Cisco Unified MeetingPlace, Release 7.0 -- Hardware Requirements

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Revision as of 17:17, 10 June 2009

Main page: Cisco Unified MeetingPlace, Release 7.0

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Application Server Requirements


Application Server Models

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server is installed on a Cisco Media Convergence Server (MCS). The Application Server must be one of the following Cisco MCS models:


===== Cisco MCS 7835 =====Supports maximum of 500 Audio ports

  • Cisco MCS 7835-H2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7835-H2-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7835-I2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7835-I2-RC2


Note: The Cisco MCS 7835 models must have at least 4 GB of memory using these memory modules:

  • MEM-7835-H2-1GB=
  • MEM-7835-I2-2GB=

===== Cisco MCS 7845 ===== Supports a maximum of 1000 Audio ports with 7.0.1 and 1500 Audio ports with 7.0.2

  • Cisco MCS 7845-H2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7845-H2-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7845-I2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7845-I2-RC2


Exact equivalent third-party servers are also supported. For information, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/swonly

Recommended Ethernet Port Settings

We recommend the following Ethernet port settings:


Application Server Ethernet Switch Port Result

Auto-negotiate

Auto-negotiate

Gigabit or 100/Full

Gigabit

Gigabit

Gigabit

100/Full

100/Full

100/Full



We do not recommend the following:

  • One device set to auto-negotiate and the other device set in a fixed configuration
  • 10Mb Ethernet
  • Half duplex Ethernet at any speed


Related Information


Media Server Requirements

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Media Server requires a Cisco 3500 Series Media Server for Audio only or Audio/video conferencing (Web conferencing or WebEx integration are optional).

There are two types of Cisco 3500 Series Media Servers:

    • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 3515 Media Server.
  • Fixed chassis with single power supply and single power cord.
  • The 3515 Media Server includes 1 Audio blade (250 ports) and 1 Video blade that can support either 24 or 48 Video User Licenses (UL's) based on video bandwidth settings.
  • Media Server 3515 cannot be modified in the field to change any hardware configuration, only upgrade software can be applied to the Audio/Video blades in this fixed 1 RU chassis.
  • The Audio and Video blade require 1 Static IP Address each and 1 Ethernet switch cable and connection for control by the MeetingPlace Application Server software.
    • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 3545 Media Server is a 4 Slot chassis that provides redundant power supplies and redundant power plugs to separate power sources.
  • Each Media server can have any mixture of modular audio and video blades installed in any order.
  • Each Media Server is comprised of at least one Audio Blade and optionally, one to four Video Blades.
  • A mimimum of 1 Audio blade is required for a MeetingPlace system.
  • Video blades are optionally deployed if desired along with Video User Licenses.
  • Each Audio blade and each video blade require 1 Ethernet IP address to be statically assigned and 1 switch port assigned.
  • The MeetingPlace Applications server controls the Audio and video SIP connections to each blade independantly.

You can mix and match Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Media Servers. For example, if you deployed a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace solution using a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 3515 Media Server, you could add more video ports to the solution by adding a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 3545 Media Server chassis plus a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 3545 Media Server Video Blade.

The Media Audio baldes and Video blade can be purchased for "Active" redundancy, without licenses. Example: Audio User Licenses are sold to support 250 Ports and there are (2)Audio blades installed with a total of 500 ports available and active. The system capacity will be governed by the licenses for total number of audio callers into one or many meetings. If a blade fails, the system will simply stop using it and place callers onto the "redundant" audio blade. A (minor) alarm will be registered if a blade drops off unexpectedly.

There is no specific limit on audio blades. There is a limit of 4 video blades per audio blade.

Please reference the Media Server Requirements for "Primary and Failover" Application Server section for additional requirements in dual data center deployments.


