You can bulk manage auto attendants with bulk inserts/updates for auto attendants. Administrators will be able to import/export auto attendants with a CSV file.

If you have a lot of auto attendants to add, the bulk manage auto attendant option is very convenient and the CSV support reduces effort for deployment and migration.

Every auto attendant created in Control Hub requires populating a wizard with many parameters and the CSV support streamlines the process.

The below functionalities are coming soon:

  • Delete of entire Auto Attendant Instances

  • Create/Modify/Delete Call Forwarding Rule

  • Greeting support for Business and Holiday hours schedule

  • Exposing Bulk CSV operations as external APIs on Hydra Portal

  • Creating new schedules

To bulk manage auto attendants:

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant > Bulk Manage.

3

Select a location from the drop-down list to download data for auto attendants on that location, or select all locations to download data for all auto attendants.

4

Click Download Data or Download .csv template to verify that your CSV file is properly formatted, making sure to fill in the required information.

5

Add or edit the first and last name, phone number, and so on and upload the updated CSV file.

6

Click View Import history / Tasks to view the status of your CSV import and indicating whether you've encountered any errors.

Table 1.
Column (Mandatory or Optional) Add an auto attendant (Mandatory or Optional) Edit an auto attendant Description Supported Values
Name Mandatory Mandatory Enter the name of the of the Auto Attendant. 1-30 characters
Phone Number Mandatory if extension is left blank Mandatory if extension is left blank Enter the phone number. You must have either a phone number or an extension. Only E.164 numbers are allowed for CSV import. Example: +12815550100

 
Phone number must be on the Numbers tab in Control Hub.
Extension Mandatory if phone number is left blank Mandatory if phone number is left blank Enter the extension. You must have either a phone number or an extension. Two to six digit extension. 00-999999. Extensions that match emergency numbers in the location country are not allowed (for example, you can't use 911 as an extension in USA)
Location Mandatory Mandatory Enter the location to add auto attendants. Example: San Jose.

 
Location must be on the Locations tab in Control Hub.
Time Zone Optional Optional Enter the auto attendant time zone key. This time zone applies to the schedules applied to the auto attendants. Example: America/Chicago. Character length: 1-127
Language Code Optional Optional Enter the announcement language for the auto attendants. Example: en_us
Caller ID First Name Mandatory Mandatory Enter the first name to display for the auto attendant. The caller ID is used when call forward is enabled and calls are forwarded out. Example: San. Character length: 1-30

 
UTF-8 only characters are supported.
Caller ID Last Name Mandatory Mandatory Enter the first name to display for the auto attendant. The caller ID is used when call forward is enabled and calls are forwarded out. Example: Jose. Character length: 1-30

 
UTF-8 only characters are supported.
Business Schedule Mandatory Mandatory Enter the business schedule name. A valid business schedule name within org .
Holiday Schedule Mandatory Mandatory Enter the holiday schedule name. A valid holiday schedule name within org .
Dialing Type Optional Optional Select the dialing type. Enterprise and Group are the values you can select from.
Business Hours Menu Extension Optional Optional Select the business hours menu extension. True and False are the values you can select from.
After Hours Menu Extension Optional Optional Select the after hours menu extension. True and False are the values you can select from.
Alternate Numbers Optional Optional Enter the alternate number(s) to assign to the auto attendants. Example: 1112223333. Character length: 1-23

 
Phone number must be on the Numbers tab in Control Hub.
Alternate Number Action Optional Optional

Enter ADD to add the alternate numbers you list in this row. Enter REMOVE to remove the alternate numbers you list in the row.

If you enter REPLACE, you will remove all previously entered alternate numbers and replace with the alternate numbers you are adding in this row only.

ADD, REMOVE, REPLACE
Alternate Number 1 - 10 ring tone Optional Optional If distinctive ringing is enabled for alternate numbers, choose the distinctive ringing ring pattern. Choose from one of the supported options. NORMAL, LONG_LONG, SHORT_SHORT_LONG, SHORT_LONG_SHORT
Business Hours Press 0 – 9, * and # Description Optional Optional Select the business hours type.

