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Introducing Cisco Unified MeetingPlace

Table Of Contents

Introducing Cisco Unified MeetingPlace

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace

About the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server System

Hardware Characteristics of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

Hardware Characteristics of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8100 Series Hardware Components

LED Panels for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

Alarm Panels for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server System Configurations

Configuration Information and Examples for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

Configuration Information and Examples for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server Software

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Integration Applications

About the Cisco MCS

Cisco MCS Requirements

Installing the Cisco MCS Operating System

Updating the Cisco MCS Operating System

Installation Order of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Components

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Component Compatibility Matrix


Introducing Cisco Unified MeetingPlace


This chapter contains the following sections:

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace

About the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server System

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Integration Applications

About the Cisco MCS

Installation Order of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Components

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Component Compatibility Matrix

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace suite of voice, web, and video conferencing products is an integrated communication and productivity tool that is deployed on the corporate network behind the company firewall for unprecedented security. Access to Cisco Unified MeetingPlace conferences is easy via popular end-user desktop applications, including web browsers, instant-messaging (IM) clients, and standard IP-based phones.

Because the system integrates with common interfaces, such as groupware clients, web browsers, and PSTN- and IP-based phones, users can quickly schedule and attend conferences by using their preferred interface from any location.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace uses your organization's existing telephony or IP-based infrastructure to provide voice conferencing over PSTN and IP phones.

To facilitate advanced user interfaces and integration with other shared network resources, the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 or 8112 also connects to your local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). The conference server communicates with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace server-based software products to facilitate integration with other network resources.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace can be purchased in a standard, voice-only configuration, which includes server hardware, server software, and desktop software components with additional software options. You can also purchase individual software options.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server resides internally on the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 or 8112. Audio Server can be integrated with your organization's standard business applications, such as e-mail, Microsoft Outlook, and IBM Lotus Notes. These server-based integration applications (for example, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace for Outlook) are installed on one or more Cisco Media Convergence Servers (MCS). This Cisco-provided machine (which runs on Microsoft Windows) communicates with the Audio Server system and other Cisco Unified MeetingPlace integration applications over your LAN or WAN. (For more information about the Cisco MCS, see the "About the Cisco MCS" section.)

Figure 1-1 illustrates how a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system integrates with your network.

Figure 1-1 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace System Integrates with Your Network

1

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 or 8112

2

Cisco Media Convergence Server (MCS) with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace integration applications installed on them


About the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server System

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server system configurations include Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8100 series hardware, Audio Server software, and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace desktop software components with additional software options.

This section contains the following hardware information for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8100 series:

Hardware Characteristics of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

Hardware Characteristics of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8100 Series Hardware Components

LED Panels for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

Alarm Panels for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server System Configurations

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server Software

Hardware Characteristics of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 is a rack-mountable box that is 7 inches tall, 18.9 inches wide, and 14.5 inches deep. Fully loaded, it weighs up to 40 pounds.

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 has the capacity for a CPU card, six slots for Smart Blades or Multi Access Blades to provide physical connectivity to the phone network, and four drives: two disk drives, a floppy drive, and a CD-ROM drive. The front of the chassis allows access to the CPU, Smart Blades, and redundant power supplies. LAN cables, and telephony and IP cables plug into the back.

Figure 1-2 shows the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106.

Figure 1-2 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 Features (Front View)

Hardware Characteristics of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 is a rack-mountable box, 21 inches tall and 18.9 inches wide. Fully loaded, it weighs up to 110 pounds.

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 has the capacity for a CPU card, a hot swap controller (HSC), 12 slots for Smart Blades or Multi Access Blades to provide physical connectivity to the phone network, and four drives: two disk drives, a floppy drive, and a CD-ROM drive. The front of the chassis allows access to the CPU, Smart Blades, and redundant power supplies. LAN cables, and telephony and IP cables plug into the back.

An alarm panel, located on the top portion of the chassis front, indicates major alarms, minor alarms, and system status. For more information on the alarm panel, see the "Alarm Panels for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112" section.

Figure 1-3 shows the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112.

Figure 1-3 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 Features (Front View)

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8100 Series Hardware Components

Table 1-1 describes the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8100 series hardware components for the Audio Server.

Table 1-1 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server Hardware Components 

Component
Description

Mounting kits

Mechanical components necessary to mount the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server in one of the following configurations:

19-inch EIA-310 rack (U.S. and Canada)

19-inch Frame-Relay rack

Note The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 can also be mounted in 23-inch racks.

