The Explorer Controller Suite Foundation (ECS203) v2.3 is a 3-day instructor-led course that introduces learners to the Explorer Controller Suite (ECS) for the Cisco Digital Broadband Delivery System (DBDS).
The course familiarizes learners 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 ECs simultaneously (regional provisioning), access reports and service logs, view and respond to system alarms, back up ECs, manage Cisco Option Package (COP) files, execute ECS commands using the command line interface (CLI), add users for ECS access, and view audit logs.

When delivered virtually, as a virtual-instructor-led training (VILT), the course is extended to 4 days.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Logging in and navigating the CMC to access ECS functions
  • Registering and accessing ECs with the CMC ECS menus
  • Adding, moving, and provisioning EC 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


The course contains these components:
  • ECS Overview Collection
    • ECS Benefits and Features
    • ECS Hardware and Software Basics
    • ECS User Interface Overview
    • Accessing and Navigating the CMC
    • Labs for ECS Overview Collection
  • EC Management
    • Accessing an EC’s User and CLI Interfaces
    • Backing Up an EC
    • Labs for EC Management
  • 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
    • Labs for CPE/Set-top Management
  • 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
    • Labs for Regional Provisioning
  • Reports Collection
    • Generating Reports
    • Viewing Saved Reports
    • Labs for Reports Collection
  • Alarm Management
    • ECS Alarms Overview
    • Responding to and Filtering Alarms
    • Configuring Alarm Settings for Cleanup, Display and Emails
    • Labs for ECS Alarm Management
  • Log File Locations and Service Log Settings
    • Log File Location Overview
    • Setting ECS Service Log Levels
    • Labs for Viewing Log Files and Setting Logging Levels
  • COP File Management
    • COP File Overview
    • Installing and Uninstalling COP Files
    • Upgrading COP Files
    • Labs for COP File Management
  • User Management and Auditing
    • Working with Users and User Groups
    • Viewing Audit Trails (Users) and Audit Logs (Services)
    • Labs for User Management

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows: