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CallBill Installation Procedure

How to install the CallBill modules depending on the preferred CallBill configuration. Each CallBill module has a folder on the Setup CD. To complete the installation, run the upgrade file from the site disk if supplied. The following is from Phoneware's documentation.

Logger / Transfer Modules

Description

The Logger module is responsible for collecting call records from the telephone system and storing them locally until the Record Processor module retrieves them using the Transfer Module. The Transfer Module is responsible for transferring the call records, collected by the Logger Module, to the Record Processor Module and for this reason the Transfer Module is also installed on the Logger Module PC. Once the call records are retrieved, they are archived locally on the Logger Module PC.

Minimum PC Specification

Installation Procedure

  1. On the CallBill Setup CD, run LOGGER\SETUP.EXE which installs the Logger files in a directory of your choice (the default directory is C:\Callbill\).

  2. Verify that the communications link to the Meridian is functional using either Windows Terminal or Hyperterminal (or some other communications software). Note the communications settings used when connecting to the Meridian, as these will have to be set in the Logger Module later. Note: The only service required on the Meridian CDR port is CTY. No other services should be assigned to the port. Refer to CDR Programming for TTY port configuration.

  3. Run the Logger from the Program Group, or from the Start Menu, or run logger.exe from the Logger directory chosen in Step 1. Click Cancel on the window that appears or click the Esc button before the timer expires.

  4. On the Logger Module Menu bar, select the File menu -> Site Details option. The Site Details window will be displayed, as in Figure 1.

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    Figure 1

  5. On the Site Details window, enter a name for the site in the Name textbox. Select the Telephone System type from the drop-down list. Entry of details in the Address, Contact Name and Contact Number textboxes on this window is optional.

  6. Click the Save button to save the site details and click the OK button.

  7. On the Connection menu select the Telephone System option. The Telephone System Connection window will be displayed, as in Figure 2.

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    Figure 2

  8. Select the connection method to be used for connecting the logger PC to your switch. If the Comm Port option is chosen select the appropriate communication settings. The parameters required are Baud Rate, Parity, Data bits and Stop bits. If the Port Server option is chosen enter the Host IP address and the Port Number.

  9. When all the connection details are entered click the Save button and then click the OK button.

  10. Start call logging by selecting the Start Call Billing option from the Billing Menu.

  11. Verify that the CDR records are being displayed in the correct format on the Logger Module's communications window, as in Figure 3. If you are unsure of the correct format, refer to CDR Programming, and/or CDR Setup.

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    Figure 3

  12. Run the Transfer Module from the Program Group, or from the Start Menu, or run CB_XF.exe from the Transfer Module directory chosen in Step 1.

  13. To establish the Record Processor Module connection method to the Transfer Module select File menu, Settings option. The Configuration screen will be displayed, as shown in Figure 4a.

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    Figure 4a

    (a) If using the modem connection method, click on the modem tab, as in Figure 4b. Enter the communication parameters i.e. Comm Port, Baud Rate, Data bits, Parity and Stop bits and ensure the Set Auto Answer At Start-up option is checked.

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    Figure 4b

    (b) If using the network connection method, as in Figure 4c, click on the network tab. Enter the port number (default port number is 1001). Ensure that the Open TCP Port At Start-up option is checked. Click the Save button and then click the OK button at the bottom of the screen.

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    Figure 4c

  14. Restart the Transfer Module. Verify that the status bar at the bottom of the screen is displaying "Comm Port: COM1 Settings: 9600, N, 8, 1" if using the modem connection or "TCP Port Open (Port 1001)" if using the Network Connection method, as shown in Figure 5.

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    Figure 5

Record Processor

Description

The Record Processor Module is responsible for retrieving call records from the Logger Module and storing these call records in a CallBill site database. The cost of each call is calculated during processing and is based on tariffs applicable to the site from which the records were retrieved. The Record Processor can be configured to periodically retrieve call records from multiple sites.

Minimum PC Specification

Installation Procedure

  1. Connect the CallBill security dongle to the PC parallel port.

  2. From the CallBill Setup CD, run Record Processor \SETUP.EXE. This installs the Record Processor files in a directory of your choice (the default directory is c:\callbill\rec_pro).

  3. Select the Database format for use with Callbill, as shown in Figure 6.

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    Figure 6

Site Disk Available

  1. Run the self-extractor file on floppy disk to extract the site information to the Record Processor databases.

  2. Run the Record Processor from the Program Group, or from the Start Menu, or run cb_rp.exe from the Record Processor directory chosen in Step 1. If you have chosen Microsoft SQL Server in Step 3, a SQL Server Settings dialog will be displayed, refer to Figure 7. Enter the SQL Server Name and Connection Settings. If the SQL Authentication is accepted or if Microsoft Jet Access was chosen in Step 3, the Site window will be displayed, as shown in Figure 8. Confirm that the Site Details information is correct.

