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34 Installing and Configuring Number Manager and Number Administration Center

This chapter describes how to install and configure Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) Number Manager and Number Administration Center.

For information about managing number inventory, see "About Managing Telephone Numbers".

Mandatory Configuration Tasks

In addition to installing the Number Manager software, you need to configure data before you can use Number Manager and Number Administration Center.

Note:

You can perform these tasks in any order, but you must install Number Manager first.

System Requirements

Number Manager is supported on the HP-UX IA64, Solaris, AIX, and Linux operating systems. For information on disk space requirements for these operating systems, see "Disk Space Requirements" in BRM Installation Guide.

Number Administration Center is supported on Windows systems and requires 100 MB of disk space to download, extract, and install the software.

Note:

Number Administration Center requires the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). It is included in the Number Administration Center package and is approximately 50 MB. If the JRE was already installed with another BRM client application, it will not be reinstalled.

Software Requirements

Before installing Number Manager, you must install:

Before installing Number Administration Center, you must install:

Installing Number Manager on UNIX

Note:

If you have already installed the product, features that are already installed cannot be reinstalled without uninstalling them first. To reinstall a feature, uninstall it and then install it again.

To install Number Manager on UNIX:

  1. Download the software to a temporary directory (temp_dir).

    Important:

    • If you download to a Windows workstation, use FTP to copy the .bin file to a temporary directory on your UNIX server.

    • You must increase the heap size used by the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) before running the installation program to avoid ”Out of Memory” error messages in the log file. For information, see "Increasing Heap Size to Avoid 'Out of Memory' Error Messages" in BRM Installation Guide.

  2. Go to the directory where you installed the Third-Party package and source the source.me file.

    Caution:

    You must source the source.me file to proceed with installation, otherwise ”suitable JVM not found” and other error messages appear.

    Bash shell:

    source source.me.sh
    

    C shell:

    source source.me.csh
    
  3. Go to the temp_dir directory and enter this command:

    7.5.0_NumberMgr_platform_opt.bin
    

    where, platform is the operating system name.

    Note:

    You can use the -console parameter to run the installation in command-line mode. To enable a graphical user interface (GUI) installation, install a GUI application such as X Windows and set the DISPLAY environment variable before you install the software.
  4. Follow the instructions displayed during installation. The default installation directory for Number Manager is opt/portal/7.5.

    Note:

    The installation program does not prompt you for the installation directory if BRM or Number Manager is already installed on the machine and automatically installs the package at the BRM_Home location.
  5. Go to the directory where you installed the Number Manager package and source the source.me file:

    Bash shell:

    source source.me.sh
    

    C shell:

    source source.me.csh
    
  6. Go to the BRM_Home/setup directory and run the pin_setup script.

    Note:

    The pin_setup script starts all required BRM processes.

Your Number Manager installation is now complete.

Important:

You should verify that the Number Manager FMs were added to the Connection Manager (CM) configuration file.

Installing Number Administration Center

To install Number Administration Center on Windows:

  1. Download the software to a temporary directory (temp_dir).

  2. Extract the downloaded .zip file to a temporary directory (temp_dir).

  3. Go to temp_dir and run the setup.exe program. The installation wizard for Number Administration Center starts.

  4. Answer the prompts in the installation wizard screens.

Your Number Administration Center installation is now complete.

Configuring Event Notification for Number Manager

Important:

This is a mandatory configuration task.

Note:

If you already configured event notification for SIM Manager, skip this procedure.

To use Number Manager, you must configure the event notification feature as follows:

  1. If your system has multiple configuration files for event notification, merge them. See "Merging Event Notification Lists" in BRM Developer's Guide.

  2. Ensure that the merged file includes the entire event notification list in the BRM_Home/sys/data/config/pin_notify file.

  3. (Optional) If necessary to accommodate your business needs, add, modify, or delete entries in your final event notification list. See "Editing the Event Notification List" in BRM Developer's Guide.