CD-ROM drive

The CD-ROM drive is used for software upgrades.

Smart Blades

The Cisco proprietary high-performance conferencing cards required to provide physical connectivity to the phone network:

Smart Blade.  Provides digital signal processing to ensure the highest voice quality and superior conferencing functions. Provides both port resource card (PRC) and master switch controller (MSC) functionality in a single card.

Note Because Multi Access Blades do not provide conferencing capability, every 96 ports of IP require one Smart Blade.

T1 Smart Blade.  Provides digital signal processing to ensure the highest voice quality and superior conferencing functions. Provides both PRC and MSC control functionality along with the necessary trunk interface functionality for digital T1 phone lines. This Smart Blade also provides the ability to connect up to four T1 spans (96 phone calls) by using E&M wink-start, loop-start, and ground-start call supervision.

Multi Access Blades

Components that enhance the Smart Blade by including the necessary Ethernet interface for IP-based telephony. The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace H.323/SIP IPGW is required for full functionality.

MP-MA-4.  Includes the necessary trunk interface card functionality for T1 PRI, E1, and IP-based telephony. For T1 PRI, the MP-MA-4-PRI supports AT&T, Bell, and Nortel protocols. For E1, the MP-MA-4-PRI supports Euro ISDN and QSIG protocols. For IP, the MP-MA-4 supports G.711 and G.729a audio encoding. Each MP-MA-4 requires at least one Smart Blade. The MP-MA-4 supports up to four PSTN spans.

MP-MA-16.  Includes the necessary trunk interface card functionality for T1 PRI, E1, and IP-based telephony. For T1 PRI, the MP-MA-16-PRI supports AT&T, Bell, and Nortel protocols. For E1, the MP-MA-16-PRI supports Euro ISDN and QSIG protocols. For IP, the MP-MA-16 supports G.711 and G.729a audio encoding. Each MP-MA-16 requires at least one Smart Blade. The MP-MA-16 supports up to 16 PSTN spans.

Note If a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 uses only one MP-MA-4-PRI for PSTN (that is, for T1 PRI or E1) in slot 1, then slot 2 will be reserved when Cisco Systems ships the Audio Server system.

Breakout box and cables

The breakout box provides a standard RJ-45 telephony interface for E1 and T1 PRI Cisco Unified MeetingPlace systems. It interfaces to a maximum of 16 cables. For each MP-MA-16-PRI shipped with the Audio Serversystem, we include 16 telephony cables and two trunk interface cables (50-pin Amphenol connectors) to connect each MP-MA-16-PRI to the breakout box; for each MP-MA-4-PRI shipped with the Audio Server system, we include four telephony cables and one trunk interface cable (50-pin Amphenol connector) to connect each MP-MA-4-PRI to the breakout box.

System database disks

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system has two 36 GB hard disks for the Audio Server software and the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system database. Space is allocated equally on each drive, resulting in an extra database and system space as follows:

System database disk 1.  Supports up to 500 MB of primary system files, 800 MB of temporary work space, and 5 GB of alternative space for storing the automatic database backup from disk 2. Disk 1 also includes 22 GB of additional storage and user and meeting names.

System database disk 2.  Supports up to 500 MB of alternate system files, 800 MB of temporary workspace, and 5 GB of alternative space for storing the automatic database backup from disk 1. Disk 2 also includes 22 GB of additional storage and user and meeting names.

Network interface

A pair of 10/100 Ethernet ports on the CPU transition module. The first port is used as the primary network interface. (The second network interface is not used at this time.)

External modem

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system includes an external modem connected to the Audio Server through a serial cable. The modem cable connects through the back of the Audio Server through a COM2 connector to the CPU transition module.


LED Panels for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 has three types of LEDs as described in Table 1-2. See Figure 1-4 to locate the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 LEDs.

Table 1-2 Descriptions of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 LEDs 

Component
LED Color and Meaning

Fan assembly

None—Fan assembly is working properly or is not properly inserted.

Red—Fan assembly is not working properly.

Disk drives

Green—Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 is accessing the disk drive.

None—Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 is not accessing the disk drive.

Power supply units

Green on both—Power supply units are working properly.

Red on both—Neither power supply unit is working properly. Shut off the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 as soon as possible and remove all cards, the floppy drive and CD-ROM drive housing unit, and the disk drives.

None on both—Either the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 is powered off or the power supply units are not properly inserted.

Green on one; red on other—One power supply unit is working properly, and the other is either bad or not properly inserted.

Green on one; none on other—One power supply unit is working properly, and the other is either bad or not properly inserted.

Red on one; none on other—One power supply unit is bad, and the other is not properly inserted.


Figure 1-4 Locations of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 LEDs

Alarm Panels for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 has system LEDs on the front top panel, as described in Table 1-3. See Figure 1-5 to locate the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 LEDs.

Table 1-3 Descriptions of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 LEDs 

Component
Meaning

System in service

When on, indicates the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system is in service.

Component out of service

When on, indicates there is a component out of service. Check the alarm table.

System out of service

When on, indicates the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system is out of service.

Telco major alarm

When on, indicates a possible Telco problem that may affect service. Check the alarm table.

Telco minor alarm

When on, indicates a possible minor Telco problem that does not affect service. Check the alarm table.

Telco critical alarm

Not used. Disregard.


Figure 1-5 Locations of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 LEDs

About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server System Configurations

This section contains information on and examples of the different blade configurations for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server system. (For instructions on configuring the Audio Server system, refer to the Configuration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/products_installation_and_configuration_guides_list.html.)

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 comes equipped with six slots for Smart Blades, T1 Smart Blades, or Multi Access Blades, and the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 comes equipped with 12 slots for Smart Blades, T1 Smart Blades, or Multi Access Blades.

Table 1-4 lists the number of access ports supported per blade.


Note E1, T1 PRI, and IP-based telephony require at least one Multi Access Blade and one Smart Blade.


Table 1-4 Supported Access Ports 

Blade
Supported Access Ports

T1 Smart Blade or Smart Blade

96

MP-MA-16-PRI for E1

480

MP-MA-16-PRI for T1 PRI

368

MP-MA-16 for IP

480

MP-MA-4-PRI for E1

120

MP-MA-4-PRI for T1 PRI

92

MP-MA-4 for IP

120


Note that mixing protocols is supported only in combination with IP ports:

T1 PRI and IP

E1 and IP

T1 CAS and IP

(For example, a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system cannot have both T1 and E1 ports configured, but it can have T1—either PRI or CAS—and IP ports, or E1 and IP ports. In addition, a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system cannot have both T1 CAS and T1 PRI ports configured.)


Note The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server supports only E1 PRI. We do not provide E1 CAS telephony interfaces.


Configuration Information and Examples for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 supports the following:

Up to 576 ports in a T1 CAS Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system

Up to 368 ports in a T1 PRI Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system (U.S. and Canada)

Up to 480 ports in an E1 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system

Up to 480 IP ports (supports codecs G.711 (A-law and u-law) and G.729a and signaling H.323 and SIP)

Nonblocking N/2 simultaneous conferences

Mix and match T1 and IP endpoints

Mix and match E1 and IP endpoints

Table 1-5 lists the allowable port and blade configurations for each protocol and the hardware used to achieve them.

Table 1-5 Supported Blade Configurations for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 

Protocol
Maximum Ports
Hardware Configuration

T1 CAS

576

6 T1 Smart Blades

E1

480

5 Smart Blades and 1 MP-MA-16-PRI

T1 PRI

368

4 Smart Blades and 1 MP-MA-16-PRI

IP

480

5 Smart Blades and 1 MP-MA-16


T1 CAS Smart Blades and T1 PRI and E1 Multi Access Blades are installed starting from slot 1 on the bottom and move to the top. IP Multi Access Blades are installed starting from slot 6 on the top and move to the bottom.

Example: T1 CAS Configuration

Table 1-6 shows a pure T1 CAS configuration with 576 ports. Each slot has a T1 Smart Blade, denoted by SB. Each T1 Smart Blade provides 96 ports, and there are 6 T1 Smart Blades (96 x 6 = 576).

Table 1-6 Pure T1 CAS Configuration, 576 T1 CAS Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

SB

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

SB


Example: T1 PRI Configuration

Table 1-7 shows a pure T1 PRI configuration with 368 T1 PRI ports. The MP-MA-16-PRI in slot 1 provides 368 T1 PRI ports. Because Multi Access Blades do not provide conferencing capability, every 96 ports requires one Smart Blade. All of the ports in slots 2 to 4 (3 x 96 = 288) and 80 of the ports in slot 5 are used for conferencing.

Table 1-7 Pure T1 PRI Configuration, 368 T1 CAS Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

 

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-16-PRI


Example: Pure IP Configuration

Table 1-8 shows a pure IP configuration with 480 IP ports. The MP-MA-16 in slot 6 provides 480 IP ports. Because Multi Access Blades do not provide conferencing capability, every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so slots 1 to 5 use their 480 ports (5 x 96 = 480) for IP conferencing.

Table 1-8 Pure IP Configuration, 480 IP Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-16

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

SB


Examples: T1 CAS and IP Mixed Configurations

Table 1-9 through Table 1-12 show examples of T1 CAS and IP mixed configurations. The T1 CAS trunks may or may not be configured, depending on the number of IP ports. In each table, SB is a T1 Smart Blade.

In Table 1-9, the MP-MA-4 in slot 6 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 5 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The remaining 72 ports in slot 4 (96 - the 24 used for the IP conferencing) plus the ports in slots 1 to 3 (3 x 96 = 288) are used for the T1 CAS portion of the configuration (288 + 72 = 360).

Table 1-9 120 IP Ports, 360 T1 CAS Ports, 480 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-4

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

SB


In Table 1-10, the MP-MA-4 in slot 6 provides 96 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 5 uses its 96 ports for IP conferencing. The ports in slots 1 to 4 (96 x 4 = 384) are used for the T1 CAS portion of the configuration.

Table 1-10 96 IP Ports, 384 T1 CAS Ports, 480 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-4

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

SB


In Table 1-11, the MP-MA-16 in slot 6 provides 240 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slot 4 and 5 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 3 uses 48 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 96 + 48 = 240). The remaining 48 ports in slot 3 (96 - the 48 used for the IP conferencing) plus the ports in slots 1 and 2 (2 x 96 = 192) are used for the T1 CAS portion of the configuration (48 + 192 = 240).

Table 1-11 240 IP Ports, 240 T1 CAS Ports, 480 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-16

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

SB


In Table 1-12, the MP-MA-16 in slot 6 provides 360 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 3 to 5 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 2 uses 72 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (3 x 96 = 288 + 72 = 360). The remaining 24 ports in slot 2 (96 - the 72 used for the IP conferencing) plus the 96 ports in slot 1 are used for the T1 CAS portion of the configuration (24 + 96 = 120).

Table 1-12 360 IP Ports, 120 T1 CAS Ports, 480 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-16

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

SB


Examples: T1 PRI and IP Mixed Configurations

Table 1-13 to Table 1-16 show examples of T1 PRI and IP mixed configurations. IP Multi Access Blades are installed starting from slot 6 on the top and move to the bottom.

In Table 1-13, the MP-MA-4 in slot 6 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 3 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 92 T1 PRI ports. The Smart Blade in slot 2 uses 92 of its 96 ports for conferencing.

Table 1-13 120 IP Ports, 92 T1 PRI Ports, 212 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-4

5

 

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-4-PRI


In Table 1-14, the MP-MA-4 in slot 6 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 5 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The MP-MA-16-PRI in slot 1 provides 253 T1 PRI ports. The Smart Blades in slots 2 and 3 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 61 of its 72 ports for conferencing. (The Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 24 of its ports for the IP portion of the configuration and 61 ports for the T1 PRI portion of the configuration.)

Table 1-14 120 IP Ports, 253 T1 PRI Ports, 373 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-4

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-16-PRI


In Table 1-15, the MP-MA-16 in slot 6 provides 240 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 4 and 5 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 3 uses 48 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 96 + 48 = 240). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 92 T1 PRI ports. The Smart Blade in slot 2 uses 92 of its 96 ports for conferencing.

Table 1-15 240 IP Ports, 92 T1 PRI Ports, 332 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-16

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-4-PRI


In Table 1-16, the MP-MA-16 in slot 6 provides 180 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 5 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 84 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 84 = 180). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 92 T1 PRI ports. The Smart Blade in slot 2 uses 92 of its 96 ports for conferencing.

Table 1-16 180 IP Ports, 92 T1 PRI Ports, 272 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-16

5

SB

4

SB

3

 

2

SB

1

MP-MA-4-PRI


Example: E1 Configuration

The E1 Multi Access Blade is installed in slot 1, followed by Smart Blades. Table 1-17 shows a pure E1 configuration with 480 E1 ports. The MP-MA-16-PRI in slot 1 provides 480 E1 ports. The Smart Blades in slots 2 to 6 each have 96 ports (96 x 5 = 480) which are used for conferencing. In this table, SB is a Smart Blade.

Table 1-17 Pure E1 Configuration, 480 E1 Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

SB

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-16-PRI


Examples: E1 and IP Mixed Configurations

The E1 Multi Access Blade is installed in slot 1, followed by Smart Blades. The IP Multi Access Blade is installed in slot 6.

Table 1-18 through Table 1-20 show examples of mixed E1 and IP configurations. The E1 trunks on the Multi Access Blades may or may not be configured depending on the number of IP Multi Access Blades populated. In the following tables, SB is a Smart Blade.

In Table 1-18, the MP-MA-4 in slot 6 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 3 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 120 E1 ports. The remaining 72 ports in slot 3 (96 - the 24 used for the IP conferencing) plus 48 ports in slot 2 (72 + 48 = 120) are used for the E1 portion of the configuration.

Table 1-18 120 IP Ports, 120 E1 Ports, 240 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-4

5

 

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-4-PRI


In Table 1-19, the MP-MA-4 in slot 6 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 5 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The MP-MA-16-PRI in slot 1 provides 240 E1 ports. The Smart Blades in slots 2 and 3 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 48 of its remaining 72 ports for conferencing (96 + 96 + 48 = 240). (The Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 24 of its ports for the IP portion of the configuration and 48 ports for the E1 portion of the configuration.)

Table 1-19 120 IP Ports, 240 E1 Ports, 360 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-4

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-16-PRI


In Table 1-20, the MP-MA-16 in slot 6 provides 240 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 4 and 5 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 3 uses 48 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 96 + 48 = 240). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 120 E1 ports. The Smart Blade in slot 2 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 3 uses 24 of its remaining 48 ports for conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). (The Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 48 of its ports for the IP portion of the configuration and 24 ports for the E1 portion of the configuration.)

Table 1-20 240 IP Ports, 120 E1 Ports, 360 Total Ports 

Slot
Blade

6

MP-MA-16

5

SB

4

SB

3

SB

2

SB

1

MP-MA-4-PRI


Configuration Information and Examples for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 supports the following:

Up to 1152 ports in a T1 CAS Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system

Up to 736 ports in a T1 PRI Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system (U.S. and Canada)

Up to 960 ports in an E1 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system

Up to 960 IP ports (supports codecs G.711 (A-law and u-law) and G.729a and signaling H.323 and SIP)

Nonblocking N/2 simultaneous conferences

Mix and match T1 and IP endpoints

Mix and match E1 and IP endpoints

Table 1-21 lists the allowable port and blade configurations for each protocol and the hardware used to achieve them.

Table 1-21 Supported Blade Configurations for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 

Protocol
Maximum Ports
Hardware Configuration

T1 CAS

1152

12 T1 Smart Blades

E1

960

10 Smart Blades and 2 MP-MA-16-PRIs

T1 PRI

736

8 Smart Blades and 2 MP-MA-16-PRIs

IP

960

10 Smart Blades and 2 MP-MA-16s


T1 PRI and E1 Multi Access Blades are installed on the left (with slot 2 left vacant if no MP-MA-16-PRI or MP-MA-4-PRI is needed to populate it and if the slot is not needed for Smart Blade capacity). Next, T1 Smart Blades are installed to the right of this. Last, IP Multi Access Blades are installed starting on the right (slot 16), and move to the left.


Note In all configurations for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112, slots 7 to 10 are reserved for CPU and system controller cards.


Example: T1 CAS Configuration

Table 1-22 shows a pure T1 CAS configuration with 1152 T1 CAS ports. Each slot (except for slots 7 to 10, which are reserved for CPU and system controller cards) has a T1 Smart Blade, denoted by SB. Each T1 Smart Blade has the capacity for 96 ports and there are 12 T1 Smart Blades (96 x 12 = 1152).

Table 1-22 Pure T1 CAS Configuration, 1152 T1 CAS Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB


Example: T1 PRI Configuration

Table 1-23 shows a pure T1 PRI configuration with 736 T1 PRI ports. The MP-MA-16-PRIs in slots 1 and 2 provide 368 T1 PRI ports each (368 x 2 = 736). The ports in slots 3 to 13 (7 x 96 = 672) and 64 of the ports in slot 14 are used for conferencing (672 + 64 = 736).

Table 1-23 Pure T1 PRI Configuration, 736 T1 PRI Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-16-
PRI

MP-MA-16-
PRI

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

   

Example: Pure IP Configuration

Table 1-24 shows a pure IP configuration with 960 IP ports. There are two MP-MA-16s on the right which support 480 IP ports each (2 x 480 = 960). Because Multi Access Blades do not provide conferencing capability, every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so slots 1 to 6 and slots 11 to 14 each have a Smart Blade with a capacity for 96 ports.

