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Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant
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Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant

This chapter provides information about setting up manager and assistant phones with either shared lines or proxy lines for the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant. Information is also provided for adding and updating manager-assistant associations using a BAT spreadsheet, and for creating default and custom CSV data files for manager-assistants.

You can use the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Bulk Administration (BAT) to manage the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant feature in Cisco Unified Communications Manager. You can add, update, and delete managers or assistants with their associations in bulk transactions. For more information that is related to Cisco Unified CM Assistant, see the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Features and Services Guide and the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant User Guide.

Phones and Lines for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant

The Cisco Unified CM Assistant feature works with several Cisco Unified IP Phone models and device profiles. Cisco Unified CM Assistant provides two modes for configuring managers and assistants lines for use with Cisco Unified CM Assistant features.

  • Proxy mode—The primary manager line associates with a proxy line that has a different directory number on the assistant phone.
  • Shared line mode—The manager and assistant have a shared line on their phones that uses the same directory number and partition.

Note


You can associate users to devices/phones only if they support Unified CM Assistant.


You can use BAT to set up the manager and assistant phones with either proxy lines or shared lines.

Set up phones in proxy line mode for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant

To prepare for configuring manager and assistant phones with Unified CM Assistant proxy line support, you must complete the following tasks:

Procedure
    Step 1   Set up and configure Unified CM Assistant requirements for your system. Cisco recommends that you use the Cisco Unified CM Assistant Configuration Wizard. The wizard automatically creates the phone templates for Unified CM Assistant manager and assistant, route points, partitions, translation patterns, and calling search space for the Cisco Unified CM Assistant service. To run the Cisco Unified CM Assistant Configuration Wizard, ensure BAT and the wizard are on the same server. Refer to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Features and Services Guide for information about running the Cisco Unified CM Assistant Configuration Wizard.
    Note   

    You can use the Cisco Unified CM Assistant Configuration Wizard only one time to set up the Unified CM Assistant configuration requirements for your system. After running the configuration wizard, you can only view, but not change, your configuration with the wizard.

    Step 2   To add new phones and users for managers and assistants, use the Unified CM Assistant manager and Unified CM Assistant assistant phone templates that the Cisco Unified CM Assistant Configuration Wizard produced on the BAT server. Use the BAT templates to configure phones for proxy mode only.
    Step 3   For existing manager and assistant phones, you can change the manager and assistant phones to correspond to the Unified CM Assistant phone templates by using either of these methods:
    • You can use the Add Lines feature in BAT to modify existing phones to resemble the Unified CM Assistant phone templates.
    • You can delete the original phones and add new phones by using the Unified CM Assistant phone templates for managers and assistants.
    Step 4   After you configure the phones and lines for managers and assistants, you associate the manager and assistant lines for Unified CM Assistant control.

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant Manager phone template default settings

    The following table lists the default settings for the Unified CM Assistant manager phone template.

    Table 1  Default settings for manager phone templates for proxy lines

    Field

    Default Value

    Softkey Template

    Softkey Template Standard Manager

    Phone Button Template

    Standard Cisco Unified IP Phone 7960 (2 lines)

    Line1

    Primary line

    • CSS = Generated_CSS_I_E
    • Partition = Generated_Managers

    Line 2

    Incoming Intercom line

    • CSS = Generated_CSS_I_E
    • Partition = Generated_Everyone
    • Also configure auto answer with headset option.

    Services

    Assistant Primary Service

    The following table lists the default settings for the Unified CM Assistant assistant phone template.

    Table 2 Default settings for assistant phone template for proxy lines

    Field

    Default Value

    Softkey Template

    Softkey Assistant

    Phone Button Template

    Standard Cisco Unified IP Phone 7960 Assistant

    Expansion Module 1

    14-button expansion module

    One line on base phone and five lines on expansion module

    For proxy lines, one line on base phone and five lines on expansion module have the following default configuration:

    • CSS = Generated_CSS_M_E
    • Partition = Generated_Everyone

    Line 7

    (On Expansion Module)

    Intercom line

    • CSS = Generated_CSS_I_E
    • Partition = Generated_Everyone
    • Also configure auto answer with headset option.

    Manager and assistant proxy line configurations

    BAT assigns Unified CM Assistant line configurations by mapping the primary manager lines on the phone to proxy lines on the assistant phone. When you use the Unified CM Assistant manager and assistant default templates that the Unified CM Assistant wizard created, you can associate from one to five manager lines on one assistant phone. For phones that are configured with the Unified CM Assistant templates, this example shows the line configurations when you associate two manager phones to an assistant phone.

    Manager 1 Phone:
    • Line 1— Primary line
    • Line 2— Intercom line
    Manager 2 Phone:
    • Line 1— Primary line
    • Line 2— Intercom line
    Assistant Phone:
    • Line 1—Primary line
    • Line 2—Proxy line for Manager 1
    • Line 3—Proxy line for Manager 2
    • Lines 4 through 6 are unassigned
    • Line 7—Intercom line
    Assistant Phone:

    Lines 4 through 6 remain available for other manager associations.

    When you associate multiple managers to an assistant phone, BAT creates proxy lines based on the order in the CSV data file. BAT creates the first manager-assistant line by assigning all the primary manager lines as proxy lines to the unassigned lines on the assistant phone. BAT continues creating individual manager-assistant proxy lines based on the order of the CSV record until all lines on the assistant phone are assigned or all managers in the CSV record are associated.

    When you associate multiple assistants to a manager primary line, BAT assigns assistants to the manager based on the order in the CSV data file. BAT assigns the primary manager lines based on the first assistant number of available lines. For example, a manager phone has two primary lines. The first assistant, who is listed in the CSV data file, has only one available line. Consequently, BAT associates only one primary line for the manager and one proxy line on all the assistant phones that are listed in the CSV record.

    Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant Manager phone line configurations

    The following table lists all possible line configurations for a manager phone that BAT can set up when you are using manager-assistant associations.

    Table 3  Manager phone line configuration

    Number of Available Lines

    Configuration

    One line

    Line 1—Primary line (Unified CM Assistant controlled)

    Intercom line (none)

    Two lines

    (Default Unified CM Assistant manager phone template)

    Line 1—Primary line (Unified CM Assistant controlled)

    Line 2—Intercom line (optional)

    More than two lines

    Last line gets configured as the intercom line.

    The number of available lines on the assistant phone determines the number of manager lines that get associated with proxy lines.

    Unified CM Assistant phone line configurations

    The following table lists the default line configurations for the assistant phones that BAT sets up during manager-assistant associations.

    Table 4 Assistant phone line configurations

    Number of Available Lines

    Configuration

    One line

    Line 1—Proxy line

    Intercom line (none)

    Two lines

    Line 1—Primary line

    Line 2—Proxy line

    Intercom line (none)

    Three lines

    Line 1—Primary line

    Line 2—Proxy line

    Line 3—Intercom line

    More than three lines

    Line 1—Primary line

    Line 2—Proxy line

    Last line gets configured as the intercom line

    All other lines get configured as proxy lines

    Seven lines

    (Default Unified CM Assistant assistant phone template)

    Line 1—Primary line

    Line 2 through line 6 can get configured as proxy lines to support up to five managers.

    Line 7—Intercom line

    Proxy line example for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant manager and assistant phones

    You associate two managers, each with three existing lines, to an assistant phone with six unassigned lines. BAT sets the following line configurations on the manager and assistant phones.

    Manager 1 Phone:
    • Line 1—Manager primary line (DN is 2355)
    • Line 2—Manager primary line (DN is 2366)
    • Line 3—Manager intercom line
    Manager 2 Phone:
    • Line 1—Manager primary line (DN is 2656)
    • Line 2—Manager primary line (DN is 2666)
    • Line 3—Manager intercom line
    Assistant Phone:
    • Line 1—Assistant primary line (DN is 3333)
    • Line 2—Proxy line 1 for Manager 1 (DN is 3455)
    • Line 3—Proxy line 1 for Manager 2 (DN is 3656))
    • Line 4—Proxy line 2 for Manager 1 (DN is 3366)
    • Line 5—Proxy line 2 for Manager 2 (DN is 3666)
    • Line 6—Available
    • Line 7—Assistant intercom line
    Assistant Phone:

    When you associate a manager phone that has preexisting primary lines, you must ensure that the number of unassigned lines on the assistant phone equals or is greater than the number of primary lines on the manager phone. For instance, BAT does not allow you to create an association between a manager that has a phone with four configured primary lines and an assistant with only three available lines.

