Restricting External Transfers

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Call transfer is typically a feature that employees use to transfer from internal DNs to internal DNs. When calls are transferred to an external destination, very often the reason is that the caller whose call is transferred does not have permission to dial that external destination. The operator or an employee, for instance, could be asked to transfer a call of a colleague who is home on vacation to an international destination. Or an employee who is not allowed to call international numbers could ask a colleague who is allowed to call international numbers to transfer the call to that international number. An employee could also save money by having family members call the employee in the office when they need to place costly calls. All that the employee has to do is to transfer the call for them. To eliminate the cost of their call to the office of the employee, the employee could even hang up and call them back before transferring the call.

You can configure Cisco CallManager to block external-to-external call transfers. This configuration involves setting a simple service parameter and configuring gateways, trunks, and route patterns as OffNet (external) devices. After you have configured this, external-to-external call transfers will not be allowed. This feature provides an OnNet or OffNet alerting tone to the terminating end of the call (determined by the configuration of the device as either OnNet or OffNet). For incoming calls, trunks or gateways determine OffNet versus OnNet classification. For outgoing calls, the route pattern determines OffNet versus OnNet status.


The external call transfer restriction requires the Cisco CallManager Release 4.1 or later software component.


Defining OnNet and OffNet

Cisco CallManager classifies internal and external calls as OnNet and OffNet. A call coming from an external PSTN is classified as an OffNet call. A call that is placed internally (from one telephone to another, or between two Cisco CallManager clusters, where the call is routed over the WAN) is classified as an OnNet call, as illustrated in Figure 22-5. When you are using Automated Alternate Routing (AAR) in OnNet or OffNet implementations, it is important to know from where the call is coming. With AAR, the source can be either the WAN connection or the PSTN connection. This can cause restrictions when a call is rerouted. For example, if a user attempts to call across the IP WAN and AAR reroutes the call through the PSTN, the called party will not be able to transfer the call to another external phone number due to the Block OffNet to OffNet Transfers service parameter.

Figure 22-5. OnNet Versus OffNet Calls

You can configure gateways and trunks as OnNet (internal) or OffNet (external) by using gateway configuration, using trunk configuration, or setting a clusterwide service parameter to classify devices automatically. When the feature is used in conjunction with the clusterwide service parameter Block OffNet to OffNet Transfer, the configuration determines whether calls can transfer over a gateway or trunk.

These devices can be configured as OnNet and OffNet to Cisco CallManager, as shown in Figure 22-6:

  • H.323 gateway
  • Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP) Foreign Exchange Office (FXO) trunk
  • MGCP T1/E1 trunk
  • Intercluster trunk
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunk

Figure 22-6. Configuring a Gateway as OnNet or OffNet

By default, all gateways use OffNet classification.

To classify an outgoing call as OnNet or OffNet, you can set the Call Classification field in the Route Pattern Configuration window to OnNet or OffNet, as shown in Figure 22-7. You can override the route pattern setting and use the trunk or gateway setting by checking the Allow Device Override check box in the Route Pattern Configuration window. All route patterns default to OffNet if the Provide Outside Dial Tone check box is checked. If the check box is unchecked, the route pattern defaults to OnNet.

Figure 22-7. Configuring a Route Pattern as OnNet or OffNet


Configuring Call Transfer Restrictions

Now that you have seen the method used to categorize gateways and route patterns, you can complete these steps to block external calls from being transferred to external devices:

Step 1.

You can specify the OnNet or OffNet classification on the following:

  • Route patterns
  • Intercluster trunks
  • Gateways

Step 2.

For incoming calls, configure individual gateways or trunks as OffNet.

Step 3.

For outgoing calls, configure the route pattern Call Classification field as OffNet. Note that you can choose the Allow Device Override check box under the route pattern to allow the associated gateway to dictate whether the outgoing call is OnNet or OffNet.

Step 4.

Set the Block OffNet to OffNet Transfer clusterwide CallManager service parameter shown in Figure 22-8 to True.

Figure 22-8. Setting the Block OffNet to OffNet Service Parameter


Call Transfer Restriction Example

In the Cisco CallManager configuration shown in Figure 22-9, the route pattern that is used to reach the external destinations is classified as an OffNet pattern. The gateway is also classified as OffNet. The service parameter Block OffNet to OffNet Transfer in the Cisco CallManager service parameters is set to True. Thus, the attempt by party A to call party B and transfer the call to party C will not work because OffNet-to-OffNet call transfers are restricted.

Figure 22-9. Blocking OffNet-to-OffNet Calls

Dropping Conference Calls

Part I: Cisco CallManager Fundamentals

Introduction to Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco Unified CallManager

Cisco Unified CallManager Clustering and Deployment Options

Cisco Unified CallManager Installation and Upgrades

Part II: IPT Devices and Users

Cisco IP Phones and Other User Devices

Configuring Cisco Unified CallManager to Support IP Phones

Cisco IP Telephony Users

Cisco Bulk Administration Tool

Part III: IPT Network Integration and Route Plan

Cisco Catalyst Switches

Configuring Cisco Gateways and Trunks

Cisco Unified CallManager Route Plan Basics

Cisco Unified CallManager Advanced Route Plans

Configuring Hunt Groups and Call Coverage

Implementing Telephony Call Restrictions and Control

Implementing Multiple-Site Deployments

Part IV: VoIP Features

Media Resources

Configuring User Features, Part 1

Configuring User Features, Part 2

Configuring Cisco Unified CallManager Attendant Console

Configuring Cisco IP Manager Assistant

Part V: IPT Security

Securing the Windows Operating System

Securing Cisco Unified CallManager Administration

Preventing Toll Fraud

Hardening the IP Phone

Understanding Cryptographic Fundamentals

Understanding the Public Key Infrastructure

Understanding Cisco IP Telephony Authentication and Encryption Fundamentals

Configuring Cisco IP Telephony Authentication and Encryption

Part VI: IP Video

Introducing IP Video Telephony

Configuring Cisco VT Advantage

Part VII: IPT Management

Introducing Database Tools and Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability

Monitoring Performance

Configuring Alarms and Traces

Configuring CAR

Using Additional Management and Monitoring Tools

Part VIII: Appendix

Appendix A. Answers to Review Questions


Authorized Self-Study Guide Cisco IP Telephony (CIPT)
Cisco IP Telephony (CIPT) (Authorized Self-Study) (2nd Edition)
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