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Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant With Shared Line Support

Table Of Contents

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant With Shared Line Support

Introducing Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Architecture Overview

Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service

Assistant Console Interface

Cisco Unified IP Phone Interface

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Database Access Architecture

Manager Interfaces

Assistant Interfaces

Softkeys

Manager Assistant Administration Interface

System Requirements for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Interactions and Restrictions

Interactions

Bulk Administration Tool

Extension Mobility

Reporting Tools

Multilevel Precedence and Preemption (MLPP)

Restrictions

Installing and Activating Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Configuring Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Configuration Checklist for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Security Considerations

Starting the Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service

Manager and Assistant Phone Configuration

Manager Phones

Assistant Phones

Nonmanager and Nonassistant Phones

Manager and Assistant Configuration

Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode

Deleting Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Manager

Updating the Manager Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Configuration

Configuring Shared and Incoming Intercom Lines for the Assistant

Deleting the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Assistant

Updating the Assistant Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Configuration

Dial Rules Configuration

Providing Information to Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Managers and Assistants

Installing the Assistant Console Application

Assistant Console Dialog Options

Manager Configuration

Related Topics


Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant With Shared Line Support


The Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant feature enables managers and their assistants to work together more effectively. Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports two modes of operation: proxy line support and shared line support. The Cisco IP Manager Assistant service supports both proxy line and shared line support in a cluster.

The feature comprises enhancements to phone capabilities for the manager and the assistant console application that are primarily used by the assistant.

Cisco Unified CallManager users comprise managers and assistants. An assistant user handles calls on behalf of a manager. Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant comprises features for managers and features for assistants.

This chapter provides the following information about Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant:

Introducing Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

System Requirements for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Interactions and Restrictions

Installing and Activating Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Configuring Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Providing Information to Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Managers and Assistants

Related Topics

Introducing Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

The following sections provide information about the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant feature:

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Architecture Overview

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Database Access Architecture

Manager Interfaces

Assistant Interfaces

Softkeys

Manager Assistant Administration Interface

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Architecture Overview

The Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant feature architecture comprises the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service, the assistant console application, and the Cisco Unified IP Phone interfaces. See Figure 4-1.

Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Figure 4-1 Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Architecture

Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service

Cisco Tomcat loads the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service, a servlet. Cisco Tomcat gets installed at Cisco Unified CallManager installation.

The Cisco IP Manager Assistant service gets installed on all Cisco Unified CallManager servers in a cluster. After installation, the administrator activates the service from Serviceability, which automatically starts Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant. When started, the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service checks to see whether it is one of the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant servers that are configured in the clusterwide service parameter, Cisco IPMA Server (Primary) IP Address. If it is, the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service attempts to become the active Cisco IP Manager Assistant service. Currently, a Cisco Unified CallManager cluster supports only one active Cisco IP Manager Assistant service.

The Cisco IP Manager Assistant service performs the following tasks:

Hosts the HTTP services that run on the manager phone.

Hosts the web pages that the manager uses for configuration.

Communicates to a Cisco Unified CallManager cluster through the Cisco CTIManager for third-party call control. Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant requires only one CTI connection for all users in a cluster.

Accesses data from the database.

Supports the Assistant Console application.

Cisco Unified CallManager supports redundancy of the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service. To achieve redundancy, you must configure a second Cisco IP Manager Assistant service in the same cluster.

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant implements redundancy by using an active/standby server model. At any time, only one Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant server remains active and servicing all assistant console applications and phones. The other server stays in a standby mode and will detect failures on the active server. When the backup server detects a failure, it takes over and becomes the active server. All connections that were active get restored on the new server, and service continues uninterrupted to the users.

If the active server fails, the Assistant Console application fails over automatically to the backup server. The Cisco IPMA Assistant Console Heartbeat Interval service parameter (see the "Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant" section) determines the time that the application takes to detect failure. A shorter heartbeat interval leads to faster failover. See Figure 4-2.

Figure 4-2 Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Redundancy

The Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant service includes built-in security to help prevent unauthorized access to its services. The user ID and password that are collected at the assistant console get encrypted before they are sent over the network. The Assistant Console blocks nonauthorized users who are posing as assistants.

Assistant Console Interface

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports the following assistant console interfaces for managers and assistants:

Assistant Console (used for call control, log on, assistant preferences, monitoring managers call activity, keyboard shortcuts)

Manager configuration (used for configuring the immediate divert target)

Administrators use Cisco Unified CallManager Administration, End User Configuration, to configure Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant for managers and assistants. See "Manager Assistant Administration Interface" section.

