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Conference Bridges

Table Of Contents

Conference Bridges

Understanding Conference Devices

Hardware Conference Devices

Software Conference Devices

Video Conference Devices

Cisco Conference Devices (WS-SVC-CMM)

Annunciator Support For Conference Bridges

Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration

Using Different Types of Conferences: Ad Hoc and Meet-Me

Initiating an Ad Hoc Conference Bridge

Ad Hoc Conference Linking

Ad Hoc Conference Settings

Ad Hoc Conference Limitations

Initiating a Meet-Me Conference Bridge

Meet-Me Conference Limitations

Dependency Records

Conference Bridge Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Conference Bridge Configuration Checklist

Where to Find More Information


Conference Bridges


Conference Bridge for Cisco Unified CallManager designates a software and hardware application that is designed to allow both ad hoc and meet-me voice conferencing. Additional conference bridge types support other types of conferences, including video conferences. Each conference bridge can host several simultaneous, multiparty conferences.

Conference Bridge includes the following features:

Adding new participants to an existing conference call

Ending a conference call

Canceling a conference call

Parking a conference call

Transferring a conference call


Note The hardware model type for Conference Bridge contains a specific Media Access Control (MAC) address and device pool information.


This section covers the following topics:

Understanding Conference Devices

Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration

Using Different Types of Conferences: Ad Hoc and Meet-Me

Dependency Records

Conference Bridge Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Conference Bridge Configuration Checklist

Where to Find More Information

Understanding Conference Devices

Cisco Unified CallManager supports multiple conference devices to distribute the load of mixing audio between the conference devices. A component of Cisco Unified CallManager called Media Resource Manager (MRM) locates and assigns resources throughout a cluster. The MRM resides on every Cisco Unified CallManager server and communicates with MRMs on other Cisco Unified CallManager servers.

Cisco Unified CallManager supports hardware and software conference devices; both hardware and software conference bridges can be active at the same time.

For conferencing, you must determine the total number of concurrent users (or audio streams) that are required at any given time. Then, if you plan to use a software conference device, you create and configure the device to support the calculated number of streams. You cannot configure the number of streams for hardware conference bridges. One large conference, or several small conferences, can use these audio streams.


Caution Although a single software conference device can run on the same server as the Cisco CallManager service, Cisco strongly recommends against this configuration. Running a conference device on the same server as Cisco CallManager service may adversely affect performance on the Cisco Unified CallManager.

For more information on hardware and software conference devices, see the following sections:

Hardware Conference Devices

Software Conference Devices

Video Conference Devices

Annunciator Support For Conference Bridges

Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration

Hardware Conference Devices

Hardware-enabled conferencing provides the ability to support voice conferences in hardware. Digital Signaling Processors (DSPs) convert multiple voice over IP media streams into TDM streams that are mixed into a single conference call stream. The DSPs support both meet-me and ad hoc conferences by Cisco Unified CallManager.

Hardware conference devices provide transcoding for G.711, G.729, G.723, GSM Full Rate (FR), and GSM Enhanced Full Rate (EFR) codecs.

MTP WS-X6608 DSP Service Card

Because hardware conference devices are fixed at 32 full-duplex streams per WS-X6608 port, hardware conference devices support 32 divided by three (32/3), or 10, conferences. Users cannot change this value.


Caution Full-duplex streams per WS-X6608 port cannot exceed the maximum limit of 32.

NM-HDV Network Modules

The following NM-HDV network modules can support the sessions that are specified in the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration" section. For more information on network modules, refer to Cisco Unified Communications Solution Reference Network Design and the documentation that supports the network module.

NM-HDV

NM-HDV-2E1-60

NM-HDV-2T1-48

NM-HDV-FARM-C36

NM-HDV-FARM-C54

NM-HDV-FARM-C90

NM-HD Network Modules

The following NM-HD network modules can support the sessions that are specified in the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration" section. For more information on network modules, refer to Cisco Unified Communications Solution Reference Network Design and the documentation that supports the network module.

NM-HD-1V

NM-HD-2V

NM-HD-2VE

NM-HDV2 Network Modules

The following NM-HDV2 network modules can support the sessions that are specified in the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration" section. For more information on network modules, refer to Cisco Unified Communications Solution Reference Network Design and the documentation that supports the network module.

NM-HDV2

NM-HDV2-1T1/E1

NM-HDV2-2T1/E1

Software Conference Devices

For software conference devices, you can adjust the number of streams because software conference devices support a variable number of audio streams. You can create and configure a software conference device and choose the number of full-duplex audio streams that the device supports. To calculate the total number of conferences that a device supports, divide the number of audio streams by three. The maximum number of audio streams equals 128. For more information on software conference devices, see the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration" section.

Video Conference Devices

The Cisco video conference bridge, a dual multimedia bridge, provides video conferencing. Cisco Unified CallManager controls this conference bridge type upon appropriate configuration. The Cisco video conference bridge provides audio and video conferencing functions for Cisco Unified IP video phones, H.323 endpoints, and audio-only Cisco Unified IP Phones. Administrators can partition the resources of the Cisco video conference bridge between the video telephony network and the H.323/SIP network. The Cisco video conference bridge supports the H.261, H.263, and H.264 codecs for video.

To configure this type of conference device, the user chooses the Cisco Video Conference Bridge (IPVC-35xx) conference bridge type in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

To ensure that only a video conference bridge gets used when a user wants to hold a video conference, add the video conference bridge to a media resource group. Add the media resource group to a media resource group list and assign the media resource group list to the device or device pool that will use the video conference bridge. Refer to the Conference Bridge Configuration, Media Resource Group Configuration, Media Resource Group List Configuration, and Device Pool Configuration sections of the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide for details. Refer to the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3511 MCU and Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3540 MCU Module Administrator Guide for more information about the Cisco video conference bridge.

Cisco Conference Devices (WS-SVC-CMM)

Applications can control a Cisco Unified CallManager Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM). For more information on Cisco Conference Devices (WS-SVC-CMM), see the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration" section.

To configure this type of conference device, the user chooses the Cisco Unified CallManager Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) conference bridge type in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

Annunciator Support For Conference Bridges

Cisco Unified CallManager provides annunciator resource support to a conference bridge under the following circumstances:

If the media resource group list that contains the annunciator is assigned to the device pool where the conference bridge exists.

If the annunciator is configured as the default media resource, which makes it available to all devices in the cluster.

Cisco Unified CallManager does not provide annunciator resource support for a conference bridge if the media resource group list is assigned directly to the device that controls the conference.

Conference Bridge Types in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration

The conference bridge types in Table 21-1 exist in Cisco Unified CallManager Administration.

Table 21-1 Conference Bridge Types 

Conference Bridge Type
Description

Cisco Unified CallManager Conference Bridge Hardware

This type supports the Cisco Catalyst 4000 and 6000 Voice Gateway Modules and the following number of conference sessions.

Cisco Catalyst 6000

G.711 conference—32 available streams; up to 10 conference sessions with three participants in each conference or one conference session with 32 participants

Cisco Catalyst 4000

G.711 conference only—24 conference participants; maximum of four conferences with six participants each

Cisco Unified CallManager Conference Bridge Software

Software conference devices support G.711 codecs by default.

The maximum number of audio streams for this type equals 128. With 128 streams, a software conference media resource can handle 128 users in a single conference, or the software conference media resource can handle up to 42 conferencing resources with three users per conference.

If the Cisco IP Voice Media Streaming Application service runs on a different server than the Cisco CallManager service, a software conference cannot exceed the maximum limit of 128 participants.


Caution If the Cisco IP Voice Media Streaming Application service runs on the same server as the Cisco CallManager service, a software conference should not exceed the maximum limit of 48 participants.

Cisco IOS Conference Bridge

This type, which uses NM-HDV, supports G.711 mulaw conversions to and from G.729a, G.729ab, G.729, G.729b, GSM FR, and GSM EFR codecs for the Cisco VG 200.

NM-HDV

Tip Maximum number of participants per conference equals six.

Cisco IOS Enhanced Conference Bridge

Per NM-HD

This type, which supports Cisco 2600XM, Cisco 2691, Cisco 3660, Cisco 3725, and Cisco 3745, provides the following number of sessions:

G.711 only conference—24

G.729 conference—6

GSM FR conference—2

GSM EFR conference—1

Tip Maximum number of participants per conference equals eight.
Tip In Cisco Unified CallManager Administration, ensure that you enter the same conference bridge name that exists in the gateway Command Line Interface.

Per NM-HDV2

This type, which supports Cisco 2600XM, Cisco 2691, Cisco 3725, and Cisco 3745, provides the following number of sessions:

G.711 only conference—50

G.729 conference—32

GSM FR conference—14

GSM EFR conference—10

Cisco Video Conference Bridge (IPVC-35xx)

This conference bridge type specifies a dual multimedia bridge that provides video conferencing. The Cisco Video Conference Bridge provides audio and video conferencing functions for Cisco IP video phones, H.323 endpoints, and audio-only Cisco Unified IP Phones.

Cisco Unified CallManager Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM)

This conference bridge type supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series and Cisco 7600 series Communication Media Module (CMM).

This conference bridge type supports up to eight parties per conference and up to 64 conferences per port adapter. This conference bridge type supports the following codecs: G.711 mu-law, G.711 a-law, G.729 annex A and annex B, and G.723.1. This conference bridge type supports ad hoc conferencing.


Using Different Types of Conferences: Ad Hoc and Meet-Me

Cisco Unified CallManager supports both ad hoc conferences and meet-me conferences. Meet-Me conferences allow users to dial in to a conference. Ad hoc conferences allow the conference controller (or in some cases, another participant) to add specific participants to the conference.

Meet-me conferences require that a range of directory numbers be allocated for exclusive use of the conference. When a meet-me conference is set up, the conference controller chooses a directory number and advertises it to members of the group. The users call the directory number to join the conference. Anyone who calls the directory number while the conference is active joins the conference. (This situation applies only when the maximum number of participants that is specified for that conference type has not been exceeded and when sufficient streams are available on the conference device.)

Ad hoc conferences comprise two types: basic and advanced. In basic ad hoc conferencing, the originator of the conference acts as the controller of the conference and is the only participant who can add or remove other participants. In advanced ad hoc conferencing, any participant can add or remove other participants; that capability does not get limited to the originator of the conference. Advanced ad hoc conferencing also allows you to link multiple ad hoc conferences together. Set the Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled clusterwide service parameter to True to gain access to advanced ad hoc conferencing.

Initiating an Ad Hoc Conference Bridge

Initiate ad hoc conferences in two ways:

Press the Conference (Confrn) softkey, dial another participant, and press the Confrn softkey again to add the new participant.

Join established calls by using the Select and Join softkeys.

If sufficient streams are available on the conference device, the conference controller (or other participant in the case of advanced ad hoc conferencing) can add up to the maximum number of participants that is specified for ad hoc conferences to the conference. Configure the maximum number of participants for an ad hoc conference with the Maximum Ad Hoc Conference service parameter in the Service Parameter Configuration window. Cisco Unified CallManager supports multiple, concurrent ad hoc conferences on each line appearance of a device.

Using Conference Softkey for an Ad Hoc Conference

When a user initiates a conference call, Cisco Unified CallManager places the current call on hold, flashes the conference lamp (if applicable), and provides dial tone. At the dial tone, the user dials the next conference participant and, when the user answers, presses Conference softkey again to complete the conference. Cisco Unified CallManager then connects the originator, the first participant, and the new conference participant to a conference bridge. Each participant Cisco Unified IP Phone display reflects the connection to the conference.

The conference controller (or other participant in the case of advanced ad hoc conferencing) can drop the last conference participant from the conference by pressing the RmLstC softkey on the Cisco Unified IP Phone model 7960 or 7940. The conference controller (or other participant in the case of advanced ad hoc conferencing) can also remove any conference participant by pressing the ConfList softkey to display the list of participants, highlighting a participant, and pressing the Remove softkey (only visible after you press the ConfList softkey).

If a conference participant transfers the conference to another party, the transferred-to party becomes the last conference participant in the conference. If a conference participant parks the conference, the participant that picks up the parked conference becomes the last party in the conference. When only two participants remain in the conference, Cisco Unified CallManager terminates the conference, and the two remaining participants reconnect directly as a point-to-point call.

Participants can leave a conference by simply hanging up. In basic ad hoc conferencing, a conference continues even if the conference controller hangs up, although the remaining conference participants cannot add new participants to the conference. In advanced ad hoc conferencing, a conference continues even if the originator hangs up, and any remaining participant can add new participants.

Conference by Using Join Softkey

The user initiates an ad hoc conference by using the Select and Join softkeys. During an established call, the user chooses conference participants by pressing the Select softkey and then presses the Join softkey, making it an ad hoc conference. Up to 15 established calls can be added to the ad hoc conference, for a total of 16 participants. Cisco Unified CallManager treats the ad hoc conference the same way as one that is established by using the Conference softkey method.

Conference by Using cBarge

You can initiate a conference by pressing the cBarge softkey. When cBarge gets pressed, a barge call gets set up by using the shared conference bridge, if available. The original call gets split and then joined at the conference bridge. The call information for all parties gets changed to Conference.

The barged call becomes a conference call with the barge target device as the conference controller. It can add more parties to the conference or can drop any party.

When any party releases from the call, leaving only two parties in the conference, the remaining two parties experience a brief interruption and then get reconnected as a point-to-point call, which releases the shared conference resource.

For more information about shared conferences by using cBarge, see Barge, Privacy, and Privacy on Hold in the Cisco Unified CallManager Features and Services Guide.

Ad Hoc Conference Linking

Advanced ad hoc conferencing allows you to link multiple ad hoc conferences together by adding an ad hoc conference to another ad hoc conference as if it were an individual participant. If you attempt to link multiple conferences together when the Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled service parameter is set to False, the IP phone displays a message. You can also use the methods that are available for adding individual participants to an ad hoc conference to add another conference to an ad hoc conference.


Note The participants in linked conferences can all hear and talk with one another, but the conferences do not get merged into a single conference. The Conference List (ConfList) softkey displays an added conference as Conference and does not display the individual participants in the added conference. Each participant can only see the individual participants in their own conference bridge.


Two types of conference linking exist: linear and nonlinear.

Linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking

In linear ad hoc conference linking, no more than two ad hoc conferences can link directly to any participating conference. See Figure 21-1 for an example of linear ad hoc conference linking.

Figure 21-1 Linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Example

With linear conference linking, no limitation exists to the number of ad hoc conferences that can be added, as long as no more than two conferences link directly to any one conference.


Caution In Figure 21-1, if Conference Bridge 1 links directly to Conference Bridge 3, a looped conference results. Looped conferences do not add any functionality, and Cisco recommends avoiding them because participants in all the conferences can hear echoes.

Nonlinear Ad Hoc Conference Linking

When three or more ad hoc conferences link directly to another conference, nonlinear linking results. The system does not permit this type of linking by default because potentially negative impact on conference resources exists. See Figure 21-2 for an example of nonlinear ad hoc conference linking.

Figure 21-2 Nonlinear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Example

To enable nonlinear conference linking, set the Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled clusterwide service parameter to True. Non-linear ad hoc conference linking will not work unless you set both the Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled and Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled service parameters to True.

You can access the Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled service parameter only in the Advanced view of the Service Parameters Configuration window. For more information on the Advanced view of the Service Parameters Configuration window, see Service Parameters Configuration in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.


Note Keep the Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled service parameter set to the default value (False) unless a Cisco support engineer instructs otherwise.



Caution When conferences are linked in nonlinear fashion, the conference resources may not get released when all real participants have dropped out of the conference, which leaves the conference bridges connected to each other when no one is using them. This can happen because each conference only recognizes the participants that connect directly to its own conference bridge. They cannot detect when all the real participants in the other conferences have dropped out. To reduce the risk of tying up unused conference resources, restart conference bridges more frequently when the Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled service parameter is set to True.

Ad Hoc Conference Settings

Three clusterwide service parameters affect ad hoc conferencing:

Drop Ad Hoc Conference

Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled

Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled

Drop Ad Hoc Conference

The Drop Ad Hoc Conference parameter allows you to choose when to drop an ad hoc conference.


Note To use the additional functionality that advanced ad hoc conferencing provides, Cisco recommends that you set this service parameter to Never. Any other setting can result in unintentional termination of a conference.


To configure the value of the service parameter, perform the following procedure:

Procedure


Step 1 From Cisco Unified CallManager Administration, choose Service > Service Parameter.

Step 2 From the Server drop-down list box, choose a server in the cluster.

Step 3 From the Service drop-down list box, choose Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 4 From the Drop Ad Hoc Conference drop-down list box, choose one of the following options:

Never (default)—The conference remains active after the conference controller leaves or after all OnNet parties hang up.

When Conference Controller Leaves—The active conference terminates when the controller hangs up. Cisco Unified CallManager releases all resources that are assigned to the conference.


Note If the conference controller transfers, parks, or redirects the conference to another party, the party that retrieves the call acts as the virtual controller for the conference. A virtual controller cannot add new parties to the conference nor remove the last party that was added to the conference, but a virtual controller can transfer, park, or redirect the conference to another party, who would, in turn, become the virtual controller of the conference. When this virtual controller hangs up the call, the conference ends.


When No OnNet Parties Remain in the Conference—The system drops the active conference when the last on-network party in the conference hangs up or drops out of the conference. Cisco Unified CallManager releases all resources that are assigned to the conference.

For more information about OnNet and OffNet, refer to Understanding Cisco Unified CallManager Voice Gateways, Understanding Cisco Unified CallManager Trunk Types, and Understanding Route Plans.

Step 5 Click Update.



Note Cisco Unified CallManager does not support multiple options; that is, all conferences will support the same functionality depending on the option that you choose.


Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled

The Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled parameter allows you to choose whether advanced ad hoc conferencing functionality is available to users. This includes the ability of non-controller participants to add and remove other participants and the ability of all participants to link ad hoc conferences together.

To configure the value of the service parameter, perform the following procedure:

Procedure


Step 1 From Cisco Unified CallManager Administration, choose Service > Service Parameter.

Step 2 From the Server drop-down list box, choose a server in the cluster.

Step 3 From the Service drop-down list box, choose Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 4 From the Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled drop-down list box, choose one of the following options:

False—This default option specifies that advanced ad hoc conference functionality is not enabled.

True—This option specifies that advanced ad hoc conference functionality is enabled.

Step 5 Click Update.


Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled

The Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled parameter allows you to choose whether participants can link conferences in nonlinear fashion (three or more conferences linked to any one conference).


Note Do not change this setting from the default except with the guidance of a Cisco support engineer.


To configure the value of the service parameter, perform the following procedure:

Procedure


Step 1 From Cisco Unified CallManager Administration, choose Service > Service Parameter.

Step 2 From the Server drop-down list box, choose a server in the cluster.

Step 3 From the Service drop-down list box, choose Cisco Unified CallManager.

Step 4 Click the Advanced button near the top of the window. For information on the Advanced view of the Service Parameters Configuration window, see Service Parameters Configuration in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Step 5 From the Non-linear Ad Hoc Conference Linking Enabled drop-down list box, choose one of the following options:

False—This default option specifies that nonlinear conference linking is not allowed. Do not change this setting from the default except with the guidance of a Cisco support engineer.

True—This option specifies that nonlinear ad hoc conference linking is allowed. See the section, Nonlinear Ad Hoc Conference Linking, for a caution about this setting.

Step 6 Click Update.


Ad Hoc Conference Limitations

The following limitations apply to ad hoc conferencing:

Cisco Unified CallManager supports a maximum of 100 simultaneous ad hoc conferences for each Cisco Unified CallManager server.

Cisco Unified CallManager supports a maximum of 64 participants per ad hoc conference (provided adequate conference resources are available). In the case of linked ad hoc conferences, the system considers each conference as one participant. This remains true regardless of whether the conferences are linked in linear or nonlinear fashion.

Initiating a Meet-Me Conference Bridge

Meet-me conferences require that a range of directory numbers be allocated for exclusive use of the conference. When a meet-me conference is set up, the conference controller chooses a directory number and advertises it to members of the group. The users call the directory number to join the conference. Anyone who calls the directory number while the conference is active joins the conference. (This situation applies only when the maximum number of participants that is specified for that conference type has not been exceeded and when sufficient streams are available on the conference device.)

