I apologize if this is a dup post but I haven't been unable to find the info I'm looking for exactly.
We currently have one PRI connected to a VWIC-2MFT-T1 configured as h.323. We have a new provider bringing in two PRI's. What I want to do is enable the card on an NM-HDV2-2T1/E1 and configure the controllers as MGCP for the two new PRI's and do some testing before we make the switch. Once the switch is complete I'd remove the h.323.
I have a TAC case open which the engineer suggested NFAS. I don't think this is neccessary with just two PRI's. My thought was to configure the two controllers for the new PRI's and route calls to both, if the first becomes saturated, the next call(s) would go to the second.
Any suggestions/recomendations or suggested documentation would be appreciated.
Dont sweat your time and money behind NFAS unless you have 4 or more PRIs where you dont want to pay X amount of dollars per month per D-channel. NFAS is good, but has its downsides too. Without ordering a primary and backup d-channel and for some reason if both those t1s are down, your whole trunk group could go down. In your case you could definitely do first t1 as primary d channel and second as backup d-channel in the nfas group. NFAS is not supported with MGCP, so you will have to stay at MGCP. Also if you ever want to get out of NFAS and go back to individual D-channels, Telco's charge you hefty $$ to do that ($2k usually).
Go ahead and simply use individual D-channels for these new T1s and use MGCP with Callmanager. Life is a lot easier with MGCP (but also make sure you use a stable IOS, as I have had some nasty experiences with MGCP with recent IOSes).
Here is a good guide.
Once you configure the two controller ports, you can create a route group and add the gateways in any order you want and add route group to a route list. Point your route patterns for PSTN access to this route list. When calls are placed outbound, CM will use this route list and use the first gateway port listed in the route group as primary. When the first gateway port is fully loaded, CM will automatically send subsequent calls through the second gateway port in the route group.
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