Cisco Unified CallManager makes the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant manager features Immediate Divert and Transfer to Voice Mail available through the Cisco Unified IP Phone. Use a browser to access Manager configuration. Assistants use the Cisco Unified IP Phone and the assistant console application. See "Manager Interfaces" section and "Assistant Interfaces" section.

For more information about how to use the assistant console features, refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant User Guide.

Cisco Unified IP Phone Interface

Assistants and managers use softkeys to access Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant features. For more information about how to use the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant phone features, refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant User Guide.

See "Manager Interfaces" section and "Assistant Interfaces" section.

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Database Access Architecture

The database stores all Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant configuration information. When the manager or assistant logs in, the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service retrieves all data that is related to the manager or assistant from the database and stores it in memory.

Manager Interfaces

The manager phone makes available the manager features with the exception of Manager Configuration. Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant automatically logs a manager into the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service when the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service starts.

The manager accesses the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant features Do Not Disturb, Immediate Divert, and Transfer to Voice Mail from the Cisco Unified IP Phone softkeys.

The state of the Do Not Disturb feature displays in the Status Window on the Cisco Unified IP Phone.

Refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant User Guide for more information.

Assistant Interfaces

The assistant accesses the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant features by using the Assistant Console application and the Cisco Unified IP Phone. The Assistant Console, an application, provides call-control functions such as answer, divert, transfer, and hold. The assistant uses the Assistant Console to log on and log off, to set up assistant preferences, and to display the manager configuration window that is used to configure manager preferences.

The Assistant Console displays the assistant lines and the manager shared lines. Assistants access the shared lines to manage calls that are intended for a manager.

You can access Intercom and Distinctive Ringing on the assistant Cisco Unified IP Phone. When the assistant logs in from the Assistant Console, the softkeys Immediate Divert and Transfer to Voice Mail become active for the shared lines. Refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant User Guide for more information.

Softkeys

The Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant feature supports softkeys such as Immediate Divert, Transfer to Voice Mail, and Do Not Disturb on the Cisco Unified IP Phone. Softkeys only appear in their appropriate call state; for example, Transfer to Voice Mail does not appear if no active calls exist.

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports the following softkey templates:

Standard Manager—Supports manager for proxy mode

Standard Shared Mode Manager—Supports manager for shared mode

Standard Assistant—Supports assistant in proxy or shared mode

Additionally, the system makes call-processing (such as hold and dial) softkeys available with the Standard User template. The administrator configures the appropriate softkey template for the devices that managers and assistants use.


Note The default process assigns call-processing softkey templates to devices.


Administrators can create custom softkey templates in addition to using the standard softkey templates that are included in Cisco Unified CallManager. Use Softkey Template configuration in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration to associate softkey templates with Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant devices and to create custom softkey templates. See Softkey Template Configuration in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Manager Assistant Administration Interface

The administrator uses the End User menu options of Cisco Unified CallManager Administration to configure the manager and assistant. The administrator chooses the device for the manager and assistant and optionally chooses an incoming intercom line for the manager and assistant. The administrator sets up the shared line for the manager, which gets configured for the assistant.

See the "Manager and Assistant Configuration" section.

System Requirements for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with shared line support requires the following software components to operate:

Cisco Unified CallManager 5.0

Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator:

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant administration (using Cisco Unified CallManager Administration) supports Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or later and Netscape 7.1 or later.

The Assistant Console application installation program supports Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or later and Netscape 7.1 or later. (See the "Interactions and Restrictions" section for more information.)

The Assistant Console application supports Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP.

The Manager Configuration application supports Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or later.

The following SCCP phones support Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant:

Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7970/71

Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7960/61

Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940/41 (See the "Restrictions" section.)


Note Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7960/61 and 7970/71 that is running Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant may be equipped with a Cisco Model 7914 Expansion Module.


Because Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant is installed automatically on the same server with Cisco Unified CallManager, you do not require an additional server.

Interactions and Restrictions

The following sections describe the interactions and restrictions for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant:

Interactions

Restrictions

Interactions

The following sections describe how Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant interacts with Cisco Unified CallManager applications:

Bulk Administration Tool

Extension Mobility

Reporting Tools

Multilevel Precedence and Preemption (MLPP)

Bulk Administration Tool

The administrator can use the Bulk Administration Tool (BAT) to add many users (managers and assistants) at once instead of adding users individually. Refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Bulk Administration Guide for more information.

Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Extension Mobility

A manager who uses the Cisco Extension Mobility feature can simultaneously use Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant. The manager logs into the Cisco Unified IP Phone by using Extension Mobility and then Cisco Unified CM Assistant service is automatically enabled on that phone. The manager can then access the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant features (such as Do Not Disturb).

To have access to Cisco Extension Mobility with Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant, the administrator checks the Mobile Manager check box in the Manager Configuration window in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration (accessed from the End User Configuration window). See the "Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode" section. For more information about configuring device profiles, see Configuring a New User Device Profile in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide. For more information about Cisco Extension Mobility, see "Cisco Extension Mobility."

Reporting Tools

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant provides statistical information in the CDR Analysis and Reporting (CAR) tool and provides a summary of changes to configurations in a change log. The following sections describe these reporting tools.

CDR Analysis and Reporting

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports call-completion statistics for managers and assistants and inventory reporting for managers and assistants. The CDR Analysis and Reporting (CAR) tool supports call-completion statistics. Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability supports inventory reporting. Refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability System Guide, the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide, and the CDR Analysis and Reporting Administration Guide for more information.

Unified CM AssistantChangeLog*.txt

The administrator can view a summary of changes that are made to the Manager or Assistant Configurations. A manager can change defaults by accessing the Manager Configuration from a URL.

An assistant can change the manager defaults from the Assistant Console.


Note Refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant User Guide for information about the URL and Manager Configuration.


When changes are made, the information gets sent to a log file that is called ipma_changeLogxxx.log. The log file resides on the server that runs the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service at the following location:

file get activelog tomcat/logs/ipma/log4j/

The administrator can download this file from the server by using the Trace Collection Tool in the Serviceability Real-Time Monitoring Tool (RTMT). Refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide for more information.

The log file contains the following fields:

LineNumber—The line in the log file with information about changes

TimeStamp—The time that the configuration changed

for Manager/Assistant—Designation of whether the change is for the manager or the assistant

for Userid—The userid of the manager or assistant that is being changed

by Manager/Assistant—Designation of whether the change was made by the manager or the assistant

by Userid—The userid of the manager or assistant who made the change

Parameter Name—What changed; for example, divert target number

Old Value—The value of the information before the change

New Value—The value of the information after the change

Because the information in the log file is comma delimited, the administrator can open the log file by using a spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel. Use the following procedure to save the log file contents to the Microsoft Excel application.

Procedure


Step 1 Start the Microsoft Excel application.

Step 2 Choose File > Open to open the Unified CM Assistant.txt file.

Step 3 Choose the Original data type, file type as Delimited and click Next.

Step 4 Choose Delimiters as Comma and click Next.

Step 5 When complete, click Finish.


Multilevel Precedence and Preemption (MLPP)

The following points describe the interactions between Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with shared line support and MLPP:

The system preserves call precedence in the handling of calls by Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant. For example, when an assistant diverts a call, the system preserves the precedence of the call.

Because Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant does not have knowledge of the precedence of a call, it does not provide any additional indication of the precedence of a call on the assistant console.

Restrictions

The following restrictions apply to Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant:

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant does not support Cisco IP SIP Phones.

One manager can have up to 10 assigned assistants.

One assistant can support up to 33 managers (if each manager has one Unified CM Assistant-controlled line).

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports up to 1250 managers and 1250 assistants per Cisco Unified CallManager cluster when using the MCS 7845 Server.

The Assistant Console does not support hunt groups/queues.

The Assistant Console does not support record and monitoring.

The Assistant Console does not support on hook transfer (the ability to transfer a call by pressing the Transfer softkey and going on hook to complete the transfer).

The Assistant Console does not support the one-touch Call Pickup feature.

Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940 supports only two lines or speed-dial buttons.

To install the Assistant Console application on a computer with Microsoft IE version 6 on Windows XP, install the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with Windows XP Service Pack 1 before the Assistant Console installation.

Installing and Activating Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Cisco Tomcat loads the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant, a servlet. Cisco Tomcat gets installed and started at Cisco Unified CallManager installation. For more information, see the "Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service" section.

The administrator performs the following three steps after installation to make Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant available for system use:

1. Use Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Service Activation, located on the Tools menu, to activate the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service. Refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide.

2. Configure the applicable service parameters for the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service. See the "Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant" section.

3. Use Serviceability Control Center Feature Service to stop and start the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service. See the "Starting the Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service" section.


Note If the managers and assistants will require Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant features to display (on the phone and assistant console) in any language other than English, verify that the locale installer is installed before configuring Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant. Refer to the Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide.


Configuring Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

For successful configuration of Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant, review the steps in the configuration checklist, perform the user and device configuration requirements, and configure the managers and assistants.


Note Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with shared line support coexists in the same Cisco Unified CallManager cluster with Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with proxy line support. For configuration information about proxy line support, see Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant With Proxy Line Support.