When you initiate a meet-me conference by pressing Meet-Me on the phone, Cisco Unified CallManager considers you the conference controller. The conference controller provides the directory number for the conference to all attendees, who can then dial that directory number to join the conference. If other participants in a meet-me conference press Meet-Me and the same directory number for the conference bridge, the Cisco Unified CallManager ignores the key press.

The conference controller chooses a directory number from the range that is specified for the conference device. The Cisco Unified CallManager Administrator provides the meet-me conference directory number range to users, so they can access the feature.

A conference continues even if the conference controller hangs up.

Meet-Me Conference Limitations

Cisco Unified CallManager supports a maximum of 100 simultaneous meet-me conferences for each Cisco Unified CallManager server.

Dependency Records

To find out which media resource groups are associated with a conference bridge, click the Dependency Records link that is provided on the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Conference Bridge Configuration window. The Dependency Records Summary window displays information about media resource groups that are using the conference bridge. To find out more information about the media resource group, click the media resource group, and the Dependency Records Details window displays. If the dependency records are not enabled for the system, the dependency records summary window displays a message.

For more information about Dependency Records, refer to Accessing Dependency Records in the Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide.

Conference Bridge Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Microsoft Performance Monitor counters for conference bridges allow you to monitor the number of conferences that are currently registered with the Cisco Unified CallManager but are not currently in use, the number of conferences that are currently in use, the number of times that a conference completed, and the number of times that a conference was requested for a call, but no resources were available.

For more information about performance monitor counters, refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability System Guide and the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide.

Cisco Unified CallManager writes all errors for conference bridges to the Event Viewer. In Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability, you can set traces for the Cisco IP Voice Media Streaming Application service; to troubleshoot most issues, you must choose the Significant or Detail option for the service, not the Error option. After you troubleshoot the issue, change the service option back to the Error option.

Cisco Unified CallManager generates registration and connection alarms for conference bridges in Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability. For more information on alarms, refer to the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide and the Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability System Guide.

If you need technical assistance, locate conference bridge logs from C:\Program Files\Cisco\Trace\CMS\cms*.* and C:\Program Files\Cisco\Trace\CMM before you contact your Cisco Partner or the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC).

Conference Bridge Configuration Checklist

Table 21-2 provides a checklist to configure conference bridge.

Table 21-2 Conference Bridge Configuration Checklist 

Configuration Steps
Related procedures and topics

Step 1 

Configure the conference device(s).

Adding a Software Conference Device, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Adding a Hardware Conference Device, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Adding a Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Device, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Adding a Cisco Video Conference Bridge Device, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Adding a Cisco Unified CallManager Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Device, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 2 

Configure the Meet-Me Number/Pattern.

Meet-Me Number/Pattern Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 3 

Add a Conference button for ad hoc or Meet Me Conference button for the meet-me conference to the phone templates, if needed.

You only need to do this for Cisco Unified IP Phone models 12 SP, 12 SP+, and 30 VIP.

Modifying Phone Button Templates, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 4 

If users will use the Join softkey to join or complete an ad hoc conference, assign the Standard Feature or Standard User softkey templates to the user device.

Modifying Softkey Templates, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Step 5 

Configure the ad hoc conference settings.

See the "Ad Hoc Conference Settings" section.

Step 6 

Notify users that the Conference Bridge feature is available.

If applicable, notify users of the meet-me conference number range.

Refer to the phone documentation for instructions on how users access conference bridge features on their Cisco Unified IP Phone.

Where to Find More Information

Related Topics

Server Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Phone Button Template Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Cisco Unified IP Phone Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Partition Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Conference Bridge Configuration, Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide

Cisco DSP Resources for Transcoding, Conferencing, and MTP

Additional Cisco Documentation

Cisco Unified IP Phone Administration Guide for Cisco Unified CallManager

Cisco Unified IP Phone user documentation and release notes (all models)

Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability System Guide

Cisco Unified CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide

Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3511 MCU and Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3540 MCU Module Administrator Guide