I believe I understand AAR, but I would like to test it for confirmation. I have completed our AAR configurations and am wanting to test it somehow without actually saturating WAN links. I'd like to test using a method similar to the Dialed Number Analyzer. Unfortunately, that tool doesn't seem to have the ability to test AAR. Anyone know of a way to test AAR without flooding the WAN link? Or is there a way that Dialed Number Analyzer will show it using AAR in the "Alternate Matches". I didn't see it show up in alternate matches when I tried it.
Here's how I've configured our AAR:
Three locations - San Francisco, Boston, and Dallas
Centralized Call Manager Location - Dallas
AAR Groups -
SanFRan_PSTN prefix to other two AAR groups is 91
Boston_PSTN prefix to other two AAR groups is 91
Dallas_PSTN prefix to other two AAR groups is 91
AAR CSS -
SanFran_AAR_CSS contains a partition for dialing long distance out the local Gateway
Boston_AAR_CSS contains a partition for dialing long distance out the local Gateway
Dallas_AAR_CSS contains a partition for dialing long distance out the local Gateway
The calling mask of all phone devices is 10 digits. All locations us 9 to access the PSTN.
Do I have it configured correctly? Should I worry about testing it?
The easiest way to test it is to temopraly change the Location bandwith parameter to something like 10 kbps. Otherwise like you said is to saturate the link.
As to the configuration, you do not need 3 seperate groups as all groups prepand the same digits "91". The only time yo would need seperate groups is when you have sites that only dial 7 or 10 digits instead of 11 between them via PSTN, or international sites. Since all of your sites need to dial 91 to reach each other you can create one AAR group and apply to all phones. Other than that everything else is OK, make sure you enable the AAR service parameter and place all devices including GWs in the apropriate Locations.
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