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Release Notes for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6
First published: Novemner 13, 2013
These release notes describe new features, requirements, restrictions, and caveats for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6. These release notes are updated for every maintenance release but not for patches or hot fixes. Before you install Cisco Unified MeetingPlace, we recommend that you review this document for information about issues that may affect your system.
To view the release notes for previous versions of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace, go to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_release_notes_list.html.
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See the System Requirements for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace in the following location: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/products_device_support_tables_list.html
Compatibility Matrix and Supported Upgrades
For compatibility information, see the Compatibility Matrix for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/products_device_support_tables_list.html.
For information about supported upgrades, see the Installation, Upgrade and Migration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_installation_guides_list.html.
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New and Changed Information
For information about all available features and benefits, see the data sheet for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/products_data_sheets_list.html.
New Features in Release 8.6
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 includes support for the following:
•Microsoft Outlook integration features:
–Cisco Unified MeetingPlace plug-in support for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
Note The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace plug-in for Microsoft Outlook 2013 is supported for audio-only deployments and migrated MeetingPlace-scheduling deployments only.
•Microsoft Exchange 2013
•Supported Operating Systems:
–Windows 8 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
•Cisco Unified Communications Manager Release 10
•Windows tested browsers:
–Internet Explorer 10
–Mozilla FireFox 22
–Google Chrome 28
•Macintosh tested browser:
–Apple Safari 5.1.7
•IBM Domino Server 8.5.3 (x86 and x64)
•IBM Lotus Notes client 8.5.3 and template 8.5.3
•VMware ESXi 5.1
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 supports three deployment modes: WebEx-scheduling, MeetingPlace-scheduling, and audio-only. You must choose your deployment mode at the time the system is installed. Release 8.6 does not support the ability to change the system mode once configured without reinstalling the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Servers.
Note•New deployments may have either WebEx-scheduling or are audio-only. New deployments are not supported with MeetingPlace-scheduling.
•If you are using the Web Server with MeetingPlace-scheduling and Cisco WebEx conferencing, be sure to provision your Cisco WebEx site before installing the Web Server.
Application software required for installations of Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 components are available on DVD only.
Firmware Update for Cisco MCS 7835-I2 and 7845-I2 on Web Servers
The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Windows operating system installation also installs a device driver for the RAID-controller installed in the server. This device driver is only compatible with selected versions of RAID-controller firmware and RAID BIOS on IBM RAID controllers. To avoid incompatibility issues, you must upgrade or downgrade the firmware by obtaining the I2FW9247.iso image at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html. Select Products > Conferencing > Web Conferencing > Cisco Unified MeetingPlace > Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Conferencing > CUMP v.8.5 > 8.5(2). Select I2FW9247_MP852.iso.
For more information, see the "Installing the Web Server Software" section of the Installation, Upgrade and Migration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_installation_guides_list.html.
Firmware Update for Cisco MCS 7835-I3 and 7845-I3
If you are planning to install the Application Server on a Cisco MCS 7835-I3 or Cisco MCS 7845-I3 Server, then you need to update the firmware before installing the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace component.
Obtain the FWUCD-3.7.1-I.iso (or later) image by using one of the following:
•http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/hw/voiceapp/ps378/index.html. Select your MCS, then Download Software.
•Products > Unified Communications > Voice Servers > Cisco 7800 Series Media Convergence Servers. Select your MCS, then Voice Applications OS Firmware.
For more information, see the "Installing the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server Software" section of the Installation, Upgrade and Migration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_installation_guides_list.html.
Cisco may release patches for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 at various times. To download any applicable patches, go to Cisco.com: http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html and navigate to the appropriate section. Patches are indicated by an SR number, such as MeetingPlace Web Conferencing Software-8.6(2)_SR1.
Note Make sure that you read any readme files associated with your patch download for the latest notes and warnings.
•For the Application Server, select Products > Conferencing > Web Conferencing > Cisco Unified MeetingPlace.
•For the Web Server, select Products > Conferencing > Web Conferencing > Cisco Unified MeetingPlace.
Upgrades and Migrations
Be sure to review your migration procedure carefully before attempting the migration. Each procedure has specific considerations and steps that must be performed in the correct order. For detailed information about each path, see the "Upgrades and Migrations" section of the Installation, Upgrade and Migration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_installation_guides_list.html.
For migrated systems, obtain your Release 8.6 licenses by following the procedure in http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/voice_ip_comm/meetingplace/8_6/english/administration/licenses.html#wp1077893.
Supported Upgrades and Migrations to Release 8.6
See the Installation, Upgrade and Migration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 for information.
Limitations and Restrictions
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 does not support the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace PhoneView integration in multinode configurations. This results in the following behavior when using the MeetingPlace Conference Manager:
•Your system is configured for multinode and you initiate a meeting from the PhoneView application.