    Set up proxy lines on new manager and assistant phones for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant

    You can set up new Unified CM Assistant manager and assistant phones to use proxy lines.

    Before You Begin
    1. Run the Unified CM Assistant Configuration Wizard to create the Unified CM Assistant templates, partition, and calling search space.
    2. If you want to associate more than five managers to an assistant, you must access the Unified CM Assistant Template and make a copy with a new name. Add more lines to the template to accommodate the additional managers.
    Procedure
      Step 1   Choose BAT Administrator > Phones > Phones Template.

      The Phone Template Configuration window displays.

      Note   

      Because BAT Unified CM Assistant templates are write protected, if you want to make changes to these templates, you must make a copy of the template and then edit the template with your changes. See Table 1 for default manager phone template field descriptions. See Table 2 for default assistant phone template field descriptions.

      Step 2   Create the CSV data file for manager phones and another file for assistant phones using these options:
      1. Use the BAT spreadsheet and choose the Phones tab.
      2. Use a text editor and refer to the manager or assistant template fields as a guide.

      What to Do Next

      Follow the procedures in Add phones to database to insert new phones.

      Set up proxy lines on existing manager and assistant phones for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant

      You can set up existing Unified CM Assistant manager and assistant phones to use proxy lines.

      Procedure
        Step 1   Choose BAT Administration > Phones > Add Lines. The Phone Add Lines window displays.
        Step 2   You may need to copy and modify the Unified CM Assistant templates for BAT.

        See Table 1 for default manager phone template field descriptions, and see Table 2 for default assistant phone template field descriptions.

        Note   

        If you changed any configuration information (for example, partition names) when you ran the Cisco Unified CM Assistant Configuration Wizard, you must use the same configuration information for the fields when you edit the template.

        Step 3   Create the CSV data file for manager phones and another file for assistant phones using one of these options:
        1. Use the BAT spreadsheet and choose the Add Lines tab.
        2. Use a text editor and use the manager or assistant template fields as a guide.

        What to Do Next

        You can set up manager and assistant lines on existing phones.

        Set up phones in shared line mode for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Assistant

        You can set up manager and assistant phones to use shared lines when you create a BAT template to add new phones in the Cisco Unified Communications Manager database. Use the procedures for setting up new phones using BAT.

        Before You Begin

        Before you can configure manager and assistant phones with shared line support, you must set up the Unified CM Assistant service parameters for shared line support in Cisco Unified Communications Manager. Refer to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Features and Services Guide for information.


        Note


        If you have a Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7960, you need a phone button template with five or more lines.


        Procedure
        Create a BAT template to add new or update existing manager and assistant phones using the following guidelines:
        1. For manager phones, see Manager phone settings for shared line mode.
        2. For assistant phones, see Assistant phone settings for shared line mode.

        What to Do Next

        After you configure the phones and lines for managers and assistants, you must associate the manager and assistant lines for Unified CM Assistant control. Follow the procedures in the CSV Data File for manager-assistant associations.

        Manager phone settings for shared line mode

        When you create the BAT template to add new or update existing manager phones with shared lines, use the following phone settings:

        • Assign the Softkey template: Standard Shared Mode Manager.
        • Add primary lines to share with assistants, if needed.
        • Set up the voice-messaging profile on the primary line.
        • Add an incoming intercom line (optional).
        • Add speed-dial buttons for outgoing intercom targets (optional).
        • Set the user locale.

