Support Entry Mode for ShoreTel

I’ve heard Support Entry Mode referred to as several different terms. Technician Mode, Maintenance Mode, Special Mode, and a few others, sometimes by TAC themselves. It’s really a special way of logging into ShoreTel Director so that you can change several hidden fields and it’s not obvious how to use it.

 

How To Access Support Entry Mode In ShoreWare Director

Step 1 – Open ShoreWare Director in your web browser. If you’ve integrated your ShoreTel system with Active Directory, you’ll need to click the log off link up in the top left hand corner of the page.

Step 2 – Once you are at the log in screen, hold down your SHIFT and CTRL keys on your keyboard and click right on the word “User”. Check the graphic below. The highlighted area is where you need to click. Note that your cursor won’t change shape or anything.

Support Entry Mode Capture

 

Step 3 – When you see “*** Support Entry ***” show up in red you can log back in. There are two ways to log back in. If you are active directory integrated, just click Active Directory login button on the right and it will put you back in under your own username. The other way is to log in as you would normally with a ShoreTel username and password.

Some Things You Can Do With Support Entry Mode

This part is a work in progress, but I’ll just post what I know.

Change Dialing Rules – One of the hidden fields that comes up is the dialing rules under Trunk Groups. Go click on a trunk group and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll see this:

 Dialing Rules Capture

You will see much the same thing under “Sites”. It will change your entire sites Dialing Plan if you change it here.

You can change your dial string with the edit button. I’ll add documentation to this as I come across it. I’ve used it a few times to change how caller ID sends out or to add pauses, custom digits and so forth. Unfortunately, at the moment I don’t have any notes on what I did, as I was in a hurry with TAC the few times I’ve done it. I believe if you’ve gone through Advanced Engineer training they tell you how to do this. I do know you can really mess stuff up if you change this, so copy and paste the string into a backup text file or something before you alter it.

That’s all I know how to do at the moment. If you know something else Support Entry Mode allows, let me know in the contact form or comment below.

5 Replies to “Support Entry Mode for ShoreTel”

  1. There seems to be many people looking to add Pauses to their speed dials and address book contacts. If you can remember how to do this, you’ll be very popular in the Shoretel forums! It seems a “,” is the accepted character that Shoretel needs to support/convert into a Pause.

    1. I’ll look into it but if memory serves, there’s no way to do this on the speed dial. You CAN program it to delay in the trunk group, but I haven’t seen a way to do it in speed dial. Maybe they’ve added those features in recent versions.

      1. Thanks Aaron. I’m not aware of the feature being added and in my recent testing and checking the forums I see the same question asked from 2010 to 2012 with no response I could find from Shoretel themselves. When I add a “,” to the number using Call Manager and dial it, I get our standard telco response of “your call could not be connected…”. The aim here is for conferencing solutions to so you can dial a number, add a pause, dial some more numbers, etc.

    1. I checked my notes and I did not find a way to do this in speed dial. This may have changed since then but I’m not aware of it.

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