Buying In Bulk
Communications Manager / August 10, 2011

Several years ago I couldn’t have said this, but by and large my favorite administrative tool for Communications Manager these days is the bulk administration tool.  It’s come a long way in it’s evolution: I don’t remember ever using it in 3 (if it was even available), 4 was useful but far from powerful (you could bulk import phones, but if you wanted to bulk update, not everything was available), 5 and 6 started to get really useful (you could now update just about everything on phones, but there were still some things like route patterns, translation patterns and so forth that weren’t available).  When you get to version 7, this tool really hits it’s stride and becomes a thing of beauty. Before writing this I had discussions with several people about the bulk administration interface and most people were comfortable with using the phone insert and update functions but a lot of people weren’t terribly well versed in the import/export functions which I truly think are what makes this tool shine. First let’s talk about what import/export is.  Like the name suggests, it’s a way for you to export configuration information out of the communications manager or import configuration…