CMS® 400
Milgo Management System

Technical Specifications

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  • Centralized LAN/WAN management
  • PC-based network management
  • Modular client/server architecture
  • SNMP agent management
  • Network diagnostic control
  • Multiple concurrent functions
  • Advanced script automation
  • Microsoft Windows support
  • Multiple user system
  • VT220 (subset) terminal emulation
  • CMS 802x support for remote diagnostics
  • Y2K compliant with CMS 400 version 5.1

Simple Management of Complex Networks
Today's global economy requires increased emphasis on an integrated management system that incorporates the diverse elements of a corporate network. The competitive nature of business demands an adaptable and efficient system that can easily accommodate network expansion and change.

Communications Management Series (CMS®) 400, from Milgo Solutions, is a network management system with a modular architecture that accommodates the need for growth in network management services. Some of the many features of CMS 400 are: centralized network control, simple user presentation, powerful function automation, and efficient execution tools.

CMS 400 delivers extensive management capabilities and control over your entire local and wide area networks...minimizing error rates and disruptive service. It is designed to preserve your investment in both network management equipment and personnel training.

LAN/WAN Support
As a client/server implementation of network management, CMS 400 manages Milgo LAN/WAN technologies, including dial and leased-line modems, DSU/CSUs, multiplexers, ISDN terminal adapters, and switching and restoral elements. In addition, CMS 400 expands network control to TCP/IP devices using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to interact with any MIB-II compliant device, including extensions.

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CMS 400 provides device specific control, geographical maps, and color graphic images.

Architected for Interoperability
CMS 400, a DOS/Windows-based network management system, delivers backward compatibility for legacy products and migration support to new SNMP managed devices in a heterogeneous network.

Unique Servers Allow LAN/WAN Network Management
Milgo's CMS 802x network management servers deliver flexibility to LAN/WAN management. Units can be configured for PPP or Milgo's proprietary T7 diagnostic operation, allowing you to use your LAN to carry SNMP or T7 network management information to Milgo devices. Milgo offers two models:

Comprehensive Management
CMS 400 maintains complete configuration management of network elements by means of a common database. It has total fault management capabilities to monitor, control, detect, diagnose, and correct network problems. Its performance management features provide extensive line analysis, statistical trending, and specification testing abilities. Security management of access and system functions protect against unauthorized usage. Accounting management reports, generated from the collected network data, provide useful and important decision support information.

Easy to Learn
CMS 400 simplifies network management. This is achieved through a user-friendly interface of option-driven menu screens, windows, mouse and keyboard control, and Help text.

Sophisticated User Interface
Designed for maximum ease of use for those with skill levels from novice to expert, CMS 400 enhances overall productivity.

Advanced Automation
Several significant productivity features assist in automatic handling of repetitive tasks, minimizing the number of operations necessary to manage today's large networks. In addition to reducing personnel requirements, these features improve system response time to events by automatically performing user-defined, preprogrammed task sequences.

Distributed Terminal Integration
The VT220 (subset) windowing capability of CMS 400 integrates many different types of equipment into the CMS 400 operator's screen. Devices that utilize an ASCII terminal can be operated from the CMS 400 workstation. PC communication and EDM ports can be connected to other network management systems that normally are driven by VT100/200/300 terminals. The VT220 Emulation opens a window to one of these ports to reduce terminal clutter in the command center.

Diverse Element Management Modules
The CMS 400's modular architecture offers several element management modules to select from. Based on your network configuration, you can have better integrated solutions that are easier to manage with more cost-effective control. One or all of the following element management modules can be managed from a single workstation:

SNMP Device-Specific Modules
SNMP management modules are available to support several elements in the network. These software modules give you intuitive graphical access, and are designed to fully manage, configure, display, monitor and control SNMP-based devices. You can select from the following Milgo SNMP device-specific modules:

Configuration Management
Through the use of a flexible object-oriented database, elements within the management module can be added, deleted, modified, or replicated.

