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{{note| Product documentation may reflect varying names that appear in the application user interfaces and application programming interfaces of this product. These names may include Cisco Unified Media Capture Platform (Unified MCP), Media Capture Platform (MCP/mcp), or Open Recording Architecture (ORA/ora).}} 
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{{note| Product documentation may reflect varying names that appear in the application user interfaces and application programming interfaces of this product. These names may include Cisco Unified Media Capture Platform (Unified MCP), Media Capture Platform (MCP/mcp), or Open Recording Architecture (ORA/ora).}}   
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= Information for Partners about Cisco MediaSense Deployments  =
= Information for Partners about Cisco MediaSense Deployments  =
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See [[High-level Checklist for Design and Implementation]].  
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See [[Unified Communications in a Virtualized Environment]].  
= VM-Specific Cisco MediaSense Hardware Requirements  =
= VM-Specific Cisco MediaSense Hardware Requirements  =
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See [[Unified Computing System Hardware]].  
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See [[Tested Reference Configurations (TRC)]].  
Before you install the Cisco MediaSense software in any server, you must address the following requirements:  
Before you install the Cisco MediaSense software in any server, you must address the following requirements:  
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See [[Unified Communications VMWare Requirements]]  
See [[Unified Communications VMWare Requirements]]  
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Cisco UCS C-Series Servers, Cisco MediaSense ISO, and ESXi must be installed prior to the Cisco MediaSense installation.  
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*Cisco UCS C-Series Servers, Cisco MediaSense ISO, and ESXi must be installed prior to the Cisco MediaSense installation.  
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*For other third-party software requirements and for a list of approved UCS servers, see the server requirements and version compatibility with Unified CM sections in the [http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11389/products_implementation_design_guides_list.html SRND for Cisco MediaSense]. <br>
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== Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(1) ==
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== Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(1)&nbsp; and 8.5(2) ==
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All Cisco MediaSense servers run on VMs using the Unified Communications Operating System (Unified OS or UCOS). {{note| If you are using ESXi 4.1, be sure to disable Large Receive Offload (LRO) on the ESXi 4.1 host.}}
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All Cisco MediaSense servers run on VMs using the Unified Communications Operating System (Unified OS or UCOS).  
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To disable LRO, follow this procedure:
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*Cisco MediaSense only supports UCS C210 M1 and M2 servers for Release 8.5(1).
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*If you are using ESXi 4.1, be sure to [[Disable LRO|disable Large Receive Offload (LRO)]] on the ESXi 4.1 host.
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#Log into the ESXi host or its vCenter with vSphere Client.
 
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#Select the host &gt; Configuration &gt; Advanced Settings.
 
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#Select Net and scroll down slightly more than half way.
 
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#Set the following parameters from 1 to 0:
 
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#*Net.VmxnetSwLROSL
 
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#*Net.Vmxnet3SwLRO
 
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#*Net.Vmxnet3HwLRO
 
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#*Net.Vmxnet2SwLRO
 
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#*Net.Vmxnet2HwLRO
 
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#Reboot the ESXi host to activate these changes.
 
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= VM-Specific Cisco MediaSense Software Requirements  =
 
