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Migrating a Cisco ICS 7750 System to a Media Convergence Server (MCS)

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Migrating a Cisco ICS 7750 System to a Media Convergence Server (MCS)

Table Of Contents

Migrating a Cisco ICS 7750 System to a Media Convergence Server (MCS)

Cisco ICS 7750 System Migration

Migrating Cisco Call Manager from a Standalone SPE to a Dedicated MCS Server

Planning for the Cisco CallManager Migration

Ordering Considerations

Upgrade Considerations

Technical Considerations

Hardware and Software Requirements

Migrating a Single Cisco CallManager System

Back Up Cisco CallManager Data

Set up the Dedicated MCS Server

Restore Cisco CallManager Data

Start Cisco CallManager on MCS Server

Upgrading Cisco CallManager

Migrating a Cisco CallManager Cluster

Migrating Cisco Unity to an MCS Server

Transferring Unity Licenses

Cisco Unity Software Media

Migrating Cisco Unity to an MCS Server

Migrating Cisco Customer Response Solutions to an MCS Server

Planning for the Cisco CRS Migration

Ordering Considerations

Upgrade Considerations

Technical Considerations

Hardware and Software Requirements

Migrating a Cisco CRS System

Back Up Cisco CRS Data

Set up the Dedicated MCS Server

Restore Cisco CRS Data

Start Cisco CRS on the MCS Server

Upgrading Cisco CRS

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation

Cisco.com

Documentation DVD

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Reporting Security Problems in Cisco Products

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco Technical Support Website

Submitting a Service Request

Definitions of Service Request Severity

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information


Migrating a Cisco ICS 7750 System to a Media Convergence Server (MCS)


Cisco ICS 7750 System Migration

This document provides information and instructions for migrating a Cisco Integrated Communications System 7750 (Cisco ICS 7750) to a Media Convergence Server (MCS) platform. The hardware within a Cisco ICS 7750, such as the system processing engines (SPEs) and multiservice route processors (MRPs), are considered as standalone server or gateway components for hardware exchange purposes according to the Cisco Migration Technology Program (CTMP). For more information about this program, contact your local Cisco sales team.

The following sections provide information and procedures for migrating software applications to the new MCS server.

Migrating Cisco Call Manager from a Standalone SPE to a Dedicated MCS Server

Migrating Cisco Unity to an MCS Server

Migrating Cisco Customer Response Solutions to an MCS Server

When migrating the software applications from the ICS 7750, first migrate the Cisco CallManager application. After Cisco CallManager is running on the MCS server, then migrate Cisco Unity and Cisco Customer Response Solutions (CRS) if applicable.

Refer to the Cisco ICS 7750 Compatibility Matrix for supported combinations of ICS 7750 System software, Cisco CallManager, Cisco Unity, Customer Response Solutions (CRS) and IPCC Express at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/kobayashi/sw-center/telephony/ics-7750/ics-compatibility.shtml

Migrating Cisco Call Manager from a Standalone SPE to a Dedicated MCS Server

This section provides planning information and instructions for migrating Cisco Call Manager from a Cisco ICS 7750 SPE that is used only for Cisco CallManager to an MCS server that is dedicated to Cisco CallManager and includes the following topics:

Planning for the Cisco CallManager Migration

Migrating a Single Cisco CallManager System

Migrating a Cisco CallManager Cluster

Planning for the Cisco CallManager Migration

Review the following topics to prepare for the migration.

Ordering Considerations

Upgrade Considerations

Technical Considerations

Hardware and Software Requirements

Ordering Considerations

To prepare for the migration, consult with the local Cisco sales team to determine the migration requirements, and then order the hardware and any software upgrades.

Hardware

You can use the Cisco Technology Migration Program (CTMP) to receive credit for existing SPE blades toward the purchase of the new MCS server(s). The SPE310 is equivalent to an MCS-7835 for server upgrade credit.

You must return the SPE310s prior to ordering the new MCS servers to receive the credit.

Software

If you want to upgrade the Cisco CallManager version as part of the migration process, you need to order software media (CDs or DVDs) for the upgrade.

You can use the Cisco CallManager Server Upgrade and Migration Program to purchase Cisco CallManager at a discount. To determine the discount, the SPE310 is equivalent to a MCS-7825. Consult with your local Cisco sales team for assistance with this program.

Use the Operating System (OS) software for the MCS server that comes with the Cisco CallManager disc set.

Upgrade Considerations

Depending on the version of Cisco CallManager that is running on the Cisco ICS 7750, determine how to perform the Cisco CallManager upgrade. If the Cisco CallManager version that is running on the SPE is orderable, use this process:

Install the same version of Cisco CallManager, which is currently running on the SPE, on the new dedicated MCS server.

Migrate the Cisco CallManager data using the Backup And Restore (BARS) application. See the "Back Up Cisco CallManager Data" section.

Test the Cisco CallManager installation on the new server.

Upgrade the new server to the desired Cisco CallManager version.

In some cases, the version of Cisco CallManager running on the Cisco ICS 7750 is no longer orderable. In that situation, you must first upgrade Cisco CallManager on the SPE to an orderable version through this process:

Upgrade the version of Cisco CallManager running on the SPE to an orderable version, preferably the final version required on the new dedicated MCS server.

Test the Cisco CallManager upgrade on the SPE.

Migrate the Cisco CallManager data using BARS. See the "Back Up Cisco CallManager Data" section.

Test the Cisco CallManager installation on the new server.

Upgrade the new MCS server to the desired Cisco CallManager version (if required).

Technical Considerations

Backup and Restore

You must use the latest version of the Backup and Restore utility (BARS) for your version of Cisco CallManager to perform the migration. Refer to the Cisco CallManager compatibility matrix for the correct version of BARS at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/c_callmg/ccmcomp.htm#CompatibleApplications

For information about the installation and configuration of the BARS utility for the Cisco CallManager, refer to the "Backing Up and Restoring Cisco CallManager" documentation under Installation Instructions for your version of Cisco CallManager at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/c_callmg/index.htm

BARS requires that the source and target systems have the same IP address and Hostname. If a change to the IP address is required as part of the migration, perform this additional step after the BARS procedure.


Note Due to deep roots in the Cisco CallManager database established during initial configuration, changing the Hostname of Cisco CallManager is not recommend.


BARS can backup and restore data only on systems running the same version of CallManager. If you plan to upgrade the Cisco CallManager version as part of the migration process, you must perform, the upgrade as an additional step. See the "Upgrading Cisco CallManager" section.

DHCP Server

The Cisco ICS 7750 natively provides the DHCP server for the phones. You must move the DHCP server function to another location in the network or enable the DHCP server on the new dedicated CallManager.

Cisco Customer Response Solutions (CRS)

If a CRS system is interfacing with the migrating Cisco CallManager cluster, you must stop CRS services or shutdown the CRS server during the Cisco CallManager migration.

Hardware and Software Requirements

The following hardware components and software application programs are required for this migration.

Hardware Components

SPE —Runs Cisco CallManager on the Cisco ICS 7750

MCS Server (7835 or other model)—New server that will run Cisco CallManager

Software Applications

Operating System (OS) 2000.2.6 and OS 2000.2.6 SR1

Cisco Call Manager— (Version depends on the customer's system)

Backup and Restore utility (BARS)—Used to back up Cisco CallManager data and restore to new server

ICS System Manager software

For information on supported combinations of Cisco ICS 7750 system software and Cisco CallManager, refer to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/kobayashi/sw-center/telephony/ics-7750/ics-compatibility.shtml

Migrating a Single Cisco CallManager System

The following process describes migrating a single Cisco CallManager from an SPE in the Cisco ICS 7750 to a dedicated MCS server. The MCS server will use the same IP address and server name as the SPE. If you are migrating a Cisco CallManager cluster, see the "Migrating a Cisco CallManager Cluster" section.

Before you begin:

As a precaution, backup the latest working configuration of ICS 7750 System Manager before performing the migration.

Refer to the backup procedure in the Upgrading to System Software Release 2.6.0 and to Cisco CallManager 3.3(2) on the Cisco ICS 7750 or to the appropriate ICS 7750 System software release at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/ics/ics26/index.htm

Use the following sections to perform the migration:

Back Up Cisco CallManager Data

Set up the Dedicated MCS Server

Restore Cisco CallManager Data

Start Cisco CallManager on MCS Server

Upgrading Cisco CallManager

Back Up Cisco CallManager Data

Follow these steps to back up the current Cisco CallManager data on the Cisco ICS 7750. Refer the URL below for more information on installation and configuration of BARS utility.