  4. (Optional) If necessary to accommodate your business needs, create custom code for event notification to trigger. See "Triggering Custom Operations" in BRM Developer's Guide.

  5. Load your final event notification list into the BRM database. See "Loading the Event Notification List" in BRM Developer's Guide.

For more information, see "Using Event Notification" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Customizing Number Quarantine

You can customize how numbers are quarantined in the following ways:

For more information, see "About Managing Telephone Numbers".

Changing the Default Quarantine Period

Important:

This is a mandatory configuration task.

By default, the quarantine period is 90 days. You can change the default quarantine period. You can use a different default quarantine period for each brand.

To customize the default quarantine period, you run the load_pin_num_config utility to load the contents of the pin_num_config file into a /config/num object in the BRM database.

Important:

The utility needs a configuration file in the directory from which you run the utility. The login that you enter in the configuration file specifies the brand that the quarantine period applies to. See "Creating Configuration Files for BRM Utilities" in BRM System Administrator's Guide and "Running Utilities with a Branded Database" in BRM Managing Customers.
  1. Edit the pin_num_config file in BRM_Home/sys/data/config. The default entry is:

    quarantine_period 90
    

    To change the quarantine period, change the number. For example:

    quarantine_period 45
    
  2. Save the file.

  3. Use the following command to load the pin_num_config file:

    load_pin_num_config pin_num_config
    

    For more information, see "load_pin_num_config".

To verify that the new value was loaded, you can display the /config/num object by using the Object Browser, or use the robj command with the testnap utility. (See "Reading an Object and Writing Its Contents to a File" in BRM Developer's Guide.) The /config/num object shows the quarantine period in seconds in the PIN_FLD_VALUE field. In this example, 7776000 seconds = 90 days.

0  PIN_FLD_VALUE    STR  [0]  "7776000"

Changing the Quarantine Status Manually

If you run out of new or unassigned numbers, use the pin_change_num_quarantine utility to make numbers available for unquarantine. When the numbers are available for unquarantine, you run the pin_deferred_act utility to change the status to unquarantined. Therefore, you first run the pin_change_num_quarantine utility, then you run the pin_deferred_act utility.

Note:

Both utilities need a configuration file in the directory from which you run the utility. See "Creating Configuration Files for BRM Utilities" in BRM System Administrator's Guide. The login that you enter in the configuration file specifies the brand that the quarantine change applies to. See "Running Utilities with a Branded Database" in BRM Managing Customers.

When you use the pin_change_num_quarantine utility, you have the following options:

  • You can use the -l parameter to display how many numbers will be unquarantined without committing anything to the database.

  • When you make numbers available for unquarantine, remember that there might already be numbers that are available for unquarantine, and they will be unquarantined when you run the pin_deferred_act utility. You can use the -a parameter to take into account all numbers, even those that are ready for unquarantine.

    For example, you might want to unquarantine 50 numbers, but you have 30 numbers ready for unquarantine already.

    • If you use the -a parameter, the utility affects only 20 numbers because 30 are ready to be unquarantined already. Your total quantity is 50.

    • If you do not use the -a parameter, the utility unquarantines 50 numbers in addition to the 30 that are already available for unquarantine. Your total quantity is 80.

For more information, see "Examples".

  1. Use the following command to run the pin_change_num_quarantine utility:

    pin_change_num_quarantine Quantity_of_numbers
    

    For example, to unquarantine 100 numbers, enter:

    pin_change_num_quarantine 100
    

    For more information, see "pin_change_num_quarantine".

    Note:

    If there are fewer numbers available, the utility displays a warning.
  2. Use the following command to run the pin_deferred_act utility:

    pin_deferred_act
    

    There are no input parameters for this utility. For more information, see "pin_deferred_act" in BRM Configuring and Running Billing.

Changing How Number Quarantine Works

By default, you can assign a quarantined number to an account. You can modify the PCM_OP_NUM_POL_DEVICE_ASSOCIATE policy opcode to not allow assigning a quarantined number to an account.

