace Package List settings), select the server name in the left-hand Servers list. Emergency Responder loads the server settings into the edit boxes. Make your changes and click Update.
                                          Step 3   To remove a server from the group, select the server and click Delete. If you are permanently removing the server from your network, ensure that you make any required changes to your telephony network so that calls are not misdirected or dropped.
                                          Step 4   When you are satisfied with your settings, click Update.

                                          Emergency Responder saves your changes and displays them in the list of servers at the top of the page.


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                                          Upload License File

                                          There are two options to upload a license file for the server group:

                                          • You can upload a valid server license file for the Publisher and a second server license file for the Subscriber to use Emergency Responder.
                                          • You can also upload a license for a server group with node count of 2 instead of ordering separate licenses for publisher and subscriber.

                                          For more information, see Licenses.

                                          You must have all server and user license files on hand before you begin this procedure.


                                          Note


                                          If you are unsure about which license files you require, see License Requirements.


                                          Before You Begin

                                          You must have system administrator authority to access the License Manager page.

                                          To upload the Emergency Responder license file, follow these steps:

                                          Procedure
                                            Step 1   From the Emergency Responder Administration website, select System > License Manager.

                                            Emergency Responder opens the License Manager page. The details of the license for the server appear.

                                            Step 2   Based on the server to which you upload the license file, select the server name from the pulldown menu and click Upload License to upload the additional license file.

                                            The Upload File page appears.

                                            Step 3   Use the Browse button to navigate to the license file to be uploaded (which you received as an email attachment after registering your Cisco Emergency Responder system on Cisco.com), highlight the file name, and click Open.

                                            The name of the selected file appears in the Select file to be uploaded text box.

                                            Step 4   Click Upload. Cisco Emergency Responder uploads and installs the additional license file.
                                            Note   

                                            The License Manager page displays the following information:

                                            • Server license information for the server group.
                                            • Consolidated user license information (Publisher and Subscriber)

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                                            Related Information

                                            Identify Cisco Unified Communications Manager Clusters

                                            You must identify one Unified CM server per Unified CM cluster that you want to manage with the Cisco Emergency Responder group you are configuring. Cisco Emergency Responder gets the list of phones registered with these Unified CM servers and tracks the movements of these phones

                                            Cisco Emergency Responder provides three levels of CTI failover. To enable the three levels of CTI failover, enter an IP address or DNS name for the primary CTI Manager; the Backup CTI Manager 1; and the Backup CTI Manager 2.

                                            Before You Begin

                                            You must have system administrator or network administrator authority to identify the Unified CM clusters.

                                            You must activate Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the server before Emergency Responder can access the Unified CM cluster list. For more information, refer to CSCsx52550 using the Software Bug Toolkit.

                                            Every Unified CM server in the Unified CM cluster must be running SNMP services so that Emergency Responder can obtain the required information from the server.

                                            Before configuring these settings, create the required users and CTI ports. This information must be complete before Cisco Emergency Responder tries to create a provider with the Cisco Emergency Responder cluster. Cisco Emergency Responder only registers the CTI ports and route points that are associated with the user when the provider is created. See these topics for more information:

                                            To identify one Unified CM server per Unified CM cluster that you want to manage with the Cisco Emergency Responder group you are configuring, follow these steps:

                                            Procedure
                                              Step 1   Select Phone Tracking > Cisco Unified Communications Manager Details.

                                              Cisco Emergency Responder opens the Unified CM Details page.

                                              Step 2   Enter the details for the Unified CM server:
                                              • Cisco Unified Communications Manager—The IP address or DNS name of the server. This server must be running Unified CM and SNMP services. Do not define more than one Unified CM server within the same Unified CM cluster in the Emergency Responder configuration.
                                              • CTI Manager—The IP address or DNS name of the CTI manager for the cluster to which the server belongs.
                                              • CTI Manager User Name—The user you created for Cisco Emergency Responder. See Create Emergency Responder Cisco Unified Communications Manager User for more information.
                                              • CTI Manager Password—The user password.
                                              • Backup CTI 1 Manager—The IP address or DNS name of the first backup CTI manager for the cluster.
                                              • Backup CTI 2Manager—The IP address or DNS name of the second backup CTI manager for the cluster.
                                              • Telephony Port Begin Address—The first CTI port address in the sequence of ports you created for Emergency Responder use. See Create Required CTI Ports for more information.
                                              • Number of Telephony Ports—The number of CTI ports in the sequence you created for Emergency Responder use.
                                              Step 3   To establish secure JTAPI communications, do the following:
                                              1. Check the Enable Secure Connection check box.
                                              2. Enter the following required information:
                                                • TFTP Server IP Address
                                                • TFTP Server Port
                                                  Note    The TFTP Server Port field is pre-populated with a default value. If in Unified CM you entered a different value for the TFTP Server Port, you must enter that value here, replacing the default value
                                                • CAPF Server IP Address
                                                • CAPF Server Port
                                                  Note    The CAPF Server Port field is pre-populated with a default value. If in Cisco Unified Communications Manager you entered a different value for the CAPF Server Port, you must enter that value here, replacing the default value.
                                                • Instance ID for Publisher
                                                • Secure Authentication String for Publisher
                                                • Instance ID for Subscriber
                                                • Secure Authentication String for Subscriber
                                                  Note    ou must also configure secure JTAPI communications on your Cisco Unified Communications Manager cluster. See Create Required CTI Ports for details.
                                              Step 4   Click Insert.

                                              Emergency Responder adds the Unified CM server to the list of servers. Repeat this procedure if you are supporting other Unified CM clusters with this Emergency Responder group.

                                              Tip   
                                              • To view or change a Unified CM server settings, click the server in the list of servers. The settings are loaded into the edit boxes. To change a setting, edit it and click Update.
                                              • To remove a Unified CM server from the Emergency Responder configuration, click it in the list of servers, then click Delete.

                                              Set up Emergency Responder Cluster and Cluster DB Host

                                              To configure the Emergency Responder cluster and the Cluster DB Host, follow these steps:

                                              Procedure
                                                Step 1   Identify the following:
                                                • All the Emergency Responder groups participating in the Emergency Responder cluster
                                                • One of the Emergency Responder publishers as "Cluster DB Host"
                                                • A password that is the same across the Cluster as "Cluster password"
                                                Step 2   Using the Emergency Responder Admin Utility web interface, navigate to Update > ClusterDB Host, and enter the values from Step 1.
                                                Step 3   Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each Emergency Responder server group in the cluster.
                                                Step 4   Restart Emergency Responder services.
                                                Note   

                                                Emergency Responder server groups can communicate with Emergency Responder 1.3, 2.x, 7.1 and 8.0 and later versions of Emergency Responder server groups in an Emergency Responder cluster.


                                                Related References

                                                Cisco Unified Communications Manager Cluster Changes

                                                If you change or upgrade the Unified CM cluster identified in Emergency Responder to a later version, you must use the Admin Utility to identify Emergency Responder with the later Unified CM version.

                                                To change the Unified CM cluster that is identified in Emergency Responder to a different version, see Change Cisco Unified Communications Manager Version.

                                                Work with Emergency Response Locations

                                                An emergency response location (ERL) defines the area in which an emergency call is made. Security personnel and emergency response teams use ERL information to locate an emergency caller.


                                                Note


                                                Unified CM 6.x introduces a new Do-Not-Disturb feature for IP phones. If this feature is enabled for phones identified as onsite security phones, emergency alerts from Emergency Responder to those phones will not alert the onsite security personnel. It is important that the Do-Not-Disturb feature be disabled for phones used with the onsite alert feature.



                                                Note


                                                Unified CM supports alerts to onsite security personnel from Cisco Emergency Responder on phones that have the Do-Not-Disturb feature enabled.


                                                Emergency Responder system administrators or ERL administrators can create and modify ERLs. The following sections explain ERLs in greater detail and explain how to work with them in Emergency Responder.

                                                ERLs

                                                An emergency response location (ERL) is a building, area within a building, or outside area (if you extend phone service outdoors) that is to be treated as a single location for emergency response purposes. All telephones within the ERL are treated as coming from the same location.

                                                Thus, when someone makes an emergency call, the public safety answering point (PSAP) and your onsite alert (security) team are notified of the ERL. If the emergency requires locating the individual who placed the emergency call, the response teams will have to find the person within the ERL. You can include more specific information using the Phone Location field for individual switch ports. This level of detail is only available for automatically tracked phones, and only appears on the Web Alert screen for onsite alert personnel.

                                                This is similar to the way emergency calls are handled for individual home users: emergency response teams know the house from which the call was placed, but have to search from room to room until they find the caller. The bigger the house, the longer the potential search. Likewise, the larger you make your ERLs, the longer it might take a response team to find an emergency caller.

                                                The laws relating to size of ERLs can vary for different cities, states, and countries. You are responsible for learning your local statutes and developing ERLs that satisfy those statutes. Work with your telephone service provider; they can help you understand the laws. Ultimately, you have to submit the automatic location information (ALI) for your ERLs to your service provider so that calls from your ERLs are routed to the appropriate PSAPs.

                                                Here are some examples of possible ERLs:

                                                • You have a 25-story building, each floor has 10,000 square feet of office space. You might create 25 ERLs, one per floor. Better, you could divide each floor in half and create 50 ERLs, two per floor.
                                                • You have 5 buildings. Each building was a former home, and they are approximately 3000 square feet. You might create 5 ERLs, one per building, even though some of the buildings are multistory.
                                                • You have a 5 story building, but the building is very large, so that each floor has 100,000 square feet of office space. You might create 20 ERLs per floor for a total of 100 ERLs, each ERL covering approximately 5,000 square feet.
                                                • You have a high concentration of telephones, and local standards require that an ERL have no more than 48 telephones. In this case, you have to define zones based on telephone coverage, rather than on physical space. Try to create zones that are recognizable as a physical location, for example, BldJFloor5Row3.
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                                                ERL Management

                                                To establish a useful set of ERLs, consider following these steps:

                                                1. Become familiar with local statutes on emergency call requirements. Local laws might have specific requirements or recommendations on the maximum size of an ERL (for example, no larger than 7,000 square feet).
                                                2. Talk to your service provider to learn about their rules or recommendations.
                                                3. Work with the security personnel in your organization to determine what they feel is required for them to effectively respond to an emergency call. Besides having suggestions about the size of the various zones, security personnel should also review the ERL naming strategy because the ERL name is one of the major data points they use to locate the emergency caller. Security personnel also can use these fields to help locate a caller:
                                                  • The Location field in the ALI, which you can use to clarify ERL names, for example, by including the complete street address of the building. Although security can also view the ALI from the Emergency Responder user interface, it takes a few extra steps to view the entire ALI, so including a complete address in the Location field can expedite response.
                                                  • The Phone Location field associated to the switch port. You can use this field to fine-tune the location, for example, by specifying the office or cube number that the port serves.
                                                4. Use Emergency Responder to enter information about your security (onsite alert) personnel. You should enter this information before defining the ERLs, because during ERL definition you assign personnel to each ERL. See Add Onsite Security Personnel for more information.
                                                5. Use Emergency Responder to define the ERLs and their ALI. See ERL Creation for more information.
                                                6. Assign switch ports to the correct ERL and define the phone location for the port. See Switch Port Configuration for more information. Someone with network administrator authority must first add the switches to the Emergency Responder configuration before you can complete this task.
                                                7. Define any phones that are not directly supported by Emergency Responder. See Manually Define Phones, for more information.
                                                8. After you are satisfied with the ERL and ALI definitions, export the ALI information and submit it to your service provider. Work with your service provider to determine the file format and submission requirements. You must submit this information so that emergency calls from your ERLs can be routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). See Export ERL Information and the Export ALI Information for Submission to Your Service Provider for more information. After you complete this task, emergency calls from your ERLs should result in the correct onsite response personnel receiving notification of an emergency call, and the correct local PSAP receiving the actual emergency call.

                                                  Note


                                                  Ensure that you submit each ALI export file as you create it. The ALI export records include an indication that the record is either new or modified. If you do not submit an ALI export file, the subsequent file you submit might have incorrect status indications, which can result in your service provider rejecting some, or possibly all, of your submitted records.


                                                9. Ensure you update the ERL, ALI, and switch port information as you:
                                                  • Add or remove switches or ports
                                                  • Add or remove manually defined phones
                                                  • Add or remove ERLs
                                                  • Update ALIs Any time you update the ELINs for an ERL, or the ALI, you should reexport ALI data and submit it to your service provider.
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                                                Add Onsite Security Personnel

                                                You must identify your security, or onsite alert personnel so that you can assign them to your emergency response locations (ERLs). If an emergency call is made from an ERL, the associated onsite alert personnel receive:

                                                • A web-based alert on the Emergency Responder end-user interface.
                                                • An email message. If you use an email-based paging address, the message results in a page.
                                                • A telephone call indicating that an emergency call was made.
                                                Before You Begin

                                                You must log into Emergency Responder with system administrator or ERL administrator authority.

                                                Collect information about all of your onsite alert personnel, including names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Also, develop a unique identification name for each, if you do not already have one readily available (such as badge number).

                                                To add an onsite security personnel, follow these steps:

                                                Procedure
                                                  Step 1   Select ERL > Onsite Alert Settings.

                                                  Emergency Responder opens the Onsite Alert Settings page.

                                                  Step 2   Enter the unique ID, name, telephone number, email address, and pager address of a security or onsite alert person.

                                                  Unique ID might be a badge number, email name, or other site-specific unique name. You use this ID to assign the person to an ERL, so ensure that you use a naming strategy useful to you.

                                                  You can use an email-based paging address for the email address, so that onsite alert personnel receive a page rather than an email.

                                                  Step 3   Click Insert.

                                                  Emergency Responder adds the person to the list of onsite personnel. Repeat until you define all security or onsite personnel.

                                                  Tip   
                                                  • To delete a person, first remove the person from all ERL definitions. Then, in the Available Onsite Alerts list on the Onsite Alerts Settings page, click the Delete icon corresponding to that person's record.
                                                  • To modify onsite alert settings, click on the person's Onsite Alert ID, Onsite Alert Name, Onsite Alert Number, Onsite Alert Email Address or Onsite Alert Pager Address in the Available Onsite Alerts list. The information for that person displays in the Modify Onsite Alert Contact section of the page. Modify the information as needed and then click Update. You cannot change a person's Onsite Alert ID: to change the Onsite Alert ID, delete the person's entry and create a new one.

                                                  ERL Creation

                                                  The following sections describe how to create emergency response locations (ERLs).

                                                  Set Up Default ERL

                                                  Emergency Responder does not automatically assign new switch ports and unlocated phones to the Default emergency response location (ERL). New switch ports and unlocated phones are treated as "ERL not configured."

                                                  You must not configure the Default ERL to any of the Switch Ports, Unlocated Phones, Manually Configured Phones or IP subnets. The Default ERL is used internally by Emergency Responder only if no other ERL is configured for that phone.

                                                  Emergency Responder also uses the Default ERL for all emergency calls when the Emergency Responder server is first started (or restarted when there is no standby Emergency Responder server) until the initial switch port update is finished. (This process is started immediately.)

                                                  Before You Begin

                                                  You must log into Emergency Responder with system administrator or ERL administrator authority.

                                                  You must first configure the required ELINs in Unified CM (see ELIN Numbers Emergency Calls and PSAP Callbacks).

                                                  To set up the default ERL, follow these steps:

                                                  Procedure
                                                    Step 1   Select ERL > Conventional ERL.

                                                    Emergency Responder opens the Find Conventional ERL Data page.

                                                    Step 2   Click Configure Default ERL.

                                                    Emergency Responder opens the ERL Information for Default window.

                                                    Step 3   Fill in the ERL Information for Default window. The Add New ERL contains detailed explanations of each field.
                                                    Step 4   Click ALI Details.

                                                    Emergency Responder opens the ALI Information window.

                                                    Step 5   Fill in the ALI Information window. The ALI Information contains detailed explanations of each field.

                                                    When finished filling in the ALI, click Update ALI Info. Emergency Responder saves your ALI. Click Close to close the window.

                                                    Step 6   Make the ERL Information for Default window the active window if it is not, and click Update.

                                                    Emergency Responder saves the ERL and its ALI.

                                                    Step 7   Click Close to close the window.
                                                    Tip   

                                                    You cannot delete the default ERL. In addition, you cannot configure other ERLs unless the default ERL is configured.


                                                    Related Information

                                                    Set Up ERLs for Non-PSAP Deployment

                                                    You may want to deploy Emergency Responder for on-site alerts only. That is, instead of routing emergency calls to a public safety answering point (PSAP), you route emergency calls to a specified security phone.

                                                    There are two ways to set up non-PSAP deployments:

                                                    Configure Security IDs Only—In this scenario, you configure security IDs for the zones for any ERL; you do not configure route/translation patterns. All emergency calls are routed to the ERL security. If this fails, the calls are routed to the default ERL security. Emergency Responder then initiates a call to the configured security phone and plays prompts to alert security personnel to the emergency call.

                                                    To configure Security IDs only, follow these steps:

                                                    Procedure
                                                      Step 1   Identify the security personnel to be notified in case of an emergency call (see Add Onsite Security Personnel).

                                                      For example, configure security A with directory number 1000.

                                                      Step 2   Add an ERL with no route pattern/ELIN but only with security IDs for that ERL (see ERL Creation).

                                                      For example, add ERL X with security A.

                                                      Step 3   Go to the switch port screen and assign discovered switch ports to the already configured ERLs (see Switch Port Configuration).

                                                      For example, associate switch ports of switch IP Y to ERL X.

                                                      All emergency calls from any phone connected to switch IP Y use ERL X and ring on the security A directory number 1000.

                                                      Note   

                                                      If you use Layer 3 (IP) roaming for wireless IP phones or wireless phones register using their Wireless Access Point's IP address, then Emergency Responder cannot automatically track movement of these phones. This is because Emergency Responder uses the IP address of the phone to determine the phone's location. Do not use Layer 3 roaming if you need Emergency Responder to automatically track movement of wireless phones in your network.

                                                      Configure Security IDs and Route/Translation Patterns—In this scenario, you configure security IDs for the zones for any ERL and you also configure a route/translation pattern without an ELIN number. Emergency Responder displays a popup warning message alerting you that this zone will not have an ELIN. The emergency call is routed using the route/translation pattern; If this fails, the default pattern is used. Emergency Responder then initiates a call to the configured security phone and plays prompts to alert security personnel to the emergency call.

                                                      Note   

                                                      In this scenario, you must use a different route/translation pattern for each zone.


                                                      Set Up Individual ERL and Automatic Location Information (ALI)

                                                      This section explains how to define a single ERL. Because several ERLs often have similar information, see Import Several ERLs section for strategies for simplifying the definition of similar ERLs.

                                                      Before You Begin

                                                      You must log into Emergency Responder with system administrator or ERL administrator authority.

                                                      To define a single ERL, follow these steps:

                                                      Procedure
                                                        Step 1   Select ERL > Conventional ERL.

                                                        Emergency Responder opens the Find conventional ERLs page.

                                                        Step 2   Click Add New ERL.

                                                        Emergency Responder opens the Add New ERL window.

                                                        Step 3   Fill in the Add New ERL window. The Add New ERL contains detailed explanations of each field.
                                                        Step 4   Click the Add ALI button.

                                                        Emergency Responder opens the ALI Information window.

                                                        Step 5   Fill in the ALI Information window. The ALI Information contains detailed explanations of each field.

                                                        When finished filling in the ALI, click Save and Close.

                                                        Step 6   Make the Add New ERL window the active window if it is not, and click Insert.

                                                        Emergency Responder saves the ERL and its ALI.

                                                        Step 7   Click Close to close the window.
                                                        Tip   
                                                        • To create an ERL that is similar to an existing ERL, click Find to list the existing ERLs, then click copy for the similar ERL. Emergency Responder creates a copy of some ERL and all ALI information, which you can modify for the new ERL.
                                                        • You can create or update tags to simplify the ALI definition process. Navigate to the ALI Information window, and look for information about the location of the samplevalidate.txt file. The sample file explains how to set up tags. When you have created or updated the desired tags, select the tag name on the ALI Information window and the ALI fields are loaded with the settings associated with the tag.

                                                        Related Tasks
                                                        Related Information

                                                        Import Several ERLs

                                                        Rather than defining ERLs one at a time, as described in Set Up Individual ERL and Automatic Location Information (ALI), you can create a file that contains more than one ERL definition, and import these ERLs at the same time into your Emergency Responder configuration. This is especially useful if you already have ERL definitions set up in a spreadsheet, or if you are recovering an Emergency Responder configuration using ERL data exported from Emergency Responder.

                                                        Before You Begin

                                                        You must log into Emergency Responder with system administrator or ERL administrator authority.

                                                        Prepare an import file. Emergency Responder includes detailed information about the required file format on the Import ERL Data page. The page also includes the location in which you must place the file to import it.

                                                        You can import conventional, off-premise, or Intrado ERLs. The Import link in the upper-right corner in of the Find Conventional ERL Data Page, Find Off-Premises ERLs Data page, and the Find Intrado ERLs Data page.

                                                        For information about creating conventional ERLs, see ERL Creation.

                                                        For information about creating Intrado ERLs, see Set Up Intrado ERLs.

                                                        For information about creating off-premise ERLs, see Set Up Off-Premise ERL.

                                                        Use the following procedure to view the format, create or update your file, copy the file to the required location, and then follow the procedure to import the file.

                                                        To import several ERLs at once, follow these steps:

                                                        Procedure
                                                          Step 1   In the Find ERL page (Find Conventional ERL Data Page, Find Off-Premises ERLs Data page, or the Find Intrado ERLs Data page), click Import.

                                                          Emergency Responder opens the Import ERL Data page.

                                                          Step 2   Select the format of your import file (csv or xml) from the pulldown menu.
                                                          Step 3   Click Upload to upload the file from your local machine. See Upload File for information about using the Upload utility.
                                                          Step 4   Select your import file.
                                                          Step 5   Click Import.

                                                          Emergency Responder imports your ERL and associated ALI data, and displays the status of the import as it proceeds. The imported data overwrites existing conflicting data in the Emergency Responder configuration.

                                                          Step 6   Click Close to close the Import ERL Data window.

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                                                          Convert ALI Data

                                                          Use the PS-ALI Converter tool to generate an ERL csv (Comma Separated Value) text file that can be accepted by the Emergency Responder ERL. You must first upload an existing ALI file in NENA 2.0 format to Emergency Responder before converting it.

                                                          Before You Begin

                                                          You must log into Emergency Responder with system administrator or ERL administrator authority.

                                                          To convert ALI data, follow these steps:

                                                          Procedure
                                                            Step 1   Select Tools > PS-ALI Converter.

                                                            Emergency Responder displays the PS-ALI Converter page.

                                                            Step 2   Click the Upload PSALI file button to upload an ERL file in NENA 2.0 format. The Upload File page appears.
                                                            Step 3   Follow the instructions in the Upload File to upload the ERL file.
                                                            Step 4   Select the uploaded file from pulldown menu.
                                                            Step 5   In the Output file (in csv format) Name field, enter the name of the converted csv file you want to create.
                                                            Step 6   Click Convert to create the csv file.

                                                            The generated csv file is in the following folder:

                                                            %cerroot%/import

                                                            You can import the file or download the file using the File Manager utility.

                                                            Step 7   Modify the converted csv file as needed. For example, add the ERL name, route pattern, and security details to update the ERL.
                                                            Step 8   Click Close to close the window.

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                                                            Set Up IP Subnet-based ERLs

                                                            In addition to supporting switch port-based ERLs, Emergency Responder supports IP subnet-based (Layer 3) ERLs. You can configure IP subnets and assign ERLs to the configured IP subnets; Cisco Emergency Responder then routes the emergency calls based on the configured IP subnet and ERL associations.

                                                            This is useful in environments where strict IP addressing rules are followed and cubicle-level location is not required, such as configurations with wireless phones.


                                                            Note


                                                            Be aware that subnet-based tracking covers only to the IP subnet level, not to the cubicle level.


                                                            Use IP subnet-based ERLs to locate and track 802.11b endpoints, such as Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone 7920 devices and Cisco IP SoftPhones running on 802.11b. Cisco Emergency Responder cannot locate or track 802.11b wireless endpoints to a Cisco Access Point. It is recommended that:

                                                            • You configure a subnet-ERL for each access point.
                                                            • You identify the switch port to which the access point is connected and you assign the 802.11b wireless endpoint to the subnet ERL that is configured for that access point.
                                                            Before You Begin

                                                            You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to access this page.

                                                            To configure IP subnet-based ERLs, follow these steps:

                                                            Procedure
                                                              Step 1   Select ERL Membership > IP subnets and click the Add new IP subnet link on the Find and List IP Subnets page.

                                                              Emergency Responder opens the Configure IP Subnets page.

                                                              Step 2   At the Subnet ID field, enter the IP address of the subnet you want to define, for example,10.76.35.0.
                                                              Step 3   At the Subnet Mask field, enter the mask of the subnet you want to define, for example, 255.255.255.224.
                                                              Step 4   To select the ERL you want to assign to the subnet, click the Search ERL button next to the ERL Name field. The Find ERL page appears.
                                                              Step 5   Enter the ERL Search Parameters and click Find. The search results appear.
                                                              Step 6   Click the radio button next to the ERL you want to assign to the subnet and click Select ERL. The Find ERL page closes.
                                                              Step 7   On the Configure IP Subnet page, click Insert to add the subnet.

                                                              A popup message requests that you force a switch port update. You can do this after all the IP subnets have been added.

                                                              Step 8   To change the fields on this page back to the last saved settings, click Cancel Changes.
                                                              Step 9   To return to the Find and List IP Subnets page, click Back to IP Subnet Search.

                                                              Set Up Test ERLs

                                                              You can use Cisco Unified Operations Manager to monitor the health and functionality of Emergency Responder.

                                                              To use Cisco Unified Operations Manager with Emergency Responder, you configure a test ERL for conventional ERLs, then add a synthetic phone and associate the synthetic phone to the test ERL. When a synthetic phone makes an emergency call, Emergency Responder uses the associated test ERL to route the call.


                                                              Note


                                                              You can configure test ERLs only to synthetic phones.



                                                              Note


                                                              You cannot configure test ERLs for off-premise ERLs and Intrado ERLs.


                                                              All synthetic phones used for Emergency Responder testing must belong to one of the configured test ERLs. For phones used for test ERLs, you enter the MAC address or address range allotted for synthetic phones.

                                                              The following conditions apply to test ERLS:

                                                              • Calls from synthetic phones are not logged in Call History logs.
                                                              • Web alerts are not generated for emergency calls from synthetic phones.
                                                              • Email alerts are not generated for emergency calls from synthetic phones.
                                                              • PS-ALI records for test ERLS are not exported in NENA export files.

                                                              Tip


                                                              You do not need to enter ALI data for test ERLs. Non-test ERLs must contain ALI data.


                                                              Before You Begin

                                                              You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to reach this page.

                                                              To configure test ERLs, follow these steps:

                                                              Procedure
                                                                Step 1   Select ERL > Conventional ERL and click Add New ERL on the ERL Configuration page.
                                                                Step 2   At the ERL field, enter a name for the test ERL.
                                                                Step 3   At the Test ERL field, check the box to select it.
                                                                Note   

                                                                This setting is not available on the ERL Information for Default; default ERLs may not be used as test ERLs.

                                                                Note   

                                                                Do not click ALI Details to enter ALI data. You do not need to enter ALI data for test ERLs; only non-test ERLs must contain ALI data.

                                                                Step 4   Click Insert to save the test ERL and click Close to close the window.
                                                                Step 5   Select ERL Membership > Synthetic Phones and click Add New Synthetic phone on the Find and List Synthetic Phones page.
                                                                Step 6   At the MAC Address field, enter the MAC address or the range of MAC addresses allotted for synthetic phone.

                                                                Enter the MAC address in this format:

                                                                xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx

                                                                or

                                                                xxxxxxxxxxxx

                                                                The synthetic MAC address must be within the following range:

                                                                00059a3b7700 - 0059a3b8aff

                                                                Step 7   At the ERL Name field, enter the test ERL that you want to assign to the synthetic phone. Select the configured test ERL from the drop-down list or type in a valid test ERL name.
                                                                Step 8   Click Insert to add the phone to the list of defined synthetic phones.
                                                                Step 9   To change the fields on this page back to the last saved settings, click Cancel Changes.

                                                                Export ERL Information

                                                                Use the Export ERL page to create ERL export files for your own use, for example, to back up or move an ERL configuration. You can export conventional, off-premise, or Intrado ERLs. The Export link in the upper-right corner in of the Find Conventional ERL Data Page, Find Off-Premises ERLs Data page, and the Find Intrado ERLs Data page.

                                                                For information about creating conventional ERLs, see ERL Creation.

                                                                For information about creating Intrado ERLs, see Set Up Intrado ERLs.

                                                                For information about creating off-premise ERLs, see Set Up Off-Premise ERL.


                                                                Note


                                                                Do not submit ERL export files to your service provider—they are not exported in a format your service provider can use.


                                                                For information about exporting ALI information, see Export ALI Information for Submission to Your Service Provider.

                                                                For information about reformating ALI data to be accepted by the ERL, see Export ALI Information for Submission to Your Service Provider.

                                                                Before You Begin

                                                                You must log into Emergency Responder with system administrator or ERL administrator authority.

                                                                To export ERL information, follow these steps:

                                                                Procedure
                                                                  Step 1   In the Find ERL page (Find Conventional ERL Data Page, Find Off-Premises ERLs Data page, or the Find Intrado ERLs Data page), click Export.

                                                                  Emergency Responder opens the Export ER Data window.

                                                                  Step 2   Select the Export Format (csv or xml) from the pulldown menu.
                                                                  Step 3   Enter the name of the file to be exported in the Enter Export File Name field.
                                                                  Step 4   Click Export.

                                                                  Emergency Responder creates the export file, and tells you the location where the file was created and how many records were exported.

                                                                  Step 5   Select the exported file from the pulldown menu and click Download to download it to your local machine.
                                                                  Step 6   Click Close to close the Export ERL Data window.

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                                                                  Export ALI Information for Submission to Your Service Provider

                                                                  Your service provider and their database provider need your automatic location information (ALI) so that emergency calls from your conventional ERLs can be routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). The PSAP can also use this information to dispatch emergency response teams (such as police, fire, medical) to deal with the emergency. As you create and update your ERLs and their ALIs, make sure that you export the data and send it to your service provider or the database provider they identify.

                                                                  See ALI Formatting Tool chapter for information about sending ALI details to your service provider.

                                                                  Before You Begin

                                                                  You must log into Emergency Responder with system administrator or ERL administrator authority.


                                                                  Caution


                                                                  Ensure that you submit each ALI export file as you create it. The ALI export records include an indication that the record is either new or modified. If you do not submit an ALI export file, the subsequent file you submit might have incorrect status indications, which can result in your service provider rejecting some, or possibly all, of your submitted records.


                                                                  To export ALI information for submission to your service provider, follow these steps:

                                                                  Procedure
                                                                    Step 1   Select Tools > Export PS-ALI Records.

                                                                    Emergency Responder opens the Export PS-ALI Records page.

                                                                    Step 2   At the Select the NENA Format field, choose the format required by your service provider from the drop-down list.
                                                                    Step 3   At the File to Export field, enter the name of the file to export.
                                                                    Step 4   At the Company Name field, enter your company name.
                                                                    Step 5   Emergency Responder automatically increments the Cycle Counter each time you export data. You do not need to change this counter unless you are redoing or correcting a previous exportation. However, changing the sequence number does not affect the data placed in the file—if you are redoing an export, you have to manually edit the export file to change the record status fields.
                                                                    Step 6   Click Export.

                                                                    Emergency Responder creates the export file and tells you how many records were exported.

                                                                    Step 7   Click Download to download the file to your local machine.
                                                                    Step 8   Click Close to close the Export ALI Records window.
                                                                    Step 9   Use your service provider's method of transmitting the file to the service provider.

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                                                                    View Audit Trail for ERL

                                                                    You can view the audit trail for an ERL to determine how, when, and by whom an ERL was created or changed.

                                                                    Before You Begin

                                                                    You must have system administrator, ERL administrator, or network administrator authority to view the audit trail.

                                                                    To view the audit trail for an ERL, follow these steps:

                                                                    Procedure
                                                                      Step 1   Select Reports > ERL Audit Trail.

                                                                      Emergency Responder opens the ERL Audit Trail page.

                                                                      Step 2   Enter search criteria to select the ERLs whose audit history you want to view.

                                                                      To view all ERLs, click Find without entering any criteria.

                                                                      To narrow your search:

                                                                      1. Select the field you want to search on, select the search relationship, and enter the search string. For some fields, you can select valid strings from the right-most drop-down list.
                                                                      2. To search on a combination of fields, click More to add additional search fields. Select Any at the top of the list to indicate that ERLs that match any search criteria be selected (an OR search); select All to indicate that only ERLs that match every criteria be selected (an AND search).
                                                                      3. Click Find when you have entered all of the search criteria.

                                                                        Emergency Responder lists the matching audit records. If there are a lot of matches, Emergency Responder uses several pages to display them. Use the links at the bottom of the list to change pages.

                                                                        Tip   

                                                                        To view the audit trail of a specific ERL, click View in the Audit Trail column in a list of ERLs shown on the Find and List ERLs page.


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                                                                      Emergency Responder Switch Configuration

                                                                      Before you can assign switch ports to ERLs, you must identify the switches used in your network to Emergency Responder. The following topics describe the switch requirements and how to identify switches to Emergency Responder.

                                                                      Switch Requirements for Emergency Responder

                                                                      Emergency Responder uses Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) to locate phones, so you should enable CDP on all of your switches. If you do not enable CDP, Emergency Responder must use the Content Addressable Memory (CAM) table on the switch to track phones. Using the CAM table is less efficient than using CDP.

                                                                      If some of the phones on your network do not use CDP, Emergency Responder tracks them using the CAM table.

                                                                      Ensure that the switches to which phones are attached are supported by Emergency Responder, and that the switches are running the required software version. The Network Hardware and Software Requirements lists the supported switches and software versions.

                                                                      If you are using Catalyst 3500 switch clusters, you must assign IP addresses to every switch. Emergency Responder cannot work with a switch unless the switch has an IP address.

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                                                                      Set Up SNMP Connection

                                                                      Emergency Responder uses SNMP to obtain information about the ports on a switch. Emergency Responder must obtain this port information so that you can assign the ports to ERLs, and so that Emergency Responder can identify phones that are attached to the ports and update their ERL assignments.

                                                                      Emergency Responder only reads SNMP information, it does not write changes to the switch configuration, so you only have to configure the SNMP read community strings.

                                                                      Before You Begin

                                                                      You must have system administrator or network administrator authority to define the SNMP settings.

                                                                      Obtain the read community strings from all of the switches you define in Emergency Responder. If you use different strings for different sets of switches, see if you can define an IP address pattern for these sets. For example, if you use the same string for all switches that begin with 10.1, and another string for switches that begin with 10.2, you can use the patterns 10.1.*.* and 10.2.*.*.

                                                                      If two or more patterns match an IP address, Emergency Responder uses the SNMP string associated with the most closely matching pattern. For example, if you define *.*.*.* and 10.1.*.*, and the IP address is 10.1.12.24, Emergency Responder uses the SNMP string defined for 10.1.*.*. The sequence of entries on this page does not affect the selection.

                                                                      When you configure the SNMP strings for your switches, you must also configure the SNMP strings for your Unified CM servers. Emergency Responder must be able to make SNMP queries of all Unified CM servers in the cluster that it supports.

                                                                      If your Cisco Emergency Responder servers, Unified CM servers, and Cisco IP Phones are in a different subnet than your switches, you must either configure both the subnets for the servers and phones as well as the subnet for the switches or use *.*.*.*.

                                                                      To configure the SNMP connection, follow these steps:

                                                                      Procedure
                                                                        Step 1   Select Phone Tracking > SNMP Settings.

                                                                        Emergency Responder opens the SNMP Settings page.

                                                                        Step 2   Enter an IP address pattern to which you want to associate an SNMP read community string. Use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard character. You can also use number ranges for octets, such as 15-30. Because Emergency Responder only tries to contact the switches you identify on the LAN Switch Details page (see LAN Switch Identification for more information), it does not matter if the IP address patterns cover devices other than switches.
                                                                        • If all of your switches use the same read community string, enter *.*.*.*. You only need to create one entry.
                                                                        • If subsets of your switches use the same strings, create a mask that covers those subsets, if possible. For simplicity, try to create the fewest number of patterns.
                                                                        • If you use a separate string for each switch, you must enter each switch on this page.
                                                                        Step 3   Enter the timeout and retries values. These values work together to determine how often and how long Emergency Responder tries to obtain SNMP information from a switch before giving up. The first attempt lasts as long as the timeout value. If you enter 1 or higher for retries, Emergency Responder tries again, and each retry lasts twice as long as the previous try. For example, if you specify 10 for timeout, the first retry lasts for 20 seconds, the second retry lasts for 40 seconds, and so forth.

                                                                        The optimal values are 10 to 15 seconds for timeout, and 2 to 3 for retries.

                                                                        Step 4   Enter the read community string, for example, public.
                                                                        Step 5   Click Insert.

                                                                        Emergency Responder adds the SNMP setting to the list of settings.

                                                                        Step 6   If you must create more than one setting, return to Step 2.
                                                                        Tip   
                                                                        • Whenever you change the SNMP read community string on a switch, you must update the associated setting in Emergency Responder.
                                                                        • To change an SNMP setting, select it in the list. Emergency Responder loads the setting in the edit boxes. Make your changes and click Update. Then, run the switch-port and phone update process on the switch after you update the SNMP setting. Select Phone Tracking > LAN Switch Details, select the switch in the LAN Switches list, and then click Locate Switch Ports. If you are changing the setting for a large number of switches, run the process on all switches by selecting Phone Tracking > Run Switch-Port & Phone Update.
                                                                        • To delete a setting, click the delete icon on the setting's entry.

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                                                                        Define Phone Tracking and Switch Update Schedules

                                                                        To track phones successfully, Emergency Responder must periodically contact switches to obtain port and device information. Emergency Responder updates network information using two processes:

                                                                        • Phone Tracking—A periodic comparison of the phones registered with Unified CM to the location information obtained from the switches. If a phone moves, Emergency Responder updates the phone's ERL. Phones that cannot be located are classified as unlocated phones (see Identify Unlocated Phones).

                                                                          Note


                                                                          If you do not configure a switch port phone update schedule, the default schedule runs at midnight.


                                                                        • Switch-Port and Phone Update—The phone tracking process plus a more extensive check of the network switches, which can identify new or changed switch modules (additional or removed ports). Any newly-discovered ports are assigned to the Default ERL. Ensure that your ERL administrator updates the ERL assignment for new ports.
                                                                        Before You Begin

                                                                        You must have system administrator or network administrator authority to define the schedule.

                                                                        To define the phone tracking and switch update schedules, follow these steps:

                                                                        Procedure
                                                                          Step 1   Select Phone Tracking > Schedule.

                                                                          Emergency Responder opens the Schedule page.

                                                                          Step 2   Enter the incremental phone tracking schedule in minutes and click Update.

                                                                          Emergency Responder runs the phone tracking process this number of minutes after finishing the previous phone tracking process.

                                                                          Step 3   Enter the schedule for the switch-port and phone update process. You should run this process at least once per day (but not more than four times per day).

                                                                          For example, if you want to run the process at midnight Monday through Friday, but at 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday, create two schedule entries:

                                                                          • Select Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri, and 00 for Hour, 00 for Minute, then click Insert. Emergency Responder adds the schedule to the list.
                                                                          • Select Sat and Sun, and 18 for Hour, 00 for Minute, then click Insert. Emergency Responder adds the schedule to the list.

                                                                            If you define schedules that overlap, Emergency Responder only runs one process.

                                                                          Note   

                                                                          The Emergency Responder Administrator must ensure that ccmPhoneStatusUpdateStorePeriod (CISCO-CCM-MIB) value in Unified CM must be set to a value greater than the Emergency Responder incremental phone tracking interval, for tracking phone changes efficiently.

                                                                          Tip   
                                                                          • To change a switch-port and phone update schedule, click the schedule in the list. Emergency Responder loads the schedule's settings in the schedule fields. Make your changes and click Update.
                                                                          • To delete a schedule, click the delete icon on the schedule's list entry.

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                                                                          LAN Switch Identification

                                                                          You must tell Cisco Emergency Responder (Emergency Responder) which switches to manage. Emergency Responder tracks port changes, including changes to the devices connected to those ports, and can recognize which ports have phones connected to them. Identify all switches that might have phones attached to them, essentially all edge switches.

                                                                          Because Emergency Responder must obtain information from the switches, you must ensure that the information you supply to Emergency Responder is correct and kept up-to-date. After you have created the initial switch list, you can make mass changes to switch definitions by exporting the switch definitions, editing the export file, and reimporting the file.

                                                                          The following sections describe how to identify switches to Emergency Responder, and how to export switch information.

                                                                          Identify LAN Switches One at A Time

                                                                          You can enter switches into the Emergency Responder configuration one at a time. If you have a large number of switches to add, consider creating an import file to add them instead of using this procedure. See Import Group of Switches for more information.

                                                                          Before You Begin

                                                                          You must have system administrator or network administrator authority to add, remove, or change switch definitions.

                                                                          Determine if your network includes phones that do not use the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) to announce themselves to the network. For non-CDP phones, Emergency Responder must use the CAM information about the switch to identify phones. See Network Hardware and Software Requirements for information about which phones require CAM access.

                                                                          Ensure that you configure the SNMP read community strings before adding switches. See Set Up SNMP Connection for more information.


                                                                          Note


                                                                          Emergency Responder performs a full discovery scan for all the switches when you either reboot the Emergency Responder server or while upgrading to a higher version. This process can be time consuming, depending on network size/ number of switches.



                                                                          Note


                                                                          Always delete the LAN Switches from Emergency Responder Administration > Phone Tracking > LAN Switch Details, if this has been removed from the network.


                                                                          To identify LAN switches one at a time, follow these steps:

                                                                          Procedure
                                                                            Step 1   Select Phone Tracking > LAN Switch Details.

                                                                            Emergency Responder opens the LAN Switch Details page.

                                                                            Step 2   Enter information about the switch:
                                                                            • Enter the IP address or DNS name of the switch.
                                                                            • If there might be non-CDP-enabled phones attached to the switch, select Enable CAM-based Phone Tracking.
                                                                            • If you want to display the switch port descriptions that is configured on the switch in the locations field in Emergency Responder, select Use port description as port location.
                                                                            Step 3   Click Insert to add the switch to the Emergency Responder configuration.

                                                                            Emergency Responder asks if you want to run the switch-port and phone update process. You must run this process so that Emergency Responder can identify the ports on the switch and so that your ERL administrator can then assign the ports to the right ERLs.

                                                                            If you are adding more than one switch, you can skip running the process until you add the last switch. When you select to run the process, Emergency Responder runs the process on all switches added since the last time the switch-port and phone update process was run.

                                                                            If you do not choose to run the process, you can run it later by selecting Phone Tracking > Run Switch-Port & Phone Update.

                                                                            In either case, newly discovered ports are assigned to the Default ERL.

                                                                            Note   
                                                                            Emergency Responder expects only one IP address/hostname per chassis and needs access to the following MIBs:
                                                                            • mib-2
                                                                            • IF-MIB
                                                                            • CISCO-CDP-MIB
                                                                            • ENTITY-MIB
                                                                            • CISCO-VLAN-MEMBERSHIP-MIB
                                                                            • RIDGE-MIB*
                                                                            • CISCO-STACK-MIB
                                                                            • Mib-2
                                                                            • interface
                                                                            • CISCO-2900-MIB
                                                                            Tip   
                                                                            • Click a switch in the LAN Switches list to view the switch's Emergency Responder configuration. To change the configuration, make your changes and click Update.
                                                                            • Click Add LAN Switch to add another switch if you are viewing an existing switch's configuration.
                                                                            • To delete a switch, select it from the LAN Switches list and click Delete. If you do not remove the switch from the network, Emergency Responder identifies any phones connected to the switch as unlocated phones.

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                                                                            Import Group of Switches

                                                                            You can define a large number of switches at one time by importing a file that contains the required switch information. You can create this file by exporting switch information from your network management software, and then using a spreadsheet program to modify the records to match the Emergency Responder file format requirements (that is, by deleting columns, adding columns, rearranging columns, and so forth).

                                                                            If you have a large network, importing switch definitions can save you a lot of time.

                                                                            Before You Begin

                                                                            You must have system administrator or network administrator authority to import switch definitions.

                                                                            Prepare an import file. Emergency Responder includes detailed information about the required file format on the Import LAN Switch page. The page also includes the location in which you must place the file to import it. Use the following procedure to go to the page and view the format, create your file, copy the file to the required location, and then follow the procedure to import the file.

                                                                            Ensure that you configure the SNMP read community strings before adding switches. See Set Up SNMP Connection for more information.

                                                                            To import a group of switches, follow these steps:

                                                                            Procedure
                                                                              Step 1   Select Phone Tracking > LAN Switch Details.

                                                                              Emergency Responder opens the LAN Switch Details page.

                                                                              Step 2   Click Import in the left-hand switch list.

                                                                              Emergency Responder opens the Import LAN Switch page.

                                                                              Step 3   Select the file format, and the name of the file you want to import.
                                                                              Step 4   Click Import.

                                                                              Emergency Responder asks you whether you want to run phone tracking on the imported switch. You must run phone tracking before you can configure the switch ports, so normally you should select OK. If you select Cancel, Emergency Responder imports the switches but does not run the phone tracking process.

                                                                              After you make your selection, Emergency Responder adds the switch configurations and shows you the status of the import.

                                                                              Step 5   Click Close to close the window.
                                                                              Step 6   If you did not run phone tracking on the imported switches, select Phone Tracking > Run Switch-Port & Phone Update.

                                                                              Emergency Responder contacts each switch to discover the ports on the switch and any phones attached to the ports.

                                                                              Alternatively, you can view each switch's configuration on the LAN Switch Details page and click Locate Switch Ports. This runs the process only on the selected switch.


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                                                                              Export Switch Information

                                                                              You can export your Cisco Emergency Responder (Emergency Responder) configuration. This can help you back up your data, or help you create a file you can use to update a large number of switch definitions in Emergency Responder. You can edit the export file, make your changes, then reimport the file and overwrite the information in Emergency Responder.

                                                                              Before You Begin

                                                                              You must have system administrator or network administrator authority to export switch definitions.

                                                                              To export switch information, follow these steps:

                                                                              Procedure
                                                                                Step 1   Select Phone Tracking > LAN Switch Details.

                                                                                Emergency Responder opens the LAN Switch Details page.

                                                                                Step 2   Click Export in the switch list.

                                                                                Emergency Responder opens the Export LAN Switch page.

                                                                                Step 3   Select the file type and enter the file name for the export file. Do not include a file extension.
                                                                                Step 4   Click Export.

                                                                                Emergency Responder creates the export file. Click Close to close the window.


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                                                                                Manually Run The Switch-Port and Phone Update Process

                                                                                Before you can assign ERLs to switch ports, Emergency Responder must identify the ports on the switch using the switch-port and phone update process. Although Emergency Responder runs this process according to the schedule you set (see Define Phone Tracking and Switch Update Schedules for more information), you might want to run it manually when you make a lot of changes to the switch configuration without running phone tracking on individual switches.

                                                                                Because the switch-port and phone update process does extensive checking, only run it if you are trying to refresh the entire Emergency Responder-tracking results. Alternatively, if you are only trying to update the results for a limited number of switches, you can run phone tracking on individual switches. Select Phone Tracking > LAN Switch Details and select the switch in the left-hand column; then click Locate Switch Ports.

                                                                                These are some reasons you would run phone tracking on an individual switch:

                                                                                • You add a switch to Emergency Responder. When you add a switch, Emergency Responder asks if you want to run the process. If you select to run it at that time, you do not have to click Locate Switch Ports - Emergency Responder runs the process for all switches you added to the Emergency Responder configuration since the last time the full switch-port and phone update process was run.
                                                                                • You add, remove, or change a module in a switch already defined to Emergency Responder.
                                                                                • You can add and delete IP subnet-based ERLs.

                                                                                Manually run the switch-port and the following phone update process if:

                                                                                • You want to refresh the Emergency Responder - tracking results.
                                                                                • You add switches to Emergency Responder by importing switch definitions, as described in the Import Group of Switches, but you did not run phone tracking during the importation.
                                                                                • If you find a large number of entries in the unlocated phones list (see Identify Unlocated Phones), run this process to see if Emergency Responder can find some of those phones. See Unlocated Phones for issues you should address to help resolve these problems before running the switch-port and phone update process.
                                                                                Before You Begin

                                                                                You must have system administrator or network administrator authority to manually run the switch-port and phone update process.

                                                                                To manually run the switch-port and phone update process, follow these steps:

                                                                                Procedure
                                                                                Select Phone Tracking > Run Switch-Port & Phone Update.

                                                                                Emergency Responder runs the process without changing the page you are viewing. Any newly-discovered ports are assigned to the Default ERL.


                                                                                Track Change of Switch IP Address Dynamically

                                                                                Emergency Responder allows you to dynamically track the change in a LAN switch IP address managed by Emergency Responder. This feature is intended for LAN switches that have been added using the switch hostname.

                                                                                To dynamically track a LAN switch IP address, follow these steps:

                                                                                Before You Begin

                                                                                You must have system administrator authority to enable dynamic tracking of a LAN switch IP address.

                                                                                Procedure
                                                                                  Step 1   Select System > Cisco ER Group Settings.

                                                                                  Emergency Responder opens the Emergency Responder Group Settings page.

                                                                                  Step 2   Select the Dynamic Tracking of Switch IP Address check box to dynamically track a switch's IP address.
                                                                                  Step 3   Click the Update Settings button to apply the change.

                                                                                  You must wait for the next Incremental Discovery cycle to start. During this cycle Emergency Responder detects the new IP address of the LAN switch and update its database. You will be notified of this change detection via an entry in the Emergency Responder Event Viewer and via an administrative email alert.