Table 1-24 Pure IP Configuration, 960 IP Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

MP-MA-16

MP-MA-16


Examples: T1 CAS and IP Mixed Configurations

Table 1-25 to Table 1-28 show examples of configurations with T1 CAS and IP. The T1 CAS trunks may or may not be configured depending on the number of IP ports. In each table, SB is a T1 Smart Blade.

In Table 1-25, the MP-MA-4 in slot 16 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 15 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 14 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The remaining 72 ports in slot 14 (96 - the 24 used for the IP conferencing) plus the ports in slots 1 to 6 and 11 to 13 (9 x 96 = 864) are used for the T1 CAS portion of the configuration (864 + 72 = 936).

Table 1-25 120 IP Ports, 936 T1 CAS Ports, 1056 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

MP-MA-4


In Table 1-26, the MP-MA-16 in slot 16 provides 480 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 11 to 15 use their 480 ports for IP conferencing (96 x 5 = 480). Slots 1 to 6 have T1 Smart Blades with 96 ports each (6 x 96 = 576 ports) to support the T1 CAS configuration.

Table 1-26 480 IP Ports, 576 T1 CAS Ports, 1056 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

MP-MA-16


In Table 1-27, the two MP-MA-4s in slots 15 and 16 provide 120 IP ports each (2 x 120 = 240). Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 13 and 14 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 12 uses 48 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 96 + 48 = 240). The remaining 48 ports in slot 12 (96 - the 48 used for the IP conferencing) plus the ports in slots 1 to 6 and 11 (7 x 96 = 672) are used for the T1 CAS portion of the configuration (672 + 48 = 720).

Table 1-27 240 IP Ports, 720 T1 CAS Ports, 960 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

MP-MA-4

MP-MA-4


In Table 1-28, the MP-MA-16 in slot 16 provides 480 IP ports and the MP-MA-4 in slot 15 provides 120 IP ports, for a total of 600 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 5 to 14 use their 576 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 x 6= 576 + 24 = 600). The remaining 72 ports in slot 4 (96 - the 24 used for the IP conferencing) plus the ports in slots 1 to 3 (3 x 96 = 288) are used for the T1 CAS portion of the configuration (288 + 72 = 360).

Table 1-28 600 IP Ports, 360 T1 CAS Ports, 960 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

MP-MA-4

MP-MA-16


Examples: T1 PRI and IP Mixed Configurations

Table 1-29 and Table 1-30 show examples of mixed configurations with T1 PRI and IP. In each table, SB is a T1 Smart Blade. The Multi Access Blade used for the IP part of the configuration is on the right, in slot 16 and the Multi Access Blade used for the T1 PRI part of the configuration is on the left, in slot 1.

In Table 1-29, the MP-MA-16 in slot 16 provides 480 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 3 to 11 use their 480 ports for IP conferencing (96 x 5= 480). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 92 T1 PRI ports and the Smart Blade in slot 2 uses 92 of its 96 ports for conferencing.

Table 1-29 480 IP Ports, 92 T1 PRI Ports, 572 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-4-PRI

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

       

MP-MA-16


In Table 1-30, the MP-MA-16 in slot 16 provides 480 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 6 to 14 use their 480 ports for IP conferencing (96 x 5= 480). The MP-MA-16-PRI in slot 1 provides 368 T1 PRI ports. The Smart Blades in slots 2 to 4 use their 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 5 uses 80 of its 96 ports for conferencing (3 x 96 = 288 + 80 = 368).

Table 1-30 480 IP Ports, 368 T1 PRI Ports, 848 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-16-PRI

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

 

MP-MA-16


Example: Pure E1 Configuration

E1 Multi Access Blades are installed starting in slot 1 and move to the right, followed by Smart Blades. Table 1-31 shows a pure E1 configuration with 960 E1 ports. The two MP-MA-16-PRIs in slots 1 and 2 provide 480 E1 ports each (480 x 2 = 960). The Smart Blades in slots 3 to 16 each have 96 ports (96 x 10 = 960) which are used for conferencing.

In this table, SB is a Smart Blade.

Table 1-31 Pure E1 Configuration, 960 E1 Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-16-PRI

MP-MA-16-PRI

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB


Examples: E1 and IP Mixed Slot Configurations

E1 Multi Access Blades are installed starting in slot 1 and move to the right, followed by Smart Blades. IP Multi Access Blades are installed starting in slot 16 and move to the left.

Table 1-32 to Table 1-35 show examples of mixed E1 and IP configurations. The E1 trunks on the Multi Access Blades may or may not be configured depending on the number of IP Multi Access Blades populated. In the following tables, SB is a Smart Blade.

In Table 1-32, the MP-MA-4 in slot 16 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 12 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 11 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The MP-MA-16-PRI in slot 1 provides 480 E1 ports. The remaining 72 ports in slot 11 (96 - the 24 used for the IP conferencing) plus the ports in slots 2 to 6 (5 x 96 = 480) are used for the E1 portion of the configuration (5 x 96 = 480).

Table 1-32 120 IP Ports, 480 E1 Ports, 600 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-16-PRI

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

     

MP-MA-4


In Table 1-33, the MP-MA-16 in slot 16 provides 480 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 11 to 15 use their 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 x 5 = 480). The MP-MA-16-PRI in slot 1 provides 480 E1 ports. The ports in slot 2 to 6 (5 x 96 = 480) are used for the E1 portion of the configuration.

Table 1-33 480 IP Ports, 480 E1 Ports, 960 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-16-PRI

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

MP-MA-16


In Table 1-34, the MP-MA-16 in slot 16 provides 480 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blades in slots 4 to 12 use their 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 x 5 = 480). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 120 E1 ports. The 96 ports in slot 2 plus 24 of the ports in slot 3 are used for the E1 portion of the configuration (96 + 24 = 120).

Table 1-34 480 IP Ports, 120 E1 Ports, 600 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-4-PRI

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

     

MP-MA-16


In Table 1-35, the MP-MA-4 in slot 16 provides 120 IP ports. Every 96 ports of IP requires one Smart Blade, so the Smart Blade in slot 4 uses its 96 ports and the Smart Blade in slot 3 uses 24 of its 96 ports for IP conferencing (96 + 24 = 120). The MP-MA-4-PRI in slot 1 provides 120 E1 ports. The 96 ports in slot 2 plus 24 of the unused ports in slot 3 are used for the E1 portion of the configuration (96 + 24 = 120).

Table 1-35 120 IP Ports, 120 E1 Ports, 240 Total Ports 

Slot

1

2

3

4

5

6

11

12

13

14

15

16

Blade

MP-MA-4-PRI

SB

SB

SB

             

MP-MA-4


Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server Software

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server software uses a client server architecture that divides computing tasks between the server and the client. The following software resides on the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system database disk:

A real-time UNIX/POSIX-compatible operating system designed specifically for real-time intensive applications.

The system software, including:

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace application software.

Relational SQL database for storing all conference and profile information.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace options.

Desktop software is installed on desktop computers. This software communicates with the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system over the LAN or WAN.

For a list of all Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server software options, see the "About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Integration Applications" section.

Table 1-36 describes the components of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace voice-only (Audio Server) configuration.

Table 1-36 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Voice-Only Configuration 

Component  
Description

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace user licenses

Software license that allows callers to attend conferences. You may purchase more user licenses than you foresee for conference attendance, to provide telephony connectivity to support activities outside conferences (for example, to listen to meeting recordings).

MeetingTime

Desktop software that allows users to access and use Cisco Unified MeetingPlace functions from Cisco MCS. The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace voice-only configuration includes five MeetingTime licenses.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing (web scheduling only)

Windows-based server software that allows users to schedule conferences, share meeting materials, and listen to recorded meetings and voice comments from web browsers. Users can also link to meeting list pages for today's meetings, past meetings, and future meetings.


About Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Integration Applications

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace provides server-software options that integrate with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server.

Table 1-37 describes these additional integration applications.

Table 1-37 Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Integration Applications 

Option
Description

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing

Allows users to schedule conferences, share meeting materials, or listen to recorded meetings and voice comments from any web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and Apple Safari.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing also allows multiple individuals to share and collaborate on the same document in real time using their desktop or laptop computer, with additional features like annotations, polling, chat, and synchronized voice and web recordings.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Video Integration

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace provides support for video conferencing, allowing meeting participants to experience the full range of multimedia integration. Video ports can be scheduled and rescheduled on the conference through Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing.

MeetingTime and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace web users can see when video participants join or leave a meeting, mute or unmute, pause or play, and when they switch between voice activated and continuous presence mode. Video statistics are provided in the Raw Meeting Details report, the Raw Meeting Participant report, and Raw Participant Join Leave report.

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Video Integration also includes software for the Video Administration for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace component, which is required for video deployments.

