Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express, Release 2.x -- How to Configure Ad Hoc Conferencing

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To configure ad hoc conferencing, you must configure both Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express. Once both products are configured, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express registers with Cisco Unified Communications Manager to report the number of voice ports and video ports that can be supported, the configured video codec to use, and the configured minimum and maximum video bit rates. Similarly, Cisco Unified Communications Manager sends Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express an XML configuration file that contains the parameters that you configure in Cisco Unified Communications Manager.


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Configuring Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express for Ad Hoc Conferencing

Before You Begin


Caution! Changing these configuration parameters causes the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express system to clear all active calls and meetings. The system then cancels the current registration with Cisco Unified Communications Manager and reregisters using the new configuration parameters.


Procedure
  1. Log in to Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express and click Administration.
  2. Click System Configuration > Call Configuration > Ad Hoc Conferencing Configuration.
  3. Enter or change the values in the fields. At a minimum, configure the following fields:
    • SCCP enabled-Select Yes.
    • Primary TFTP server-Enter the IP address of the primary Cisco Unified Communications Manager server on which the TFTP service is running.
    • Backup TFTP server 1-Enter the IP address of a backup Cisco Unified Communications Manager server on which the TFTP service is running.
  4. Write down or copy the value in the MAC address field, which you need to add the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express server as a conference bridge in Cisco Unified Communications Manager]].
  5. Click Save.


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Configuring Cisco Unified CallManager or Cisco Unified Communications Manager to Use Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express as a Conference Bridge

Before You Begin


Caution! You need to have the DNS entries configured for both Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express; otherwise, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express may not be able to register with Cisco Unified Communications Manager after it has downloaded the XML configuration file from the TFTP server. This is because the XML file listing may contain only the DNS host name references to Cisco Unified Communications Manager in the cluster.


This task is performed in the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration pages. Because the pages and menus vary by Cisco Unified Communications Manager release, you may need to see the Cisco Unified Communications Manager online help for more accurate step-by-step instructions than those provided in this procedure.


The following procedure refers to Cisco Unified CallManager Release 4.1.


Procedure
  1. Go to http://ccm-server/ccmadmin/main.asp, where ccm-server is the fully qualified domain name or IP address of the Cisco Unified Communications Manager server.
  2. Log in with your Cisco Unified Communications Manager administrator username and password.
  3. Click Service > Media Resource > Conference Bridge.
  4. In the top right corner of the page, click Add a New Conference Bridge.
  5. Select the Cisco Video Conference Bridge (IPVC-35xx) type.
  6. Configure the fields described in Table: Fields for Adding A New Conference Bridge to Cisco Unified Communications Manager.


Table: Fields for Adding A New Conference Bridge to Cisco Unified Communications Manager
Conference Bridge Configuration Field Action

MAC Address

Enter the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express MAC address, which you obtained in Step 4 of the Configuring Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express for Ad Hoc Conferencing.

Device Pool

See Device Pool.


7. (Optional) Configure the fields on the rest of the page.

8. Click Insert and then click Reset.

  1. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express registers with Cisco Unified Communications Manager. Once the Status field displays "Registered" on the Ad Hoc Conferencing Configuration page in the Administration Center, the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express conference bridge becomes available for Cisco Unified Communications Manager ad hoc meetings.

9. (Optional) If you also want to enable Cisco Unified Communications Manager meet-me conferences, configure the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express conference bridge to be used for meet-me conferences by completing the following high-level tasks in Cisco Unified Communications Manager:

    1. Add or update one or more meet-me number patterns.
    2. Add or update a media resource group (MRG) to include the MAC Address that you configured in Step 6.
    3. Add or update a media resource group list (MRGL) to include the MRG that you configured in Step 9b.
      Note: Cisco Unified Communications Manager always uses the first resource found in the MRGL. If a voice-only conference bridge is placed at the top of the MRGL, Cisco Unified Communications Manager always uses that conference resource first, even if the call requires video. Therefore, position this MRG at the top (highest-priority position) of the MRGL.
    4. Configure each phone (voice or video endpoint) that will initiate meet-me conferences to the MRGL that you configured in Step 9c.
      Note: Note that the MRG and MRGL are also used by Cisco Unified Communications Manager or Cisco Unified CallManager when selecting a bridge for ad hoc (conference button) meetings.
    For details on completing these high-level tasks, see the administration guide and system guide for your specific Cisco Unified Communications Manager release. You can find this documentation at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/voicesw/ps556/prod_maintenance_guides_list.html.


Troubleshooting
  • In Step 8, if the Status field on the Ad Hoc Conferencing Configuration page does not display "Registered", wait about 30 seconds and reload the Ad Hoc Conferencing Configuration page. The page does not automatically refresh.
  • If you reload the page and the Status field still does not display "Registered", restart the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express server.
  • If your ad hoc video endpoints are conferencing successfully, but not getting video, make sure they are actually being connected to the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express ad hoc conference bridge. They may be using some other non-video bridge, such as the softbridge in Cisco Unified Communications Manager.


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