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/backup/index.htm


Step 1 Install the supported version of the BARS utility as Server on Cisco CallManager Publisher SPE and as Target on the SPE that is running Cisco CallManager.

Step 2 Configure the backup and restore server and start backing up Cisco CallManager data.

Step 3 Store the backup file on a separate machine, residing on the same network.


Set up the Dedicated MCS Server

Follow these steps to set up the dedicated MCS server and install Cisco CallManager.


Step 1 Remove the Cisco ICS 7750 SPE from the network.

Step 2 Install OS 2000.2.6 and OS 2000.2.6 SP1 on MCS using the same IP Address and Server Name assigned to the SPE. Use the OS CDs that ship with the Cisco CallManager software package.

Step 3 Install the same Cisco CallManager version that was running on the SPE on the MCS server.


Note BARS can restore data only to the same version of Cisco CallManager from which it backed up data.


Step 4 Install the current Cisco CallManager Service Release (if applicable).


Restore Cisco CallManager Data

Follow these steps to restore the Cisco CallManager data on the new MCS server.


Step 1 Do not run the initial setup configuration after installing Cisco CallManager on the MCS server.

Step 2 Install BARS utility as Target on the MCS server

Step 3 Restore the Cisco CallManager data on the MCS server.


Start Cisco CallManager on MCS Server

Follow these steps to start up and test Cisco CallManager on the new server.


Step 1 Start the Cisco CallManager server.

Step 2 Review the configuration.

Step 3 Test the migrated Cisco CallManager system.


Upgrading Cisco CallManager

Perform the Cisco CallManager upgrade to the desired version on the MCS server (if required).

For more information about upgrading Cisco CallManager, see the "Upgrade Considerations" section.

Migrating a Cisco CallManager Cluster

If you are migrating a Cisco CallManager cluster, you must use the following procedure to migrate each Cisco CallManager in the cluster.


Step 1 Stop the Cisco CallManager services on the Publisher.

Step 2 Remove the Publisher from the network.

Step 3 Migrate the Publisher to the new dedicated server.

Step 4 Bring the new Publisher online.

Step 5 Test that database replication is working.

Step 6 Stop the Cisco CallManager services on the Subscriber.

Step 7 Remove the Subscriber from network.

Step 8 Migrate the Subscriber to the new dedicated server

Step 9 Bring the new Subscriber online.

Step 10 Test that database replication is working.

Step 11 Repeat Steps 6 through 10 for all other Subscribers in the cluster.


Migrating Cisco Unity to an MCS Server

This section provides information for migrating Cisco Unity from the Cisco ICS 7750 to a new MCS server and includes the following topics:

Transferring Unity Licenses

Cisco Unity Software Media

Migrating Cisco Unity to an MCS Server

For information on supported combinations of Cisco ICS 7750 system software, Cisco CallManager, and Cisco Unity, refer to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/kobayashi/sw-center/telephony/ics-7750/ics-compatibility.shtml

Transferring Unity Licenses

Prior to migrating a Cisco Unity system to a new platform, the Unity user licenses need to be transferred from the Cisco ICS 7750 system to the new MCS system. To transfer the licenses, you need to send an e-mail message to licensing@cisco.com with the following information:

Customer Name

Contact Information

E-mail address for receiving new licenses

MAC address of the SPE in the Cisco ICS 7750 that runs Cisco Unity

MAC address of the new MCS server for Cisco Unity

Description of the reason for switching Cisco Unity licenses

After receiving this information, the licensing team deactivates the licenses associated with the Cisco ICS 7750 and reissues licenses for the new MCS server.

Cisco Unity Software Media

You can use your existing Cisco Unity software CDs for the installation on the new MCS server. If you need to install the operating system, you can use the OS discs included with the Cisco Unity disc set.

If you want to upgrade the Cisco Unity version as part of the migration process, you need to order software media (CDs or DVDs) for the upgrade.

For information and instructions for performing the Cisco Unity upgrades, refer to chapters in the Cisco Unity Reconfiguration and Upgrade Guide (With Microsoft Exchange):

Upgrading Cisco Unity 3.X Software to Version 4.0(4)

Upgrading Cisco Unity 4.X Software to Version 4.0(4)

Migrating Cisco Unity to an MCS Server

For information and procedures for migrating the Cisco Unity software applications and configuration from the Cisco ICS 7750 to the new MCS server, use the chapter, "Replacing a Cisco Unity Server Without Failover" in the Cisco Unity Reconfiguration and Upgrade Guide.

Migrating Cisco Customer Response Solutions to an MCS Server

This section provides planning information and instructions for migrating Cisco Customer Response Solutions (CRS) from an SPE in the Cisco ICS 7750 to an MCS server that is dedicated to Cisco CRS and includes the following topics:

Planning for the Cisco CallManager Migration

Migrating a Single Cisco CallManager System

Migrating a Cisco CallManager Cluster

Planning for the Cisco CRS Migration

Before performing the migration, review the following topics to prepare for the migration.

Ordering Considerations

Upgrade Considerations

Technical Considerations

Hardware and Software Requirements

For information on supported combinations of ICS7750 System software, Cisco CallManager, and Cisco CR, refer to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/kobayashi/sw-center/telephony/ics-7750/ics-compatibility.shtml

Ordering Considerations

To prepare for the migration, consult with the local Cisco sales team to determine the migration requirements, and then order the hardware and any software upgrades.

Hardware

You can use the Cisco Technology Migration Program (CTMP) to receive credit for existing SPE blades toward the purchase of the new MCS server(s). The SPE310 is equivalent to an MCS-7835 for server upgrade credit.

You must return the SPE310(s) prior to ordering the new MCS servers to receive the credit.

Software

Order the operating system (OS) software for the MCS server by using the following part number:

IPCXIVR-3YES-SVR1=IPCX or IP IVR 3.5 or later 3.Y Expansion Server (SW only)

Your current CRS licenses are valid for the new MCS server.

If you plan to upgrade the Cisco CRS version as part of the migration process, order software media (CDs ) for the upgrade. Information on adding new CRS product components to the new MCS server or upgrading the product version or product type is available in the CCBU price list at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/sw/custcosw/ps1846/prod_how_to_order.html

Upgrade Considerations

Depending on the version of Cisco CRS that is running on the Cisco ICS 7750, determine how to perform the Cisco CRS upgrade. If the Cisco CRS version that is running on the SPE is orderable, use the following upgrade procedure:


Step 1 Install the same version of Cisco CRS, which is currently running on the SPE, on the new dedicated MCS server.

Step 2 Migrate the Cisco CRS data using the Backup And Restore (BARS) application. See the "Back Up Cisco CRS Data" section.

Step 3 Test the Cisco CRS installation on the new server.

Step 4 Upgrade the new server to the desired Cisco CRS version.


In some cases, the version of Cisco CRS running on the ICS 7750 SPE is no longer orderable. In that situation, you must first upgrade Cisco CRS on the SPE to an orderable version by using the following procedure:


Step 1 Upgrade the version of Cisco CRS running on the SPE to an orderable version, preferably the final version required on the new dedicated MCS server.

Step 2 Test the Cisco CRS upgrade on the SPE.

Step 3 Migrate the Cisco CRS data using BARS. See the "Back Up Cisco CRS Data" section.

Step 4 Test the Cisco CRS installation on the new server.

Step 5 Upgrade the new MCS server to the desired Cisco CRS version (if required).


Technical Considerations

You must perform the migration of Cisco CallManager prior to the CRS migration. During the Cisco CallManager migration, stop CRS services or shutdown the CRS server.

During the installation of CRS on the new dedicated MCS server, the Cisco CallManager Publisher must be accessible by the CRS server.

As part of the Cisco CallManager migration as described in the "Migrating a Single Cisco CallManager System" section, BARS is installed as Server on the Cisco CallManager Publisher.

Install the BARS utility on the new MCS server as Target to migrate the CRS data.

Refer to the Cisco ICS 7750 Compatibility Matrix for supported combinations of ICS System Manager, Cisco CallManager, Customer Response Solutions (CRS) and IPCC Express at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/kobayashi/sw-center/telephony/ics-7750/ics-compatibility.shtml

Hardware and Software Requirements

The following hardware components and software application programs are required for this migration.

Hardware Components

SPE —Runs Cisco CRS on the Cisco ICS 7750

MCS Server (7835 or other model)—New server that will run Cisco CRS

Computers for Cisco Agent Desktop (CAD) and Cisco Supervisor Desktop (CSD)

Software Applications

CRS 3.(x)—Version depends on customer

CRS 3.(x) SR— If required

Cisco CallManager—Version that is compatible with CRS 3.(x)

Operating System (OS) 2000.2.6 and OS 2000.2.6 SP1

Backup and Restore utility (BARS)—Used to backup Cisco CRS data and restore to new server

ICS System Manager software

For information on supported combinations of Cisco ICS 7750 System software, Cisco CallManager, and Cisco CRS, refer to the Cisco ICS 7750 compatibility matrix at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/kobayashi/sw-center/telephony/ics-7750/ics-compatibility.shtml

Migrating a Cisco CRS System

The following process steps describe migrating Cisco CRS from an SPE to a dedicated MCS server. The MCS server will use the same IP address and server name as the SPE.

Before you begin:

As a precaution, backup the latest working configuration of ICS 7750 System Manager before performing the migration. Refer to the backup procedure in the Upgrading to System Software Release 2.6.0 and to Cisco CallManager 3.3(2) on the Cisco ICS 7750 or to the appropriate ICS 7750 System software release at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/ics/ics26/index.htm

Use the following sections to perform the migration:

Back Up Cisco CRS Data

Set up the Dedicated MCS Server

Restore Cisco CRS Data

Start Cisco CRS on the MCS Server

Upgrading Cisco CRS

Back Up Cisco CRS Data

Follow these steps to back up the current Cisco CRS data on the Cisco ICS 7750. For more information on installation and configuration of BARS utility, refer to the documentation at this URL.

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/backup/index.htm


Step 1 Install the supported version of the BARS utility as Server on Cisco CallManager Publisher SPE and as Target on the ICS 7750 SPE310 that is running Cisco CRS.

Step 2 Configure the backup and restore server and start backing up Cisco CRS data.

Step 3 Store the backup file on a separate machine that resides on the same network.


Set up the Dedicated MCS Server

Follow these steps to set up the dedicated MCS server and install Cisco CRS.


Step 1 Remove the Cisco ICS 7750 SPE from the network.

Step 2 Install OS 2000.2.6 and OS 2000.2.6 SP1 on MCS using the same IP Address and Server Name assigned to the SPE.

Step 3 Install the same Cisco CRS version that was running on the Cisco ICS 7750 SPE 310 on the MCS server.


Note BARS can restore data only to the same version of Cisco CRS from which it backed up data.


Step 4 Install the same Cisco CRS Service Release on the new MCS server that was running on the SPE in the Cisco ICS 7750.


Restore Cisco CRS Data

Follow these steps to restore the Cisco CRS data on the new MCS server.


Step 1 Do not run the initial setup configuration after installing Cisco CRS on the MCS server.

Step 2 Install BARS utility as Target on the MCS server.

Step 3 Restore the Cisco CRS data on the MCS server.


Start Cisco CRS on the MCS Server

Follow these steps to start and test the Cisco CRS server.


Step 1 Start the CRA Engine on the dedicated MCS server.

Step 2 Check if the subsystems are IN-SERVICE .

Step 3 Reset JTAPI User password if the JTAPI Subsystem is OUT_OF_SERVICE.

Step 4 Test the configured applications.

Step 5 Restart CAD and CSD and perform Integrated Call Distribution (ICD) testing.


Upgrading Cisco CRS

Perform the CRS upgrade to the desired version on the dedicated MCS server, if desired. For more information about CRS upgrades, see the "Upgrade Considerations" section.

Related Documentation

For documentation related to the Cisco ICS 7750, go to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/ics/ics26/index.htm

For documentation related to installing and troubleshooting for your version of Cisco CallManager, go to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/c_callmg/index.htm

For documentation related to installing and troubleshooting your version of Cisco CRA, go to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/voice/sw_ap_to/index.htm

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