Cisco-provided announcements and tones are installed automatically when you install Cisco Unified Communications Manager. These announcements and tones are displayed in the Find and Lists Announcements window in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration.
Announcements can be used for:
External call control
Multilevel Precedence and Preemption (MLPP)
Selecting Media Resources > Announcements in Cisco Unified Communications Manager allows you to use the existing Cisco-provided announcements, insert custom announcement .wav files, assign the locale for the announcement, change the description for the announcement, or change the message or tone that you wish an announcement to play.
In Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration, use the Media Resources > Announcements menu path to configure announcements.
There are two classifications of announcements:
System announcements are pre-defined announcements that are used in normal call processing or provided as sample feature announcements. Feature announcements are used by specific features such as Music On Hold (MoH) in association with Hunt Pilot call queuing or External Call Control.
There are up to 50 feature announcements available using the Add New button. These announcements may be Cisco-provided audio files or uploaded custom wav files. All custom announcement wav files must be uploaded to all servers in the cluster.
Announcements are specific to the locale (language). If your installation is using more than one language locale, each custom announcement must be recorded in each language as a separate wav file and uploaded with the correct locale assignment. This also requires that the correct locale package be installed on each server before uploading custom announcement wav files for languages other than United States English.
From the Announcement Listing window, clicking on the announcement identifier for an announcement produces an announcement configuration dialog. Within this dialog you can edit the announcement description and other settings. If one or more custom wav files have been uploaded for the announcement, a list of the custom wav files for each locale (language) is created. Each of these files also have an Enable check-box to indicate if the custom wav file should be used. If the check-box is unchecked, then the selected Cisco audio file is used.
Like MoH audio source files, the recommended format for announcements includes the following specifications:
16-bit PCM wav file
Stereo or mono
Sample rates of 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 32 kHz, 16 kHz, or 8 kHz
When a call is routed to a queuing-enabled Hunt Pilot that is configured with MoH, and has an initial announcement configured (with "Play Always" and early media cut through), the greeting is played to the caller before the called party is alerted about the call. Trunks and gateways must also support early media cut through for the greeting to be played. Cisco PRI/MGCP gateways, H.323 gateways and trunks support early media cut through. For SIP trunk to support early media cut through, you must enable PRACK. Be aware that a greeting may not be played if the device does not support early media cut through.
You cannot delete any System or Feature announcements that are configured for use within Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration (such as MoH). In these instances, a selection check-box will not appear. To delete a feature announcement, select the check-box and click on the Delete button.
The following table describes the announcement settings.
Table 1 Announcement settings
Announcement Configuration and Upload File Windows
The Announcement Identifier is a text box to assign a meaningful identifying name to the announcement.
This field cannot be modified for System Announcements.
This field must be unique (different from all other announcements).
The Announcement Identifier is used when selecting an announcement for a feature such as Music-on-Hold.
For customized announcements that you are inserting, enter a description for the announcement; for example, enter the text from the customized announcement. You can enter any characters in this field.
When you click the Upload File button in the Find and List window, this field displays as blank. When you click the Upload File button in the Announcements Configuration window, the Cisco-provided (default) description for the announcement displays.
If you do not update this field in the Announcements Configuration window, the Cisco-provided (default) description displays. After you update this customized description field, the Cisco-provided default description displays in the Find and Lists Announcements window; see the Default Description column in the Find and Lists window for the default description.
You can enter up to 50 characters.
This setting displays in the Upload File window. From the Locale drop-down list box, choose the locale that you want to associate with the announcement.
By default, all Cisco-provided announcements support English_United States. If a Cisco Unified Communications Locale has been installed, the Cisco-provided announcements are provided for that locale in addition to other installed locales.
For a locale to display in the Locale drop-down list box in the Upload File Configuration window, you must install the Cisco Unified Communications Locale Installer that is specific to your locale(s). For more information, see the Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide.
From the drop-down list box, choose the Cisco-provided announcement that you want to play when the custom announcement is not used.
If <None> is selected from the list box, no Cisco-provided announcement will be used.
Announcement by Locale Pane in the Announcements Configuration Window
This section only appears if a custom announcement wav file has been uploaded for the announcement.
This setting displays after you insert a customized announcement.
When the Enable check box is checked, Cisco Unified Communications Manager plays the customized announcement for the locale that is shown. If you want Cisco Unified Communications Manager to play the Cisco-provided announcement that is associated with the announcement identifier, uncheck the Enable check box.
Customized Locale Description
This field, which is read-only, displays the description for the customized announcement for the displayed locale. You enter this description when you upload the customized announcement.
This field, which is read-only, displays the locale that you chose for the customized announcement when you uploaded the .wav file.
Each locale is associated with an uploaded custom announcement. You can upload another wav file for the same announcement, but you assign it to a different locale. In this case, two rows display, one for each locale. If you want to update or replace a custom announcement for a locale, you can upload a new wav file with the same locale you want to replace.
Default Cisco Announcement
This field indicates the last uploaded customized announcement file name.
Announcements in the Find and List Announcements Window
You can upload custom announcement wav files or change the Cisco-provided file for a System announcement, however; you cannot change the announcement identifier. For example, the System announcement (VCA_00121) is played when a caller dials an invalid number. This is commonly known as the "vacant call announcement" and could be modified with an uploaded custom wav file with a different announcement.
You cannot update announcements that are not hyperlinked in the Find and List Announcements window. You can insert customized announcements for Cisco-provided announcements that are underlined with a hyperlink in the Find and List Announcements window; for example, Custom_5001, Custom_5014, MLPP-ICA_00120, or MonitoringWarning_00055. For more information on how to upload a customized announcement, see the following sections:
The following table describes the announcements that display in the Find and List Announcements window. This list is an initial example and may change based on feature announcements being inserted and future upgrades.
Table 2 Announcements in the Find and List Announcements window
Perform the following procedure to upload a customized announcement.
In Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration, choose Media Resources > Announcements.
The Find and List Announcements window displays.
In the Find and List Announcements window, click the hyperlink for the announcement (for example, Wait In Queue Sample). When the Announcements window displays, click Upload File.
In the Upload File pop-up window, choose the locale, enter the filename or browse to select the .wav file and click Upload File.
The upload process begins, and may take a few minutes depending on the file. The Status is updated once processing is complete. Select Close to close the upload window.
The Announcement Configuration window refreshes to update the uploaded file status.
If you want Cisco Unified Communications Manager to play the customized announcement instead of playing the Cisco-provided announcement, make sure that the Enable check box displays as checked in the Announcement by Locale pane in the Announcements Configuration window. If the Enable check box is unchecked, Cisco Unified Communications Manager plays the Cisco-provided announcement.
Once the changes have been made in the Announcements Configuration window, click Save.
What to Do Next
You must upload the announcement on each node in the cluster as the announcement files are not propagated between servers in a cluster. Browse Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration on each server in the cluster and repeat the upload process.
After you insert the custom announcement, Cisco Unified Communications Manager automatically plays the custom announcement, unless you uncheck the Enable check box in the Announcements by Locale pane in the Announcements Configuration window (which indicates that you want Cisco Unified Communications Manager to play the Cisco-provided announcement that is associated with the announcement identifier).