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This document describes the audience, organization, text conventions, and terminology of this library. The document also provides the Customer Support and Sonus Sales information.

Audience

This guide is intended for the technical personnel responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining the DSC Platforms, Version 16.0.0 operating system (OS) and SS7 and DSC applications software. 

Note

Most illustrations and screen captures in this library apply to all DSC Platforms. Any exceptions are clearly noted.

DSC PlatformsDocumentation Library

The following table lists and describes the documents in the DSC Platforms16.0.0 Documentation Library. All documents are published online and in PDF file format at  https://support.sonus.net.

Note

Unless otherwise specified, the various guides in this documentation library are applicable to all DSC Platforms.

Table : DSC Platforms Documentation Library

Document                                        Description
Getting Started

Provides an overview of the DSC Platformsand includes information about the portfolio key features, unsupported features, supported standards, technical specifications, and so on.

Installation Guides
DSC 8000 Hardware Installation Guide

Includes the hardware and software installation procedures for getting this platform up and running. The guide also provides descriptions of the system components and hardware specifications.

DSC SWe (on KVM) Software Installation Guide Includes the procedures for creating a VM Instance and multiple VM Instances and installing this platform on two separate KVM Hosts and multiple KVM Hosts, respectively. The guide also provides the hardware and software requirements.
DSC SWe (on VMware) Software Installation Guide Includes includes information about creating an IP plan, creating and deploying VM Instances on VMware, and deployment scenarios for this platform. The guide also provides the hardware and software requirements.
DSC SWe (on OpenStack) Software Installation Guide Includes an overview of cloud computing, pre-installation requirements, and installation procedures for getting this platform up and running.
Upgrade Guides

DSC 8000 Upgrade Guide

Provides upgrade and rollback information for this platform as follows:

  • Software upgrade:
    14.x.y
    or 15.x.y to 16.0.0

DSC SWe (on KVM) Upgrade Guide Provides the upgrade and rollback information for the DSC SWe (on KVM) for 14.x.y or 15.x.y to 16.0.0 and 16.0.0 to 15.x.y or 14.x.y, respectively.
DSC SWe (on VMware) Upgrade Guide Provides the upgrade and rollback information for the DSC SWe (on VMWare) 14.x.y or 15.x.y to 16.0.0 and 16.0.0 to 15.x.y or 14.x.y, respectively.
Configuring the DSC Platforms
SS7 Application Guide 1 Provides instructions for provisioning the DSC Platforms and describes tasks such as configuring SS7 interfaces, SS7 linksets and links, routesets and routes. The guide also provides information about obtaining data measurements for the system.

Some system features for which information is included in this guide are not supported for this release and, therefore, are to be ignored. For a listing of the unsupported features, see Disclaimer.
SS7 Application Guide 2

Provides descriptive and procedural information for the Signaling Gateway (SG), Signaling Connection Control Part (SCCP), Gateway Screening and MSU Tracing (GWST), Global Title Translation (GTT), Point Code Emulator (PCE), and Integrated Monitoring Feed (IMF), Intelligent Network Application Protocol Gateway (INAPGW), and Number Portability Gateway (NPGW) applications.

This guide also provides descriptive and procedural information for configuring and maintaining the Level 4 Converter.

Sonus DSC Application Guide Provides instructions for setting up, provisioning, and maintaining the  DSC application. The guide includes a software overview, descriptions of DSC concepts, discussion of the various deployment options, considerations for setting up this applications, and information about the license-dependent InterWorking Function (IWF) feature
Administration and Maintenance
Platform Manager User Guide Provides instructions for administration tasks such as using the system start and stop commands, backing up and restoring the system configuration files, Ethernet networking, and system monitoring and logging. The guide also provides some information about Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
Operations and Troubleshooting
Alarms Guide Describes all events including alarms, warnings, notifications, clearing events recorded by the DSC Platforms and possible troubleshooting actions. The methods used to record and track these events are also described in the guide.
SDA Documentation
Note: No updates were made to the 15.2.0 SDA software or documentation for Release 16.0.0.

