Staging Guide for Cisco Unified ICM/Contact Center Enterprise & Hosted, Release 10.0(1)
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Change History

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Change Date
Updated to include support for Active Directory Windows Server 2012 March 25, 2014


This document contains system diagrams, staging steps and sample test cases for supported models of Unified ICM/CCE & Hosted. The supported models are:

  • Dedicated Forest/Domain Model
  • Child Domain Model
  • Hosted Network Applications Manager (NAM)/ Customer ICM (CICM) Model


This document is for the individuals responsible for staging deployments of Cisco contact centers. Individuals must be trained on the use and functions of Unified ICM/CCE & Hosted as well as Windows Server, Active Directory (AD), and DNS. This document does not provide detailed Cisco Unified Intelligent Contact Management Enterprise (Unified ICM), Hosted NAM/CICM, or Windows Server specific information. You can find this information elsewhere in specific documentation from Cisco or Microsoft.


This guide uses the term “Unified ICM” to generically refer to Unified Contact Center Enterprise/Hosted (Unified CCE/CCH) and Cisco Unified Intelligent Contact Management Enterprise/Hosted.


Individuals utilizing this document must have knowledge and experience with the following tools/software/hardware to stage the system software as described in this document:

  • Hosted NAM/CICM Model
  • Cisco Unified ICM Scripting and Configuration Tools
  • Third-party software (if installed)
  • Windows Server and Windows Active Directory administration
  • Microsoft SQL Server administration

Organization of this Guide



Chapter 1: About Active Directory for Unified ICM

Provides an overview of AD, the benefits of using it, and the versions supported by Unified ICM/CCE & Hosted.

Chapter 2: Domain Requirements and Supported Topologies

Provides the domain and AD requirements for Unified ICM/CCE & Hosted. Discusses Unified ICM/CCE & Hosted requirements for Group Policy in AD, DNS requirements, and the supported domain topographies. Provides the steps necessary to configure AD sites, assign the Global Catalog and FSMO roles, configure the time source, change domain controllers to Native mode, and configure the DNS server on the forest root domain controller.

Chapter 3: About Organizational Units

Covers Organizational Units (OU), the OU hierarchy, the Cisco Root OU, Facility and Instance OUs, and how they relate to Unified ICM/CCE & Hosted.

Chapter 4: User Migration Tool

Provides information on and how to use the User Migration Tool.

Chapter 5: Service Account Manager

Provides information on and how to use the Service Account Manager (SAM).

Chapter 6: About Web Setup and Active Directory

Covers how to prepare to work with AD; how the Web Setup, the Domain Manager, and the OU hierarchy relate; and a listing of the functions of the Domain Manager.

Chapter 7: About the Domain Manager

Discusses the theory of operation and use of the Domain Manager.

Chapter 8: Handling the User List Tool and Agent Explorer in Multi-Instance Situations

Discusses the LimitUserAssociationByInstance registry key and its ability to restrict associating or adding a duplicate user to multiple instances.

Chapter 9: About Staging Prerequisites

Discusses system design specification, the hardware and software platform requirements, and how to set the staging environment.

Chapter 10:

Provides the information necessary to stage a Windows Server system in preparation prior to installing Unified ICM/CCE & Hosted.

Chapter 11: About Microsoft SQL Server Staging

Provides the information necessary to properly stage a system in preparation for installing SQL Server.

Appendix A:

Discusses the steps required to install the Domain Controller on Windows Server.

Appendix B: Moving the Cisco Root OU

Provides the necessary information and steps required to move the Cisco Root OU from one OU to another within the same domain.

Related Documents

Documentation for Cisco Unified ICM/Contact Center Enterprise & Hosted, as well as related documentation, is accessible from at: http:/​/​​cisco/​web/​psa/​default.html.

Related documentation includes the documentation sets for Cisco CTI Object Server (CTI OS), Cisco Agent Desktop (CAD), Cisco Unified Contact Center Management Portal, Cisco Unified Customer Voice Portal (CVP), Cisco Unified IP IVR, and Cisco Unified Intelligence Center.


You must also read and follow the guidelines set forth in the document Security Best Practices Guide for Cisco Unified ICM/Contact Center Enterprise & Hosted available on (http:/​/​​en/​US/​products/​sw/​custcosw/​ps1844/​prod_​technical_​reference_​list.html), before staging your Windows Server environment. The Security Best Practices document contains important guidelines for creating a secure Windows Server environment.

Product Naming Conventions

In this release, the product names defined in the table below changed. The New Name (long version) is reserved for the first instance of that product name and in all headings. The New Name (short version) is used for subsequent instances of the product name.


This document uses the naming conventions provided in each GUI, which means that in some cases the old product name is in use.

Old Product Name

New Name (long version)

New Name (short version)

Cisco IPCC Enterprise Edition

Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise

Unified CCE

Cisco IPCC Hosted Edition

Cisco Unified Contact Center Hosted

Unified CCH

Cisco Intelligent Contact Management (ICM) Enterprise Edition

Cisco Unified Intelligent Contact Management Enterprise

Unified ICME

Cisco Intelligent Contact Management (ICM) Hosted Edition

Cisco Unified Intelligent Contact Management Hosted

Unified ICMH

Cisco CallManager/Cisco Unified CallManager

Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Unified CM

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