Video Administration for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace manages many aspects of the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing MCUs, including the scheduling of video conferencing resources on the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing MCUs and providing cascading meeting functionality that combines meetings hosted on multiple Cisco Unified Videoconferencing MCUs.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace for Microsoft Outlook

Integrates Cisco Unified MeetingPlace with an Exchange server, allowing users to schedule and attend meetings using their Outlook client and to receive e-mail notifications for meetings to which they have been invited.

Users can accept notifications and have meetings automatically appear in their Outlook calendar, or decline notifications.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace for IBM Lotus Notes

Integrates Cisco Unified MeetingPlace with an IBM Lotus Domino server, allowing users to schedule and attend meetings using their Notes client and to receive e-mail notifications for meetings to which they have been invited.

Users can accept notifications and have meetings automatically appear in their Notes calendar, or decline notifications.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Directory Services

Offers seamless integration between an existing corporate directory server and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace. This integration automatically creates, updates, and deletes user profiles, which eases system management and enhances Cisco Unified MeetingPlace's security features.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace H.323/SIP IP Gateway Software

Software installed on a Cisco MCS that uses SIP, H.323, and RAS standard protocols to process call activity.

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace H.323/SIP IP Gateway is used with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace H.323/SIP IP server hardware and software, to provide users meeting access from IP phones using Cisco Unified CallManager and Cisco SIP Proxy, Avaya, Alcatel A5020 IP Softswitch, and H.323 endpoints.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace SMTP E-Mail Gateway

Software that fulfills queued requests for automatic meeting notifications and automatic distribution of meeting materials to participants through e-mail.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Network Backup Gateway

Software installed on a Cisco MCS to allow backups of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace database over the network.


About the Cisco MCS

To ensure a consistent operating environment for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace integration applications, all new installations of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace integration software must be installed on a Cisco Media Convergence Server (MCS) 7835 or Cisco MCS 7845, a Microsoft Windows software-based server.

The Cisco MCS is not shipped with an installed operating system. A Cisco Systems version of Microsoft Windows 2000 Server is provided on a CD-ROM and shipped with applicable software applications that run on the Cisco MCS hardware.

This section contains the following information:

Cisco MCS Requirements

Installing the Cisco MCS Operating System

Updating the Cisco MCS Operating System

Cisco MCS Requirements

The type of Cisco MCS and the number of MCSs you need depend on the following:

The number of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace web and audio conferencing user licenses in your organization.

The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace integration applications that you will install.

For information on specific requirements, refer to System Requirements for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_installation_guides_list.html.

Installing the Cisco MCS Operating System

Before you install any Cisco Unified MeetingPlace software on the Cisco MCS, install the operating system. Follow the procedure in Installing the Operating System on the Cisco Unified Communications Server (version 2003.1.1 or later), which is included with the operating system software. Although the document refers to Cisco Unified CallManager and other applications, it also applies to Cisco Unified MeetingPlace integration applications.


Caution Do not install the Cisco MCS operating system on any hardware other than a Cisco MCS.

If your network operates reliably at 100 MBps, set the Cisco MCS Ethernet Interface for 100 MB Full Duplex. Otherwise, set the interface for Autonegotiate.

Updating the Cisco MCS Operating System

You must update the Cisco operating system only with upgrades and patches issued by Cisco.


Caution Do not install operating system upgrades or patches on the Cisco MCS that were taken directly from Microsoft.

When changing the operating system from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003, you must do a new installation of Windows 2003. Cisco does not support upgrading the operating system from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003.

Installation Order of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Components

Install the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace components and integration applications in the following order:

1. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server

2. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace H.323/SIP IP Gateway (if you have an IP-based installation.)

3. Loading Cisco Unified MeetingPlace H.323/SIP IP Gateway second allows you to test dial-in access to the Audio Server system. Then you can confirm that the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8106 or Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8112 is functioning correctly before any critical Cisco Unified MeetingPlace integration applications are installed. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace components dependent on Audio Server: MeetingTime, Web Conferencing, Network Backup Gateway, Directory Services, SMTP E-Mail Gateway.

4. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace components dependent on Web Conferencing: Cisco Unified MeetingPlace for Outlook, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace for Lotus Notes.

5. Video Administration for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace. (if you plan to install Video Integration)

6. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Video Integration.

For information on specific requirements for these components, refer to System Requirements for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_installation_guides_list.html.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Component Compatibility Matrix

For latest supported version combinations of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Audio Server version 6.0 and the other Cisco Unified MeetingPlace components, refer to Compatibility Matrix: Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Components at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/products_device_support_tables_list.html

For requirement information on individual components, refer to System Requirements for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_installation_guides_list.html.