                                                                                  Note   

                                                                                  It is recommended that you enable Dynamic Tracking of Switch IP Address only during a scheduled maintenance window when the switch is subject to an actual change of IP address. It is recommended that you disable this option during normal periods as this operation is CPU intensive.

                                                                                  Note   

                                                                                  For a LAN switch that has been added using the IP address, Emergency Responder cannot track any change in its IP address. In this case, you must delete the switch and add it again with the new IP address.


                                                                                  Related References

                                                                                  Phone Management

                                                                                  The following topics describe how to assign switch ports and phones to the appropriate emergency response locations (ERLs), and how to view the history of emergency calls handled by Emergency Responder.

                                                                                  Switch Port Configuration

                                                                                  After the network administrator adds switches to the Emergency Responder configuration, and runs the switch-port and phone update process, you can assign the switch ports to emergency response locations (ERLs). When you assign a port to an ERL, make sure that you assign the ERL based on the location of the device attached to the port, not the location of the port itself.

                                                                                  For example, your wiring closet is on Floor 1. Half of its ports serve Floor 1, the other half serve Floor 2. Also, you have defined two ERLs, Floor1 and Floor2. Although the switch is on Floor 1, only half its ports belong in the Floor1 ERL; the other half belong in the Floor2 ERL.

                                                                                  Before you assign ports to ERLs, ensure you have a reliable mapping of switch ports to their end points (for example, cubicle numbers or office numbers). Your assignments are only reliable if this map is kept static, that is, so long as wires are not indiscriminately moved from port to port on the switch. Work with your network administrator to ensure the integrity of the wiring closet. See Data Integrity and Reliability for more information.

                                                                                  The following topics describe how to assign switch ports to ERLs.

                                                                                  Set Up Individual Switch Ports

                                                                                  You can assign switch ports to ERLs a few at a time. If you have a large number of ports to map, it is much easier to create an import file to add them instead of using this procedure. See Set Up Large Number of Ports for more information.

                                                                                  Before You Begin

                                                                                  You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to assign ports to ERLs.

                                                                                  You can only configure ports defined for the Emergency Responder group to which you are logged in.

                                                                                  To configure switch ports, follow these steps:

                                                                                  Procedure
                                                                                    Step 1   Select ERL Membership > Switch Ports .

                                                                                    Emergency Responder opens the Switch Port Details page.

                                                                                    Step 2   Enter search criteria to list the ports you want to configure.
                                                                                    • Find displays a maximum of 1,000 records. Refine your search accordingly. To limit the number of ports that are displayed, check the check box next to Collapse search results. The search displays the IP address or name of the switches found. To display all ports associated with a switch and display the expanded view, click the + button next to the switch. To display just the switch and collapse the list, click the - button next to the switch.
                                                                                    • If you want to list all ports on a specific switch, select Switch IP Address or Switch Host Name, enter the IP address or host name, and click Find. Emergency Responder lists all ports discovered on the switch.
                                                                                    • If you want to narrow your search by using multiple criteria, click the + button to add search fields. Select Any at the top of the list to indicate that ports that match any search criteria be selected (an OR search); select All to indicate that only ports that match every criteria be selected (an AND search).
                                                                                    • For all searches, select the Emergency Responder group you want to search. If your initial search does not list the ports you are looking for, it might be because the ports are managed by a different Emergency Responder group. You can only search one Emergency Responder group at a time.
                                                                                      Note   

                                                                                      Emergency Responder remembers the previous search criteria for the login session.

                                                                                    Step 3   Assign ports to ERLs:
                                                                                    1. Check the check box next to the switch port that you want to assign an ERL.

                                                                                      If you want to assign all listed ports for a switch, select the check box for that switch. You can only assign ports on one page at a time, so if there is more than one page of ports in the listing, complete this task for each page separately.

                                                                                    2. Select the ERL you want to assign to the ports.
                                                                                    3. Optionally, enter more specific location information in the Phone Location field. Click view to open a window so that you can enter information. For example, you could enter the cubical or office number that the port serves. This information is sent to the onsite alert (security) personnel to help them locate the emergency caller. You can only update the phone location information if you are logged into the primary Emergency Responder server in the Emergency Responder group.
                                                                                    4. To select the ERL you want to assign to the selected ports, click the Search ERL button next to the ERL Name field. The Find ERL page appears.
                                                                                    5. Enter the ERL Search Parameters and click Find. The search results appear.
                                                                                    6. Click the radio button next to the ERL you want to assign to the switch ports and click Select ERL. The Find ERL page close.
                                                                                    7. Click Assign ERL.

                                                                                      Emergency Responder assigns the ERL to the selected ports. You can continue assigning ports on this page of the ports list, but do not change the search results page before completing these steps.

                                                                                      Emergency Responder commits your ERL assignments. From here, you can continue to the another page of the listed ports, or click Find to enter new search criteria to obtain another list of ports.

                                                                                      Tip   
                                                                                      • Click Edit View to change the fields and arrangement of fields in the port list. If you want to revert to the standard view, then click Restore Defaults.
                                                                                      • The phone location information is saved on the primary Emergency Responder server. Back up this data regularly. See Data Backup and Recovery.

                                                                                    Set Up Large Number of Ports

                                                                                    You can assign a large number of ports to ERLs at one time by importing a file that contains the required information.

                                                                                    If you have a large network, importing port-to-ERL mappings can save you a lot of time.

                                                                                    Before You Begin

                                                                                    You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to import switch port definitions.

                                                                                    Prepare an import file. The easiest way to create this file is to first export the switch port details from Emergency Responder (see Export Switch Port Information), and then use a spreadsheet program to change the ERL to the desired ERL and add phone location information. Ensure that the switch-port and phone update process is run before creating the export file, so that the file includes records for every switch port.

                                                                                    Before you import the file, you must copy it to the location identified on the Import Switch Port page. The following procedure explains how to get to this page. Links on the page also displays the detailed information about the required file format for the import file if you need it.

                                                                                    Emergency Responder must already be aware of the ports before you import the file. Ensure that all ports you are importing have been located by Emergency Responder.

                                                                                    You can only configure ports defined for the Emergency Responder group to which you are logged in.

                                                                                    To configure a large number of ports at once, follow these steps:

                                                                                    Procedure
                                                                                      Step 1   Select ERL Membership > Switch Ports .

                                                                                      Emergency Responder opens the Switch Port Details page.

                                                                                      Step 2   Click Import.

                                                                                      Emergency Responder opens the Import Switch Ports page.

                                                                                      Step 3   Select the format of your import file (csv) from the pulldown menu.
                                                                                      Step 4   Click Upload to upload the file from your local machine. See Upload File for information about using the Upload utility.
                                                                                      Step 5   Select your import file using the Select File to Import pulldown menu.
                                                                                      Step 6   Click Import.

                                                                                      Emergency Responder imports the file and shows you the import results. The ERL-to-port mappings and port location information in the import file overwrite any existing data in the Emergency Responder configuration.

                                                                                      Step 7   Click Close to close the Import Switch Port page.

                                                                                      Export Switch Port Information

                                                                                      You can export your Emergency Responder port configuration. This can help you back up your data, or help you create a file you can use to update a large number of switch port mappings in Emergency Responder. You can edit the export file, make your changes, then reimport the file and overwrite the information in Emergency Responder.

                                                                                      Before You Begin

                                                                                      You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to export switch port definitions.

                                                                                      To export switch port information, follow these steps:

                                                                                      Procedure
                                                                                        Step 1   Select ERL Membership > Switch Ports .

                                                                                        Emergency Responder opens the Switch Port Details page.

                                                                                        Step 2   Click Export.

                                                                                        Emergency Responder opens the Export Switch Ports page.

                                                                                        Step 3   Select the file format and enter the desired file name, and click Export.

                                                                                        Emergency Responder exports the file to the export location.

                                                                                        Step 4   To download the exported file to your local system, select the file name from the Select file to download pulldown menu and click Download.
                                                                                        Step 5   Click Close to close the Export Switch Port page.

                                                                                        Related References

                                                                                        Switch-Port Change Reporting for Wired Cisco Unified IP Phones

                                                                                        Emergency Responder detects changes in the switch-port association of wired Cisco Unified IP Phones. An incremental or full discovery cycle detects Cisco Unified IP Phones that have changed switch-port associations or are newly discovered. Cisco Unified IP Phones that become missing during a complete discovery are also reported. Emergency Responder notifies the system administrator of these changes by email.


                                                                                        Note


                                                                                        A missing Cisco Unified IP Phone is one that is registered in Cisco Unified Communications Manager but is not found behind a switch port of any switch tracked by Emergency Responder. Cisco Unified IP Phones that appear on the Unlocated Phones page in Emergency Responder Administration web interface are also included in the missing list. Switch-port Change Reporting reports the location changes for Cisco Unified IP Communicator when it is connected to a switch that is tracked by Emergency Responder.


                                                                                        The change notification email contains the following information:

                                                                                        • The time at which the change was detected. This is the approximate completion time of the discovery cycle that detected the change.
                                                                                        • The previous switch IP and port number of the Cisco Unified IP Phone. If the Cisco Unified IP Phone is new, this field is blank.
                                                                                        • The current switch IP and port number of the Cisco Unified IP Phone. If the Cisco Unified IP Phone is missing, this field is blank.
                                                                                        • The details of the Cisco Unified IP Phone, including the MAC address, device name, Phone Type, IP address and IP phone extensions.

                                                                                        Note


                                                                                        Configure the email client settings to allow line breaks in the email to improve readability. For more information about configuring the email client, see Set Up Server Group.


                                                                                        Supported Cisco Unified IP Phones—This feature supports only wired Cisco Unified IP Phones that meet both of these conditions:

                                                                                        • Wired Cisco Unified IP Phones discovered behind a LAN switch port using Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) tracking or Content-Addressable Memory (CAM) tracking.
                                                                                        • Wired Cisco Unified IP Phones actively registered in Unified CM. The only exception for this rule is Cisco Unified IP Phones previously registered in Unified CM. These Cisco Unified IP Phones are reported as missing.

                                                                                        Cluster Scenario—The active server in each server group within a cluster sends separate notifications for the Cisco Unified IP Phones it discovers and tracks.

                                                                                        Server Group Scenario—Within a server group, Emergency Responder performs change detection and notification on the active Emergency Responder server only.

                                                                                        Feature Activation—The change detection and notification feature requires manual activation.

                                                                                        To activate the feature change detection and notification, follow these steps:

                                                                                        Procedure
                                                                                          Step 1   Select System > Mail Alert Configurations.

                                                                                          The Email Alert Settings page appears.

                                                                                          Step 2   In the Misc parameters section, use the pulldown menu to set the Switch Port location change reporting parameter to True.
                                                                                          Step 3   Click Update Settings.

                                                                                          Change Notification conditions - Emergency Responder sends change notification email when a full discovery cycle completes under any of these circumstances:

                                                                                          • During a normally scheduled discovery.
                                                                                          • After a manual start from the Emergency Responder Administrator web interface.
                                                                                          • Because of a Unified CM addition from the web interface by the system administrator.

                                                                                          Similarly, a partial discovery cycle sends email notifications under these circumstances:

                                                                                          • During a normally scheduled discovery.
                                                                                          • Because a LAN switch addition to Emergency Responder; the system administrator starts the discovery process.
                                                                                          • Because the system administrator selecting the Locate Switch Ports button on the LAN switch details page.
                                                                                          Note   

                                                                                          An Incremental Discovery does not locate missing Cisco Unified IP Phones from Unified CM if no phone registrations take place during the discovery cycle. A full discovery detects all missing Cisco Unified IP Phones that are located since the previous full discovery.

                                                                                          The following events do not result in a change notification:

                                                                                          • When the Emergency Responder Server starts following the first discovery cycle.
                                                                                          • When a Publisher returns to an online state following the first discovery cycle.
                                                                                          • When no phone location changes occur following a discovery cycle.

                                                                                          EnergyWise

                                                                                          Cisco EnergyWise allows administrators to measure and reduce the energy consumption of devices connected to a Cisco network, such as IP telephones. Because each telephone reports its power consumption to a switch or router, you can monitor energy consumption across a network. You can then manage the power state of a phone by determining what phones are powered up, when they receive power and how much power they receive.

                                                                                          Cisco EnergyWise Phone User Experience

                                                                                          When a phone enters Power Save Plus mode, it becomes unregistered from Unified CM and powers down after negotiating with the EnergyWise switch. Administrators configure the sleep and wakeup times, which are communicated to the switch by the phone.

                                                                                          Users can wake up 6900, 8900, and 9900 series phones from Power Save Plus mode but cannot wake up 7900 series phones.

                                                                                          Phone Discovery Scenarios Common to EnergyWise Users

                                                                                          The following three phone discovery scenarios are common to EnergyWise users. Use these scenarios to further your understanding of this feature.

                                                                                          Scenario 1 When the phone is connected to a switch that is configured on Emergency Responder for discovery:

                                                                                          • A phone is configured with EnergyWise on the Unified CM.
                                                                                          • The phone is connected to the switch and is discovered by Emergency Responder. The phone is displayed on the Switch Port page, connected to a switch port.
                                                                                          • Before the next Major Discovery, the phone enters Power Save Plus mode and it becomes unregistered with Unified CM.
                                                                                          • During the next Major discovery, Emergency Responder retains the phone location information. It is listed on the Switch Port page as being connected to the same switch port.
                                                                                          • When the phone is powered up again, the correct location is available if the user can make a 911 call without waiting for the next Incremental or Major discovery.

                                                                                          Note


                                                                                          When a phone in Power Save Plus mode is unplugged, the EnergyWise configurations on the switch are lost. And if a Major Discovery takes place, the phone location information is lost also. Even if the phone is plugged back into the same port, powers up and registers with the switch, Emergency Responder treats this phone as a newly registered phone in the next discovery cycle.



                                                                                          Note


                                                                                          If an EnergyWise phone is connected to a supported switch that is configured on Emergency Responder for discovery, the phone must be discovered at least once before entering Power Save Plus mode. This ensures that Emergency Responder retains the phone location and configuration information into the next Major Discovery. If the phone enters Power Save Plus mode without being discovered, it is not listed on the Switch page. But instead the phone is listed on the IP Subnet page (if configured) or the Unlocated Phone page in the next discovery. When it wakes up, registers with the switch and is discovered, the phone is listed on the Switch Port page.


                                                                                          Scenario 2 IP subnet based phone discovery in Emergency Responder:

                                                                                          • The phone is configured with EnergyWise on the Unified CM.
                                                                                          • The phone is discovered by Emergency Responder, based on the IP subnet. It is listed on the IP Subnet page.
                                                                                          • Before the next Major Discovery, the phone enters PowerSavePlus mode and becomes unregistered with Unified CM.
                                                                                          • During the next Major Discovery, Emergency Responder retains the phone location information and the phone is listed on the IP Subnet page.
                                                                                          • When the phone is powered up again, the correct location is available if the user makes a 911 call without waiting for the next Incremental or Major discovery.

                                                                                          Scenario 3 Unlocated phones in Emergency Responder:

                                                                                          • The phone is configured with EnergyWise on Unified CM.
                                                                                          • The phone is listed on the Unlocated Phones page in Emergency Responder after discovery.
                                                                                          • Before the next Major discovery, the phone enters Power Save Plus mode and it becomes unregistered with Unified CM.
                                                                                          • During the next Major discovery, Emergency Responder retains the phone location information. It is listed on the Unlocated Phones page.
                                                                                          • When the phone is powered up again, users can make a 911 call without waiting for the next Incremental or Major discovery. But the phone is in the default ERL or the ERL assigned to the Unlocated Phone switch.

                                                                                          Power Save Plus Mode Limitations

                                                                                          You should consider the following limitations for users making 911 calls from phones in Power Save Plus mode:

                                                                                          • Users cannot wake up 7900 series phones that are in Power Save Plus mode because the sleep and wake up times are configured on the Unified CM. The phone location information is not deleted from Emergency Responder, but users cannot make a 911 call until the phone reaches the configured wake up time.
                                                                                          • Users can wake up 6900/8900/9900 series phones in Power Save Plus mode. But the phone takes a few minutes to wake up and register with Unified CM and you should consider this delay during emergencies.
                                                                                          • You can track phones connected to a switch on the Emergency Responder page. But if the phones go into Power Save Plus mode before they are discovered, they are considered unlocated and are listed on the Unlocated Phones page.
                                                                                          • If a network has a standalone Emergency Responder with no backup subscriber, you should consider the impact of a system or Emergency Responder restart. Because there is no backup server, the existing discovery data is lost when the system is restarted. And when discovery occurs, it is considered a fresh discovery and Emergency Responder does not identify the switch location information for any phones that entered Power Save Plus mode before the restart. In Emergency Responder, these phones are listed on the Unlocated Phones page or IP Subnet page (if configured). When the phones are powered up and are discovered, they are listed on the Switch Port page. But consider these sleeping phones and their wake up time when you assign the ERL. To avoid losing phones in the Power Save Plus mode when Emergency Responder is stopped, Cisco recommends you configure a backup Emergency Responder subscriber. Then if the publisher Emergency Responder service is stopped or the server goes down, the subscriber accesses the backup version of the discovery data, including the phones in Power Save Plus Mode. And when a restart occurs, the discovery data is retrieved from the subscriber and the phones in Power Save Plus mode are not lost.

                                                                                          Identify Unlocated Phones

                                                                                          If Emergency Responder cannot locate a phone, it places the phone in the Default ERL and puts it in a list of unlocated phones. Using this list, you can reassign the phones to a different ERL, or you can use the list to help identify the problems that are preventing Emergency Responder from locating the phones.

                                                                                          These are some things that can prevent Emergency Responder from locating a phone:

                                                                                          • The phone is attached to a switch that is not defined in Emergency Responder.
                                                                                          • The phone is connected to an unsupported device, such as a router port, a hub connected to a router, or an unsupported switch.
                                                                                          • The switch to which the phone is connected is currently unreachable, for example, it does not respond to SNMP queries.
                                                                                          • The phone has moved to a switch served by a different Emergency Responder group. If this is the case, the Emergency Responder group name is shown for the phone in the unlocated phones list.
                                                                                          • No IP subnet is configured for the phone.

                                                                                          Because Emergency Responder cannot assign an unlocated phone to the appropriate ERL, try to identify and resolve all problems that are preventing Emergency Responder from locating these phones on your network. If you cannot resolve the problems by defining switches in Emergency Responder, or by moving phones to supported switch ports, you can manually assign a phone to an ERL. See Unlocated Phones for more detailed information about resolving these problems.

                                                                                          In addition, Emergency Responder also displays the following in the unlocated phone list:

                                                                                          • The phone that was manually assigned.
                                                                                          • The phone that was previously identified as an unlocated phone and assigned an ERL.
                                                                                          Before You Begin

                                                                                          You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to view or configure unlocated phones.

                                                                                          To identify unlocated phones, follow these steps:

                                                                                          Procedure
                                                                                            Step 1   Select ERL Membership > Unlocated Phones.

                                                                                            Emergency Responder opens the Unlocated Phones page.

                                                                                            Step 2   Enter search criteria to list the unlocated phones.
                                                                                            Step 3   Check the check box next to the phone that you want to assign an ERL.
                                                                                            Step 4   To select the ERL you want to assign to the selected phone, click the Search ERL button next to the ERL Name field. The Find ERL page appears.
                                                                                            Step 5   Enter the ERL Search Parameters and click Find. The search results appear.
                                                                                            Step 6   Click the radio button next to the ERL you want to assign to the unlocated phones and click Select ERL. The Find ERL page close.
                                                                                            Step 7   Click Assign ERL button.

                                                                                            Emergency Responder assigns the phone to the ERL, but leaves it in this list. If you later resolve the problem that is preventing Emergency Responder from locating this phone, Emergency Responder removes it from the list and assigns it the correct ERL based on port assignment.

                                                                                            Note   

                                                                                            To unassign a ERL, select the phones and click on Unassign ERL button.

                                                                                            Tip   
                                                                                            • You can select all the phones on the displayed page by selecting the check box in the list title.
                                                                                            • You can only assign phones to ERLs on a single page at a time. If there is more than one page of phones, use the links at the bottom of the list to move from page to page.
                                                                                            Note   

                                                                                            Emergency Responder does not automatically discover analog phones or phones connected to PBXs. As a result, these phones do not appear on the Unlocated Phones list. These phones must be manually configured. See Manually Define Phones for more information.


                                                                                            Related Tasks

                                                                                            Manually Define Phones

                                                                                            To manage all emergency calls in your network, Emergency Responder must know about every phone whose calls are routed by Unified CM, even if Emergency Responder does not directly support the phone. Emergency Responder handles emergency calls from these manually-defined phones in the same way it handles calls from phones attached to supported switch ports. The only difference is that Emergency Responder cannot dynamically change the ERL of a manually-defined phone if that phone is moved.

                                                                                            You must manually define a phone if any of these conditions apply:

                                                                                            • Emergency Responder does not support automatic tracking of that type of phone, for example, if the phone is an analog phone connected to an analog line gateway such as analog phones connected to the Analog Telephone Adaptor (ATA) or the Cisco VG200 series Analog Voice Gateway.
                                                                                            • The phone is hosted on an unsupported port, such as a router port, a hub connected to a router, or a port on an unsupported switch.
                                                                                            • No IP subnet is configured for the phone.

                                                                                            For any phones you must manually define, you should regularly audit the location of those phones to determine if you must update the ERL assignment for the phone in Emergency Responder.

                                                                                            Emergency Responder does not support automatic tracking of analog phones including analog phones connected to the Analog Telephone Adaptor (ATA) or the Cisco VG200 series Analog Voice Gateway. Instead you must manually assign such phones an ERL that is based on the phone's line number.


                                                                                            Note


                                                                                            New switch ports and unlocated phones are NOT associated to Default ERLs automatically. They are treated as "ERL not configured." The Default ERL is used only internally by Emergency Responder if no other ERL is configured for that phone. Emergency Responder will not allow the Default ERL to be configured to Switch Ports; Unlocated Phones; Manually Configured Phones; or IP subnets.



                                                                                            Note


                                                                                            You cannot manually add a phone that is used with Unified CM Extension Mobility. With Unified CM Extension Mobility, a user can log into a phone and the phone is assigned the user's extension. However, with manually-defined phones, you are defining the phone based on extension, not on device, so the extension of the logged-in person does not get assigned the appropriate ERL. Ensure that all phones used with Unified CM Extension Mobility are connected to supported switch ports.


                                                                                            Before You Begin

                                                                                            You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to manually define phones.

                                                                                            To define a phone manually, follow these steps:

                                                                                            Procedure
                                                                                              Step 1   Select ERL Membership > Manually Configured Phones .

                                                                                              Emergency Responder opens a new page, the Find and List Manually Configured Phones page.

                                                                                              Step 2   To search for phones that you must modify, enter the extension and click Find. Emergency Responder performs a search and displays the results of your search.

                                                                                              From the search result on the Find and List Manually Configured Phones page, you can remove a phone, change an existing phone or add a new phone:

                                                                                              Step 3   To remove a phone, click the delete icon on the phone entry.
                                                                                              Step 4   To change an existing phone:
                                                                                              1. Click the phone entry in the list. Emergency Responder opens the Add/Modify Phones page with the phone information displayed in the edit boxes.
                                                                                              2. Make your changes and click Update. Emergency Responder updates the phone.
                                                                                              3. Click Back to Phone Search to return to the Find and List Manually Configured Phones page.
                                                                                              Step 5   To add a new phone:
                                                                                              1. Click Add New Manual Phone. Emergency Responder opens the Add New Manual Phone page.
                                                                                              2. Enter information about the phone you want to define. You must enter the line number and select an ERL. If the phone is an IP phone, you must also enter the IP address and MAC address for the phone. Other fields are optional and are mainly for your information.
                                                                                              3. To select the ERL you want to assign to the selected ports, click the Search ERL button next to the ERL Name field. The Find ERL page appears.
                                                                                              4. Enter the ERL Search Parameters and click Find. The search results appear.
                                                                                              5. Click the radio button next to the ERL you want to assign to the manual phone and click Select ERL. The Find ERL page close.
                                                                                              6. Click Insert. Emergency Responder adds the phone to the list of manually defined phones.
                                                                                              7. Click Back to Phone Search to return to the Find and List Manually Configured Phones page.

                                                                                              Related References

                                                                                              Assign Large Number of Manually Configured Phones to ERLs

                                                                                              You can assign a large number of manually configured phones to ERLs at one time by importing a file that contains the required information.

                                                                                              If you have a large network, importing manually-configured phone to ERL mappings can save you a lot of time.

                                                                                              Before You Begin

                                                                                              You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to import switch port definitions.

                                                                                              Prepare an import file. The easiest way to create this file is to first export the manually configured phone details from Emergency Responder (see Export Manually Configured Phone Information), and then use a spreadsheet program to change the ERL to the desired ERL and add phone location information. Ensure that the manual phone configuration and phone update process is run before creating the export file, so that the file includes records for every manually configured phone.

                                                                                              Before you import the file, you must copy it to the location identified on the Import Manual Phones page. The following procedure explains how to get to this page. Links on the page also display the detailed information about the required file format for the import file if you need it.

                                                                                              Emergency Responder must already be aware of the manually configured phones before you import the file. Ensure that all manually configured phones you are importing have been located by Emergency Responder.

                                                                                              You can only configure manually configured phones defined for the Emergency Responder group to which you are logged in.

                                                                                              To assign a large number of manually-configured phones to ERLs at one time, follow these steps:

                                                                                              Procedure
                                                                                                Step 1   Select ERL Membership > Manually Configured Phones.

                                                                                                The Find and List Manually Configured Phones page appears.

                                                                                                Step 2   Click Import.

                                                                                                The Import Manually Configured Phones page appears.

                                                                                                Step 3   Select the Import Format (csv) using the pulldown menu.
                                                                                                Step 4   Click Upload to upload the file from your local machine. See Upload File for information about using the Upload utility.
                                                                                                Step 5   Select the import file using the Select File to Import pulldown menu.
                                                                                                Step 6   Click Import.

                                                                                                Emergency Responder imports the file and shows you the import results. The ERL-to-port mappings and the location information for manually configured phones in the import file overwrite any existing data in the Emergency Responder configuration.

                                                                                                Step 7   Click Close to close the Import Manually Configured Phone page.

                                                                                                Export Manually Configured Phone Information

                                                                                                You can export your Emergency Responder manually configured phone configuration. This can help you back up your data, or help you create a file you can use to update a large number of manually configured phone mappings in Emergency Responder. You can edit the export file, make your changes, then reimport the file and overwrite the information in Emergency Responder.

                                                                                                Before You Begin

                                                                                                You must have system administrator or ERL administrator authority to export switch port definitions.

                                                                                                To export information about manually configured phones, follow these steps:

                                                                                                Procedure
                                                                                                  Step 1   Select ERL Membership > Manually Configured Phones.

                                                                                                  Emergency Responder opens the Find and List Manually Configured Phones page.

                                                                                                  Step 2   Click Export.

                                                                                                  Emergency Responder opens the Export Manual Phones page.

                                                                                                  Step 3   Select the export format (csv) from the Select Export Format pulldown menu.
                                                                                                  Step 4   Enter the desired file name in the Enter Export File Name field and click Export.

                                                                                                  Emergency Responder exports the file to the export location.

                                                                                                  Step 5   To download the exported file to your local system, select the file name from the Select file to download pulldown menu and click Download.
                                                                                                  Step 6   Click Close to close the Export Manual Phones page.

                                                                                                  Synthetic Phones

                                                                                                  With Emergency Responder, you can use Cisco Unified Operations Manager to monitor the health and functionality of Cisco Emergency Responder. To use Cisco Unified Operations Manager with Cisco Emergency Responder, you configure a synthetic phone in Emergency Responder and associate the synthetic phone to an ERL that is used as a test ERL. When a synthetic phone makes an emergency call, Emergency Responder uses the associated test ERL to route the call.


                                                                                                  Note


                                                                                                  You can only configure test ERLs for conventional ERLs. You cannot configure test ERLs for off-premise ERLs and Intrado ERLs.


                                                                                                  For more information, see Set Up Test ERLs.

                                                                                                  View Emergency Call History

                                                                                                  You can view the history of emergency calls made in your network that are handled by Emergency Responder. Emergency Responder sends emergency call notifications to the onsite alert personnel you identify in your ERLs, and these people react to the notifications. From the administrator interface, you can view the same call history your onsite alert personnel can view, and see comments they make about the calls. You might need to review the call history to report on usage or to troubleshoot call routing problems.


                                                                                                  Tip


                                                                                                  From the Call History page, you can view detailed information about the 10,000 most recent calls. You can find records of older calls in Emergency Responder raw call log files. See Call History Logs for more information.


                                                                                                  To view the emergency call history, follow these steps:

                                                                                                  Procedure
                                                                                                    Step 1   Select Reports > Call History.

                                                                                                    Emergency Responder opens the Call History page.

                                                                                                    Step 2   Click Find.

                                                                                                    All call summary information appears.

                                                                                                    Step 3   Enter the search criteria you want to use to create a list of emergency calls.

                                                                                                    To view a list of all calls, click Find without entering any search criteria.

                                                                                                    To narrow your search, select the item you on which you want to search, and click Find. For example, you can view calls that were made in a specific ERL, or calls that were made from a specific phone extension. If you want to search on more than one criteria, click More to add additional search fields. Then, select All at the top of the list to perform an AND search (a call only matches the search if each of the criteria is met), or Any for an OR search (a call matches the search if it matches one or more of the criteria).

                                                                                                    Step 4   From the list of calls that Emergency Responder shows you in response to your search criteria, you can:
                                                                                                    • View the call characteristics.
                                                                                                    • Click on the ERL name to view the ERL details. From the ERL details, you can also view the ALI for the call.
                                                                                                    • Click edit in the comment field to change the comment. Emergency Responder opens a separate window where you make your editorial changes.
                                                                                                    Tip   

                                                                                                    If a large number of calls match your search criteria, Emergency Responder uses additional pages to list the calls. Use the links at the bottom of the list to move through these additional pages.


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