The Cisco® Voice Services Provisioning Tool (VSPT) provides a GUI for the creation, modification, and execution of signaling connections, trunks, trunk groups, routes, and dial plans on the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch and the Cisco Billing and Measurements Server (BAMS).
The Cisco VSPT provides an easy-to-use graphical tool to provision the Cisco PGW 2200 and Cisco BAMS. Users can import existing configurations into Cisco VSPT for modification and then download the modified configurations to the same or different devices. Cisco VSPT can generate the initial network provisioning information in bulk for a newly installed node, creating iterative entries from a single operation. It also supports the provisioning of individual call parameters, simplifying the provisioning of large, live networks. To simplify operator tasks, such as trunk group provisioning, Cisco VSPT employs a user interface tailored for voice configuration. Cisco VSPT automatically generates the scripts used to configure network elements.
Key Features and Benefits
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the Cisco VSPT.
Table 1. Features and Benefits
Displays provisioning options on pop-up menus to reduce training and operator error.
Reduces errors from typos and incorrect data entry.
Simplify the Cisco PGW 2200 provisioning process and workflow for inexperienced operators.
Supports real-time incremental or bulk provisioning as well as offline bulk provisioning, reducing the need for constant access to the Cisco PGW 2200. Dial plans, trunk groups, and signaling links can be preprovisioned before hardware is available to speed turn-up time.
Provides a convenient control area to activate or deactivate various components during provisioning operations.
Scripts created by Cisco VSPT may be viewed and modified prior to transmission, helping ensure accuracy and consistency.
Sets only those values actually changed, reducing overall configuration update time.
Cisco BAMS and PGW 2200 Configuration Verification
Cisco VSPT checks to make sure the trunk groups configured on Cisco BAMS and PGW 2200 are aligned to ensure accurate billing and measurement records.
Cisco VSPT is a Solaris application written in Java that uses an xterm standard workstation display. Cisco VSPT has no specific configuration database and requires very little administration. It always pulls the latest configuration and provisioning information from the Cisco PGW 2200 to which it is connected. These configurations may be stored in Cisco VSPT for offline updating and later redeployed to the Cisco PGW 2200.
Table 2 lists the devices that Cisco VSPT provisions.
Table 2. Managed Devices
Cisco VSPT Version
Cisco PGW 2200 Version Supported
Cisco BAMS Version Supported
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Table 3 lists the product specifications for Cisco VSPT 2.6(1).
Table 3. Product Specifications
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Supports co-resident operation with Cisco Media Gateway Control Node Manager and Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch
Tested compatible with Reflection X and also supports Hummingbird Exceed X-Window emulation
FTP, command-line interface (CLI), Cisco PGW Man Machine Language (MML)
Cisco VSPT requires a TCP/IP network connection to the Cisco PGW 2200 and Cisco BAMS with no minimum requirement for bandwidth. Connections with less than 128 Kbps may slow the provisioning process for fully loaded Cisco PGW 2200 configurations.
Configuration Management and Infrastructure Provisioning
Cisco VSPT connects with a single Cisco PGW 2200 or Cisco BAMS node at a time, so there are no capacity issues to consider. Multiple xterm operators may access Cisco VSPT simultaneously, which may increase the Sun platform requirement in order to maintain desirable operator response time.
The Sun hardware requirements for Cisco VSPT are as follows:
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