Installing the Application Server Operating System
Step 1 Turn on the system (power on the virtual machine).
Step 2 If you are installing on a virtual machine, skip to Step 3. If you are installing on a physical machine, then insert the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server software DVD into the DVD-ROM drive. Boot the computer from the DVD.
Note Installation using IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM) or HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) is not supported.
Step 3 If you are installing on a virtual machine, then configure the boot options to boot from the DVD.
a. Select VM > Edit Settings.
b. Select the Options tab and select Boot Options.
c. Set the Power On Boot Delay to 10,000 and select OK.
d. Boot the virtual machine. During power on, press Esc to go to the Boot Menu.
e. Connect to the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server software DVD in the virtual CD/DVD drive. Select CD/DVD Drive 1 > Connect to < local_drive > or Connect to host device.
You can use either the CD/DVD drive on the computer connected to the vSphere Client, connect the DVD drive on the host server to the virtual machine, or if you have a Cisco UCS B-Series Server, use the bundled USB connector to connect to a USB external DVD drive.
f. Ensure that CD-ROM Drive is at the top of the Boot Menu. If not, use the arrow keys to navigate to CD-ROM Drive and press Enter.
Step 4 The installation program checks that your platform is valid.
- Physical machine—If your platform is invalid, the installation program displays an error message and the installation stops. Otherwise, the installation continues.
- Virtual machine—The installation program checks the platform against the minimum specifications. If your virtual platform does not satisfy the minimum specifications, then the installation program displays a warning message, and the installation continues.
Step 5 The installation program checks for an existing operating system.
- If you have an existing operating system, the installation program asks if you want to overwrite it. If you do not want to overwrite it, select Restart. The installation stops and the machine reboots.
- Otherwise, click Continue, then Yes. The installation continues, and overwrites the existing data
Step 6 The installation program checks the hard drive, the BIOS, and the RAID.
- If the installation program does not need to reconfigure any part of the system, it displays a green check mark next to the component name and the installation continues.
- If the installation program needs to reconfigure any part of the system, it displays two green circular arrows next to the component name and automatically reboots. After rebooting, the installation process restarts at Step 4.
- Depending on your system configuration, it may reboot up to three times. These reboots happen automatically.
The installation program continues to the media check.
Note The BIOS and RAID are not updated if you are installing on a virtual machine.
Step 7 Select Check Media.
Although you may skip it, we highly recommend you do the media check, which can take up to 15 minutes.
If the media check fails, the installation is automatically terminated. Otherwise, the installation continues.
Step 8 The installation program loads and installs the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Linux operating system from the DVD.
This takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Following the operating system installation, the installation program performs system configuration.
Step 9 The DVD-ROM drive ejects the DVD when the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Linux operating system installation is complete. Select Restart or the machine will reboot automatically in 30 seconds.
- Physical machine—Keep the DVD in the drive but do not close it.
- Virtual machine—You do not need to do anything, as the server boots first from the hard drive (unless you changed the boot order).
Step 10 Select Next from the Welcome to Cisco Unified Communications page.
Step 11 Read the End User License Agreement. If you agree, select the Yes, I agree to the License Agreement radio button, then select Next.
Step 12 Enter values in the following fields on the Network Configuration page. Select Next.
All fields are required except for the Secondary DNS field:
Caution Be sure you enter the correct network setting information here. If you need to change any of this information after the installation is complete, you must sign in as the root or mpxadmin user, and run the
– Primary DNS
– Secondary DNS (optional)
– Domain Name
- Ethernet Port 1(device eth0):
– Hostname (FQDN)
– IP Address
– Subnet Mask
Step 13 Confirm your network configuration, then select Next. If you want to make a change, then select Back and enter the correct information.
The installation program configures your network.
Step 14 Select the Time zone that best represents where the system resides from the drop-down list. Select Next.
You may also select the Time zone by clicking your location on the world map. The location is marked by a red X, and is specified in the Location field.