Introduction to SDA

Provides and introduction to the Sonus SS7 Signaling Database (SDA) application.
SDA Installation Guide Includes information about installing and configuring SDA on the DSC 8000 platform.
SDA Software Upgrade Describes how to upgrade SDA software on the DSC 8000 platform.
SDA System Manager User Guide Provides information on accessing, navigating, and configuring the SDA System Manager.
Service Handler FRS Documents Provides information for the Feature Requirement Specific (FRS) documents that help you to access the SS7 DB Applications through various signaling protocols.    
Services User Guide Lists and describes the services available for service handlers and the service related databases.
References
TL1 Reference Guide Describes the TL1 commands used to manage software application elements and parameters for this product. The TL1 command descriptions are listed alphabetically and divided into chapters based on software. An object-based illustration of the TL1 managed software application hierarchy is provided in each chapter as well as links to the commands used to manage specific objects within the hierarchy.
 XML Application Programming Interface User Guide Provides the Extensible Markup Language (XML) syntax and functional specification that the DSC Platforms use to interact with XML User Agents (UAs).
User Application Protocol Guide Describes access to the DSC Platforms SS7 message information stream through a TCP/IP interface. The User Application Protocol (UAP) can terminate the SS7 message stream at the MTP3 or at the SCCP, allowing you to access both call control (ISUP) and service-oriented (SCCP/TCAP) messages.
Web UI and Menu UI Guide

Includes descriptions for the Web-based and Menu-based user interfaces (UIs) and illustrations for the Sonus DSC Platforms object-based software application hierarchy (MTP2, MTP3, SCCP, SG, GTT, GWST, PCE, DSC, IMF, INAPGW, and NPGW).

Data Measurements Reference Provides data measurement and reporting information for the DSC Platforms.
REST API
REST API User's Guide

Provides information about the REpresentational State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interface (API). This interface is an established technique which allows administrators and developers to script DSC interactions from other servers and/or third-party applications.

REST API Reference Guide Provides a listing of all supported API resources exposed by the DSC 8000/SWe series along with their associated REST methods and schema definitions.
Release Information
DSC Platform 16.0.0.R02 Release Notes Describes new features, the latest hardware and software requirements, known limitations, and other pertinent release information for the latest release of the Diameter Signaling Controller [ DSC 8000, DSC Software Edition (DSC SWe) ].

Terminology

Consider the following regarding the DSC Platforms terminology.

  • Release 15.x.y supports the DSC SWe with KVM or VMware Hypervisor and the DSC 8000.

  • The terms Sonus Signaling System and DSC Platform as well as Sonus Signaling Systems and DSC Platforms may be used interchangeably in the 16.0.0 Documentation Library.

  • The term SS7 Database Application (SDA) may be referred to as SigFlex in the 16.0.0 Documentation Library.

  • The term Signaling Network Activation Manager Interface (SNAMI) may be referred to as Signaling Engineering and Administration System (SEAS) in the 16.0.0 and Documentation Library.

DSC SWe

This platform supports Virtual Machines (VMs). The supported number of VMs on the DSC SWedepends on the licensing configuration and the capacity of the KVM and the VMware hosts. Two of these VMs (required by default) are in virtual slots 1 and 2. These VMs are used for both management and routing purposes and are referred to as

  • Routing and Management VM1 [virtual slot 01 – (RTNG_MGMT_CPU)]

  • Routing and Management VM2 [virtual slot 02 – (RTNG_MGMT_CPU)]

All other VMs are used for routing purposes and are referred to as Routing VMs [Slots 3 to 20 – (RTNG_CPU)].

For more information about the VMs, see the appropriate chapter of the Installation Guides and the Platform Manager User Guide.

DSC 8000

This platform supports Management, Routing, Application, and Custom CPUs. Consider the following regarding these CPUs:

  • Management traffic is supported on the Management CPUs.

  • DSC and SIGTRAN traffic are supported on the Routing CPU (can be the same CPU but different subnets).

  • DSC Database (DB) is supported on the Application CPU.

    Note

    Custom CPUs have been developed for future use; therefore, no instructions are provided for installing or configuring these CPUs. For more information about Custom CPUs, contact Sonus Sales.

For more information about the DSC 8000CPUs, see the appropriate chapter in the DSC 8000 Hardware Installation Guide.

To identify the supported applications on a particular CPU

  1. From the Main Menu, click Licensing.

  2. Under the License Features (per CPU) heading, click the CPU on which you want to identify the licensed applications.

  3. Click Update.

References to Routing and Management VMs (Management CPUs) and Routing VMs (Routing CPUs)

The 16.0.0 Documentation Library refers to Routing and Management VMs and Routing VMs where this reference may also apply to Management CPU and Routing CPU, respectively, if you are configuring a DSC 8000 system.