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    Figure 7

  3. If the information is correct, click the OK button to close the Site window.

Site Disk Not Available

  1. Run the Record Processor from the Program Group, or from the Start Menu, or run cb_rp.exe from the Record Processor directory chosen in Step 1. If you have chosen Microsoft SQL Server in Step 3, a SQL Server Settings dialog will be displayed, refer to Figure 7. Enter the SQL Server Name and Connection Settings. If the SQL Authentication is accepted or if Microsoft Jet Access was chosen in Step 3, the Site window will be displayed, as shown in Figure 8.

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    Figure 8

  2. Select the New Site button to create a new site. The new site screen will be displayed, as shown in Figure 9. Enter a Site Name and the local Telephone Number and click the Save button. The site ID will be displayed. Note that the site ID should match the licence site ID provided by Phoneware and click the OK button.

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    Figure 9

  3. Select the Record Format option and choose the correct format.

  4. Select the Keycode tab, as shown in Figure 10, and enter the 16-digit hexadecimal keycode provided by Phoneware in the 4 keycodes textboxes on the Site screen. Click on the Save Keycode button at the bottom right hand side of the screen. A dialog box confirming the Site ID and licensing for which the keycode was issued is displayed. If this is correct, click the YES button. If it is incorrect, click the NO button and contact Phoneware to have the keycode checked.


    Figure 10

  5. Select the General tab, and enter the connection method for communication with the Transfer Module.

  6. If connection method to Transfer Module is via Same PC/Network, enter the IP Address or PC Name and the assigned Port number of the Transfer Module PC as in Figure 11a.

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    Figure 11a

  7. If connection method to Transfer Module is via Connect Via Modem method, enter the Telephone Number, as in Figure 11b1. Select the Modem tab and set the modem communication parameters, as in Figure 11b2.

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    Figure 11b1

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    Figure 11b2

  8. If connection method is via the Buffer Box (FTP), enter the IP Address or name of the FTP Server where the Buffer Box (FTP) for the selected site is located, refer to Figure 11c. Enter the number of the port for communication with the Buffer Box (FTP). The default port number is 21 but if this has been changed on the Buffer Box (FTP) it must also be changed here. If security protected, enter the User Name and the FTP Password of the Buffer Box (FTP). The Buffer Box (FTP) consists of memory blocks, enter the name of the file where the records are stored.

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    Figure 11c

  9. If connection method is via the Buffer Box (Dial-Up), enter the telephone number of the Buffer Box for the current site, refer to Figure 11d. The File Transfer Protocol is the method used to transfer data from the Buffer Box to the Record Processor. The default setting is XModem Checksum.

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    Figure 11d

  10. Select the Comments tab, as shown in Figure 12, and enter the Telephone System Type and contact details.

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    Figure 12

  11. Click the Save button to save the settings and then click the OK button.

  12. On the File menu, select Route Access Codes. The Route Access Codes window, Figure 13, will be displayed. Choose the Carrier option and select the correct carrier. Enter the route access codes output on the Meridian CDR data for this carrier in the Access Codes textbox (use a new line for each access code). Click the Save button and click the Close button.

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    Figure 13

  13. On the File menu, select Schedules. Click the New button to create a recurring schedule to transfer the CDR details from the Logger Module via the Transfer Module. The Schedule screen will be displayed, as shown in Figure 14.

    • Enter a schedule name in the Name textbox.
    • Set a schedule start date and time.
    • Enter a valid log file name.
    • Select the Schedule Type option and select the required option.
    • Click the ADD button and add the correct logger module sites.
    • Click the Save button and click the Close button.

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    Figure 14

Reports Module

Description

The Reports Module allows the user to retrieve information from the CallBill databases by running reports. These reports can either be run ad hoc or they can be attached to a schedule, which will run them automatically when the schedule activates.

Minimum PC Specification

Installation Procedure

  1. From the CallBill Setup CD, run Reports Module\SETUP.EXE. This installs the Reports Module files in a directory of your choice (the default directory is c:\callbill\rec_pro).

  2. Run the Reports Module from the Program Group, or from the Start Menu, or run cb_rpts.exe from the Reports Module directory chosen in Step 1.

  3. If you have chosen Microsoft SQL Server in the Record Processor setup, an SQL Server Settings dialog will be displayed, refer to Figure 7. Enter the SQL Server Name and Connection Settings. If the SQL Authentication is accepted or if you have chosen Microsoft Jet Access in the Record Processor setup, the Reports Module will display the CallBill Login window, as in Figure 15. The default Username is "ADMIN" and the Password is "0000".

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    Figure 15

  4. Verify the Site details on the Site window, as shown in Figure 16, and click the OK button to close.

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    Figure 16

  5. Use CallBill's Context Sensitive On-Line Help facility to learn about the features and facilities provided by CallBill.

  6. On a new installation the site database will not contain any call records until call processing has taken place. After call processing should have commenced, run a test report to verify.


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