Related Information

Web Server Requirements


Web Server Models

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Server is installed on a Cisco Media Convergence Server (MCS). The Web Server must be one of the following Cisco MCS models:


Cisco MCS 7835

Note: Cisco Unified MeetingPlace supports the Cisco MCS 7835 models only for systems that are upgrading a Web Server from Release 6.0 to Release 7.0. For Cisco Unified MeetingPlace systems that use new hardware for the Web Server, we require a Cisco MCS 7845 H2/I2 model. MCS 7835 supports a maximum of 250 web sessions (non-SSL). If Lotus Notes is co-resident, then a 20% reduction in web sessions is supported.

  • Cisco MCS 7835-H1-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7835-H1-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7835-I1-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7835-I1-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7835-H2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7835-H2-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7835-I2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7835-I2-RC2


Note: The Cisco MCS 7835 models must have at least 4 GB of memory using these memory modules:

  • MEM-7835-H2-1GB=
  • MEM-7835-I2-2GB=
Cisco MCS 7845
  • Cisco MCS 7845-H1-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7845-H1-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7845-I1-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7845-I1-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7845-H2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7845-H2-RC2
  • Cisco MCS 7845-I2-RC1
  • Cisco MCS 7845-I2-RC2


Exact equivalent third-party servers are also supported. For information, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/swonly


Operating System Requirements

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Server runs on the Cisco MCS operating system Cisco MCS OS 2003.1.2.a SR13 or later, which is included with the software.


SQL Server Requirements

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing requires Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (Service Pack 4). During the installation, you can choose the local SQL Server option or the remote SQL Server option:

  • If you choose the local SQL Server option, the system automatically installs SQL Server 2000 (Service Pack 4) during the Web Conferencing software installation. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (Service Pack 4) is included in the Web Conferencing Release 7.0 installer.
  • If you choose the remote SQL Server option, you must install SQL Server 2000 (Service Pack 4) before you install Web Conferencing. You must also install and configure your SQL Server to be case insensitive because Web Conferencing supports only SQL Server case-insensitive configurations. If you configure your SQL Server to be case sensitive, Web Conferencing will not function properly.
    Note: If you choose the remote SQL Server option, you can use SQL Server 2005 (Service Pack 2) instead of SQL Server 2000 (Service Pack 4). To use SQL Server 2005, first install the SQL Server 2005 backward compatibility software (the Distributed Management Objects [DMO] component only) on the Web Server.


SQL Server Requirements—Remote (Off Box) SQL Installation

For better performance, install full SQL Server on a separate server before installing Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing. During the Web Conferencing installation, you specify the SQL Server installation location as Remote.

You may choose to deploy more complex, remote SQL Server topologies, such as a server farm. To properly operate in a remote SQL Server configuration, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing requires an Open DataBase Connectivity (ODBC) Data Source Name (DSN) that points to an installation of SQL Server 2000 with Service Pack 4 with correct permissions to the MPWEB database. In such a topology, customers are responsible for supporting and ensuring the stability and performance of the remote SQL Server deployment. Any decrease in SQL Server transaction performance or network latency between the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing server and the remote SQL Server can have a negative impact on Web Conferencing performance up to and including a complete system outage depending on the scale of the slow down. Cisco assumes that the SQL environment is appropriately sized and properly installed by the customer prior to installing Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing, and is monitored and maintained properly after installing Web Conferencing.


NOTE: You must install and configure a remote SQL Server to be case insensitive because Web Conferencing supports only SQL Server case-insensitive configurations. If you configure your SQL Sserver to be case sensitive, Web Conferencing will not function properly.



Networking Requirements

  • The Web Server must be configured with two static IP addresses on the same subnet.
  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Servers must be connected to network switch ports that are configured for 100/1000 Mb full duplex.


Additional Requirements

  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing does not support "thin clients" (Citrix or Terminal Server).
  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing requires that all corporate fonts and standard Microsoft fonts, including Microsoft PowerPoint fonts, are installed.
  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing requires NT File System (NTFS) with more than 2.5 GB free space available.
  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing requires additional disk space for recording. See the "Recording Size" section in the Configuration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 7.0 or the online help in the administrator interface for more information about recording.
  • You must set the network port configuration on your Web Server to "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP" and not "Default."


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