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CUBE Analytics Setup and Configuration

Starting in Variphy version 12.3 we now have the ability to process and archive calling data from Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE).

CUBE Overview

Processing data supplied from CUBE supplies a more holistic view of an organization’s PSTN calling. It is possible for CUBE to not route calls destined to a CUCM Cluster. It is very possible to have CUBE route calls to a 3rd party application such as a Fax Server or IVR system. This gives us visibility into calls that CUCM would never see. The only calls CUCM see involving CUBE are when that PSTN call is sourced by or destined to a registered endpoint (phone, CCX port, Unity).

To the contrary, CUBE will only see PSTN facing call activity. It will not include CUCM intra-cluster call records.

CUBE Requirements

  • Variphy 12.3+ with license allowing CUBE data processing
  • Cisco IOS Release 12.4(20)T or a later release
  • Cisco IOS XE Release 16.3.1 or a later release


Variphy Server Requirements for CUBE

One thing to note about CUBE data is that multiple event records are logged for each call routing via a CUBE device. For instance each normal Two Way Call will have at least 2 events uniquely identified by the h323 Call Origin (Answer, Originate, or Call Back).

Knowing that each call is logged with numerous events, below are the bench mark stats pulled from a sample data set. Below represents the general specifications based on 650,000 events stored in the Variphy database.

DescriptionSample AmountRequirement
Database Storage650,000 Events1GB
DB Memory (Separate)1:1 of Database Storage Requirement1 GB
Variphy Memory (Co-Res)1:1 of Database Storage Requirement + 8GB9GB
General Specifications
DescriptionSample AmountRequirement
Database Storage8,000,000 Events (8M / 650,000)12.3 GB
DB Memory (Separate)1:1 of Database Storage Requirement12.3 GB
Variphy Memory (Co-Res)1:1 of Database Storage Requirement + 8GB20.3 GB
Example Data Sizing

Enable FTP on Variphy OVA


The following high level items are required to enable FTP access for CUBE

  • Variphy application running as variphyapp with directory permissions into the CDR Directories configured correctly by existing scripts
  • FTP Server installed, configured/locked down, and enabled. (vsftpd). See below for setup
  • FTP User accounts created. New OVA’s will have a default variphyftp user account, but upgraded installations will need to create this account. See “Upgrading an Existing Installation” below
  • The FTP User account information will need to be configured in each of the CUBE devices
  • The Customer’s network will need to allow FTP access from their CUBE devices to the Variphy server

New 12.3 OVA Setup

The OVA comes with FTP preinstalled but disabled by default.

  • Build out your CUBE device in Variphy UI
  • To enable FTP on Variphy server CLI run command :
  • Once FTP is enabled it is accessible to authorized users only. By default there is a variphyftp account created with the password V@riphy!! which can be used. This account does not have shell access, and can only upload files into the CDR Data directory.
  • There is also a command line alias add-ftp-user which can be used to create additional FTP-Only users. The script can be called without providing any options and will prompt for the Username and Password. These can also be provided as command line options as shown below. The CDR Data directory option can be used to provide a non-standard location for the CDR Data to be stored (the ftp user will have access to upload files here, but the variphyapp account must have access to these non-standard directories as well for processing to work)

Example:add-ftp-user -n USERNAME -p PASSWORD -d CDR_DATA_DIRECTORY

Upgrading an Existing OVA Installation (Prior to 12.3)

After upgrading the Variphy application to a version > 12.3 (which introduces CUBE), and applying your new license to allow CUBE features, the following steps will need to be performed in order to enable FTP access, create the appropriate user accounts, and create the necessary folder directories.

  • Install vsftpd


cd /opt/variphy/apps/insight/scripts

sudo sh install-vsftpd.sh

  • Run a script to create a new variphyapp account and update the variphy service to be run by this account instead of by variphyadmin


cd /opt/variphy/apps/insight/scripts/security/service-ownership

sudo sh update-variphy-service-ownership.sh

  • Variphy services will restart. At this time browse/refresh your Variphy web session and begin your CUBE/IOS device configuration (outlined below in the Variphy CUBE/IOS Setup section).
  • In the CDR File Directory defined will automatically be created with the permissions of ‘variphyapp’ set above.
  • **Important** – Build out your CUBE device in Variphy UI (Settings > Cluster > CUBE/IOS). Upon cluster activation the application will auto-create the directory folder with correct permissions, to be used for FTP User in next step.
  • Create at least one FTP-Only User account to be used by the CUBE(S) to send the Call Data to the Variphy server. The script below can be run with or without the command line arguments.
    • If the Username and Password are not provided as command line arguments the script will prompt for them.
    • If the directory is not provided as command line argument, it will use default of /opt/variphy/apps/insight/CDR/ to place your CUBE device data.

Example creating the standard default ftp account:$INSTALL_DIR/scripts/create-ftp-user.sh -n variphyftp -p 'Variphy!!' -d /opt/variphy/data/folder_name

cd /opt/variphy/apps/insight/scripts

sudo ./create-ftp-user.sh -n variphyftp -p 'Variphy!!' -d /opt/variphy/data/folder_name

NOTE – Refrain from using the ‘@’ symbol in any aspect of user accounts or passwords as CUBE will take that as an end to the connection string and a delimiter for the FTP destination .

NOTE – Ideally you will want a unique user created for each defined CUBE device directory folder.

