The preface describes who should read this publication and provides the document conventions.
The preface includes the following topics:
•Obtaining Technical Assistance
The Automatic Location Information Formatting Tool (AFT) enables you to modify the automatic location information (ALI) records that you create in Cisco Emergency Responder to a format that is compatible with the one used by your service provider.
The ALI Formatting Tool User Guide provides you with the information that you need to understand, install, use, and troubleshoot the ALI Formatting Tool (AFT).
Network engineers, system administrators, and telecommunications engineers should review this guide to learn the steps that are required to install, use and troubleshoot AFT. You should be familiar with Cisco Emergency Responder and Cisco CallManager before deploying AFT.
For information about Cisco CallManager and additional information about Cisco Emergency Responder (Cisco ER), refer to these publications:
•These Cisco Emergency Responder documents are available at:
–Release Notes for Cisco Emergency Responder
–Cisco Emergency Responder Administration Guide
–Cisco Emergency Responder User's Guide (also built into the end-user interface as the Cisco ER online help system)
•Cisco CallManager documents are available at:
Online Help and Document Conventions
The ALI Formatting Tool User Guide is built into the end-user interface as the AFT online help system. AFT's online help system provides task-oriented help that is available from the AFT window.
The help system includes an index and is organized the same way as the ALI Formatting Tool User Guide.
•Using the Online Help
Using the Online Help
You can access online help in any of these ways:
•From the Help menu, access the contents of the online help system by selecting Help > Contents and Index or by clicking on the Help icon, a question mark.
•For a printed version of the manual associated with the application, or to view or search an Adobe Acrobat version of the help system, click the View PDF button in the top frame of the help system. If you have Adobe Acrobat installed (either as an independent application or as a plug-in to your browser), the document opens.
From Acrobat, you can search the entire manual, print the entire manual or selected pages, or read the manual online.
This publication uses the following conventions:
Commands and keywords are in boldface.
Arguments for which you supply values are in italics.
A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.
Terminal sessions and information the system displays are in
boldface screen font
Information you must enter is in boldface screen font.
italic screen font
Arguments for which you supply values are in italic screen font.
Action > Reports
Command paths in a graphical user interface (GUI).
Notes use the following convention:
Note Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or references to material not covered in the publication.
Cautions use the following convention:
reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.
Cisco provides several ways to obtain documentation, technical assistance, and other technical resources. These sections explain how to obtain technical information from Cisco Systems.
You can access the most current Cisco documentation on the World Wide Web at this URL:
You can access the Cisco website at this URL:
International Cisco websites can be accessed from this URL:
Cisco documentation and additional literature are available in a Cisco Documentation CD-ROM package, which may have shipped with your product. The Documentation CD-ROM is updated regularly and may be more current than printed documentation. The CD-ROM package is available as a single unit or through an annual or quarterly subscription.
Registered Cisco.com users can order a single Documentation CD-ROM (product number DOC-CONDOCCD=) through the Cisco Ordering tool:
All users can order monthly or quarterly subscriptions through the online Subscription Store:
You can find instructions for ordering documentation at this URL:
You can order Cisco documentation in these ways:
•Registered Cisco.com users (Cisco direct customers) can order Cisco product documentation from the Networking Products MarketPlace:
•Nonregistered Cisco.com users can order documentation through a local account representative by calling Cisco Systems Corporate Headquarters (California, U.S.A.) at 408 526-7208 or, elsewhere in North America, by calling 800 553-NETS (6387).
You can submit comments electronically on Cisco.com. On the Cisco Documentation home page, click Feedback at the top of the page.
You can e-mail your comments to email@example.com.
You can submit comments by using the response card (if present) behind the front cover of your document or by writing to the following address:
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We appreciate your comments.
Obtaining Technical Assistance
Cisco provides Cisco.com, which includes the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) website, as a starting point for all technical assistance. Customers and partners can obtain online documentation, troubleshooting tips, and sample configurations from the Cisco TAC website. Cisco.com registered users have complete access to the technical support resources on the Cisco TAC website, including TAC tools and utilities.