        Assistant phone settings for shared line mode

        When you create the BAT template to add new or update existing assistant phones with shared lines, use the following phone settings:

        • Assign the Softkey template: Standard Assistant
        • If you are using a Cisco 14-button expansion module (7914) for additional lines, specify the expansion module type in the BAT template.

          Note


          Cisco Unified IP Phone 7960 phone button templates include expansion module lines.


        • Add a personal primary line.
        • Add shared lines for each associated manager. Use the same directory number and partition as the primary line on the manager phone.
        • Add an incoming intercom line (optional)
        • Add speed dials to the managers intercom lines (optional)
        • Set the user locale

        Manager and assistant shared line configurations

        BAT associates Cisco Unified CM Assistant line configurations to shared lines that are assigned to the manager and the assistant phones. You set the shared line mode in the manager’s configuration when associating managers with assistants.

        In shared line mode, the manager line corresponds to a shared line on the assistant phone. For example, to associate two managers with an assistant, you add two lines to the assistant phone that have the same directory numbers and partitions as the primary lines on the manager phones.

        Manager 1 Phone:
        • Line 1— Primary line (DN is 2355)
        • Line 2— Intercom line (optional)
        Manager 2 Phone:
        • Line 1— Primary line (DN is 2875)
        • Line 2— Intercom line (optional)
        Assistant Phone:
        • Line 1—Assistant primary line (DN is 3356)
        • Line 2—Shared line with Manager 1 (DN is 2355)
        • Line 3—Shared line with Manager 2 (DN is 2875)
        • Lines 4 through 6 are available
        • Line 7—Intercom line (optional)

        You can add lines 4 through 6 as shared lines for other managers.

        When you add multiple manager lines to an assistant phone, all lines on the assistant phone must use shared line mode. You cannot mix proxy and shared lines on the assistant phone. Likewise, when a manager has multiple assistants, all associations must use shared line mode.

        When you associate multiple assistants to a manager who has shared line mode, BAT assigns Unified CM Assistant associations only to those assistants that are also using shared line mode.

        CSV Data File for manager-assistant associations

        When you use BAT to insert manager-assistant associations to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager database, you can add new associations or update existing associations.

        You have two options for creating a CSV data file to add or update manager-assistant associations: using the BAT spreadsheet or using a text editor to create a text file in CSV format.

        When you create an association for a new manager, you need to enter a device name. When you update a manager with an existing Unified CM Assistant record, consider these fields optional. BAT does not allow you to assign the intercom line of a manager to a proxy line for an assistant if the number of manager lines is greater than or equal to three.

        Add or update manager-assistant associations using BAT spreadsheet

        Use the BAT spreadsheet to add new or update existing Unified CM Assistant associations. The BAT spreadsheet includes data file templates with macros to make it easy to add, update, or delete manager-assistant associations.

        Procedure
        Add new Unified CM Assistant associations using the BAT spreadsheet.
        1. To create manager-assistant associations with the default line configuration, see Create default manager-assistant CSV data files. See Table 1 and Table 1 for the default line configurations for the manager and assistant phones.
        2. To assign proxy lines that do not follow the default line configuration, see Create custom manager-assistant CSV data files.

        Manager-assistant association additions and updates using BAT spreadsheet

        The BAT spreadsheet includes data file templates with macros to make it easy to add, update, or delete manager-assistant associations.

        When you use the BAT spreadsheet to add new Unified CM Assistant associations, you can set up the manager-assistant configurations in two ways:

        Create default manager-assistant CSV data files

        Use the BAT spreadsheet to create a CSV data file for inserting, updating, or deleting default manager-assistant associations for both proxy and shared mode.

        After you have finished editing all the fields in the BAT spreadsheet, you can export the content to a CSV formatted data file. The file is saved to C:\XLSDataFiles or to your choice of another existing folder on your local workstation and is assigned a default filename:

        <type of operation>ManagerAssistants-timestamp.txt

        where <type of operation> can be either insert or delete, and "timestamp" represents the precise date and time that the file was created.

