Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.5 -- Deployment Options for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.5

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This module describes the different deployment options available for new systems in Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.5. If you are migrating from a previous Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system, see the Installation, Upgrade, and Migration Guide at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/tsd_products_support_install_and_upgrade.html.


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Deployment Options

To determine the type of deployment that your system will use, answer the following questions:


Note: All deployments include audio.

  • What versions of Cisco Unified Communications Manager will you use (Release 6.1 or later releases)?
  • Will you use video?
    • If yes, which type (H.323, SCCP/SIP, or both)?
  • What type of media server will you use (Hardware Media Server or Express Media Server)?
  • Will you use web conferencing?
  • Will you have large meetings, with worldwide attendees?
  • Do you want active-active redundancy for your meetings?
  • Do you want single-number access for all conferences?


The are two types of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace deployments for new Cisco Unified MeetingPlace systems in Release 8.5:


Note: If you are planning a new deployment, then you must select either an audio only deployment or a web deployment with WebEx scheduling. New deployments with MeetingPlace scheduling are not supported.


Audio Only Deployments

New deployments of audio only systems are supported in Release 8.5. In these systems, you have audio (and optionally) video conferencing. You do not have Web meetings.

However, you may want to install an internal only Web Server if you want:

  • Web Server scheduling interface
  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace user interface for IBM Lotus Notes integration
  • Audio or Audio/video recordings with an optional, customer provided SAN/NAS storage option

These deployments have failover capability. If you choose a failover deployment, you have up to 1200 ports per media server.

You can use Conference Manager to schedule continuous meetings in audio only deployments. A continuous meeting is a type of scheduled, recurring meeting that reserves the meeting ID and ports indefinitely, so that participants can join the meeting at any time on any day.

Deployments with Cisco WebEx Scheduling

Release 8.5 supports new deployments of web conferencing , with Cisco WebEx driven User Management, Cisco WebEx scheduling of meetings, with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace audio and video capability.

With this deployment, you can create a multinode system of up to 16 nodes (up to fourteen conferencing nodes and two Meeting Director nodes), spread geographically accross the globe, into logical groupings of sites and regions. By deploying a multinode system, you also have active-active redundancy. Users can use a single phone number to access all conferences.

Note: Multinode systems are only supported for these deployments with Cisco WebEx scheduling. They are not supported for audio/video only deployments with MeetingPlace scheduling.

User Management

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.5 has two types of User Management: Cisco WebEx driven User Management and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace driven User Management.

  • Cisco WebEx driven User Management—User profiles are copied to Cisco Unified MeetingPlace, as needed, to run meetings
    We recommend WebEx driven User Management for all customers that integrate Cisco WebEx with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio, starting with Release8.5.
  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace driven User Management—User profiles are added locally to the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system, or are synchronized from Directory Services.

New Installations

  • A new deployment with WebEx scheduling has Cisco WebEx driven User Management.
  • A new audio only deployment has MeetingPlace driven User Management.

Note: New installations with MeetingPlace scheduling is not supported.

Migrations

  • A supported migration from a audio only deployment retains MeetingPlace driven User Management.
  • A supported migration from a deployment with MeetingPlace scheduling retains MeetingPlace driven User Management.
  • A suppored migration from a deployment with WebEx scheduling retains WebEx driven User Management, unless Directory Services was configured and used. If the legacy deployment included Directory Services, then the Release 8.5 deployment retains MeetingPlace driven User Management.

Supported Deployments

There are thousands of configurations possible; however, we only support the following deployments for customers installing a new system in Release 8.5.


Note: All deployments contain audio.


Deployments with No Video, No Web Conferencing

  • Audio only, no web, no video, using a Hardware Media Server
  • Audio only, no web, no video, using a Hardware Media Server, with Directory Service
  • Audio only, no web, no video, using an Express Media Server
  • Audio only, no web, no video, using an Express Media Server, with Directory Service

Deployments with Video, No Web Conferencing

  • Audio and video, no web, using a Hardware Media Server
  • Audio and video, no web, using a Hardware Media Server, with Directory Service
  • Audio and video, no web, using an Express Media Server
  • Audio and video, no web, using an Express Media Server, with Directory Service

Deployments with Web Conferencing, Using Cisco WebEx Scheduling, No Video

  • Audio and web (Cisco WebEx scheduling), no video, using a Hardware Media Server
  • Audio and web (Cisco WebEx scheduling), no video, using an Express Media Server

Deployments with Web Conferencing, Using Cisco WebEx Scheduling, with Video

  • Audio and web (Cisco WebEx scheduling), with video, using a Hardware Media Server
  • Audio and web (Cisco WebEx scheduling), with video, using an Express Media Server


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