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CUCM Auto-Attendant
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CUCM Auto-Attendant

CUCM Auto-Attendant

This chapter provides information about Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant, a simple automated attendant, which allows callers to locate people in your organization without talking to a receptionist. You can customize the prompts that are played for the caller, but you cannot customize how the software interacts with the customer.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant comes bundled with Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco Unified Communications Manager 5 agent Cisco Unified Contact Center Express bundle.

This chapter describes Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant that is running on Cisco Customer Response Solutions (CRS) 5.0.


Note


For information about supported versions of Cisco CRS with Cisco Unified Communications Manager, see the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/systems/unified/iptmtrix.htm

To access the documentation for Cisco Customer Response Solutions, see the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/custcosw/ps1846/products_installation_and_configuration_guides_list.html


Configure CUCM Auto-Attendant

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant, a simple automated attendant, allows callers to locate people in your organization without talking to a receptionist. You can customize the prompts that are played for the caller, but you cannot customize how the software interacts with the customer.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant comes bundled with Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco Unified Communications Manager 5 agent Cisco Unified Contact Center Express bundle.

Perform the following steps to configure Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant.

Procedure
    Step 1   Install and configure Cisco Unified Communications Manager.
    Step 2   Configure Cisco Unified Communications Manager users.
    Step 3   Configure the Cisco Customer Response Solutions (CRS) Engine. You must install and configure Cisco CRS before you can use Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant. The Cisco CRS Engine controls the software and its connection to the telephony system.
    • Set up the cluster, if applicable.
    • Set up the server.
    • Add a Unified CM telephony call control group.
    • Provision a Cisco media termination subsystem.
    • Add a new Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant.
    • Configure a Unified CM telephony trigger.
    Step 4   Customize Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant, so its prompts are meaningful to the way that you are using the automated attendant.
    • Modify an instance of Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant.
    • Configure the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant prompts.
      • Recording the welcome prompt
      • Configuring the welcome prompt
      • Uploading a spoken name

    Related Tasks

    CUCM Auto-Attendant feature

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant (see the following figure) works with Cisco Unified Communications Manager to receive calls on specific telephone extensions. The software interacts with the caller and allows the caller to search for and select the extension of the party (in your organization) that the caller is trying to reach.

    This section provides an introduction to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant.

    Figure 1. Using Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant

    CUCM Auto-Attendant overview

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant provides the following functions:

    • Answers a call
    • Plays a user-configurable welcome prompt
    • Plays a main menu prompt that asks the caller to perform one of three actions:
      • Press 0 for the operator.
      • Press 1 to enter an extension number.
      • Press 2 to spell by name.
    • If the caller chooses to spell by name (by pressing 2), the system compares the letters that are entered with the names that are configured to the available extensions.
      • If a match exists, the system announces a transfer to the matched user and waits for up to 2 seconds for the caller to press any DTMF key to stop the transfer. If the caller does not stop the transfer, the system performs an explicit confirmation: it prompts the user for confirmation of the name and transfers the call to the primary extension of that user.
      • If more than one match occurs, the system prompts the caller to choose the correct extension.
      • If too many matches occur, the system prompts the caller to enter more characters.
    • When the caller has specified the destination, the system transfers the call.
      • If the line is busy or not in service, the system informs the caller accordingly and replays the main menu prompt.

    Components of CUCM Auto-Attendant

    The Cisco Customer Response Solutions (CRS) Platform provides the components that are required to run Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant. The platform provides a multimedia (voice/data/web) IP-enabled customer care application environment.


    Note


    Cisco CRS gets marketed under the names Cisco Unified Contact Center Express and Cisco Unified IP IVR, which are products on the Cisco CRS platform.


    Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant uses three main components of the Cisco CRS Platform:

    • Gateway - Connects the unified communications network to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and to other private telephone systems such as Public Branch Exchange (PBX). You must purchase gateways separately.
    • Cisco Unified Communications Manager Server - Provides the features that are required to implement IP phones, manage gateways, provides failover and redundancy service for the telephony system, and directs voice over IP traffic to the Cisco CRS system. You must purchase Cisco Unified Communications Manager separately.
    • Cisco CRS Server - Contains the Cisco CRS Engine that runs Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant. The Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant package includes the Cisco CRS Server and Engine.

    For more information about the Cisco CRS Platform, see the following URL.

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/custcosw/ps1846/products_installation_and_configuration_guides_list.html

    System requirements for CUCM Auto-Attendant

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant requires the following software components to operate:

    • Cisco Unified Communications Manager
    • Cisco CRS Release 5.0

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant runs on the Cisco Media Convergence Server (Cisco MCS) platform or on a Cisco-certified server.

    See the following Cisco documentation:

    Install the CUCM Auto-Attendant

    No installation is required. Auto-Attendant comes standard with the five-seat bundle. See the Cisco Customer Response Solutions Administration Guide, Release 5.0(1) and the Cisco Customer Response Solutions Installation Guide for more information.

    Configure CUCM Auto-Attendant and the Cisco CRS engine

    To configure the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant, review the Configure CUCM Auto-Attendant.

    Managing CUCM Auto-Attendant

    Use Cisco CRS Administration to manage Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant. Use the online help to learn how to use the interface and perform these tasks. The following table describes the management tasks.

    Table 1 Managing Cisco Unified Communications Manager Auto-Attendant

    Task

    Purpose

    Commands (from the Cisco CRS Administration main window)

    Start and stop the Cisco CRS Engine

    Make sure that the engine is running for your automated attendant to work. You can stop and restart the engine to help resolve or troubleshoot problems.

    Choose System > Control Center and click the Cisco CRS Engine in the menu on the left. In the list that appears, find "CRS Engine". In the Status column, if a triangular button points to the right, you know that the engine is running.

    If a square shows in this column, you know that the engine is not running. To restart the engine, click the radio button next to "CRS Engine" and click Restart.

    If the engine is running and you want to stop it, click the radio button next to "CRS Engine" and click Stop.

    Change the Cisco CRS Engine configuration

    Modify the engine configuration to resolve problems.

    Choose System > System Parameters.

    Set up trace files

    Set up trace files to collect troubleshooting information.

    Choose System > Tracing; then, click  Trace File Configuration. See the online help for detailed information.

    View trace files

    View trace files to see the results of your tracing.

    ChooseSystem > Control Center; then, click  server name. Click the Server Traces link. Choose the trace file that you created.

    Monitor performance in real time

    You can monitor the performance of the system while it is running if you install the real-time reporting monitor.

    Choose Tools > Real-Time Reporting. See the online help for information on using Real Time Reporting.