Cisco.com offers a suite of interactive, networked services that let you access Cisco information, networking solutions, services, programs, and resources at any time, from anywhere in the world.
Cisco.com provides a broad range of features and services to help you with these tasks:
•Streamline business processes and improve productivity
•Resolve technical issues with online support
•Download and test software packages
•Order Cisco learning materials and merchandise
•Register for online skill assessment, training, and certification programs
To obtain customized information and service, you can self-register on Cisco.com at this URL:
Technical Assistance Center
The Cisco TAC is available to all customers who need technical assistance with a Cisco product, technology, or solution. Two types of support are available: the Cisco TAC website and the Cisco TAC Escalation Center. The type of support that you choose depends on the priority of the problem and the conditions stated in service contracts, when applicable.
We categorize Cisco TAC inquiries according to urgency:
•Priority level 4 (P4)—You need information or assistance concerning Cisco product capabilities, product installation, or basic product configuration. There is little or no impact to your business operations.
•Priority level 3 (P3)—Operational performance of the network is impaired, but most business operations remain functional. You and Cisco are willing to commit resources during normal business hours to restore service to satisfactory levels.
•Priority level 2 (P2)—Operation of an existing network is severely degraded, or significant aspects of your business operations are negatively impacted by inadequate performance of Cisco products. You and Cisco will commit full-time resources during normal business hours to resolve the situation.
•Priority level 1 (P1)—An existing network is "down," or there is a critical impact to your business operations. You and Cisco will commit all necessary resources around the clock to resolve the situation.
Cisco TAC Website
The Cisco TAC website provides online documents and tools to help troubleshoot and resolve technical issues with Cisco products and technologies. To access the Cisco TAC website, go to this URL:
All customers, partners, and resellers who have a valid Cisco service contract have complete access to the technical support resources on the Cisco TAC website. Some services on the Cisco TAC website require a Cisco.com login ID and password. If you have a valid service contract but do not have a login ID or password, go to this URL to register:
If you are a Cisco.com registered user, and you cannot resolve your technical issues by using the Cisco TAC website, you can open a case online at this URL:
If you have Internet access, we recommend that you open P3 and P4 cases online so that you can fully describe the situation and attach any necessary files.
Cisco TAC Escalation Center
The Cisco TAC Escalation Center addresses priority level 1 or priority level 2 issues. These classifications are assigned when severe network degradation significantly impacts business operations. When you contact the TAC Escalation Center with a P1 or P2 problem, a Cisco TAC engineer automatically opens a case.
To obtain a directory of toll-free Cisco TAC telephone numbers for your country, go to this URL:
Before calling, please check with your network operations center to determine the Cisco support services to which your company is entitled: for example, SMARTnet, SMARTnet Onsite, or Network Supported Accounts (NSA). When you call the center, please have available your service agreement number and your product serial number.
Obtaining Additional Publications and Information
Information about Cisco products, technologies, and network solutions is available from various online and printed sources.
•Cisco Press publishes a wide range of networking publications. Cisco suggests these titles for new and experienced users: Internetworking Terms and Acronyms Dictionary, Internetworking Technology Handbook, Internetworking Troubleshooting Guide, and the Internetworking Design Guide. For current Cisco Press titles and other information, go to Cisco Press online at this URL:
•Packet magazine is the Cisco quarterly publication that provides the latest networking trends, technology breakthroughs, and Cisco products and solutions to help industry professionals get the most from their networking investment. Included are networking deployment and troubleshooting tips, configuration examples, customer case studies, tutorials and training, certification information, and links to numerous in-depth online resources. You can access Packet magazine at this URL:
•Internet Protocol Journal is a quarterly journal published by Cisco Systems for engineering professionals involved in designing, developing, and operating public and private internets and intranets. You can access the Internet Protocol Journal at this URL:
•Training—Cisco offers world-class networking training. Current offerings in network training are listed at this URL: