Cisco Prime Collaboration Assurance Guide - Standard, 10.0
Integrating Prime Collaboration Servers
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Integrating Prime Collaboration Servers

You can leverage capabilities of both Prime Collaboration Assurance and Prime Collaboration Provisioning systems if you choose to integrate Prime Collaboration Assurance and Prime Collaboration Provisioning applications in order to monitor voice endpoints, video endpoints, and provision the Unified Communications Systems.

Attaching Prime Collaboration Provisioning

To integrate the servers:

Before You BeginBefore you integrate the Prime Collaboration servers:

By default, the Prime Collaboration Assurance server works in the secured mode (HTTPS) whereas the Prime Collaboration Provisioning server works in the non-secure (HTTP) mode. You must configure the Prime Collaboration Provisioning server in the HTTPS mode to avoid the mixed content issue. For details on how to enable SSL, see the Setting up the server section in the Cisco Prime Collaboration 10.0 Provisioning User Guide.


    Step 1   Go to Administration > System Setup > Assurance Setup > Cisco Prime 360 Integration,
    Step 2   Under Prime Collaboration Provisioning Server Setup, specify the IP address of the Prime Collaboration Provisioning application server that you want to attach to.
    Step 3   Choose the protocol and enter the port details. We recommend that you use HTTPS.

    The port used for Prime Collaboration Assurance and Provisioning servers over HTTP is 80; for Prime Collaboration Assurance over HTTPS is 443 and for Prime Collaboration Provisioning it is 46443.

    See Required Ports for Prime Collaboration for details on the ports used for data transfer.

    Step 4   Test the connectivity of the Prime Collaboration Provisioning server.
    Step 5   Click Attach. After you attach the Prime Collaboration Provisioning application to Prime Collaboration Assurance, you must refresh the UI to view the Design and Deploy tabs on the UI.
    Step 6   Click Test Provisioning Certificate on the Getting Started page to test the SSL certificate for Prime Collaboration Provisioning server, if you have selected the HTTPS protocol.

    If you have selected HTTP protocol, mixed content is displayed on the browser:

    On Windows Internet Explorer:

    When you launch the converged application, the following message appears "Do you want to view only the web page content that was delivered securely".

    If you select "No", from the pop-up dialog box, the appropriate data is displayed on all of the Prime Collaboration Provisioning pages.

    If you select "Yes" from the pop-up dialog box, data is not displayed on all of the Prime Collaboration Provisioning pages. However, with Microsoft IE 9.0 and 10.0,the security warning is not displayed and the appropriate data is displayed on all of the Prime Collaboration Provisioning pages.

    On Mozilla Firefox:

    For the mixed contents to be displayed on the server, click the Shield icon in the address bar and select Disable Protection on This Page from the Keep Blocking drop-down.

    After Integration:

    • The Prime Collaboration Provisioning UI is converged with Prime Collaboration Assurance, and the Provisioning IP address is redirected to Prime Collaboration Assurance application even though you log in to Prime Collaboration Provisioning application.
    • After you detach Prime Collaboration Provisioning from Prime Collaboration Assurance, the user roles that were applicable for Prime Collaboration Provisioning and Prime Collaboration Assurance in the converged mode also apply for the standalone applications.
    • If you want to restart or shut down the Prime Collaboration Provisioning application, ensure you detach it from Prime Collaboration Assurance. You can then converge it after the restart process.

    Viewing License Details

    In the License Management page ( Administration > License Management), you can view the following information:

    • Type of license or Active Image License Installed—Evaluation or Image.
    • Total number of licenses allowed for the license categories and the number of licenses used currently. In Standard mode, the usage is shown as zero percentage. For more details about the total number of licenses for each category for the Advanced mode, see the License Count section.
    • Expiration Date—Date when the license expires. This value is applicable to Evaluation license only.
    • Northbound Interface Licenses and Northbound Interface Expiration Date—for Prime Collaboration Provisioning application.

    You must review the Cisco Prime Collaboration 10.0 Quick Start Guide to learn how to register and obtain the license file for Prime Collaboration.