In some cases you may need to change the home directory of an FTP user.
Example changing home directory to the default ftp account: sudo usermod --home /opt/variphy/data/folder_name variphyftp

Test FTP connectivity in Linux

After completing the FTP user setup you will need to test the FTP account both locally from the Variphy server using the below CLI commands and remotely using a FTP client like WinsSCP, FileZilla or another FTP client utility. 

  • Test FTP locally in Linux

Enter ftp in the command line

ftp> open

(to) localhost

Name (localhost:variphyadmin): variphyftp (if using something other than the default please specific the ftp user you created)

Password: Variphy!! (If using a different password please specify the password you created)

230 Login successful

ftp> quit (to exit ftp)

CUBE Configurations

Router # enable Enables privileged EXEC mode
Router # configure terminal Enters Global Config mode
Router(config)# gw-accounting file Enables File Accounting method
primary/secondary { ftp path/filename username username password password | ifs device : filename }
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# primary ftp username variphyftp password Variphy!!

NOTE: in IOS version 17.9.x, you may need to modify the path slightly (add a second “cdr”) to the following if the above statement does not work or the subsequent ftp delivery fails:

primary ftp username variphyftp password Variphy!!
Primary FTP Source and file prefix to be used. Username and Password of root folder FTP account
maximum cdrflush-timer minutes
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# maximum cdrflush-timer 55
Set the maximum time to hold records in buffer before appending records to file. 1-1435 Default 60
maximum fileclose-timer minutes
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# maximum fileclose-timer 60
Set the maximum time for writing records to file before closing it and create a new file. 60-1440 Default 1440
cdr-format { compact | detailed }
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# cdr-format detailed
Selects the detailed format for file accounting. Supplies full set of voice attributes
acct-template { template-name | callhistory-detail }
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# acct-template callhistory-detail
Collects all voice VSA (Vendor Specific Attributes) for accounting
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# end End gw-accounting file and configuration mode.
Router# wr mem Write Memory and Saves config

Optional CUBE Configurations

secondary { ftp path/filename username username password password | ifs device : filename }
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# secondary ifs flash:cdrtest2
Optional – secondary source for data delivery to FTP or Flash Memory.. Example using Flash Memory on this router.
maximum retry-count number
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# maximum retry-count 3
Optional – Max connect attempts before switching to secondary delivery. 1-5 Default 2 
maximum buffer-size kbytes
Router(config-gw-accounting-file)# maximum buffer-size 20
Optional – Set the maximum size of the buffer. 6-40Kb Default 20. This will act in addtion to the maximum cdrflush-timer setting applied.

Variphy CUBE/IOS Setup

After upgrade to Variphy 12.3 and license is coded to allow CUBE devices, user will see a new CUBE/IOS Cluster type.

Click the Add New button

Name – Description of CUBE

Enterprise – Select the default or named Enterprise you’d like to associate this CUBE device to.

Host Name – This must match the output of sh version on the CUBE device

IP Address – IP Address of CUBE. We will use this for informational purposes only, at this time.

Default Time Zone – Select the time zone that this CUBE device resides in.

Data Processor Status – Current Status of data processing. This will remain Disabled until the CUBE cluster type is Activated and database created.

CDR File Delivery – The subfolder name within the root directory in which you are FTP’ing data to. For Linux this will likely read /opt/variphy/data/CUBE/.

Process Files Every – Use System Default refers to global setting defined in Settings > System > Application Settings

Preserve Files After Processing – Use System Default refers to global setting defined in Settings > System > Application Settings

Database Server – Select the predefined Database Server defined on Settings > System > Database Servers

NOTE * Using the Variphy OVA will default this setting to the local database engine.

Database Name – Indicate a unique database name that will be created to hold your CUBE data. Initial setup will create the database and write the schema to the selected database server with this supplied name.

Purge All CDR Data – The amount of CUBE data to retain in the database before a nightly purge takes place.

Purge Connected Zero Duration Call CDR Data – Ability to delete CUBE data that is Connected but also 0 duration at a different pace vs. Non-Connected events.

Purge Non-Connected Call CDR Data – Ability to delete CUBE data that is Non-Connected at a different pace than Connected / 0 duration events.

Purge CDR Daily At – Time in which you’d like the purge cycle to run.

Purge Batch Count – Default 1000. Amount of records each delete statement handles.

Purge Max Duration – The allowed time to run the purge process. IE: It will run threads (LIMITS) of 1000 records for a duration of 2 hours daily until all necessary records are deleted.

Useful troubleshooting commands.

Variphy OVA (linux) Commands

To show all vsftpd users:

cat /etc/vsftpd.userlist

To validate that the firewall is disable:

sudo ufw status

To Check the ftp user home directory. In the below example we are validating the variphyftp user home directory.

cat /etc/passwd | grep variphyftp

To change the ftp users home directory. In the below example we are changing the home directory for the variphyftp user to /opt/variphy/data/CUBEdata

sudo usermod --home /opt/variphy/data/CUBEdata variphyftp

To reset the vsftpd users password. In the below example we will change the ftp password of the variphyftp user.

sudo passwd variphyftp

To show the VSFTPD log file.

cat /var/log/vsftpd.log

CUBE commands

To show the files contained in flash.

show flash:

To show the File accounting configurations on the CUBE.

sh run | begin gw-accounting file

To manually ftp copy a file from flash

copy flash:filename ftp://userid:password@FTPServer

Force the File Accounting configurations to run now

file-acct flush with-close

Rest the File Accounting routine. Used when File accounting stops pushing data and needs to be restarted.

file-acct reset

Show Active CUBE Calls. Useful to see calls prior to forcing a push.

show isdn active

Updated on November 14, 2023

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