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Draw Network allows you to schematically diagram the entire network with icons and links.

Intuitive Wizard Management
The Connection Wizard walks you through the connection process of your CMS 400 system. It simplifies the choices with a minimum number of prompts to get the necessary information, such as hub connections.

The Configuration Wizard is a dialog-based approach for incorporating devices into your network. Dialogs walk you through the device configuration process and provide access to all configurable items in the product. Configurables that do not need to be shown are hidden (for example: if a port is configured for synchronous, then configurables such as ALC, SLIP, and CSLIP are hidden because they do not apply to a synchronous interface). Wizards simplify the configuration of a device with a minimum of confusion.

Comprehensive Fault Management
CMS 400 delivers comprehensive fault management to support the detection and correction of abnormal conditions. Real-time notification, by means of unsolicited alarms and events, assures that timely corrective action can be taken. All alarms and events are logged to a file and can be sent to a log printer.

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At any time, a history of network alarms may be displayed. These can be quickly sorted by various criteria.

Performance Management Reduces Downtime
Monitoring the performance of the network and ensuring adherence to predefined operating limits is essential in alerting the network operator to impending faults.

CMS 400 warns the operator about degrading line conditions prior to circuit outage by reporting alarms and thresholds sent from the managed object.

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With the LQA option, you can test and display telephone line parameters as compared to Bell and CCITT standards.

Line Quality Statistics collects and displays digital line statistics for network availability, signal, out-of-service codes, abnormal-station codes, receive line, network framing errors, unknown control codes, service loop not active, network resynchronization, and network resyncs per unit.

Security Management
CMS 400 allows individual assignment of domain and access privileges for each authorized user. Password protection and partitioned network access ensure that only authorized users are logged on. Within a network partitioned by domains, the password access control feature allows over 50 individual functions to be assigned to each user.

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Up to 64 users can be defined, each with a name, a password, and access privileges of over 50 individual functions.

Useful Reports
CMS 400 creates reports that give you a variety of information about the content and structure of the network. These reports include:

The dBASE III/IV formatting capabilities allow you to export the CMS 400 database into a dBASE III/IV-compatible ASCII delimited file. In this way, you can extend the reporting power of the system by using a wide range of commercially available programs, such as Microsoft Excel, A/T dBase, and Microsoft Access.

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Ticket summaries speed access to detailed screens.

Trouble Ticket Plus
The optional Trouble Ticket Plus feature supports ticket generation directly from network alarms. You can also create tickets manually using keyboard and mouse.

Up to 5,000 tickets can be created before resequencing or when archiving compression is necessary. You can create custom ticket formats and fields to meet your individual data center requirements. Tickets can also be exported in dBASE III/IV format.

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CMS 400 Typical Configuration

CMS® 400 Technical Specifications

System Components System size and configuration will vary based upon the size of the network supported and the number of users.
Platform Requirements Minimum PC hardware and operating system recommendations for CMS applications:



Memory (RAM)

Hard Disk

    DOS 6.22

Hub (only)


8 MB

150 MB

    Windows 95/98

Remoted Workstation
Combined Hub/Workstation

Pentium/166 MHz
Pentium/166 MHz

32 MB
32 MB

50 MB
150 MB

    Windows NT

Remoted Workstation
Combined Hub/Workstation

Pentium/166 MHz

32 MB

50 MB

    Interface Support

LAN interface: Supports Token-Ring, Ethernet, NetBIOS, or TCP/IP (Recommended)
Serial Async interfaces as required
Diagnostic Interface Distributed Diagnostic Multiplexer (DDM): Supports up to 16 EDMs on each DDM 
External Diagnostic Multiplexer (EDM):
Supports up to 16 diagnostic channels
Station Distribution Multiplexer (SDM): Supports up to 16 operator workstations

Our policy of continuous development may cause the information and specifications contained herein to change without notice.

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Last Modified: May 15, 1999