TRANSFER_WITHOUT_PROMPT

TRANSFER_WITH_PROMPT

TRANSFER_TO_OPERATOR

NAME_DIALING

EXTENSION_DIALING

REPEAT_MENU

EXIT

TRANSFER_TO_MAILBOX

TRANSFER_TO_SUBMENU

RETURN_TO_PREVIOUS_MENU

PLAY_ANNOUNCEMENT

After Hours Press 0 – 9, * and # Description Optional Optional Select the after hours type.

TRANSFER_WITHOUT_PROMPT

TRANSFER_WITH_PROMPT

TRANSFER_TO_OPERATOR

NAME_DIALING

EXTENSION_DIALING

REPEAT_MENU

EXIT

TRANSFER_TO_MAILBOX

TRANSFER_TO_SUBMENU

RETURN_TO_PREVIOUS_MENU

PLAY_ANNOUNCEMENT

Before you begin

You can use an existing business hours and holiday schedule to configure the time/days your auto attendant is operational and non-operational, or create a new schedule when you create an auto attendant. To configure your business hours and holiday schedules in advance of creating an auto attendant, see Create and configure a schedule in Control Hub for more information.

For customers in the Asia-Pacific region, the Caller ID Name field is auto-populated with the User Name. You can't modify the Caller ID Name field.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant > Create Auto Attendant.

3

On the Basics page, enter the following information, and then click Next.

  • Location

  • Auto Attendant Name

  • Phone Number

  • Language


 

When configuring an auto attendant, you can provision the number of auto attendants for each location or organization.

4

On the Business Hours Schedule page, assign an existing Business Hours schedule in the Select an option drop-down, or create a new schedule. Click Next.

5

On the Holiday Schedule page, assign an existing Holiday schedule in the Select an option drop-down, or create a new schedule. Click Next.

6

On the Menu page, under both the Business Hours and After Hours tabs, use the drop-down to assign each keypad number to their function. Click Next.

To allow callers to dial an extension without a menu prompt, check the Enable extension dialing without requiring a menu item check box.

7

On the Greeting page, under both the Business Hours and After Hours tabs, choose whether you want to use the default greeting, upload an audio recording, or record your own greeting. Click Next.

8

On the Review page, under each tab, review your new auto attendant settings to make sure everything is correct. You can click Back to make any changes, or click Create to apply the settings to your new auto attendant.

9

Click Done when completed.

Example

Want to see how it's done? Watch this video demonstration on how to create a new auto attendant in Control Hub.

With this procedure you can disable a previously created auto attendant.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to disable from the list.

3

In the side panel, toggle Enable Auto Attendant to off to disable the auto attendant.

4

Click Save.

You can change the location and language for your auto attendant.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, beside General Settings, click Manage.

4

View or edit the Language from the Language from the drop-down.

5

View or edit the Time Zone from the Time Zone drop-down.

6

View or edit the Caller ID used when calls are transferred or forwarded out of this auto attendant.

7

Click Save.

Change your auto attendant phone numbers and add up to 10 alternate numbers.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, beside Phone Numbers click the number(s) you have assigned.

4

Edit the Primary Phone Number and/or Extension.

5

Add Alternate Numbers using the search function.

6

Click Save.

You can forward all incoming calls dependent on a set of criteria that you define.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, click Call Forwarding.

4

Toggle the Call Forwarding feature on.

5

Select one of the following options:

  • Always Forward Calls—Always forward calls to a designated number.
  • Selectively Forward Calls—Forward calls to a designated number depending on criteria.

 

If you choose Selectively Forward Calls, you'll must have at least one rule for forwarding applied for call forwarding to be active.

6

Assign the number that you want to forward calls to. If you have chosen Always Forward Calls, click Save.


 

When choosing Always Forward or Selectively Forward, check the Send to Voicemail check box to forward all calls to an internal voicemail. The Send to Voicemail check box is disabled when an external number is entered.

7

If you choose Selectively Forward, create a rule by clicking Add When to Forward or Add When Not to Forward.


 

On provisioning the Selectively Forward Calls option, the Add When Not to Forward rule takes precedence over Add When to Forward rule.

8

Create a Rule Name.

9

For When to Forward or When Not to Forward, select a Business Schedule and Holiday Schedule from the drop-down list.

