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Release Notes for the Voice Services Provisioning Tool Release 2.3
February 8, 2007
This document contains release information on the Cisco Voice Services Provisioning Tool (VSPT) Release 2.3 software through Release 2.3(2) patch 1. For more information on the Cisco VSPT software, please visit Cisco's website at: http://www.cisco.com > Software Center > Voice Software > Voice Services Provisioning Tool or http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/vspt.
VSPT helps you create configuration files across multiple devices including the Cisco PGW 2200, Cisco Media Gateway for SS7 PRI Gateway, and the Tandem Offload Solutions.
The Cisco VSPT can help avoid common errors that might arise if devices are provisioned independently. This package eliminates the need to enter duplicate data and enables you to import configurations to and export configurations from the PGW 2200. It also generates the configuration files you need to provision the PGW 2200—including the following provisioning information:
The Cisco Voice Services Provisioning Tool User's Guide Version 2.3(2) contains information on installing and getting started with VSPT and is available at
For details of using VSPT for provisioning, refer to the Cisco Media Gateway Controller Software Provisioning Guide Version 9, Chapter 3, "Provisioning with the Voice Services Provisioning Tool", at
For details of using VSPT for provisioning dial plans, refer to the Cisco Media Gateway Controller Dial Plan Guide Version 9, Chapter 3, "Provisioning Dial Plans with VSPT", at
Software Release History
This section contains information only for the current and previous 2.3(x) releases. For information on earlier releases, please refer to a previous version's release notes.
Release 2.3(2) supports Cisco MGC Release 9.3(2) software.
Cisco VSPT 2.3(2) adds support for provisioning the features new in Cisco MGC Release 9.3(2), as shown in Table 1. Enhancement identification numbers are listed where applicable.
Release 2.3(2) Patch 1 Information
The following caveats were resolved in Release 2.3(2) Patch 1. Patch installation instructions are described in Patch Procedure.
Release 2.3(2) (Base Release) Information
The following caveats were resolved in this release.
Release 2.3(1) supports Cisco MGC Release 9.3(1) software. The following caveats were resolved:
The following new features were added:
The following is the minimum hardware and software you need to run the Cisco VSPT software:
•Sun Ultra 5 workstation, 440 MHz or faster
•Sun Solaris 8 operating system
–April 2001 release recommended
–Open Windows with the Common Desktop Environment (CDE)
•8-bit video graphics card
•128 MB of System RAM
•128 MB of free disk space (in installation directory)
•128 MB of free swap space
•Approximately 4 MB of disk space in the /var partition required for each configuration session
Supported Network Elements
The following network elements have been tested and verified to work with this release of the Cisco VSPT.
Note Other network element software versions have not been tested and are not supported with this version.
Cisco PGW 2200 Release 9.3(2) including provisioning the following components:
Devices managed by the Cisco PGW 2200:
•Cisco Media Gateway (MGX) 8850
–Voice Interworking Service Module (VISM) Release 2.1, 2.2, 3.0, and 3.1
For the Cisco Media Gateway, VSPT supports these provisioning tasks:
•Chassis provisioning tasks
•VISM provisioning tasks:
•Initial VISM Configuration
Configuring the Operating Mode
Placing the VISM Card In Service
•Configuring T1 and E1 Lines
•Configuring the Clocking Source
Configuring the PXM1 Clocking Source
Configuring DS0 Channels
•Configuring Bearer Processing
Configuring Domain Names and IP Addresses
Setting Up Call Agents and Protocols
Configuring Gateway Control Protocols
The Cisco MNM-PT patch process is cumulative. Downloading and installing the latest patch installs all previous patches. In order for you to install a patch, the base Cisco MNM-PT 2.3(2) software must be installed. Use the following steps to install the desired patch.
Step 1 Verify that the base Cisco MNM-PT 2.3(2) software is installed.
Step 2 Become the root user.
Step 3 Create a temporary installation directory.
Step 4 Download the patched software:
a. Go to www.cisco.com.
b. Log in.
c. Navigate to Technical Support > Software Center > Products and Downloads > Network Management Software. On this page find and click on Cisco Voice Services Provisioning Tool. You go to the patch download page.
d. Download the desired patch to the temporary installation directory.
Step 5 Untar the dart_2_3_2-080403-932-patch-01.tar file to a temporary directory.
Step 6 Execute the "patchCSCOvspt" script to install the VSPT 2.3(2) patch package.
Step 7 Follow the on-screen prompts.
•The X-Windows DISPLAY environment variable must be set in order for you to install the Cisco VSPT:
During installation, the X-Windows DISPLAY environment variable must be set properly. If this variable is not set properly, the installation program exits with a Java error message or simply appears to stop responding. Use the following examples to set your X-Windows DISPLAY environment variable. Replace the value <hostname> with your machine's hostname:
In csh or tcsh:setenv DISPLAY <hostname>:0
In sh or ksh:DISPLAY=<hostname>:0 ; export $DISPLAY
•If you experience problems or errors deploying to or communicating with a remote machine, check the following points:
–Ensure that the machine is alive and responding to the ping command.
–Ensure that correct login/passwords have been specified.
•If you experience errors when deploying to the PGW 2200, check the following:
–The PGW 2200 supports only one provisioning session at a time. When deploying to the PGW 2200, ensure that no other provisioning sessions are active.
–When activating a configuration on the PGW 2200, the PGW 2200 might require that some signaling components are taken out of service before the configuration is activated. If you do not take the component out of service, you receive an MML error message. You can take the component out of service from MML manually, and after that you can activate the configuration.
•Enter the following command to determine where Cisco VSPT is installed:
/usr/bin/pkgparam _DART_PKG_NAME_ BASEDIR
•CSCOvsp stores configuration files in the /var/<install directory>/data directory. Each _DART_PKG_NAME_ configuration is stored in a separate directory; the directory nameis the same as the configuration name.
In the examples below, the assumption is that CSCOvsp16 was installed in the directory /opt/CSCOvsp16, thus = /opt/CSCOvsp16
–To rename a configuration, simply rename the directory under /var/opt/_DART_PKG_NAME_/data
–To remove a configuration, remove the directory under /var/opt/_DART_PKG_NAME_/data
•To determine where the data directory is located, search for DartStoreDir in the configEditor.properties file:
/usr/bin/grep DartStoreDir /opt/_DART_PKG_NAME_/classes/com/cisco/transpath/dart/editor/configEditor.properties
As a safety precaution, the deinstallation procedure does not remove configuration data. The data must be removed manually.
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