In addition, you can create your own opcode to handle number quarantine. By default, the PCM_OP_NUM_QUARANTINE opcode controls how numbers are quarantined. To customize how number quarantine works, you can edit and load the pin_device_state_num file to call a custom opcode instead of calling PCM_OP_NUM_QUARANTINE. See "Defining the Device Life Cycle" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Customizing Device States

You can customize number device states to support custom business logic. For example, you can change how numbers are quarantined by adding custom device states.

You can create brand-specific device states. See "Device Management and Brands" in BRM Developer's Guide. However, you need to be careful to create device state mappings that work if you change the brand of a number. For example, if a device is in state 2 in one brand, it is still in that state when you change brands, but state 2 might be defined differently.

To customize device states, you edit the pin_device_state_num file in BRM_Home/sys/data/config and load it by using the load_pin_device_state utility. See "Defining the Device Life Cycle" in BRM Developer's Guide.

If a Number Has No Status Displayed in Number Administration Center

If a number has no status displayed in Number Administration Center, it means the device states for the number's brand has not been loaded. The brand administrator for the brand in question must do the following:

  1. Load the pin_device_state_num file for that brand.

  2. Load the num_device_states.locale file if it changed or was not previously loaded.

  3. Restart the Connection Manager (CM).

  4. Restart the Number Administration Center.

Adding Device State Names

Important:

This is a mandatory configuration task.

When you customize device states, you need to add the new device state to the list of device states displayed in Number Administration Center. To do so, you edit the num_device_states.en_US sample file in the BRM_Home/sys/msgs/numdevicestates directory. You then use the load_localized_strings utility to load the contents of the file into the /strings objects.

When you run the load_localized_strings utility, use this command:

load_localized_strings num_device_states.locale

For more information, see "load_localized_strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Note:

If you are loading a localized version of this file, use the correct file extension for your locale. For a list of file extensions, see "Locale Names" in BRM Developer's Guide.

For information on loading the num_device_states.locale file, see "Loading Localized or Customized Strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

For information on creating new strings for this file, see "Creating New Strings and Customizing Existing Strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Creating Network Elements

Important:

This is a mandatory configuration task.

Note:

If you already created network elements for SIM cards, you do not need to create them again. The same network elements are used for numbers and SIM cards.

By default, there are only sample network elements. Before creating numbers, you need to add the network elements that you will use with your GSM services.

Note:

You cannot define network elements by brand; all network elements can be used by any brand.

To customize network elements, you edit the pin_network_elements file, then run the "load_pin_network_elements" utility to load the contents of the file into a /config/network_element object in the BRM database.

Note:

The utility needs a configuration file in the directory from which you run the utility. See "Creating Configuration Files for BRM Utilities" in BRM System Administrator's Guide.
  1. Edit the pin_network_elements file in BRM_Home/sys/data/config. The pin_network_elements file includes examples and instructions.

    The file includes a list of network elements. For example:

    sample_network_element_1
    sample_network_element_2
    

    Caution:

    The load_pin_network_elements utility overwrites existing network elements. If you are updating network elements, you cannot load new network elements only. You must load complete sets of network elements each time you run the load_pin_network_elements utility.
  2. Save the pin_network_elements file.

  3. Use the following command to load the pin_network_elements file:

load_pin_network_elements pin_network_elements

To verify that the network elements were loaded, you can display the /config/network_element object by using the Object Browser, or use the robj command with the testnap utility. (See "Reading an Object and Writing Its Contents to a File" in BRM Developer's Guide.) This example shows a network element in the /config/network_element object:

PIN_FLD_NETWORK_ELEMENT   STR  [0]  "Sample_Network_Element"

Creating Number Categories

Important:

This is a mandatory configuration task.

You can customize the list of number categories displayed in Number Administration Center. For information about number categories, see "Creating a Block of Telephone Numbers".

The default number category is None. The only other default option is Reserved. To customize number categories, you edit the num_categories.en_US sample file in the BRM_Home/sys/msgs/numcategories directory. You then use the load_localized_strings utility to load the contents of the file into the /strings objects. See load_localized_strings in BRM Developer's Guide.

Note:

You cannot create brand-specific number categories. Number categories displayed in Number Administration Center are available to all brands.

When you run the load_localized_strings utility, use this command:

load_localized_strings num_categories.locale

Note:

If you are loading a localized version of this file, use the correct file extension for your locale. For a list of file extensions, see "Locale Names" in BRM Developer's Guide.

For information on loading the num_categories.locale file, see "Loading Localized or Customized Strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

For information on creating new strings for this file, see "Creating New Strings and Customizing Existing Strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Creating Vanity Types

Important:

This is a mandatory configuration task.

You can customize the list of vanity types displayed in Number Administration Center. For information about vanity types, see "Creating a Block of Telephone Numbers".

To create vanity types, you edit the num_vanities.en_US sample file in the BRM_Home/sys/msgs/numvanities directory. You then use the load_localized_strings utility to load the contents of the file into the /strings objects. See "load_localized_strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Note:

  • You cannot create brand-specific vanity types. Vanity types displayed in Number Administration Center are available to all brands.

  • You can customize the PCM_OP_NUM_POL_DEVICE_CREATE policy opcode to apply vanity types automatically. For example, you could automatically apply a vanity type to numbers ending in 2000.

When you run the load_localized_strings utility, use this command:

load_localized_strings num_vanities.locale

Note:

If you are loading a localized version of this file, use the correct file extension for your locale. For a list of file extensions, see "Locale Names" in BRM Developer's Guide.

For information on loading the num_vanities.locale file, see "Loading Localized or Customized Strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

For information on creating new strings for this file, see "Creating New Strings and Customizing Existing Strings" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Customizing Number Device Service Associations

Important:

This is a mandatory configuration task.

By default, you can associate numbers with the following services:

  • /service/telco/gsm/telephony

  • /service/telco/gsm/sms

  • /service/telco/gsm/fax

  • /service/telco/gsm/data

You can change which services can be associated with any number device in the BRM system. To do so, edit the pin_device_permit_map_num file and load it by using the load_pin_device_permit_map utility. See "Defining Device-to-Service Associations" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Note:

Device service associations are brand-aware and are associated with the root brand by default. See "Device Management and Brands" in BRM Developer's Guide.

Customizing How Service Types Are Used

By default, values entered in the Service type box do not have any business logic applied to them. You can customize the Number Manager business policies to use the value entered in the Service type box. For example, you might create service types for voice-only numbers or data-only numbers.

You can customize the following Number Manager policy opcodes to add business logic to service types:

  • PCM_OP_NUM_POL_DEVICE_ASSOCIATE

  • PCM_OP_NUM_POL_DEVICE_CREATE

  • PCM_OP_NUM_POL_DEVICE_SET_ATTR

Changing the Number Administration Center Number Display Format

To change the Number Administration Center number display format, edit the Number Format entry in the NumAdmin.properties file. The Number Format entry specifies the default Java class that defines the Number Administration Center number display. To use a different number format, create a Java class and specify it in the Number Format entry.

The default mask is:

xxx-xxx-xxx-xxxx

How BRM Chooses a Mask

When you specify several masks, BRM chooses the mask that best matches the input number. For example, if the input number is:

044.112.233.3444

and the list of masks is:

(091)xx-xx-xxx-xxx

(044)xx.xx.xxx.xxx

(212.xxx.xxxx)

the mask used is:

(044)xx.xx.xxx.xxx

About Truncating Numbers by Using Masks

When setting the number format, you can truncate numbers. For example, if a number is entered as 001(408)5551212, you can truncate it to display as 5551212. Numbers are truncated by default.

When you truncate numbers, you can specify where to truncate: the left side of the number or the right side. By default, numbers are read from right to left, so the left side of the number is truncated.