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See [[Unified Communications VMWare Requirements]].  
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== Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(3)  ==
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The following software requirements apply specifically to Cisco MediaSense:  
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{{note| Cisco MediaSense has stringent requirements for the media disk size for any deployment. See the [http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11389/products_implementation_design_guides_list.html Solution Reference Network Design for Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(3)] for more information.}}
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*For other third-party software requirements and for a list of approved UCS servers, see the server requirements and version compatibility with Unified CM sections in the [http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11389/products_implementation_design_guides_list.html| SRND for Cisco MediaSense].
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Up to 60 terabytes of media storage is supported per cluster, divided into up to six 2TB virtual disks in each of five servers. This assumes that all nodes are B-series servers, for which Cisco MediaSense supports SAN storage. C-series servers, for which only direct attached drives are currently supported, are limited to two 2TB media storage partitions each. Also, no single media partition may be smaller than 200GB.
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= VM-Specific Cisco MediaSense Hardware Requirements  =
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See the following links for more information:
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See [[Unified Computing System Hardware]].
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Cisco MediaSense only supports UCS C210 M1 and M2 servers for Release 8.5(1).  
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*See the [[IO Operations Per Second (IOPS)#Cisco_MediaSense]] section for the IOPS specifications
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*See the Compatibility Matrix section in the [http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11389/products_implementation_design_guides_list.html Solution Reference Network Design for Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(3)] guide for more information.<br>
= Cisco MediaSense-Specific Information for OVA Templates  =
= Cisco MediaSense-Specific Information for OVA Templates  =
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*[http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Unified_Communications_Virtualization_Downloads_%28including_OVA/OVF_Templates%29#Cisco_MediaSense Unified Communications Virtualization Downloads (including OVA/OVF Templates).]  
*[http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Unified_Communications_Virtualization_Downloads_%28including_OVA/OVF_Templates%29#Cisco_MediaSense Unified Communications Virtualization Downloads (including OVA/OVF Templates).]  
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*[http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/release.html?mdfid=283613140&softwareid=283733468&release=8.5.1&rellifecycle=&relind=AVAILABLE&reltype=all Cisco MediaSense OVA Templates]
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*[http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/release.html?mdfid=283613140&softwareid=283733468&release=8.5.2&relind=AVAILABLE&rellifecycle=&reltype=latest Cisco MediaSense OVA Templates]
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{{note| Configure the primary server and secondary server in your Cisco MediaSense deployment to have identical hardware in terms of CPU configuration (number of CPUs and speed of the CPU), storage configuration (number of disks, speed of disk, and RAID setup), and memory. Be sure to keep both servers in the same network and run the same version of VMWare Hypervisor on both servers.}}  
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{{note| Configure the primary server and secondary server in your Cisco MediaSense deployment to have identical hardware in terms of CPU configuration (number of CPUs and speed of the CPU), storage configuration (number of disks, speed of disk, and RAID setup), and memory. Be sure to keep both servers in the same network and run the same version of VMWare Hypervisor on both servers.}}
= Cisco MediaSense-Specific Information for Sizing Guidelines  =
= Cisco MediaSense-Specific Information for Sizing Guidelines  =
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The VM-specific sizing informaton required for Cisco MediaSense is additional virtual disks for media storage. See the [http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11389/products_implementation_design_guides_list.html| SRND for Cisco MediaSense] for further information.
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The VM-specific sizing informaton required for Cisco MediaSense is additional virtual disks for media storage. See the [http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11389/products_implementation_design_guides_list.html| SRND for Cisco MediaSense] for further information.  
= How to Dump Install Logs to the VM Serial Port<br> =
= How to Dump Install Logs to the VM Serial Port<br> =
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#Configure a serial port on the VM (refer to the [http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010138 VMware Knowledge Base] for more information).
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See [[How to Dump Install Logs to the Serial Port of the Virtual Machine]].  
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##While the VM is powered off, edit the VM settings, and add a serial port to the VM. {{note| You cannot add a serial port while the VM is running.}}
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##Attach the serial port to a TMP file. When you attach a TMP file to the serial port during the Linux boot-up stage a few garbage characters (terminal escape sequences) are output to this serial port. These characters corrupt the TAR format of the file when you dump the logs to this file. To create a valid TAR file, you must attach the serial port to a new, empty file just before you dump logs to this file (see Step 2).  
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##Power on the VM and start your installation.
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#When you are ready to dump the log files, attach a new, empty file to the serial port.
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##If the system halts due to an installation failure, the system may provide the option of dumping logs at that point. Before you respond to this question, be sure to edit the VM settings first.<br>
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#Return to the VM console and proceed to dump the logs to the serial port. <br>
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#After the file is dumped, open it using 7-zip: <pre>http://www.7-zip.org/download.html</pre>
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#Once you have successfully dumped the logs to a file, power off the VM, edit the VM settings, and remove the serial port from the VM. {{Caution| Leaving the serial port (or any other unnecessary virtual hardware) can negatively impact performance of the VM. Other than to dump install logs, there is no other use for the serial port in a UCM VM. Consequently, you will not need the serial port again until you do a fresh install.}}
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Revision as of 07:16, 5 October 2011

Note Note: Product documentation may reflect varying names that appear in the application user interfaces and application programming interfaces of this product. These names may include Cisco Unified Media Capture Platform (Unified MCP), Media Capture Platform (MCP/mcp), or Open Recording Architecture (ORA/ora).
 

Contents

Updates to this Page

The following is a list of significant updates to this page:

Date Update
October 2011 Added support for Release 8.5(3) in the relevant links below, OVA template guidelines, and serial port log dump procedure.
June 2011 Updated all links to align with the new Virtualization strucutre at Unified Communications in a Virtualized Environment.
April 2011 Added support for Release 8.5(2) in the relevant links below, OVA template guidelines, and serial port log dump procedure.
November 2010 Virtualization of Cisco MediaSense on UCS C Series hardware.
December 2010 Updated OVA template download link.

Information for Partners about Cisco MediaSense Deployments

See Unified Communications in a Virtualized Environment.

VM-Specific Cisco MediaSense Hardware Requirements

See Tested Reference Configurations (TRC).

Before you install the Cisco MediaSense software in any server, you must address the following requirements:

  • Only Cisco MediaSense must be running on this VM host. No other product can be installed on this server.
  • If you are performing a fresh install of Cisco MediaSense in any deployment, be sure to verify that the virtual machine is also fresh (no previously-installed OS is present in the VM).

Cisco MediaSense-Specific Details for VMware Requirements

See Unified Communications VMWare Requirements

  • Cisco UCS C-Series Servers, Cisco MediaSense ISO, and ESXi must be installed prior to the Cisco MediaSense installation.
  • For other third-party software requirements and for a list of approved UCS servers, see the server requirements and version compatibility with Unified CM sections in the SRND for Cisco MediaSense.

Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(1)  and 8.5(2)

All Cisco MediaSense servers run on VMs using the Unified Communications Operating System (Unified OS or UCOS).


Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(3)

Note Note: Cisco MediaSense has stringent requirements for the media disk size for any deployment. See the Solution Reference Network Design for Cisco MediaSense, Release 8.5(3) for more information.

Up to 60 terabytes of media storage is supported per cluster, divided into up to six 2TB virtual disks in each of five servers. This assumes that all nodes are B-series servers, for which Cisco MediaSense supports SAN storage. C-series servers, for which only direct attached drives are currently supported, are limited to two 2TB media storage partitions each. Also, no single media partition may be smaller than 200GB.

See the following links for more information:

Cisco MediaSense-Specific Information for OVA Templates

If your partitions (VM disk configuration) are not aligned, your data replication between the primary and secondary servers may get congested and result in your data being out of sync. To avoid these problems, only use the VM templates provided by Cisco MediaSense.

See the following websites for more information:


Caution Caution: If your VM template or VM configuration does not meet the Cisco MediaSense requirements, it is possible for your installation to halt due to an unrecoverable error. See Installation: Installation halts with an unrecoverable error.


Note Note: Configure the primary server and secondary server in your Cisco MediaSense deployment to have identical hardware in terms of CPU configuration (number of CPUs and speed of the CPU), storage configuration (number of disks, speed of disk, and RAID setup), and memory. Be sure to keep both servers in the same network and run the same version of VMWare Hypervisor on both servers.

Cisco MediaSense-Specific Information for Sizing Guidelines

The VM-specific sizing informaton required for Cisco MediaSense is additional virtual disks for media storage. See the SRND for Cisco MediaSense for further information.

How to Dump Install Logs to the VM Serial Port

See How to Dump Install Logs to the Serial Port of the Virtual Machine.



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