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The DSC Platforms can be maintained and configured using the following interfaces.

Element Management System (EMS)

This release of the DSC Platforms is integrated with the Element Management System (EMS) 10.x.y for a seamless and unified element management user experience.

For information about registering the DSC Platforms with EMS, see Registering the DSC Platforms with EMS

You can enable EMS access on the DSC Platforms using the following three methods.

DSC can be accessed through the DSC Manager in EMS (see EMS Access to the DSC Platforms).

Web-based User Interface

The DSC Platform supports a customized Linux-based operating system, a Web-based user interface (Web UI), and a Menu-based user interface (Menu UI).

Note

For the DSC Platform, the Menu UI is only supported for executing the software upgrade procedure and configuring time zones, if required. For information about the software upgrade procedure, see the appropriate chapter in the Upgrade Guides. For information about configuring the time zones, see Setting System Date and Time.

The following figure shows the DSC Platform Main Menu.

Figure : Sonus DSC Main Menu

Note

The Hardware, Hardware Monitor, and Switch Monitor configuration utilities are not supported for the DSC SWe.

The PCE and Level 4 Converter applications cannot be enabled at the same time.


For more information about the Web UI, see the appropriate section in the Web UI and Menu UI Guide.

Menu-based User Interface

The Menu UI is accessible through the IP Addresses of the DSC Platform using an SSH session (see Secure Shell and Secure FTP).

Figure : Sonus DSC Main Menu

For a detailed description about using the Menu UI, see the appropriate chapter in the Web UI and Menu UI Guide.

Simple Network Management Protocol

The DSC Platform is equipped with a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent that can connect with up to ten SNMP managers, or network management systems.

SNMP is part of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite. SNMP is an application layer protocol that defines how management information between network devices is exchanged. SNMP provides a means to monitor and control network devices.

An SNMP-managed network consists of the following three key components:

  • managed network devices such as the DSC Platform

  • SNMP Agents such as individual processes within the DSC Platform

  • SNMP Manager that monitors and controls managed devices

An SNMP Manager can manage and monitor a network device using

  • traps which are unsolicited alarms from SNMP Agents that notify the system of significant events

  • user interaction that allows you to actively view, add, delete, and modify attributes and events on the managed device. You can also use the Command Line Interface (CLI), Web UI, or TL1 to perform these tasks.

The DSC Platform agents support Management Information Bases (MIBs) for monitoring various DSC Platform devices, entities, and alarms, and includes a circular buffer to record (up to 2048) instances of the alarms. The default value is 1000. To set this value as required, see Configuring the Trap Log. The MIB contains the performance and alarm data collected from the SS7 network.

Note

The Alarm Dashboard only displays alarms that are currently uncleared by the system. Alarms that are raised and quickly cleared by the system may be overlooked by the operator. The ptisyslog file should be periodically reviewed for a historical list of all events and alarms that have been raised by the system.


For more information about SNMP, see Configuring SNMP

Transaction Language 1

Transaction Language 1 (TL1) is a Man-Machine Language (MML) widely used in the telecommunications industry for the management of network elements. A computer terminal configured with any operating system capable of establishing a Telnet session is used to communicate with a network element using TL1 commands. TL1 commands are ASCII-based instructions that are entered by an operator at a computer terminal and sent to a network element. The network element sends back a response based on the instructions.

The DSC Platform supports a customized Linux-based operating system and TL1 command capabilities. The TL1 commands are used to manage software application elements and parameters for this product.

For more information about TL1, see the appropriate chapter in the TL1 Reference Guide.

Accessing Custom Application Mode Configuration

Using this application, you can create a redirect button to access any Web-enabled application, such as Sonus as shown in the following procedure.

To use the Custom Application Mode Configuration

  1. From the Main Menu, click Custom.


  2. Enter the required information in the text boxes (in this example, the information for Sonus and the required Link Address).
           

  3. Click Save. The Sonus button appears under the Application Menu.

  4. ClickSonus.


 

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