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Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware

Table Of Contents

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

System Requirements

Migrating To Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers External Media

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers Licensing

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

System Requirements

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server Licensing

Migrating To Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

VMware Support

Performing Daily Operations on Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

Related Documentation

Command Line Interface

Configuration Messages

CLI Login

Remote Account Login

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Features and Applications

Music On Hold (MOH)

Cisco Unified Serviceability

Cisco Unified Real Time Monitoring Tool

VMware Support

Performance Counters for System and Partition Perfmon Objects


Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware


Published: January 8, 2010
Revised: October 12, 2011

This document presents the unique technical information that you need to run Cisco Unified Communications Manager using VMware. This document contains the following topics:

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration

Command Line Interface

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Features and Applications

Cisco Unified Serviceability

Cisco Unified Real Time Monitoring Tool

VMware Support

Performance Counters for System and Partition Perfmon Objects


Note This chapter does not apply to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition.


Installation, Upgrade, and Migration

The following sections describe installation, upgrade, and migration required to run Cisco Unified Communications Manager using VMware on these server series:

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

Cisco supports running Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS B200 M1 Blade Server.

The following sections describe the changes for installation, upgrade, and migration in Cisco Unified Communications Manager on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers:

System Requirements

Migrating To Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers External Media

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers Licensing

System Requirements

To run Cisco Unified Communications Manager on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, your system must meet the requirements listed in Table 8-1.

Table 8-1 System Requirements 

This parameter...
...Must be this value to meet the Cisco supported configuration.

Supported Virtual Machine Configuration

vCPU: 2 vCPUs

RAM: 6 GB

vDisk: 2 x 80 GB: SCSI ID 0:0 and 0:1

vNIC: 1 "flexible" adapter

Note These values are part of the OVA template "2 vCPU".

VM oversubscription per blade

None

VMware version

ESXi 4.0

Note Ensure that you use ESXi, rather than ESX, to run Cisco Unified Communications Manager on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers. However, the blade server can be part of a VMware ESX cluster.

VMware - vMotion

No

Note Cisco does not support vMotion on a VM that is running. However, Cisco does support powering-down a VM, then rebooting the VM on a different blade server. This may be helpful if you want to put a blade server into maintenance mode.

VMware - Site Recovery Manager

Yes1

VMware - High Availability

Yes

VMware - Snapshot

No

VMware - Consolidated Backup and Data Recovery Manager

No

VMware - Fault Tolerance

No

1 All servers associated with this parameter must be on the same storage area network (SAN).


Migrating To Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

Migrating from a Media Convergence Server (MCS server) to Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers follows a procedure that is very similar to replacing server hardware, which is described in the document Replacing a Single Server or Cluster for Cisco Unified Communications Manager.

Table 8-2 provides an overview of the migration process and references to other pertinent documentation.

Table 8-2 Migrating to Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers Process Overview 

Configuration Steps
Related Procedures and Topics

Step 1 

Review the document Replacing a Single Server or Cluster for Cisco Unified Communications Manager.

This document describes how to replace server hardware, which is very similar to migrating from an MCS server to a Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server. You should perform the document's pre-replacement and post-replacement tasks, and review the procedures for installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager and migrating data.

Replacing a Single Server or Cluster for Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Step 2 

Upgrade the MCS server to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Release 8.0(2c) or later.

Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide

Step 3 

If the MCS server's IP address is not accessible from the VMware network, change the IP address of the MCS server to the subnet and IP address that the UCS publisher will use.

Refer to the topic "Changing the Cluster IP Addresses for Publisher Servers That Are Defined by Host Name" in the Changing the IP Address and Host Name for Cisco Unified Communications Manager guide.

Step 4 

Perform a DRS backup on the MCS server.

Note Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers does not support tape drive as the backup media.

Disaster Recovery System Administration Guide

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers External Media

Step 5 

Use the Answer File Generator to generate a license MAC for the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server. The license MAC is required to obtain licenses for the server.

After you obtain the license MAC, you can rehost the licenses for your new server.

Customer Impact from New Licensing Procedures.

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Step 6 

Create the virtual machines (VMs) on the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers that will be used as the replacements for the MCS nodes.

Use the OVA template "2 vCPU" as described in Table 8-1.

Step 7 

Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager Release 8.0(2c) or later on the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server.

Note Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B200 M1 Blade Servers does not support installation from a DVD.

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers External Media

Step 8 

Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager Release 8.0(2c) or later on the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server.

Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide

Step 9 

Perform a DRS restore to restore the data backed up from the MCS server to the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server.

Note Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B200 M1 Blade Servers does not support tape drive as the restore media.

Disaster Recovery System Administration Guide

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers External Media

Step 10 

Upload the new licenses to the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server.

If you did not obtain licenses for the new server already, you must request the licenses first.

Note The previous license will no longer be valid. However, you have 30 additional days in which to use your previous license. Refer to "Obtaining Rehosted Licenses When You Change License MAC Parameters" section.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers Licensing

Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers External Media

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers uses "soft media" such as ISO or FLP (virtual floppy) for procedures that require external media (such as installation and upgrade). Physical external devices such as USB drives are not supported.


Note Backup and restore are not supported on soft media.


The virtual USB interface is not supported on VMware. The following are examples of differences in external media support between MCS servers and Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers:

Install logs cannot get dumped to a USB key. These logs get dumped to a file through the serial port of the VM.

The answer file generated by the Answer File Generator (platformConfig.xml) cannot get read from a USB key. The Answer File Generator generates a floppy image for performing an unattended installation.

USB tape drive backup is not supported. Use SFTP instead.

Music On Hold through a USB connection is not supported.

Cisco Messaging Interface (CMI) for Message Waiting Indication (MWI) is not supported over the serial port.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers Licensing

The following sections describe licensing for Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers.

Customer Impact from New Licensing Procedures

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers uses a different licensing model than Cisco Unified Communications Manager on an MCS server. The MAC address of the NIC card is no longer used to associate the license to the server.

Instead, the license gets associated to a license MAC, which is a 12 digit HEX value created by hashing the following parameters that you configure on the server:

Time zone

NTP server 1 (or "none")

NIC speed (or "auto")

Hostname

IP Address (or "dhcp")

IP Mask (or "dhcp")

Gateway Address (or "dhcp")

Primary DNS (or "dhcp")

SMTP server (or "none")

Certificate Information (Organization, Unit, Location, State, Country)

The ways to obtain the license MAC are as follows:

Before installation, use the Answer File Generator (http://www.cisco.com/web/cuc_afg/index.html). When you generate the answer file, you also get the license MAC.


Note If you use this method, ensure that you enter the identical parameter values in the Answer File Generator and the Cisco Unified Communications Manager installation program, or the license will be invalid.


After installation, navigate to Show > System in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration.

After installation, use the CLI command show status.

Obtaining New Licenses

The process to redeem a Product Activation Key (PAK) for licenses at www.cisco.com/go/license is changed for a license MAC. When redeeming a PAK for a license MAC at this URL, you get prompted to select the type of license that you want to obtain:

A physical MAC address — this is used when Cisco Unified Communications Manager will be installed on an MCS server.

A license MAC address — this is used when Cisco Unified Communications Manager will be installed on Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers.

After you make this selection, the generation and installation of the license file follows the same process.

Obtaining Rehosted Licenses When You Change License MAC Parameters

When you change any of the parameters that create the license MAC, the license that you obtained with it becomes invalid. You must request a rehosting of the license to obtain a valid license. The old license continues to work for a 30-day grace period.

To rehost your licenses, you must open a case with the licensing team to obtain a license for your replacement server. Contact the licensing team at licensing@cisco.com.

During the grace period, you can change the settings back to the licensed values to make your original license valid again. If you need more than 30 days of grace period, change your settings back to the licensed values, then change them back to the new values that you want to use. You will get another 30- day grace period.

Supported Virtual Machine Configurations and Licensing

The virtual machine configuration for running Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers must match the specifications described in the "System Requirements" section to get support from Cisco.

While Cisco Unified Communications Manager can be installed and licensed in other virtual machine configurations, Cisco does not support these configurations.

Installation, Upgrade, and Migration on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

Cisco supports running Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 General-Purpose Rack-Mount Server.

The following sections describe the changes for installation, upgrade, and migration in Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server:

System Requirements

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server Licensing

Migrating To Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

VMware Support

Performing Daily Operations on Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

System Requirements

To run Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server, your system must meet the requirements listed in Table 3.

Table 3 System Requirements 

This parameter...
...Must be this value to meet the Cisco supported configuration.

Supported Virtual Machine Configuration

Refer to the documentation at http://www.cisco.com/go/uc-virtualized

IOPS per virtual machine (VM)

Refer to the documentation at http://www.cisco.com/go/uc-virtualized

VMware version

ESXi 4.0 Update 1

Note Ensure that you use ESXi, rather than ESX, to run Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server. However, the rack server can be part of a VMware vCenter that includes ESX hosts.

VMware - vMotion

No

Note Cisco does not support vMotion on a VM that is running. However, Cisco does support powering-down a VM, then rebooting the VM on a different rack server. This may be helpful if you want to put a rack server into maintenance mode.

VMware - Site Recovery Manager

Yes

VMware - High Availability

Yes

VMware - Data Recovery (VDR)

No

All other unlisted VMware features

Not supported


To operate Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server successfully, you should have the experience and skills to manage a host server running VMware ESXi. If you do not have this experience and want to obtain the required information quickly, consider using VMware GO, a Web-based application that facilitates VMware installations. For more information, refer to the VMware GO documentation.


Note Even if you use VMware GO, you still need to use the supported VMware configuration on Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server, which are documented at both http://www.cisco.com/go/swonly and http://www.cisco.com/go/uc-virtualized.


Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

This following sections describe how to perform a fresh installation of a Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server:

Configuration Checklist for Installing and Configuring the Server

Preparing To Install

Configuring RAID

Installing vSphere Client

Aligning the Datastore Used for VMs

Creating Virtual Machines

Downloading Virtual Machine Templates (OVA Templates)

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager On a VM

Configuration Checklist for Installing and Configuring the Server

Table 3 provides a checklist of the major steps required to install and configure Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server. The Related Documentation column contains references to documentation that is related to the step.

Table 4 Configuration Checklist for Installing and Configuring the Server

 
Configuration Steps
Related Documentation

Step 1 

Prepare to install the server.

Preparing To Install

Cisco UCS C210 Installation and Service Guide

Step 2 

Physically install and connect the server.

Cisco UCS C210 Installation and Service Guide

Step 3 

Power on the server and Configure Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) for remote management.

Cisco UCS C210 Installation and Service Guide

Step 4 

If you purchased the UCS C210 server separately from Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server, configure the RAID settings to the following specifications:

The first 2 drives are configured as a RAID 1 (mirrored) drive. This drive is for ESXi installation.

The next 4 drives are configured as a RAID 5 drive. This drive is for VMs.

Configuring RAID

Cisco UCS C210 Installation and Service Guide

Step 5 

If you purchased the UCS C210 server separately from Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server, configure the BIOS to the following specifications:

Disable Quiet Mode

Enable Enhanced SATA for CDROM access

Configure the following boot order:

SATA5:Optiarc DVD first

PCI Raid Adapter second

Cisco UCS C210 Installation and Service Guide

Step 6 

Install and configure VMware EXSi 4.0.0 Update 1 on the smaller of the two available disks (approximately 130 GB).

Cisco UCS C-Series Servers VMware Installation Guide

VMware ESXi documentation

Step 7 

Install vSphere Client.

Installing vSphere Client

vSphere Client documentation

Step 8 

Align the datastores for the VMs.

Aligning the Datastore Used for VMs

Step 9 

If you use 802.1q trunking, set the MTU size to 1472.

Step 11 

Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the VM.

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager On a VM

Preparing To Install

This section describes how to prepare to install a Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server in a standalone configuration, meaning that it is not in a datacenter.

You should allocate the following resources before installation:

Space in a rack to receive a 2 RU UCS C210

3 Ethernet ports on a switch close to the UCS C210:

One port for the CIMC

Two ports for the LAN on motherboard (LOM) NICs

An IP address for the CIMC management port

An IP address for the virtual host. This is the UCS C210's IP address and is used by ESXi.

A hostname, and optionally configure DNS for the virtual hosts' hostname

IP addresses for the VMs

Configuring RAID

If you purchased the UCS C210 server separately from Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server, configure the RAID settings to the following specifications:

The first 2 drives are configured as a RAID 1 (mirrored) drive. This drive is for ESXi installation.

The next 4 drives are configured as a RAID 5 drive. This drive is for VMs.

Follow this procedure to perform this task:


Step 1 During server bootup, press Ctrl+Y to enter the preboot CLI.

Step 2 Enter the following commands to determine the current RAID configuration:

-ldinfo -l0 -a0

-ldinfo -l1 -a0

The required configuration is two drives in a RAID 1 array for logical drive 0, and four drives in a RAID 5 array for Logical drive 1. If the RAID configuration is wrong, continue with this procedure.


Note Do not continue with this procedure if RAID is configured correctly.


Step 3 Enter the command -cfgclr -a0 to clear the RAID configuration.


Caution Clearing the RAID configuration deletes all data on the hard drives.

Step 4 Enter the following commands to configure RAID:

-cfgldadd -r1 [252:0, 252:1] -a0

-cfgldadd -r5 [252:2, 252:3, 252:4, 252:5] -a0

If the hard drives did not have a RAID configuration previously, you are done configuring RAID. If the hard drives had a RAID configuration before, continue with this procedure.

Step 5 Enter the following commands to initialize the logical volumes.

-ldinit -start -full -l0 -a0 (l0 is the letter l and the number 0, not the number 10)

-ldinit -start -full -l1 -a0 (l1 is the letter l and the number 1, not the number 11)

This clears data on the drives and initializes the new array.

Step 6 Allow these commands to finish running before exiting the Preboot CLI. Enter the following commands to display the progress of the commands:

-ldinit -showprog -l0 -a0

-ldinit -showprog -l1 -a0

When both commands report that no initialization is running, it is safe to quit the Preboot CLI.

Step 7 After configuring the two logical volumes, you can exit the Preboot CLI by entering q.


Installing vSphere Client

When the virtual host is available on the network, you can browse to its IP address to bring up a web-based interface. The vSphere Client is Windows-based, so the download and install must be performed from a Windows PC.

Once the vSphere Client is installed, you can run it and log into the virtual host using the virtual host's name or IP address, the root login ID, and the password you configured.

You can join the host to a vCenter if you want to manage it through vCenter.

Aligning the Datastore Used for VMs

When you install VMWare ESXi, the second logical volume is automatically imported unaligned. VMs have better disk performance when all partitions (physical, ESXi and VM) start on the same boundary. This prevents disk blocks being fragmented across the different boundaries.

To ensure that the ESXi partition used for VMs will be aligned, you should delete the unaligned datastore (the larger disk partition—407 GB), then recreate the datastore using vSphere client.

Creating Virtual Machines

Cisco provides a VM template for you to download and transfer to your Virtual Host. Use this template to create the VM for Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server installation.

Before you deploy the template and create the VM, you should have a hostname and IP address allocated for the new VM.

Follow these steps to create a VM and prepare to install Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server on it:


Step 1 Download the VM template for your application.

See the "Downloading Virtual Machine Templates (OVA Templates)" section for more information.

Step 2 Upload the template to a datastore on the UCS C210.

It is recommended to use the smaller datastore (with ESXi installed on it) for this.

Step 3 Make this template available to the UCS C210.

Step 4 Deploy the template file using vSphere Client. Enter the following information for the new VM:

hostname

datastore—Select the larger (407 GB) datastore

Step 5 Complete creating the VM.

At this point a new VM has been created with the correct amount of RAM, number of CPUs, size and number of disks for the intended application.

Step 6 Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server on the VM. See the "Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager On a VM" section for more information.


Downloading Virtual Machine Templates (OVA Templates)

The configuration of a Cisco Unified Communications Manager virtual machine must match a supported virtual machine template.

Perform the following procedure to obtain the virtual machine template for Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server:

Procedure


Step 1 Select this URL in your browser:

http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/go/Redirect.x?mdfid=278875240

Step 2 If your browser prompts you to do so, type your Cisco.com User Name: and Password: in the text boxes, then click the Log In button.

Step 3 Choose IP Telephony > Call Control > Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CallManager) > Cisco Unified Communications Manager Version 8.0.

Step 4 Click the Unified Communications Manager Virtual Machine Templates link.

Step 5 In the Latest Releases folder, click the 1.0(1) link.

Step 6 Click the Download Now button. Follow the prompts and provide the required information to download the software.

Step 7 When the Download Cart window displays, click the "Readme" link to view the virtual machine template's release information.


Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager On a VM

Follow this procedure to install Cisco Unified Communications Manager on a new VM:


Step 1 In vSphere Client, edit the VM to force entry into BIOS setup the next time the VM reboots.

Step 2 Make the CUCM installation media available to the VM DVD-ROM drive.

Step 3 Power on the VM, then in BIOS setup, promote CD ROM to boot before the hard drive.

Step 4 Complete booting the VM.

The Cisco Unified Communications Manager installation program starts. For information about performing the installation, see the document Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager.


Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server Licensing

The following sections describe licensing for Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server:

Customer Impact from New Licensing Procedures

Supported Virtual Machine Configurations and Licensing

Customer Impact from New Licensing Procedures

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server uses a different licensing model than Cisco Unified Communications Manager on an MCS server. The MAC address of the NIC card is no longer used to associate the license to the server.

Instead, the license gets associated to a license MAC, which is a 12 digit HEX value created by hashing the following parameters that you configure on the server:

Time zone

NTP server 1 (or "none")

NIC speed (or "auto")

Hostname

IP Address (or "dhcp")

IP Mask (or "dhcp")

Gateway Address (or "dhcp")

Primary DNS (or "dhcp")

SMTP server (or "none")

Certificate Information (Organization, Unit, Location, State, Country)

The ways to obtain the license MAC are as follows:

Before installation, use the Answer File Generator (http://www.cisco.com/web/cuc_afg/index.html). When you generate the answer file, you also get the license MAC.


Note If you use this method, ensure that you enter the identical parameter values in the Answer File Generator and the Cisco Unified Communications Manager installation program, or the license will be invalid.


After installation, navigate to Show > System in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration.

After installation, use the CLI command show status.

Obtaining New Licenses

The process to redeem a Product Activation Key (PAK) for licenses at www.cisco.com/go/license is changed for a license MAC. When redeeming a PAK for a license MAC at this URL, you get prompted to select the type of license that you want to obtain:

A physical MAC address — this is used when Cisco Unified Communications Manager will be installed on an MCS server.

A license MAC address — this is used when Cisco Unified Communications Manager will be installed on Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server.

After you make this selection, the generation and installation of the license file follows the same process.

Obtaining Rehosted Licenses When You Change License MAC Parameters

When you change any of the parameters that create the license MAC, the license that you obtained with it becomes invalid. You must request a rehosting of the license to obtain a valid license. The old license continues to work for a 30-day grace period.

To rehost your licenses, you must open a case with the licensing team. Contact the licensing team at licensing@cisco.com.

During the grace period, you can change the settings back to the licensed values to make your original license valid again. If you need more than 30 days of grace period, change your settings back to the licensed values, then change them back to the new values that you want to use. You will get another 30- day grace period.

Supported Virtual Machine Configurations and Licensing

The virtual machine configuration for running Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server must match the specifications described in the "System Requirements" section to get support from Cisco.

While Cisco Unified Communications Manager can be installed and licensed in other virtual machine configurations, Cisco does not support these configurations.

Migrating To Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

Migrating from a Media Convergence Server (MCS server) to a Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server follows a procedure that is very similar to replacing server hardware, which is described in the document Replacing a Single Server or Cluster for Cisco Unified Communications Manager.

Table 5 provides an overview of the migration process and references to other pertinent documentation.

Table 5 Migrating to Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server Process Overview 

Configuration Steps
Related Procedures and Topics

Step 12 

Review the document Replacing a Single Server or Cluster for Cisco Unified Communications Manager.

This document describes how to replace server hardware, which is very similar to migrating from an MCS server to a Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server. You should perform the document's pre-replacement and post-replacement tasks, and review the procedures for installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager and migrating data.

Replacing a Single Server or Cluster for Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Step 13 

Upgrade the MCS server to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Release 8.0(2).

Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide

Step 14 

If the UCS VM will use a different IP address or hostname than the MCS server, change the IP address and hostname of the MCS server to the values that the UCS VM will use.

This is required for DRS backup and restore to work.

Refer to the topic "Changing the Cluster IP Addresses for Publisher Servers That Are Defined by Host Name" in the Changing the IP Address and Host Name for Cisco Unified Communications Manager guide.

Step 15 

Perform a DRS backup on the MCS server.

Disaster Recovery System Administration Guide

Step 16 

Use the Answer File Generator to generate a license MAC for the Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server. The license MAC is required to obtain licenses for the server.

After you obtain the license MAC, you can rehost the licenses for your new server.

Customer Impact from New Licensing Procedures.

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Step 17 

Create the virtual machine (VM) on the Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server that will be used as the replacement for the MCS node.

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

Step 18 

Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager Release 8.0(2) on the Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server.

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Step 19 

Perform a DRS restore to restore the data backed up from the MCS server to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server.

Disaster Recovery System Administration Guide

Step 20 

Upload the new licenses to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server server.

If you did not obtain licenses for the new server already, you must request the licenses first.

Note The previous license will no longer be valid. However, you have 30 additional days in which to use your previous license. Refer to "Obtaining Rehosted Licenses When You Change License MAC Parameters" section.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server Licensing

Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide

VMware Support

Consider the following, when using Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server:

Install, upgrade, and recovery procedures now use "soft media" such as ISO or FLP (virtual floppy) if the server does not have a DVD drive.

Music On Hold external source and Cisco Messaging Interface requires a mixed MCS/UCS cluster.

USB tape backup is not supported.

NIC teaming is configured at the VMware virtual switch.

Hardware SNMP and syslog move to VMware and UCS Manager.

Install logs are written only to the virtual serial port.

Unattended installs use virtual floppy instead of USB.

Basic UPS Integration is not supported.

Boot order is controlled by the BIOS of the VMware VM.

Hardware BIOS, firmware, and drivers must be the required level and configured for compatibility with Cisco Unified Communications Manager-supported VMware product and version.

For more information on the UCS C210 rack-mount server, go to the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/c/sw/gui/config/guide/1.1.1/b_Cisco_UCS_C-Series_Servers_Integrated_Management_Controller_Configuration_Guide_1_1_1.html

To view the list of product installation and configuration guides for Cisco UCS C-Series Integrated Management Controller, go to the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10739/products_installation_and_configuration_guides_list.html

To view the list of product installation and configuration guides for Cisco UCS Manager, go to following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10281/products_installation_and_configuration_guides_list.html

Performing Daily Operations on Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server

Daily operations for Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server software applications are identical to when the application is installed on an MCS server.

There are some differences in hardware management and monitoring, because Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server operates in a virtual environment. The following sections describe how to perform these tasks:

Monitoring Hardware from the VM

Monitoring from CIMC

Monitoring from vSphere Client and vCenter

Monitoring Hardware from the VM

Applications running in a VM have no ability to monitor the physical hardware. Any hardware monitoring must be done from the CIMC, ESXi plugins, vCenter, or by physical inspection (for flashing LEDs, etc.).

Monitoring from CIMC

The CIMC provides the following hardware monitoring:

An overview of CPU, memory and power supply health

An overview of hardware inventory, including CPUs, memory, power supplies and storage

Monitoring of sensors for power supplies, fans, temperature and voltage

A system event log that contains BIOS and sensor entries

Monitoring from vSphere Client and vCenter

The vSphere Client provides the following monitoring features:

When you are logged into vCenter, the vSphere Client displays hardware and system alarms defined on the Alarms tab.

VM resource usage displays on the Virtual Machines tab, and on the Performance tab for each VM.

Host performance and resource usage display on the Performance tab for the Host.

When ESXi is used standalone (without vCenter), hardware status and resource usage are available, but alarming is not possible.

Related Documentation

The UCS RAID Controller SMI-S Reference Guide, which describes Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) support in the Cisco UCS Servers, is available at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/sw/utilities/raid/reference/guide/ucs_raid_smis_reference.html

Command Line Interface

This section contains information about the Command Line Interface (CLI).

Configuration Messages

Configuration Messages

Changes exist for CLI and remote account login.

CLI Login

Remote Account Login

CLI Login

At every login to the CLI, if the system is running on VMware, the vm configuration gets displayed.

Remote Account Login

At every login to the CLI, if the system is running on VMware, the vm configuration gets displayed.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Features and Applications

This section contains information on the following Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration features and applications:

Music On Hold (MOH)

Music On Hold (MOH)

The following statements apply to the Music On Hold (MOH) feature for Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMware:

The Fixed Music On Hold device cannot specify an audio source that connects through a Universal Serial Bus (USB), because Cisco Unified Communications Manager does not support USB when running on VMware. Internal Music On Hold, however, is supported on VMware.

A Cisco Unified Communications Manager cluster (or system) supports a mix of Cisco Media Convergence (MCS) and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) nodes. If you want to use the Music On Hold feature with an external source (USB audio dongle), you must use an MCS server for the node(s) that supply MOH from an external source.

Cisco Unified Serviceability

See VMware Support for more information.

Cisco Unified Real Time Monitoring Tool

See VMware Support for more information.

VMware Support

Note the following, if Cisco Unified Communications Manager is running on VMware:

Hardware MIBs are not supported.

Hardware Failure alert and Hardware failure syslog messages are not available.

CLI does not support hardware information.

SNMP Hardware agent does not run on VMware.

Real-Time Management Tool Client—Hardware alerts are not generated. The scope is limited to Virtual Machine and not to Physical Machine.

CDP reports as a Virtual Machine.

Hardware BIOS, firmware, and drivers must be set to levels/settings required for compatibility with CUCM-supported VMware product and version.

Boot order is controlled by BIOS of VMware virtual machine.

Performance Counters for System and Partition Perfmon Objects

Table 8-6 provides the performance counters added for System and Partition Perfmon Objects in Real Time Monitoring Tool.

Table 8-6 Performance Counters Added for System and Partition Perfmon Objects 

Counter Name
Display Name
Description

Performance counters added for System Perfmon Object

IOPS

IOPerSecond

Total number of input/output operations on all disk partitions per second on this server. If you experience a system performance issue, use the information in this counter to measure the impact of the aggregate I/O operations on this server.

RRQM

IOReadReqMergedPerSecond

Total number of read requests merged per second, that were queued to all devices on this server.

WRQM

IOWriteReqMergedPerSecond

Total number of write requests merged per second, that were queued to all devices on this server.

R

IOReadReqPerSecond

Total number of read requests per second, that were issued to all devices on this server.

W

IOWriteReqPerSecond

Total number of write requests per second, that were issued to all devices on this server.

RSEC

IOSectorsReadPerSecond

Total number of sectors read per second from all devices on this server.

WSEC

IOSectorsWrittenPerSecond

Total number of sectors written per second to all devices on this server.

RKBS

IOKBytesReadPerSecond

Total number of KBytes read per second from all devices on this server.

WKBS

IOKBytesWrittenPerSecond

Total number of KBytes written per second to all devices on this server.

RQSZ

IOSectorsReqSizeAvg

Average size in sectors of the requests that were issued to all devices on this server.

QUESZ

IOReqQueueSizeAvg

Average queue length of the requests that were issued to all devices on this server.

AWAIT

IOAwait

Average time in milliseconds, for I/O requests issued to all devices to be served. This includes the time spent by the requests in queue and the time spent servicing the requests.

SVCTM

IOServiceTime

Average service time in milliseconds, for I/O requests that were issued to all devices on this server.

UTIL

IOCpuUtil

Percentage of CPU time during which I/O requests were issued to the device (bandwidth utilization for the device) on this server.

Performance counters added for Partition Perfmon Object

AwaitReadTime

Await Read Time

Average time measured in milliseconds, for read requests issued to the device to be served.

AwaitWriteTime

Await Write Time

Average time measured in milliseconds, for write requests issued to the device to be served.

AwaitTime

Await Time

Average time measured in milliseconds, for I/O requests issued to the device to be served. This includes the time spent by the requests in queue and the time spent servicing them.

%CPUTime

% CPU Time

Percentage of CPU time that is dedicated to handling IO requests that were issued to the disk.

QueueLength

Queue Length

Average queue length for the requests that were issued to the disk.