    Switching Between the Standard and Advanced modes in Prime Collaboration

    Prime Collaboration provides you the facility to switch from the Standard mode to the Advanced mode in both Prime Collaboration Assurance and Prime Collaboration Provisioning.

    The table below captures the different scenarios of switching:
    Installation Modes Standard to Advanced Evaluation Standard to Advanced (Purchase license) Advanced Evaluation to Advanced (Purchase license) Advanced Evaluation to Standard
    Prime Collaboration Assurance Yes. (Click the Upgrade icon at the top right corner of the User Interface and click Start Evaluation.) Yes. (Click the Upgrade icon at the top right corner of the User Interface and click Add Licenses. In the License Management page, click Add and upload the license file for the advanced mode.) Yes. (Click the Upgrade icon at the top right corner of the User Interface and click Add licenses. In the License Management page, click Add and upload the license file for the advanced mode.) Yes. After the evaluation expiry, you are prompted with a message to either downgrade to the standard mode or to purchase a license file for advanced mode.

    If you choose to downgrade, the Cluster for Standard Mode dialog box pops-up. Select a cluster from the Unified Communications Manager drop-down, device type from the Cisco Unity Connection drop-down and click Select.

    Prime Collaboration Provisioning Not Applicable Yes. (Click the Upgrade icon at the top right corner of the User Interface and click Add Licenses. In the License Management page, click Add and upload the license file for the advanced mode) Yes. (Click the Upgrade icon at the top right corner of the User Interface and click Add licenses. In the License Management page, click Add and upload the license file for the advanced mode) Not Applicable
    In the converged mode, you have the provision to switch over from the standard to advanced mode. You can either upgrade:
    • One application only - You can switch from the standard to advanced mode in Prime Collaboration Assurance only and continue to access the Prime Collaboration Provisioning in the same (installed) mode.
    • Both the applications - You can switch from the standard or advanced evaluation mode to the advanced (purchase licensed) in both Prime Collaboration Assurance and Prime Collaboration Provisioning.

    Viewing About Details

    This page displays the About details for Prime Collaboration Assurance or Prime Collaboration Provisioning. To launch this page, click at the top right corner of the User Interface.

    • Click Assurance Information or Provisioning Information link to view the following system information details in a quick view.
      • Build Version
      • License Type
      • Assurance or Provisioning Expiration Date (displayed in red for the last 15 days before expiry)
      • Analytics Expiration Date (displayed in red for the last 15 days before expiry)
      • IP Address
      • MAC Address
      • Deployment Mode
      • Database IP Address

      Note


      • Deployment mode and Database IP address fields are specific to Prime Collaboration Provisioning and will not be displayed for Prime Collaboration Assurance.
      • Analytics Expiration Date field is applicable for Prime Collaboration Assurance only.

    • Click Licensing link to open the License Management page.

    In the converged mode, you can see the system information for both Prime Collaboration Assurance and Prime Collaboration Provisioning applications.

    Cross Launching Cisco Prime Collaboration Deployment

    You can manage the Unified Communication applications using Cisco Prime Collaboration Deployment. You can cross-launch to these applications to perform tasks such as migration, of old clusters to new virtual machines, fresh installs and upgrades on existing clusters.

    For more information, see Configuring Prime Collaboration Deployment Manager.

    Configuring Prime Collaboration Deployment

    Cisco Prime Collaboration Deployment is an application designed to assist in the management of Unified Communication applications. It allows you to perform tasks such as migration, of old clusters to new virtual machines, fresh installs, and upgrades on existing clusters.

    For more information, see the Cisco Prime Collaboration Deployment Administration Guide.

    To configure the Prime Collaboration Deployment Manager,


      Step 1   Choose Administration -> System Setup -> Assurance Setup -> Cisco Prime 360 Integration.
      Step 2   Enter the IP Address that you want to configure and click Save.
      Step 3   Choose Administration -> Deployment Manager to launch the Deployment Manager page.