The following sections provide configuration information:

Configuration Checklist for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Security Considerations

Starting the Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service

Manager and Assistant Phone Configuration

Manager and Assistant Configuration

Configuration Checklist for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with Shared Line Support

Table 4-1 shows the logical steps for configuring the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with shared line support in Cisco Unified CallManager.

Before You Begin

The information in the checklist assumes that you have already configured the phones and the users and have associated the devices to the users. Additionally, for shared line appearances between managers and assistants, you must configure the same directory number on the manager primary line and assistant secondary line. Refer to Adding an End User, Associating Devices to an End User, Configuring Cisco Unified IP Phones, and Directory Number Configuration Overview in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Table 4-1 Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Configuration Checklist with Shared Line Support 

Configuration Steps
Related Procedures and Topics

Step 1 

Using Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability, Service Activation, activate Cisco IP Manager Assistant service.

Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide

Step 2 

Configure Cisco IP Manager Assistant service parameters for shared line support.

Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Service Parameters Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 3 

Configure the application user CAPF profile (optional).

Configure Cisco IP Manager Assistant service parameters for security (optional).

Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Security Considerations

Step 4 

Using the Serviceability Control Center Feature Services, stop and start the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service.

Starting the Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service

Step 5 

Add Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7960 or 7970 phone button template.

Configuring Phone Button Templates, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 6 

Configure manager and assistant Cisco Unified IP Phone parameters:

Set up manager phone.

Set up assistant phone.

Cisco Unified IP Phone Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 7 

Configure manager phone settings:

Assign the softkey template for shared line mode.

Add primary lines. (Use the same DN and partition for the assistant secondary line DN.)

Set up voice-mail profile on primary line.

Add incoming intercom line (optional).

Add speed dial for outgoing intercom targets (optional).

Set user locale.

Reset the phone.

Tip To automatically configure some manager phone settings, choose the automatic configuration check box on the Manager Configuration window when configuring the manager. For more information, see the "Manager Phones" section.

Manager and Assistant Phone Configuration

Finding a Phone, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Deleting a Phone, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Directory Number Configuration Overview, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Configuring Speed-Dial Buttons, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Resetting a Phone, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 8 

Configure assistant phone settings:

Assign a softkey template.

Add a 14-button expansion module (optional).

Assign the phone button template.

Add a primary line.

Add shared lines for each configured manager. (Use the same DN and partition for the assistant secondary line and manager primary line.)

Add incoming intercom line (optional).

Add speed dial to the incoming intercom line for each configured manager (optional).

Set user locale.

Reset the phone.

Tip To automatically configure some assistant phone settings, choose the Automatic Configuration check box on the Assistant Configuration window when you are configuring the assistant. For more information, see the "Assistant Phones" section.

Manager and Assistant Phone Configuration

Finding a Phone, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Deleting a Phone, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Directory Number Configuration Overview, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Configuring Speed-Dial Buttons, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Resetting a Phone, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 9 

Configure Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant:

Create a new manager.

Configure shared lines for manager.

Assign an assistant to a manager.

Configure lines for the assistant.

Intercom lines (optional)

Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode

Deleting Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Manager

Configuring Shared and Incoming Intercom Lines for the Assistant

Step 10 

Configure the dial rules for the assistant.

Application Dial Rules Configuration Error Checking, Cisco Unified CallManager System Guide

Step 11 

Install the Assistant Console application.

Installing the Assistant Console Application

Step 12 

Configure the manager and assistant console applications.

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant User Guide

Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant

Service Parameters for the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service comprise three categories: general, clusterwide, and clusterwide parameters that must be configured if you want to use the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant automatic configuration for managers and assistants. Specify clusterwide parameters once for all Cisco IP Manager Assistant services. Specify general parameters for each Cisco IP Manager Assistant service that is installed.

Set the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service parameters by using Cisco Unified CallManager Administration to access the service parameters (System > Service Parameters). Choose the server where the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant application resides and then choose the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service.

Cisco IP Manager Assistant includes the following service parameters that must be configured:

Clusterwide Parameters That Apply to All Servers

Cisco IPMA Server (Primary) IP Address—No default. Administrator must manually enter this IP address.

Cisco IPMA Server (Backup) IP Address—No default. Administrator must manually enter this IP address.

Cisco IPMA Server Port—Default specifies Port 2912.

Cisco IPMA Assistant Console Heartbeat Interval—Default specifies 30 seconds. This interval timer specifies how long it takes for the failover to occur on the assistant console.

Cisco IPMA Assistant Console Request Timeout—Default specifies 30 seconds.

