Course Overview

The Explorer Controller Suite (ECS) Foundation (ECS203) course is an instructor-led, lab-based, hands-on course offered by Cisco® Learning Services that introduces you to the Explorer Controller Suite (ECS) for the Cisco Digital Broadband Delivery System (DBDS).

This course familiarizes you with the Common Management Console (CMC) GUI and how the CMC application is used to manage Explorer Controllers (ECs), manage customer premise equipment (that is, RF set-top boxes [STBs]), provision services for multiple Explorer Controllers simultaneously (regional provisioning), access reports and service logs, view and respond to system alarms, back up Explorer Controllers, manage Cisco Option Package (COP) files, execute ECS commands using the command line interface (CLI), add users for ECS access, and view audit logs.

Cisco Explorer Controller Suite Foundation Training (ECS203) is also available in Digital Learning.  365-day subscription for $299.00.  See Digital Learning for purchase or call 703.467.8606.
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3 ITL / 5 VILT days
  • The following tasks and features are described and discussed in this course:

    • Logging in and navigating the Common Management Console (CMC) to access ECS functions
    • Registering and accessing Explorer Controllers with the CMC ECS menus
    • Adding, moving, and provisioning Explorer Controller customer premise equipment (RF endpoints) from the CMC ECS menus
    • Provisioning services and channel maps using Bulk Provisioning
    • View ECS Summary Information, Reports, and Service Logs
    • View and respond to Alarms
    • Manage EC software packages
    • Perform administrative tasks such as adding ECS users, executing commands, and executing EC system backups
  • Module 1: ECS Overview Collection

    • ECS Benefits and Features
    • ECS Hardware and Software Basics
    • ECS User Interface Overview
    • Accessing and Navigating the CMC

    Module 2: EC Management

    • Accessing an EC’s User and CLI Interfaces
    • Backing Up an EC

    Module 3: CPE/Set-top Management

    • Querying a CPE and/or Set-Top Box (STB)
    • Moving a CPE and/or STB
    • Deleting a CPE and/or STB
    • Batch Installing CPEs and/or STBs

    Module 4: Regional Provisioning Service

    • Introducing Regional Provisioning Service (RPS)
    • Provisioning ECs with Regional Provisioning
    • Provisioning with the Additional Templates
    • Provisioning Linear Channel Services (LCS)
    • Provisioning Channel Maps
    • Securing a Service with the LCS Template
    • Provisioning Packages
    • Provisioning Pay-per-View (PPV)
    • Provisioning Enhanced Channel Maps

    Module 5: Reports Collection

    • Generating Reports
    • Viewing Saved Reports

    Module 6: Alarm Management

    • ECS Alarms Overview
    • Responding to and Filtering Alarms
    • Configuring Alarm Settings for Cleanup, Display and Emails

    Module 7: Log File Locations and Service Log Settings

    • Log File Location Overview
    • Setting ECS Service Log Levels

    Module 8: COP File Management

    • COP File Overview
    • Installing and Uninstalling COP Files
    • Upgrading COP Files

    Module 9: User Management and Auditing

    • Working with Users and User Groups
    • Viewing Audit Trails (Users) and Audit Logs (Services)
  • Labs for ECS Overview Collection

    • Task 1: Accessing the Cisco Training Lab Virtual Machines
    • Task 2: Log into the ECS

    Labs for EC Management

    • Task 1: Access an EC’s User Interface (UI)
    • Task 2: Access an EC’s CLI)
    • Task 3: Back Up Key Files and Database

    Labs for CPE/Set-top Management

    •  Task 1: Query a CPE and/or STB
    • Task 2: Move a CPE and/or STB to a Different EC
    • Task 3: Delete a CPE and/or STB from an EC
    • Task 4: Delete a CPE and/or STB from the Cloud Repository
    • Task 5: Batch Install CPEs and/or STBs

    Labs for Regional Provisioning

    • Task 1 Download XML Templates
    • Task 2: Add a Hub to an EC using an XML template
    • Task 3: Remove Hub from the EC(s)
    • Task 4: Add a Service to the EC(s)
    • Task 5: Add Service to the Channel Map
    • Task 6: Secure a Service
    • Task 7: Assign your Service to a Package
    • Task 8: Create a Pay-Per-View Service
    • Task 9: Enhanced Channel Map Demonstration

    Labs for Reports Collection

    • Task 1: Create and Save a Report
    • Task 2: Create Scheduled Reports
    • Task 3: View Saved Reports
    • Task 4: View Scheduled Reports

    Labs for ECS Alarm Management

    • Task 1: View Alarms: Alarm Browser
    • Task 2: View Alarms: Alarm Summary Tab
    • Task 3: View Alarms: Operate > Alarms & Events Menu
    • Task 4: Respond to Alarms
    • Task 5: Filter Alarms
    • Task 6: Configure Alarm Settings
    • Task 7: Display Options
    • Task 8: Alarm Email Settings
    • Task 9: View the Mail Server Configuration

    Labs for Viewing Log Files and Setting Logging Levels

    • Task 1: Access the ECS CLI to View Log Locations
    • Task 2: Collect a Node Log
    • Task 3: Change the Log Levels for an ECS Service

    Labs for COP File Management

    • Task 1: View Installed COP Files
    • Task 2: Install a COP File and Configuration File
    • Task 3: Uninstall a COP File
    • Task 4: Upgrade a COP File

    Labs for User Management 

    • Task 1: Add a New User
    • Task 2: Delete a User
    • Task 3: Change Your Password
    • Task 4: Configure Password Settings
    • Task 5: View User Audit Trails
    • Task 6: View User Group Audit Trails
    • Task 7: View Audit Logs for Services (Audit Lists)

  • Completing the following courses is required before taking this course:

    • Cisco Explorer Controller (EC) Foundation Training course (ECF)
    • Cisco Explorer Controller (EC) Intermediate Training course (ECI)
  • This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to operate the Explorer Controller Suite.

    Targeted roles include:

    • System engineers
    • Technical support personnel
    • Channel partners and resellers