Figure 34-1 shows the difference between truncating right to left and left to right. (A value of true truncates right to left.)

Figure 34-1 Truncating Numbers Differences

Description of Figure 34-1 follows
Description of "Figure 34-1 Truncating Numbers Differences"

Table 34-1 shows examples of how numbers are formatted based on the mask and truncation. A truncate value of true means right-to-left.

Table 34-1 Number Truncation Examples

Input Mask Truncated Truncate direction Result

1(408)5179011

xxx.xxx.xxxx

true

true (<<<)

408.517.9011

1(408)5179011

xxx.xxx.xxxx

false

true (<<<)

1408.517.9011

234-5678

x-xxx-xxx-xxxx

false

true (<<<)

234-5678

234-5678

x-xxx-xxx-xxxx

false

false (>>>)

2-345-678

001(408)517901100

001-xxx-xxx-xxxx

true

false (>>>)

001-408-517-9011

001(408)517901100

001-xxx-xxx-xxxx

false

false (>>>)

001-408-517-901100

1(408)517-901100

x.xxx.xxx.xxxx

true

true (<<<)

0.851.790.1100

1(408)517-901100

x.xxx.xxx.xxxx

false

true (<<<)

140.851.790.1100


Changing the Number Display Format

To change the number display format:

  1. Open the NumAdmin.properties file in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Portal Software directory.

  2. Edit the mask entries as needed. The default mask looks like this:

    device.num.formatter.mask.default=xxx-xxx-xxx-xxxx
    
  3. (Optional) To add a new mask, add the mask name to the device.num.formatter.masks entry.

    This example shows a new mask for Denmark:

    device.num.formatter.masks=default france uk denmark
    

    This example shows the mask definition:

    device.num.formatter.mask.denmark=45-xxxx-xxxxx
    
  4. (Optional) If a number is larger than the mask, you can specify whether to truncate the number and how to truncate it:

    • To truncate numbers that are longer than the mask, edit the device.num.formatter.truncate entry. Enter true to truncate numbers, enter false to not truncate numbers.

      By default, numbers are not truncated:

    device.num.formatter.truncate=false
    
    • To specify how to truncate the number, edit the device.num.formatter.direction entry. By default, numbers are read from right to left, and truncation occurs at the left side of the number.

      For example, if the number is 0014085551212 and the mask is xxx-xxxx, the truncated number is 5551212.

      Enter true to truncate right-to-left, enter false to truncate left-to-right:

    device.num.formatter.direction=true
    
  5. Save and close the file.

  6. Restart Number Administration Center.

Creating a Custom Number Format Class

You can create and use a custom number format Java class. You might want to do this if defining custom masks is not sufficient.

  1. Create the class.

  2. Open the NumAdmin.properties file in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Portal Software directory.

  3. Edit the device.num.formatter.class entry:

    device.num.formatter.class=custom_Class
    

    where custom_Class is your class.

  4. Edit the device.num.formatter.method entry to use the method defined in your class. See "Changing the Number Display Format".

    device.num.formatter.method=format
    
  5. Edit the device.num.formatter.masks entry and add new masks, as described in "Changing the Number Administration Center Number Display Format".

  6. Save and close the file.

  7. Restart Number Administration Center.

Configuring Search Performance in Number Administration Center

You can edit the NumAdmin.properties file to change how Number Administration Center searches for blocks and numbers.

  1. Open the NumAdmin.properties file in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Portal Software directory.

  2. To set the default quantity of numbers displayed in a page of search results, edit the pageSize entry. For example:

    pageSize=50
    

    You can change the page size at any time when using Number Administration Center.

  3. To change the search performance, edit the searchSize entry. For example:

    searchSize=100
    

    If you use a low-bandwidth system with a lot of numbers, reducing the step size can speed up searches.

  4. Save and close the file.

  5. Restart Number Administration Center.

Uninstalling Number Manager

To uninstall Number Manager on UNIX, run the BRM_Home/uninstaller/NumberMgr/uninstaller.bin.