Here are two very cool tips to that can save hours of time; use Phone Migration to change phone models and Import/Export to easily copy the configuration onto another device for testing and troubleshooting.
Migrating Existing Phone Configuration to a Different Phone Model The Phone Migration window you to migrate feature, user, and line configuration for a phone to a different phone. For example, you can migrate data from a Cisco Unified IP Phone 7965 to a Cisco Unified IP Phone 7975. Phone migration allows you to port existing phone configuration to a new phone without the need to add a phone, lines, speed dials, etc.
Before you can migrate phone configuration to a new phone, consider: You must create a phone template in Bulk Administration for the phone model which you want to migrate.
The new phone uses the same existing database record as the original phone, so migrating the phone configuration to the new phone removes the configuration for the original phone from the database. You cannot view or access the configuration for the original phone after the migration.
Before migrating the phone configuration to a new phone, ensure that there are enough device license units for the new phone.
Finally, use the Bulk Administration Tool if you want to migrate the configuration for multiple phones.
Step 1: Make sure that you created a phone template in BAT for the phone model and protocol to which you want to migrate the data. In Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration, choose Bulk Administration > Phones > Phone Template.
Step 2: Select the Phone Configuration window for the phone configuration that you want to migrate, choose Migrate Phone from the Related Links drop-down list box.
Step 3: Enter the migration configuration: template name, new phone mac address, and description.
Step 4: Save.
Import/Export You can use the Import/Export menu in Unified Communications Manager Bulk Administration Tool (BAT) to export or import parts of the Unified Communications Manager database to another server, or to the same server with modifications. This reduces the configuration time that is required by importing a preconfigured database to the installed Unified Communications Manager server.