Cisco IPMA RNA Forward Calls—Default specifies False. This service parameter does not apply to shared line support.

Cisco IPMA RNA Timeout—Default specifies 10 seconds. This service parameter does not apply to shared line support.

CTIManager Connection Security Flag has the following two options:

Nonsecure—The security mode specifies nonsecure.

Use Cluster Default—Cisco IP Manager Assistant service fetches the security mode for the cluster. If the cluster security mode is detected as mixed, Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant will open a secure connection to CTI Manager by using the Application CAPF profile. To make the secure connection succeed, configure both the "CTI Manager Connection Security Flag" and the "CAPF Profile Instance ID for Secure Connection to CTI Manager" parameters.

Cisco IPMA Service Parameters for each server configured

CTIManager (Primary) IP Address—No default. Enter the IP address of the primary CTIManager that will be used for call control.

CTIManager (Backup) IP Address—No default. Administrator must manually enter this IP address.

Route Point Device Name for Proxy Mode—Not applicable for shared line support.

CAPF Profile Instance Id for Secure Connection to CTIManager—This service parameter specifies the Instance Id of the Application CAPF Profile for the Application User IPMASecureSysUser that this Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant server will use to open a secure connection to CTIManager. You must configure this parameter if CTIManager Connection Security Flag is enabled.

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant includes the following clusterwide parameters that must be configured if you want to use the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant automatic configuration for managers and assistants:

Clusterwide Parameters for Softkey Templates

Assistant Softkey Template—Default specifies Standard Assistant softkey template. This parameter specifies the softkey template that is assigned to the assistant device during assistant automatic configuration.

Manager Softkey Template for Proxy Mode—This service parameter does not apply to shared line support.

Manager Softkey Template for Shared Mode—Default specifies Standard Shared Mode Manager. Set this parameter to specify the shared mode softkey template that is assigned to the manager device during manager automatic configuration.

IPMA Device Configuration Defaults for Proxy Mode—These parameters do not apply for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with shared line support.

Proxy Directory Number Range for Proxy Mode—These parameters do not apply for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with shared line support.

Proxy Directory Number Prefix for Proxy Mode—These parameters do not apply for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant with shared line support.

Security Considerations

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports a secure connection to CTI (transport layer security connection).

The administrator must configure a CAPF profile (one for each Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant node) by choosing User Management > Application User CAPF Profile. From the Application User drop-down list box that is on the Application User CAPF Profile Configuration window, the administrator chooses IPMASecureSysUser.

For more information about configuring security for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant, see the information on the CTIManager Connection Security Flag and the CAPF Profile Instance Id for Secure Connection to CTIManager service parameters in the "Setting the Service Parameters for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant" section.

The Cisco Unified CallManager Security Guide provides detailed security configuration procedures for CTI applications.

Starting the Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service

The Cisco IP Manager Assistant service runs as an application on Cisco Tomcat. To start or stop the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service, use the Serviceability Control Center Feature Services window.

Manager and Assistant Phone Configuration

You must configure and associate devices for each Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant manager and assistant. Before you begin, complete the following tasks, depending on the phone type.

Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940/41, 7960/61 and Model 7970/71

Add a Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7940/41, 7960/61 or model 7970/71 for each manager and assistant that will be using Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant. To add these phones, use one of the following methods:

Manually (Device > Phone).

Auto registration

BAT

Assign the Standard Assistant softkey template.

Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940/41

You can use the Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7940/41 for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant, but certain restrictions apply:

Add a Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7940/41 for each manager with the following items configured:

Two lines, one for the primary line and one for the intercom

Speed dial to the assistant intercom

Softkey template for manager with shared line support

Add a Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7940/41 for each assistant with the following items configured:

Two lines, one for the primary line and one for the intercom

Speed dial to the manager intercom

Softkey template for assistant


Note Cisco supports the Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7940/41 for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant but recommends the Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7960/61 or Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7970/71 because they provide more functionality.


After you complete these tasks, configure the phones as described in the following sections:

Manager Phones

Assistant Phones

Nonmanager and Nonassistant Phones

Manager Phones

The following section describes the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant requirements and tips for configuring a manager phone.

Manager Phone Configuration

Configure the manager Cisco Unified IP Phones with the following settings:

Standard Shared Mode Manager softkey template (must include the Immediate Divert and Transfer to Voice Mail soft keys)

Primary line

Additional lines for shared line support (optional)

Voice-mail profile on primary line

Incoming intercom line to support the auto answer with speakerphone or headset option (optional)

Speed dial for outgoing intercom targets (optional)

User locale

You can automate some of these settings by choosing the Automatic Configuration check box on the End User Configuration window when you configure the manager. For step-by-step instructions, see the "Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode" section.

Automatic Configuration sets the following items for the manager device or device profile:

Softkey template

Auto answer with speakerphone for intercom line

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports the Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940/41. For more information, see the "Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940/41" section.

Assistant Phones

The following section describes the requirements for configuring an assistant phone and provides tips on configuring an assistant phone. For step-by-step instructions, see the "Configuring Shared and Incoming Intercom Lines for the Assistant" section.

Assistant Phone Configuration

Configure the assistant Cisco Unified IP Phones with the following settings:

Standard Assistant softkey template (must include the Immediate Divert and Transfer to Voice Mail soft keys)

Default 14-button expansion module (optional)

Primary line

Shared lines for each configured manager (Use the same DN and partition as the manager primary line.)

Incoming intercom line to support the auto answer with speakerphone or headset option

Speed dial to incoming intercom line for each configured manager

User locale

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant supports the Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940/41. For more information, see the "Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7940/41" section.

Nonmanager and Nonassistant Phones

In addition to configuring manager and assistant devices, configure all other users in the Cisco Unified CallManager cluster. Proper configuration allows managers and assistants to make calls to and receive calls from all other users in the cluster. No special configuration requirements exists in shared line support for nonmanager and nonassistant user phones.

Manager and Assistant Configuration

From the Cisco Unified CallManager End User Configuration window, configure the settings for the managers and assistants who use the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant feature. From this window, perform the following functions:

Choose manager and assistant devices.

Automatically configure a manager or assistant device, if desired.

Set up primary and incoming intercom lines for intercom capability. For example, extension 3102 serves as the intercom line for the manager. This line will receive intercom calls from the assistant. The assistant line 1 (1102) and line 2 (1103) display on the console, and the assistant answers them.

Configure assistants for managers.

Choose the local language in which the End User Configuration window displays.

The following sections provide details about configuring the manager and assistant settings:

Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode

Deleting Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Manager

Deleting the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Assistant

Configuring Shared and Incoming Intercom Lines for the Assistant

Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode

Perform the following procedure to configure a Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant manager and assign an assistant to the manager. To configure a new user and associate the device to the user, see "Adding an End User" in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide. To configure the same directory number for the manager primary line and assistant secondary line, see "Directory Number Configuration Overview" in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.


Tip Configure manager information before configuring Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for an assistant.


Procedure


Step 1 To configure the manager and to assign an assistant to an existing user, choose User Management > End User. From the Find and List Users window, click the Find button. The window displays all of the end users that are configured in Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 2 To display user information for the chosen manager, click the user name.

The End User Configuration window displays.

Step 3 To configure Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for the manager, choose Manager Configuration from the Related Links drop-down list box and click Go.

Step 4 The Manager Configuration window displays and contains Manager information, Assistant information, and Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant—Controlled lines.

Step 5 To automatically configure the softkey template and auto answer with speakerphone for intercom line for the manager phone based on the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service parameters, check the Automatic Configuration check box.

Step 6 Click the Uses Shared Lines check box.

Step 7 To associate a device name or device profile with a manager, choose the device name or device profile from the Device Name/Profile drop-down list box. (Extension mobility uses device profiles.) For information about using Cisco Extension Mobility with Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant, see the "Extension Mobility" section.


Note If the manager telecommutes, click the Mobile Manager check box and optionally choose Device Profile. When Device Profile is chosen, the manager must log on to the phone by using extension mobility before accessing Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant.


Step 8 From the Intercom Line drop-down list box, choose the intercom line appearance for the manager, if applicable.

Step 9 To assign an assistant to the manager, click the assistants name from the Available Assistants list and move it to the Associated Assistants list box by clicking the down arrow.


Tip You can go to the Assistant Configuration window by highlighting the assistant name and clicking the Edit Assistant link.


Step 10 To configure the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant controlled lines, click the appropriate line from the Available Lines list box and move it to the Selected Lines list box by clicking the down arrow.


Note Ensure the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant—Controlled line is always the shared line DN.


To remove a line from the Selected Lines selection box and from Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant control, highlight the line and click the up arrow.

Step 11 Click the Save button.

If you checked the Automatic Configuration check box and the service parameters are invalid, a message displays.

Upon successful completion of the automatic configuration, the manager device resets. If you configured a device profile, the manager must log out and log in to the device for settings to take effect.



Note When non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant changes such as name, user locale, or PIN, are made to a user, the user (manager or assistant) must log out of Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant and log in before the changes occur.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Deleting Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Manager

Perform the following procedure to delete Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for a manager. To delete non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for a manager, see the "Adding an End User" section in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Procedure


Step 1 To search for the manager for whom you want to delete Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information, choose User Management > End User from Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

Step 2 From the Find and List Users window, click the Find button. The window displays all of the end users that are configured in Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 3 From the Find and List Users window, choose the manager whose information you want to delete. The End User Configuration window displays.