Therefore, in each section of the 16.0.0 Documentation Library that Routing and Management VM or Routing VM is mentioned, as a reminder, the following information is provided (see Naming Conventions).

Naming Conventions

For simplicity, the 16.0.0 Documentation Library uses the terms Routing and Management CPU (VM) and Routing CPU (VM) in place of the DSC SWe Web UI terms RTNG_MGMT_CPU and RTNG_CPU, respectively. Likewise, the terms Management CPU and Routing CPU are considered synonymous with DSC 8000 Web UI terms MGMT_CPU and RTNG_CPU, respectively. Using the following table, apply these terms as required for your respective system.

All occurrences of VM apply to the applicable CPU if your system is a DSC 8000.
  

PlatformVM and CPU NameWeb UI Abbreviation
DSC SWeRouting and Management CPU (VM)RTNG_MGMT_CPU
Routing CPU (VM)RTNG_CPU
DSC 8000Management CPUMGMT_CPU
Routing CPURTNG_CPU

For detailed information about terminology for the DSC Platforms, see Terminology.

Limitations for the DSC Platforms

DSC Platform in this Documentation Library refers to the DSC 8000or the DSC SWe on a KVM or VMware Host. The software for these platforms is similar; any differences will be clearly identified in the documentation as required.

  • Some applications for the DSC Platformssuch as Gateway Screening (GWS), Global Title Translation (GTT), Point Code Emulator (PCE), Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC), and so on are license dependent. If your system is not licensed for an application, the Web-based UI (also referred to as Web UI) side menu bar does not display the associated button to access the application. For a screen capture of the Web UI Main Menu with all applications enabled and running and for a description of each Main Menu button, see the Web UI and Menu UI Guide.

  • The alarm panels in the screen captures that appear in this library may display a number of alarms, because the screen captures are obtained using systems under test.

  • Some file names and Web user interface (UI) references have not yet been updated to reflect the acquisition of PT by Sonus Networks.

For other limitation and exclusions for this release, see DSC Platform 16.0.0.R02 Release Notes.

Warning and Caution Notes

Warning

Indicates a hazardous situation and advises the user that failure to take or avoid a specified action could result in death or serious injury.

Caution

Indicates a hazardous situation and advises the user that failure to take or avoid a specified action could result in equipment damage or data loss.

Note

Provides additional background information, advice, or a general comment associated with a segment of information.

Tip

Provides additional useful information in a procedure.

Safety Symbols

The following Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) symbols are used throughout the documentation.


ESD Protective symbol identifies ESD protection devices, such as wrist straps, anti-static bags, etc.

ESD Susceptibility symbol warns of the presence of Sonus devices susceptible to electrostatic discharge. Do not handle equipment without wearing a properly grounded ESD wrist strap.

Downloading Software Files

All required DSC software files are available through the Global Support Portal. To access the Global Support Portal, logon to Ribbon Support Portal Login using a valid Salesforce account.

To download the software, see the following procedure.

Click to view download software procedure...

Sonus Customer Support

The documentation library for DSC Platforms is available and can help resolve most issues you may encounter setting up and using these platforms. For customers holding a current support contract, if further assistance is required, contact Sonus Customer Support Services.

About Customer Support

This service is offered to customers with an active support contract. For information about obtaining such a contract, contact a Sonus Sales Representative.

Problems or Questions

For problems or questions, contact the Sonus Technical Assistance Center (TAC) via telephone, or Web access:

Worldwide Voice:  1-978-614-8589 

USA Toll-free:  1-888-391-3434

Web: https://ribboncommunications.com/services/support-services 

Online Documentation: https://support.sonus.net

Sonus Sales

For information about the DSC Platform, contact Sonus Sales at 1-800-GO-SONUS (1-800-467-6687).

Or visit the company website for more information about products and services: https://ribboncommunications.com/ 

Searching the Wiki

If you are having trouble searching the wiki, please refer to How to Search in Wiki.

Navigating the Wiki

To return to a parent page, either use the links on the left sidebar or use the breadcrumb links above the page title. The following figure shows an example of the sidebar links and breadcrumb links available for the Introduction to TL1 page.

Figure : Example of Breadcrumbs


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