Configuration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6
Configuring Dial-Out Features
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Configuring Dial-Out Features on MeetingPlace-Scheduled and Audio-Only Deployments

Table Of Contents

Configuring Dial-Out Features on MeetingPlace-Scheduled and Audio-Only Deployments

Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

About the Find Me Feature

Supported Devices for the Find Me Feature

How the Find Me Feature Works with Pagers

Restrictions for Using the Find Me Feature with Pagers

Enabling Dial-Out Privileges for Users

Configuring the Find Me Dial-Out Feature

Configuring Blast Dial-Out Calls

Configuring Fast Blast Outdial Meetings

Enabling Fast Blast Outdial Meetings

Configuring Fast Blast Outdial Meetings with Conference Manager


Configuring Dial-Out Features on MeetingPlace-Scheduled and Audio-Only Deployments


Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

About the Find Me Feature

Enabling Dial-Out Privileges for Users

Configuring the Find Me Dial-Out Feature

Configuring Blast Dial-Out Calls

Configuring Fast Blast Outdial Meetings

Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

Dial-out features allow users to quickly and easily join meetings and add other users to active meetings. Table 1 describes the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace dial-out features, which can be initiated only by users with the Can dial out (does not apply to Cisco WebEx meetings) field set to Yes in their user profiles.

Table 1 also specifies which voice prompt language each dial-out feature uses. During active meetings, however, voice prompts heard by all meeting participants use the meeting language. If the meeting language is not specified while scheduling the meeting, the Language configured in the user profile of the meeting owner becomes the meeting language.

Table 1 Dial-Out Features and Languages Used in Voice Prompts 

Dial-Out Feature
Description
Language Used in Each Dialed-Out Call

Find Me

At the scheduled start time of a meeting, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace initiates calls to meeting invitees at the phone numbers specified in their user profiles.

The voice prompts use the language specified in the user profile of the invited meeting participant.

Call Me

Meeting participants can join a meeting through the web and use the web interface to have Cisco Unified MeetingPlace call out to their phones.

For authenticated profiled users, the voice prompts use the language specified in the user profile.

For guest users, the voice prompts use the language specified in the Guest Profile.

Dial Out From Within a Meeting

During a meeting, a participant can trigger Cisco Unified MeetingPlace to:

Call a new participant

Call all missing invitees (not supported in reservationless meetings)

When the call is triggered by authenticated profiled users, the voice prompts use the language specified in the user profile.

When the call is triggered by guest users, the voice prompts use the language specified in the Guest Profile.


Restrictions

Port channel configuration with dual interconnect configured on the switch is not supported by Cisco Unified MeetingPlace. If you set up port channel configuration on your switch, dial out will not operate properly.

Related Topics

Configuring Dial-Out Features on MeetingPlace-Scheduled and Audio-Only Deployments

Specifying Languages for Users

About the Find Me Feature

About the Find Me Feature

With the Find Me dial-out feature, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace calls the meeting invitees when a meeting begins. This feature is available only to profiled users and can be enabled or disabled in each user profile. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace can call up to three devices, in the order specified in the user profile, to try to reach the user.

Supported Devices for the Find Me Feature

How the Find Me Feature Works with Pagers

Restrictions for Using the Find Me Feature with Pagers

Supported Devices for the Find Me Feature

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace can call the following devices, in the order specified in the user profile:

Phone—The person who answers the phone is prompted to join the meeting. Depending on the user profile and meeting configurations, the person might also be prompted for a user password or meeting password.

Direct-dial pager—Pager is directly reached by a phone number.

Non-direct-dial pager—Pager is reached by a phone number and a PIN.

Related Topics

About the Find Me Feature

Configuring the Find Me Dial-Out Feature

Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

How the Find Me Feature Works with Pagers

Both direct- and non-direct-dial pagers display these items in a single numeric string:

Phone number entered in the Access phone number 1 field in the Usage Configuration page

Meeting ID

When you configured the Find Me feature to call a pager, this behavior applies.

Direct-Dial Pager
Non-Direct-Dial pager

1. When the meeting begins, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace dials the pager service by using the phone number that is configured in the Pager number user profile field.

2. After the pager service answers, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace sends its own access phone number, which is configured in the Access phone number 1 field in the Usage Configuration page.

3. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace sends the meeting ID.

1. When the meeting begins, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace dials the pager service by using the phone number that is configured in the Phone number for non-direct-dial pagers user group field.

2. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace sends the pager-specific PIN or user ID, which is configured in the Pager number user profile field.

3. After the pager service answers, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace sends its own system access phone number, which is configured in the Access phone number 1 field in the Usage Configuration page.

4. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace sends the meeting ID.


Related Topics

Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

About the Find Me Feature

Configuring the Find Me Dial-Out Feature

Restrictions for Using the Find Me Feature with Pagers

These restrictions apply when you configure the Find Me feature to call pagers:

Only numeric pager output is supported. From the Access phone number 1 field in the Usage Configuration page, only the characters 0-9, #, and * are processed and sent to pagers. All other characters are discarded.

In the pager output, there is no indication of where the access phone number ends and where the meeting ID begins. These values are combined into a single numeric string in the pager output.

The pager output does not include meeting passwords.

If the length of the numeric string sent to the pager exceeds the pager limit, the pager will not be able to display all the digits.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace sends RFC 2833 digits in the Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) stream. These pager digits must be converted to in-band audio dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) signals. The gateway that converts the VoIP traffic in your network to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) must convert RFC 2833 digits to in-band DTMF signals. See the documentation for your specific gateway and software release to verify this capability.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace cannot send pager digits in these ways:

In the SIP signaling stream or channel

Directly as in-band audio DTMF signals

There might be a significant delay between when Cisco Unified MeetingPlace calls a pager and when the pager vibrates, flashes, or beeps. If the Search order for find me user profile field is configured to call a phone after calling a pager, the phone might receive the call before the pager vibrates, flashes, or beeps. Therefore, we recommend that you or the user take one or both of these actions:

Select Pager in only the Third option of the Search order for find me user profile field.

If the user wants to receive only a page and no phone calls when a meeting begins, leave the Main phone number and Alternate phone number user profile fields blank.

You cannot select Pager more than once in the Search order for find me user profile field, but leaving the Main phone number and Alternate phone number user profile fields blank effectively disables those options.

Related Topics

Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

About the Find Me Feature

Configuring the Find Me Dial-Out Feature

Enabling Dial-Out Privileges for Users

Before You Begin

If you want to configure the Find Me dial-out feature, see the "Configuring the Find Me Dial-Out Feature" section.

Procedure


Step 1 Sign in to the Administration Center.

Step 2 Select User Configuration.

Step 3 Select User Groups or User Profiles, depending on whether you want to configure a user group or an individual user profile.

Step 4 Select Edit or Add New, depending on whether you want to configure an existing or a new user group or user profile.


Note If you want to enable dial-out privileges for guest users, edit the guest user profile.


Step 5 Set Can dial out (does not apply to Cisco WebEx meetings) to Yes.

Step 6 Select Save.

Step 7 Repeat this procedure for all user groups and user profiles for which you want to enable dial-out privileges.


Related Topics

Field Reference: Add User Profile Page and Edit User Profile Page

Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

Restricting Dial-Out Privileges for Guest Users

Restricting Dial-Out Privileges for Profiled Users

Configuring the Find Me Dial-Out Feature

Before You Begin

Read the "About the Find Me Feature" section.

Procedure


Step 1 Sign in to the Administration Center.

Step 2 Select User Configuration.

Step 3 Configure user groups:

a. Select User Groups.

b. To configure an existing user group, select Edit. To configure a new user group, select Add New.

c. Configure these fields:

User Group Field
Value

Phone number for non-direct-dial pagers

(Required only for non-direct dial pagers)
Phone number to access the pager system

Can dial out (does not apply to Cisco WebEx meetings)

(Optional) Yes


d. Select Save.

e. Repeat Step 3 for all user groups for which you want to configure the Find Me feature.

Step 4 Configure user profiles:

a. Select User Profiles.

b. To configure an existing user profile, select Edit. To configure a new user profile, select Add New.

c. Configure these fields:

User Profile Field
Value

Group name

(Required only for non-direct dial pagers)
User group configured in Step 3 with the correct Phone number for non-direct-dial pagers.

Main phone number

Alternate phone number

Pager number and Pager type

Configure at least one phone or pager number.

If you select Non-direct dial pager in Pager type, enter the PIN or user ID for the individual pager in the Pager number field.

Method of attending

Have system find user

Search order for find me

Order in which the system should attempt to call the user

Can dial out (does not apply to Cisco WebEx meetings)

Yes or Group Default (Yes)


d. Select Save.

e. Repeat Step 4 for all user profiles for which you want to configure the Find Me feature.