Step 4 From the Related Links drop-down list box, choose Manager Configuration and click Go.

The Manager Configuration window displays for the user that you chose.

Step 5 Click the Delete button.

The update takes effect immediately.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Updating the Manager Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Configuration

Perform the following procedure to update Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for a manager. To update non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for a manager, see the "Adding an End User" section in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Procedure


Step 1 To search for the manager for whom you want to update information, choose User Management > End User from Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

Step 2 From the Find and List Users window, click the Find button. The window displays all of the end users that are configured in Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 3 From the Find and List Users window, choose the manager whose information you want to update. The End User Configuration window displays.

Step 4 From the Related Links drop-down list box, choose Manager Configuration and click Go.

The Manager Configuration window displays for the user that you chose.

Step 5 Update the information that you want changed such as device name, Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant—Controlled lines, or intercom line appearance.

Step 6 Click the Save button.

The update takes effect immediately.


Note The system automatically configures the softkey template and auto answer with speakerphone for intercom line for the manager phone on the basis of the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service parameters when the Automatic Configuration check box is checked.




Note When non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant changes such as name, user locale, or PIN, are made to a user, the user (manager or assistant) must log out of Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant and log in for the changes to occur.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Configuring Shared and Incoming Intercom Lines for the Assistant

Use the Assistant Configuration of the End User Configuration window to configure the following items:

Device name of the assistant phone

Intercom line that the assistant uses to answer the manager calls (optional)

Shared line of the manager to which the assistant phone gets associated (this gets done automatically when the manager and assistant share the same DN).

Administrators can set up one or more lines with a shared line appearance. The Cisco Unified CallManager system considers a directory number to be a shared line if it appears on more than one device in the same partition.

In a shared line appearance, for example, you can set up a shared line, so a directory number appears on line 1 of a manager phone and also on line 2 of an assistant phone.

Perform the following procedure to configure the manager shared line and incoming intercom line appearances for an assistant. To configure a new user and associate devices, see the "Adding an End User" section in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.


Tip Before configuring the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for an assistant, you must configure the manager information and assign an assistant to the manager. See "Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode" section.


Procedure


Step 1 To search for the assistant for whom you want to configure Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information, choose User Management > End User from Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

Step 2 From the Find and List Users window, click the Find button. The window displays all the end users that are configured in Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 3 To display user information for the chosen assistant, click the user name.

The End User Configuration window displays.

Step 4 To configure information for the assistant, choose Assistant Configuration from the Related Links drop-down list box and click Go.

The Assistant Configuration window displays for the user that you chose.

Step 5 From the Device Name drop-down list box, choose the device name to associate with the assistant.

Step 6 From the Intercom Line drop-down list box, choose the incoming intercom line appearance for the assistant.


Tip To view existing manager configuration information, highlight the manager name in the Associated Managers list and click the Edit Manager link. The Manager Configuration window displays. To return to the Assistant Configuration window, highlight the assistant name and click the Edit Assistant link on the Manager Configuration window.


In the Associated Manager selection list box, the name of the previously configured manager displays.


Note The system automatically sets the softkey template and intercom line on the basis of the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service parameter settings when the Automatic Configuration check box is checked. Additionally, the system sets auto answer with speakerphone for intercom line.


Step 7 To associate the manager line to the assistant line, perform the following steps from the Manager Association to the Assistant Line selection box:

a. In the Available Lines drop-down list box, choose the assistant line that will be associated with the manager line.

b. In the Manager Names drop-down list box, choose the preconfigured manager name with which the assistant is associated.

c. In the Manager Lines drop-down list box, choose the manager line that will be associated with the assistant line.

Step 8 Click the Save button.

The update takes effect immediately. If you chose automatic configuration, the assistant device automatically resets.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Deleting the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Assistant

Perform the following procedure to delete Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for an assistant. To delete non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for an assistant, see the "Adding an End User" section in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Procedure


Step 1 To search for the assistant for whom you want to delete information, choose User Management > End User from Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

Step 2 From the Find and List Users window, click the Find button. The window displays all the end users that are configured in Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 3 From the Find and List Users window, choose the assistant whose information you want to delete. The End User Configuration window displays.

Step 4 From the Related Links drop-down list box, choose Assistant Configuration and click Go.

The Assistant Configuration window displays for the user that you chose.

Step 5 Click the Delete button.

The update takes effect immediately.



Note When non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant changes such as name, user locale, or PIN, are made to a user, the user (manager or assistant) must log out of Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant and log in before the changes occur.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Updating the Assistant Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Configuration

Perform the following procedure to update Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for an assistant. To update non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant information for an assistant, see the "Adding an End User" section in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Procedure


Step 1 To search for the assistant for whom you want to update t information, choose User Management > End User from Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

Step 2 From the Find and List Users window, click the Find button. The window displays all the end users that are configured in Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 3 From the Find and List Users window, choose the assistant whose information you want to update. The End User Configuration window displays.

Step 4 From the Related Links drop-down list box, choose Assistant Configuration and click Go.

The Assistant Configuration window displays for the user that you chose.

Step 5 Update the information that you want changed such as device name, intercom line, or associated manager information.

Step 6 Click the Save button.

The update takes effect immediately.


Note During automatic configuration, the system automatically sets the softkey template and intercom line on the basis of the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service parameter settings and sets auto answer with speakerphone for intercom line. If you do not want to use automatic configuration, uncheck the Automatic Configuration check box.




Note When non-Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant changes such as name, user locale, or PIN, are made to a user, the user (manager or assistant) must log out of Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant and log in before the changes occur.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Dial Rules Configuration

The administrator uses dial rules configuration to add and sort the priority of dialing rules. Dial rules for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant automatically strip numbers from or add numbers to telephone numbers that the assistant dials. For example, a dial rule can automatically add the digit 9 in front of a 7-digit telephone number to provide access to an outside line.

The following sections provide additional information on application dial rules:

Application Dial Rules Configuration Design, Cisco Unified CallManager System Guide

Application Dial Rules Configuration Error Checking, Cisco Unified CallManager System Guide

Providing Information to Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Managers and Assistants

Install the assistant console application for Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant by accessing a URL. The administrator sends the URL, in the "Installing the Assistant Console Application" section, to the assistant.


Note The assistant console application installation program supports Netscape 7.1 or later and Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.


Installing the Assistant Console Application


Note When upgrading from Cisco Unified CallManager release 4.0 or 4.1, you must reinstall the Assistant Console application.


Begin the installation by accessing the following URL:

https://<Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant server>:8443/ma/Install/IPMAConsoleInstall.jsp

where

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant server specifies the IP address of the server that has the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service running on it.


Tip You can localize the installer (with the proper localization pack) by including the proper parameter on the URL; for example, for French, you would include the following parameter at the end of the URL:?locale=fr_FR.


Assistant Console Dialog Options

The assistant console displays a dialog that contains the following options:

Location to Install—The path of the directory where the assistant console software gets installed. The default specifies following path:

c:\Program Files\Cisco\Unified CallManager Assistant Console

Create Desktop Shortcut—Default specifies true. This parameter determines whether a shortcut is created on the assistant console.

Create StartMenu Shortcut—Default specifies true. This parameter determines whether a shortcut is created in the Start menu (Start > Programs > Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant > Assistant Console).

Install JRE—Default specifies true. This parameter determines whether JRE is installed along with Unified CM Assistant assistant console. If this option is turned off, you need to ensure that the following configuration is on the assistant console:

Install JRE 1.4.2_05 (international version) on the assistant console

Create an environment variable—Assistant_JRE on the assistant console, which gives the path to the JRE; for example, c:\Program Files\Jave\j2re1.4.2_05

Manager Configuration

Managers can customize their feature preferences from the Manager Configuration window by using the following URL:

https://<Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant server>:8443/ma/desktop/maLogin.jsp

where

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant server specifies the IP address of the server that has the Cisco IP Manager Assistant service running on it.


Note The Manager Configuration only supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.


The administrator must send this URL to the manager.

Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Related Topics

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant With Proxy Line Support

Softkey Templates, Cisco Unified CallManager System Guide

Understanding Directory Numbers, Cisco Unified CallManager System Guide

Directory Number Configuration Overview, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Cisco IP Manager Assistant Service

Cisco Unified IP Phone Interface

Manager and Assistant Phone Configuration

Nonmanager and Nonassistant Phones

Configuring a Manager and Assigning an Assistant for Shared Line Mode

Deleting Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Manager

Updating the Manager Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Configuration

Configuring Shared and Incoming Intercom Lines for the Assistant

Deleting the Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant Information for the Assistant

Adding an End User, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Associating Devices to an End User, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Additional Cisco Documentation

Cisco Unified CallManager Assistant User Guide

Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide

Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability System Guide

CDR Analysis and Reporting Administration Guide

Cisco Unified CallManager Bulk Administration Guide

Cisco Unified CallManager Security Guide