Cisco Unified CallManager Administration Guide, Release 5.0(1)
Conference Bridge Configuration
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Conference Bridge Configuration

Table Of Contents

Conference Bridge Configuration

Finding a Conference Bridge

Understanding Software Conference Bridge Configuration

Software Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Hardware Conference Device

Hardware Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Device

Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco Video Conference Bridge Device

Cisco Video Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Device

Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Configuration Settings

Updating a Conference Device

Deleting a Conference Device

Where to Find More Information


Conference Bridge Configuration


Conference Bridge for Cisco CallManager, a software or hardware application, allows both ad hoc and meet-me voice conferencing. Each conference bridge can host several simultaneous, multiparty conferences.

Both hardware and software conference bridges can be active at the same time. Software and hardware conference devices differ in the number of streams and the types of codec that they support.

Refer to the "Conference Bridges" chapter of the Cisco CallManager System Guide for more information about conference bridges.


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



Note Be aware that different conference bridge fields display in Cisco CallManager Administration, depending on the conference bridge type that you choose.


Use the following topics to configure conference bridges:

Finding a Conference Bridge

Understanding Software Conference Bridge Configuration

Software Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Hardware Conference Device

Hardware Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Device

Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco Video Conference Bridge Device

Cisco Video Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Device

Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Configuration Settings

Updating a Conference Device

Deleting a Conference Device

Configuring a Meet-Me Number/Pattern

Meet-Me Number/Pattern Configuration Settings

Deleting a Meet-Me Number/Pattern

Finding a Conference Bridge

Because you may have several conference bridges in your network, Cisco CallManager lets you locate specific conference bridges on the basis of specific criteria. Use the following procedure to locate conference bridges.


Note During your work in a browser session, Cisco CallManager Administration retains your conference bridge search preferences. If you navigate to other menu items and return to this menu item, Cisco CallManager Administration retains your conference bridge search preferences until you modify your search or close the browser.


Procedure


Step 1 Choose Media Resources > Conference Bridge.

The Find and List Conference Bridges window displays. Use the two drop-down list boxes to search for a conference bridge.

Step 2 From the first Find Conference Bridges where drop-down list box, choose one of the following criteria:

Name

Description

Device Pool

From the second Find Conference Bridges where drop-down list box, choose one of the following criteria:

begins with

contains

ends with

is exactly

is not empty

is empty

Step 3 Specify the appropriate search text, if applicable, and click Find. You can also specify how many items per page to display.


Tip To find all conference bridges that are registered in the database, click Find without entering any search text.


A list of discovered conference bridges displays by

Conference Bridge icon

Conference Bridge name

Description

Device Pool

Status

IP Address


Note You can delete multiple conference bridges from the Find and List Conference Bridges window by checking the check boxes next to the appropriate conference bridges and clicking Delete Selected. You can delete all conference bridges in the window by checking the check box in the Matching records title bar and clicking Delete Selected.


Step 4 From the list of records, click the Conference Bridge icon or name or the associated Device Pool that matches your search criteria.

The window displays the conference bridge that you choose.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Understanding Software Conference Bridge Configuration

Administrators cannot add software conference bridges to Cisco CallManager by using Conference Bridge Configuration. Software conference bridges are automatically added when a Cisco CallManager server gets added (see the "Configuring a Server" section for more information). After a Cisco CallManager server gets added, the software conference bridge gets displayed in the Find/List Conference Bridges window (by default, the first software conference bridge gets configured during Cisco CallManager installation) when the administrator performs a search. Software conference bridges can be updated, but they cannot be deleted.

Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Software Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Table 54-1 describes the software conference bridge configuration settings.

Table 54-1 Software Conference Bridge Configuration Settings 

Field
Description

Conference Bridge Type

This field automatically displays Cisco Conference Bridge Software.

Host Server

This field automatically displays the Cisco CallManager server to which this software conference bridge was configured.

Conference Bridge Name

This field automatically displays the software conference bridge name. The format of the name specifies CFB_ followed by a digit representing the value of the software conference bridge; for example, CFB_3 represents the third conference bridge in the Cisco CallManager system.

Description

This field automatically displays a description, but the administrator can update this field.

Device Pool

Choose a device pool that has the highest priority within the Cisco CallManager group that you are using or choose Default.

Location

Choose the appropriate location for this conference bridge. The location specifies the total bandwidth that is available for calls to and from this location. A location setting of Hub_None means that the locations feature does not keep track of the bandwidth that this conference bridge consumes.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Adding a Hardware Conference Device

This section describes how to add a hardware conference device.

Before You Begin

Configure the Device pools. Refer to the "Device Pool Configuration" section.

Procedure


Step 1 Choose Media Resources > Conference Bridge.

Step 2 Click Add New.

The Conference Bridge Configuration window displays.

Step 3 Enter the appropriate settings as described in Table 54-2.

Step 4 Click Save.

Step 5 To reset the conference bridge device and apply your changes, click Reset.

The Device Reset window displays.

Step 6 Click Reset and close the window.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Hardware Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Table 54-2 describes the hardware conference bridge configuration settings.

Table 54-2 Hardware Conference Bridge Configuration Settings 

Field
Description

Conference Bridge Type

Choose Cisco Conference Bridge Hardware.

For a description of this type, refer to the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco CallManager Administration" section on page 24-4.

MAC Address

Enter a unique device MAC address in this required field. MAC addresses comprise 12 hexadecimal digits (0-9, A-F).

Example

1231123245AB

Description

This field automatically generates from the MAC address that you provide.

Device Pool

Choose a device pool that has the highest priority within the Cisco CallManager group that you are using or choose Default.

Location

Choose the appropriate location for this conference bridge. The location specifies the total bandwidth that is available for calls to and from this location. A location setting of Hub_None means that the locations feature does not keep track of the bandwidth that this conference bridge consumes.

Special Load Information

Enter any special load information or leave blank to use default.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Adding a Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Device

This section describes how to add a Cisco IOS conference device.

Before You Begin

Configure the device pools. See the "Device Pool Configuration" section.

Procedure


Step 1 Choose Media Resources > Conference Bridge.

Step 2 Click Add New.

The Conference Bridge Configuration window displays.

Step 3 Enter the appropriate settings as described in Table 54-3.

Step 4 Click Save.

The window refreshes and displays the conference device that you just added.

Step 5 To reset the conference bridge device and apply your changes, click Reset.

The Device Reset window displays.

Step 6 Click Reset.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Table 54-3 describes the Cisco IOS conference bridge configuration settings.

Table 54-3 Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Configuration Settings 

Field
Description

Conference Bridge Type

Choose Cisco IOS Conference Bridge or Cisco IOS Enhanced Conference Bridge.

For a description of these types, refer to the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco CallManager Administration" section on page 24-4.

Conference Bridge Name

Enter the same name that exists in the gateway Command Line Interface (CLI).

Description

This field automatically generates from the conference bridge name that you provide.

Device Pool

Choose a device pool or choose Default.

Location

Choose the appropriate location for this conference bridge. The location specifies the total bandwidth that is available for calls to and from this location. A location setting of Hub_None means that the locations feature does not keep track of the bandwidth that this conference bridge consumes.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Adding a Cisco Video Conference Bridge Device

This section describes how to add a Cisco video conference bridge device.

Before You Begin

Configure the device pools. See the "Device Pool Configuration" section.

Procedure


Step 1 Choose Media Resources > Conference Bridge.

Step 2 Click Add New.

The Conference Bridge Configuration window displays.

Step 3 Enter the appropriate settings as described in Table 54-4.

Step 4 Click Save.

The window refreshes and displays the conference device that you just added.

Step 5 To reset the conference bridge device and apply your changes, click Reset.

The Device Reset window displays.

Step 6 Click Reset.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Cisco Video Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Table 54-4 describes the Cisco video conference bridge configuration settings.

Table 54-4 Cisco Video Conference Bridge Configuration Settings 

Field
Description

Conference Bridge Type

Choose Cisco Video Conference Bridge (IPVC-35xx).

For a description of this type, refer to the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco CallManager Administration" section on page 24-4.

MAC Address

Enter a unique device MAC address in this required field. MAC addresses comprise 12 hexadecimal digits (0-9, A-F).

Example

1231123245AB

Description

This field automatically generates from the conference bridge name that you provide.

Device Pool

Choose a device pool or choose Default.

Location

Choose the appropriate location for this conference bridge. The location specifies the total bandwidth that is available for calls to and from this location. A location setting of Hub_None means that the locations feature does not keep track of the bandwidth that this conference bridge consumes.

Product-Specific Configuration

Model-specific configuration fields that the device manufacturer defines

The device manufacturer specifies the model-specific fields under product-specific configuration. Because they are dynamically configured, they can change without notice.

To view field descriptions and help for product-specific configuration items, click the "?" information icon under the Product Specific Configuration heading to display help in a popup dialog box.

If you need more information, refer to the documentation for the specific device that you are configuring or contact the manufacturer.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Adding a Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Device

This section describes how to add a Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) device.

Before You Begin

Configure the device pools. See the "Device Pool Configuration" section.

Procedure


Step 1 Choose Media Resources > Conference Bridge.

Step 2 Click Add New.

The Conference Bridge Configuration window displays.

Step 3 Enter the appropriate settings as described in Table 54-5.

Step 4 Click Save.

The window refreshes and displays the conference device that you just added.

Step 5 To reset the conference bridge device and apply your changes, click Reset.

A message displays that states that this action resets the conference bridge device.

Step 6 Click Reset.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Configuration Settings

Table 54-5 describes the Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) configuration settings.

Table 54-5 Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Configuration Settings 

Field
Description

Conference Bridge Type

Choose Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM).

For a description of this type, refer to the "Conference Bridge Types in Cisco CallManager Administration" section on page 24-4.

Description

Enter a description (up to 50 characters) or leave blank to generate automatically from the MAC address that you provide.

MAC Address

Enter a unique device MAC address in this required field. MAC addresses comprise 12 hexadecimal digits (0-9, A-F).

Example

1231123245AB

Subunit

From the drop-down list box, choose the value for the daughter card for a given slot on the Communication Media Module card.

Device Pool

Choose a device pool or choose Default.

Location

Choose the appropriate location for this conference bridge. The location specifies the total bandwidth that is available for calls to and from this location. A location setting of Hub_None means that the locations feature does not keep track of the bandwidth that this conference bridge consumes.

Maximum Capacity

Choose the maximum number of streams for a given service on a daughter card. Possible values include 32, 64, 96, and 128 streams. Ensure that each daughter card has as many ports as the value that you choose.

Product-Specific Configuration

Model-specific configuration fields that the device manufacturer defines

To view field descriptions and help for product-specific configuration items, click the "?" information icon under the Product Specific Configuration heading to display help in a popup dialog box.

If you need more information, refer to the documentation for the specific device that you are configuring or contact the manufacturer.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Updating a Conference Device

This section describes how to update a conference device.

Before You Begin

Make sure that the following prerequisites are met before you proceed with the steps:

Configure the servers. See the "Server Configuration" section.

Configure the device pools. See the "Device Pool Configuration" section.

Configure the Conference device. See the applicable sections on adding conference devices.


Note Software conference bridges automatically get created when the Cisco CallManager server gets created. See the "Understanding Software Conference Bridge Configuration" section.


For software conference bridges, activate the Cisco IP Voice Media Streaming Application service. Refer to the Cisco CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide.

Procedure


Step 1 Locate the conference bridge by using the procedure in the "Finding a Conference Bridge" section.

Step 2 Click the conference bridge that you want to update.

Step 3 Update the appropriate settings as described in Table 54-1, Table 54-2, Table 54-3, Table 54-5, or Table 54-5.

Step 4 When you have completed your changes, click Save.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Deleting a Conference Device

This section describes how to delete a Conference Device. Cisco Conference Bridge Software cannot be deleted. See the "Understanding Software Conference Bridge Configuration" section.

Before You Begin

Cisco CallManager allows you to delete devices that may be associated with things such as media resource groups. To find out what dependencies the conference device may have, choose the Dependency Records link from the drop-down list box and click Go from the Conference Bridge Configuration window. If the dependency records are not enabled for the system, the dependency records summary window displays a message. For more information about dependency records, see the "Accessing Dependency Records" section on page A-2.

Procedure


Step 1 Locate the conference bridge by using the procedure in the "Finding a Conference Bridge" section.

Step 2 Click the conference bridge that you want to delete.

Step 3 Click Delete Selected.

A message displays the following warning:

You are about to permanently delete this Conference Bridge. This action cannot be undone. Continue?

Step 4 To delete the conference device, click OK.


Additional Information

See the "Related Topics" section.

Where to Find More Information

Cisco IP/VC 3511 MCU and Cisco IP/VC 3540 MCU Module Administrator Guide

Cisco CallManager System Guide

Cisco CallManager Serviceability Administration Guide

Related Topics

Finding a Conference Bridge

Understanding Software Conference Bridge Configuration

Software Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Hardware Conference Device

Hardware Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Device

Cisco IOS Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco Video Conference Bridge Device

Cisco Video Conference Bridge Configuration Settings

Adding a Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Device

Cisco Conference Bridge (WS-SVC-CMM) Configuration Settings

Updating a Conference Device

Deleting a Conference Device

Configuring a Meet-Me Number/Pattern

Meet-Me Number/Pattern Configuration Settings

Deleting a Meet-Me Number/Pattern

Where to Find More Information

Conference Bridges, Cisco CallManager System Guide

Conference Bridge Types in Cisco CallManager Administration, Cisco CallManager System Guide