Step 5 (Optional) Configure the system dial-out settings:

a. Select System Configuration > Usage Configuration.

b. Configure these fields:

Number of retry attempts

Delay between retries (sec)

c. Select Save.


Related Topics

Field Reference: Add User Profile Page and Edit User Profile Page

Field Reference: Usage Configuration Page

Dial-Out Features and Voice Prompt Languages

Configuring Blast Dial-Out Calls

Blast dial-out calls come in two forms:

Initiated by the system—While scheduling a continuous meeting, the scheduler sets Call all invitees when first person joins to Yes on the More Options page.

Initiated by a user—During a meeting, the scheduler (with dial-out privileges) enters #33 in the TUI to dial out to all missing invitees. After a user calls into the meeting, the system automatically places a call to all invited participants. The system calls 24-25 users at a time followed by a 40+ second delay before placing more calls. The calls following the 40+ second delay include calls to people who did not answer during the first round of calls.

Before You Begin

To enable user-initiated blast dial-out calls, complete the "Enabling Dial-Out Privileges for Users" section.

No specific configuration is required to use blast dial-out calls. This optional procedure describes how to configure fields that affect the behavior of all dial-out calls, including blast dial-out calls.

Procedure


Step 1 Sign in to the Administration Center.

Step 2 Select System Configuration > Usage Configuration.

Step 3 Configure the following fields, which affect all dial-out calls:

Number of retry attempts

Delay between retries (sec)

Step 4 Select Save.


Related Topics

Field Reference: Add User Profile Page and Edit User Profile Page

Field Reference: Usage Configuration Page

Configuring Continuous Meetings

Configuring Fast Blast Outdial Meetings

To configure fast blast outdial meetings you must first enable the feature in the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Administration Center and then open Conference Manager to configure your meeting.

Enabling Fast Blast Outdial Meetings

Configuring Fast Blast Outdial Meetings with Conference Manager

Restrictions

You can only configure fast blast outdial meetings on audio-only deployments.

You must configure your system to use Express Media Server (EMS).

Fast blast outdial requires a dedicated deployment. No additional conferencing is allowed on the system.

Enabling Fast Blast Outdial Meetings

Procedure


Step 1 Sign in to the Administration Center.

Step 2 Select System Configuration > Meeting Configuration.

Step 3 Set Enable fast blast outdial (disables regular meetings) to Yes.

When you set Enable fast blast outdial (disables regular meetings) to Yes, regular meetings are blocked and cannot be scheduled. Blast outdial meetings will dial up to 96 phones at a time without a pause.

When you set Enable fast blast outdial (disables regular meetings) to No, regular meetings still work. Blast outdial meetings dial up to 25 phones at a time and then pause 40+ seconds before placing additional calls.

Step 4 Select User Configuration > User Profiles or User Groups.

Step 5 Select Edit for the user profile or user group you want to configure.

Step 6 Set Can host audio/video meetings to Can host audio meetings.

Step 7 Select Save.

Step 8 Repeat Step 4 through Step 7 for each user profile or group that you want configured for blast outdial.


What to Do Next

Launch Conference Manager and configure your blast outdial meeting as described in the "Configuring Fast Blast Outdial Meetings with Conference Manager" section.

Related Topics

Meeting Configuration PageField Reference: Add User Profile Page and Edit User Profile Page

Configuring Fast Blast Outdial Meetings with Conference Manager

Before You Begin

Make sure you have enabled blast outdial as described in the "Enabling Fast Blast Outdial Meetings" section.

Install Conference Manager if you have not already done so. In the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Administration Center, select Services > Download MeetingPlace Conference Manager, select the Download the MeetingPlace Conference Manager link and follow the installation steps.

Procedure


Step 1 Start and sign in to MeetingPlace Conference Manager.

Step 2 Schedule a continuous meeting with the following parameters:

Set Meeting entry mode to Skip echo and name.

Set the Entry announcement and Exit announcement fields to be Beep only or None.

Select the Advanced Options checkbox for Dial-out on first join.

Use the Add Invitee section to invite the users.

Step 3 (Optional) To record a meeting message, perform the following steps:

a. Call in to your meeting.

b. Join the meeting. This triggers the first fast blast outdial to all invitees.

c. Enter #641 on your phone to record a meeting message.

d. Hang up your phone.

Step 4 Repeat Step 2 through Step 3 for additional blast outdial meetings you want to configure.


Related Topics

Installing MeetingPlace Conference Manager

Updating User Information in MeetingPlace Conference Manager