Step 15 Set the Date and the current Time.
Step 16 If you want your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system to synchronize its clock with a remote time server, then confirm the Enable Network Time Protocol check box is checked. Otherwise, uncheck it.
Note Enabling NTP (Network Time Protocol) allows your system to synchronize its clock with a remote time server. However, you do not need to enable NTP if you will be installing a deployment with MeetingPlace scheduling and a Cisco WebEx Node for MCS.
If you do not enable your system to use an NTP server, then your system will depend on the internal clock of the Application Server. This internal clock can drift over time and can cause serious problems with your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system.
Step 17 If you are using a NTP server, then enter the hostname (FQDN) or IP address of at least one NTP server and select Add. Select Next.
Tip If you add an NTP server, you must select Add before you select Next. If you do not select Add and only select Next, the system will not add the NTP server and you will see errors.
The system contacts the NTP server that you specified. (If the system fails to contact the NTP server, it displays a message asking if you want to continue. You can select Yes to continue or No to go back and enter another NTP server.)
Step 18 Close the DVD-ROM drive when the system displays the Cisco Unified Communications DVD page. Wait a few seconds and then select Next.
The software checks that your virtual machine meets the minimum requirements for the Application Server. If your virtual machine does not meet these requirements, then acknowledge the error message and reconfigure your virtual machine and restart the installation.
Tip Ensure that you wait a few seconds after you close the DVD drive before you select Next; otherwise the system does not have enough time to read the DVD and displays an error message.
The installation program loads.
What To Do Next
Installing the Application Server Software
Step 1 Select Next when the installation program displays an introductory message.
Be sure that no other programs are running before continuing with the installation.
Step 2 Read the End User License Agreement. If you agree, select the I accept the terms of the License Agreement radio button, then select Next.
The installation program displays the network settings with the values that you entered earlier.
Step 3 If there are any errors, then enter the correct values and select Next.
- Current eth0 Network Settings page
- Current DNS Network Settings page
Changing the values on this page overwrites the values you entered earlier.
Step 4 Review the values on the Review New Network Settings page to ensure that they are correct. (If they are incorrect, select Previous to go to previous screens to change the values.) Select Next.
Step 5 For the following users, enter a Password, confirm the password, and select Next. If you want this password to expire for the root and mpxadmin users in 30 to 99 days, then select the Enable Password Expiration? check box.
- admin Web administrator
The password must be at least eight characters and can contain any printable ASCII characters. The password is case-sensitive.
Step 6 Enter a PIN for the default Web administrator.
The PIN must be at least eight characters and is numeric.
Step 7 Select a Express Media Server (the default value) or a Hardware Media Server and select Next.
Step 8 Select the deployment type for your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system and select Next.
For more information, see http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Cisco_Unified_MeetingPlace_Release_8.6_--_Deployment_Options_for_Cisco_Unified_MeetingPlace_Release_8.6.
Step 9 Review the Pre-Installation Summary, then select Install.
The installation program installs the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server software. This can take between 20 and 40 minutes.
The status bar at the bottom of the window shows the installation progress. When the installation is complete, the installation program displays the Install Complete page.
Note If you are installing on a virtual machine and it does not meet the minimum requirements, then you see an error message. Click Exit and the system reboots automatically. If you are installing on a virtual machine, be sure to reboot from the Application Server DVD. Fix the virtual machine requirements, and redo the installation.
Step 10 Select Done to finish the installation.
- Physical machine—The DVD-ROM drive ejects the DVD. Remove the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server software DVD.
- Virtual machine—The DVD-ROM drive ejects the DVD. Disconnect the virtual DVD drive.
Step 11 Select Restart.
The system reboots and then displays the command-line interface.
What To Do Next
- Cisco supports single-node deployments with WebEx scheduling in Release 8.6. For additional benefits, including RSNA functionality, and increased meetings capacity, you may choose to install a multinode deployment. For more information, see “Configuring your Multinode Topology for in the