10

For Forward To, select at least one option from Default Phone Number or add a Different Phone Number.

11

For Calls From, select Any Number or Selected Numbers with at least one option from the following:

  • Any Number—Forwards all calls in the specified rule.

  • Any Private Numbers—Forwards calls from private numbers.

  • Any Unavailable Numbers—Forwards calls from unavailable numbers.

  • Add Specific Numbers—Forwards calls from up to 12 numbers that you define.

12

For Calls To, select a number or alternate number from the drop-down to forward a call when received on this number in your organization.

13

Click Save.

What to do next

Once a rule is created, you can enable or disable a rule using the toggle beside the rule in the table. You can also change or delete a rule at any time by clicking Edit or .

Set the dialing options to be specific to a customer or a location/site.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, click Dialing Options.

4

Select one of the following:

  • Customer

  • Location

5

Click Save.

You can assign a business hours schedule created previously, or create your own business hours schedule for the auto attendant.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, under Business Hours Auto Attendant click Schedule.

4

Choose one of the following options:

  • Assign an existing schedule—Select a previously created schedule from the drop-down menu.

  • Create a new schedule—Create a new name for the schedule and select the business hours.

5

Click Save.

Assign different functions to each keypad number. These settings direct your customers where they need to go when they enter a specific number on their phone.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, under Business Hours Auto Attendant, click Menu.

4

Check the Enable extension dialing without requiring a menu item check box to allow callers to directly dial an extension at any time.

5

Select the function you want to assign to each number or function key on the dialpad.

6

For each assigned function, enter additional information or phone numbers and extensions to transfer calls.

7

Click Save.

This is the message that your customers hear when they call during business hours. Greetings often have a short welcome message and list the menu options.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the Auto Attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, under Business Hours Auto Attendant, click Greeting.

4

Choose from one of the following:

  • Default Greeting—Plays a default greeting for incoming calls.

  • Custom Greeting—Upload an audio file, or record a greeting using the recording function.


 

The audio (WAV) file must meet the following requirements:

  • 8 or 16 khz

  • 8 or 16 bit mono

  • u-law, A-law, or PCM

  • Maximum file size of 2MB (or approximately 4 minutes of playback)


 

You can find more information for recording from your phone and sample greeting scripts by clicking Instructions for recording on a phone and Show me a sample script.

5

Click Save.

Assign different functions to each keypad number to direct your customers where they need to go when they enter a specific number on their phone. The menu that you set for after hours also applies to the holiday schedule.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, under After Hours Auto Attendant click Menu.

4

Check the Enable extension dialing without requiring a menu item check box to allow callers to directly dial an extension at any time.

5

Select the function you want to assign to each number or function key on the dialpad.

6

For each assigned function, enter additional information or phone numbers and extensions to transfer calls.

7

Click Save.

This is the message that your customers hear when they call after business hours. Greetings often have a short welcome message and list the menu options. The menu that you set for after hours also applies to the holiday schedule.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, under After Hours Auto Attendant, click Greeting.

4

Choose from one of the following:

  • Default Greeting—Plays a default greeting for incoming calls.

  • Custom Greeting—Upload an audio file, or record a greeting using the recording function.


 

The audio (WAV) file must meet the following requirements:

  • 8 or 16 khz

  • 8 or 16 bit mono

  • u-law, A-law, or PCM

  • Maximum file size of 2MB (or approximately 4 minutes of playback)


 

You can find more information for recording from your phone and sample greeting scripts by clicking Instructions for recording on a phone and Show me a sample script.

5

Click Save.

Set the days during which your holiday auto attendant operates. You can assign a holiday schedule created previously, or create your own holiday schedule for the auto attendant.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant and then select the auto attendant to edit from the list.

3

In the side panel, under Holiday Auto Attendant click Schedule.

4

Choose one of the following options:

  • Assign an existing schedule—Select a previously created schedule from the drop-down.

  • Create a new schedule—Create a new name for the schedule and select holidays for your organization.

5

Click Save.

You can generate a report that lists all inbound calls that reached the auto attendant service.

1

From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and choose Calling > Features.

2

Click Auto Attendant > View Reports.

You’re cross-launched to the Calling Admin Portal where you can generate an auto attendant report. For more information, click here.