        Procedure
          Step 1   Download and open the BAT.xlt file to open the BAT spreadsheet.
          Step 2   When prompted, click Enable Macros to use the spreadsheet capabilities.
          Step 3   To display the manager-assistant association options, click the Default Managers-Assistants tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
          Step 4   Scroll to the right side of the template until you see the radio buttons and choose the type of associations for this transaction:
          • One manager, multiple assistants
          • One assistant, multiple managers
          Step 5   Complete all mandatory fields and any relevant, optional fields.
          1. If you choose the One manager, multiple assistants radio button, enter the following information in each row:
            • Manager ID—Enter the user ID, up to 30 characters, of the manager.
            • Assistant ID#—Enter the user IDs, up to 30 characters, for the assistants to whom the manager will be associated, where the # symbol represents the number of assistants assigned to a manager.
            Tip   

            To add more assistants, click Add more Assistants.

          2. If you choose the One assistant, multiple managers radio button, enter the following information in each row:
            • Assistant ID—Enter the user ID, up to 30 characters, of the assistant.
            • Manager ID#—Enter the user IDs, up to 30 characters, for the managers to whom the assistant will be associated. where the # symbol represents the number of managers assigned to an assistant.
            Note   

            To add more managers, click Add more Managers.

          Step 6   Choose the operation that you want to perform:
          1. To create new manager-assistant associations, click Insert.
          2. To delete a manager or an assistant from a manager-assistant association, click Delete.
          Step 7   To transfer the data from the BAT spreadsheet into a CSV data file, click Export to BAT Format.
          Tip   

          For information on how to read the exported CSV data file, click the link to View Sample File in theInsert Managers/Assistants window in BAT.

          The system saves the file using the default filename <type of operation>ManagerAssistants-timestamp.txt to C:\XLSDataFiles or to your choice of another existing folder on your local workstation.

          What to Do Next

          You must upload the CSV data file to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager first node database server so BAT can access the CSV data file.

          Create custom manager-assistant CSV data files

          When you have existing phones that you want to set up with manager-assistant associations, you can use the Custom Managers-Assistants tab in the BAT spreadsheet. Use the BAT spreadsheet to create a custom CSV data file for inserting or updating manager-assistant associations for proxy lines on the assistant phones.

          After you have finished editing all the fields in the BAT spreadsheet, you can export the content to a CSV formatted data file. The system saves the file using the default filename Custom Manager-Assistants-timestamp.txt to C:\XLSDataFiles or to your choice of another existing folder on your local workstation.

          Procedure
            Step 1   Download the BAT.xlt file from Cisco Unified Communications Manager server.
            Step 2   Open the BAT.xlt file. When prompted, click Enable Macros to use the spreadsheet capabilities.
            Step 3   To display the manager-assistant association options, click the Custom Managers-Assistants tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
            Step 4   Scroll to the right side of the template until you see Number of Proxy Lines box. In that box, enter the number of proxy lines that you are assigning to an assistant. The spreadsheet adds Proxy Line DN and Manager Line DN Columns based on the number that you enter.

            Complete all mandatory fields and any relevant, optional fields.

            • Manager ID—Enter the user ID of the manager.
            • Device Name—Enter the device name that are assigned to the manager phone.
            • Intercom DN—Enter the directory number for the manager intercom line. (Optional)
            • Assistant ID—Enter the user IDs for the assistants to whom the manager will be associated.
            • Device Name—Enter the device name that are assigned to the assistant's phone.
            • Intercom DN—Enter the directory number for the assistant intercom line. (Optional)
            • Proxy Line DN#—Enter the directory number for the assistant proxy line.
            • Manager Line DN#—Enter the directory number for the manager primary line.

            The # symbol represents the number of proxy lines that are associated to a manager.

            Step 5   To transfer the data from the BAT spreadsheet into a CSV data file, click Export to BAT Format button.
            Tip   

            For information on how to read the exported CSV data file, click the link to View Sample File in theInsert Managers/Assistants window in BAT.

            The system saves the file using the default filename Custom Manager-Assistants-timestamp.txt to C:\XLSDataFiles or to your choice of another existing folder on your local workstation.


            What to Do Next

            You must upload the CSV data file to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager first node database server so BAT can access the CSV data file.

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