I am having trouble figuring out the best way to configure a call pickup group for our main office number. I'm running Cisco Unified Communications Manager 7.1(3).
During normal business hours a call comes in to the main number 410-555-2000 and is routed to the receptionist's phone. She has a DN of 2000 on her 2nd line appearance. If she is at her desk she answers it of course. But when she's not there I want it to ring (after 8 seconds) to three backup other phones in the office. Now I could forward to another DN and have this appear on the backup phones but I don't want people to accidentally answer this just by picking up their phones at the same time a call is being forwarded.
I'd like it if I could force the backup users to press the callpickup button in order to answer the forwarded call. I also don't want the backup users to be able to answer each other's calls so I can't just put them all in the same pickup group either.
Also, I wouldn't mind it if the backup users had to dial something like a *5 to pickup the main number after the forward.
Why don't you setup a second line on the 3 backup phones
something like 3000. Set the Forward No Answer on 2000 to
roll to 3000 and adjust the Always Use Prime Line setting on the 3
backup phones to True. This way 3000 will not be answered by accident
When you configure this feature, going off hook makes only the first line active, even when a call rings on another line on the phone; that is, the call does not get answered on that line. In this case, the phone user must choose the other line to answer the call.
For more configuration considerations, see Table 4.
The Always Use Prime Line for Voice Message setting displays in the following windows in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration.
System > Service Parameters (for Cisco CallManager service)
Device > Phone
Device > Common Phone Profile
Device > Device Settings > Default Device Profile
Device > Device Settings > Device Profile
Tip If you configure the Always Use Prime Line setting in the Service Parameter, Common Phone Profile, and in the Phone Configuration window, Cisco Unified Communications Manager uses the configuration from the Phone Configuration window.
Hope this helps!