•Since the PhoneView integration is not supported, MeetingPlace Conference Manager has no knowledge of the meeting and is therefore unable to display any meeting status information, such as In Session or Ended messages.
•The meeting proceeds on the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace system, but MeetingPlace Conference Manager has no record of it.
MeetingPlace Conference Manager
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 supports a maximum of 60 simultaneous Conference Manager sessions as follows:
•In WebEx-scheduling deployments, a maximum of 60 simultaneous sessions are supported for monitoring or in-session activities only.
•In MeetingPlace-scheduling deployments, a maximum of 20 sessions can be actively involved with scheduling, rescheduling, and canceling meeting operations. All other sessions, up to the maximum of 60, can be involved with monitoring or in-session activities.
Cisco WebEx Limitations
Cisco WebEx Event Center and Training Center are not compatible with Apple Mac systems.
If you have a Release 8.0 system with Cisco WebEx scheduling, MeetingPlace-driven User Management, and SSO integration, then after a migration, your Release 8.6 system will not support custom session types. If you attempt to use custom session types after migration, then non-default configurations will reset.
Cisco WebEx Node for MCS Limitations
Cisco WebEx Node for MCS has the following limitations when used with WebEx-scheduling deployments and is therefore not recommended for WebEx-scheduling deployments:
•The following WebEx features are not supported when an internal meeting is launched from Cisco WebEx Node:
–High-quality WebEx video
–WebEx video file streaming
•Cisco WebEx Node for MCS does not support any HTTP or SOCKS proxy servers. Allow direct access to WebEx Site IPs directly through firewall settings.
•Cisco WebEx Node for MCS is currently not supported with the WebEx Global Site Backup system. If you want a fully redundant option with GSB, submit a new Cisco WebEx Node request to WebEx Provisioning to deploy a redundant node that is `homed' to the GSB data center instead of the primary. You must deploy an MCS or UCS with the Cisco WebEx Node for MCS software for this function in your network.
If your system is configured for WebEx-scheduling, the system does not support the starting of a recording from the phone.
If your system is configured for secure conferencing (TLS/SRTP), there is a maximum audio port limitation of 249 ports per system.
For further details, see the System Requirements for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/products_device_support_tables_list.html.
Customers who migrate from a system with MeetingPlace-driven user management to WebEx-driven user management have the following limitations.
•User profiles with UK or Australian English language settings are mapped to US English language settings. These users will hear US English audio prompts.
•User profiles with French-Canadian language settings are mapped to French (France) language settings. These users will hear French (France) audio prompts.
These caveats have been closed, which means that Cisco acknowledges that there is a problem but chooses not to fix it. See the "Using Bug Toolkit" section for information about accessing these caveats.
Third-Party Software Policy
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace is extensively tested in its supported hardware and software environment. Diverging from the supported hardware and software environment by adding third-party components may negatively impact Cisco Unified MeetingPlace functionality and may impose limitations to your Cisco support.
Cisco qualifies a fixed set of required third-party software, including remote-access and antivirus. This set is documented in the System Requirements document for each release. Any third-party components that are not explicitly listed in the System Requirements documentation are not supported.
Microsoft Updates or Patches
Do not apply operating system updates or patches directly from Microsoft on your Cisco MCS. Cisco qualifies such updates and patches for its applications and then makes them available to customers. Customers can sign up to be notified of available updates through the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/cisco/support/notifications.html.
Using Bug Toolkit
Known problems (bugs) are graded according to severity level. These release notes contain descriptions of the following:
•All severity level 1 or 2 bugs.
•Significant severity level 3 bugs.
•All customer-found bugs except severity level 6 enhancement requests.
You can search for problems by using the Cisco Software Bug Toolkit.
Before You Begin
To access Bug Toolkit, you need the following items:
•Cisco.com user ID and password
Step 1 To access the Bug Toolkit, go to http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/action.do?hdnAction=searchBugs.
Step 2 Log in with your Cisco.com user ID and password.
Step 3 To look for information about a specific problem, enter the bug ID number in the "Search for Bug ID" field, then click Go.
For information about how to search for bugs, create saved searches, and create bug groups, click Help in the Bug Toolkit page.
The caveats in the following tables describe possible unexpected behavior in the latest Cisco Unified MeetingPlace release. These caveats may also be open in previous releases. Bugs are listed in order of severity.
Table 2 Open Caveats in Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6
Identifier Component Severity Headline
AppServer restart due to ConfSchd thread timeout
The caveats in the following tables describe bugs that were found in a previous release and resolved in this release. Bugs are listed in order of severity.
See the Configuration Guide for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.6 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/ps5664/ps5669/prod_troubleshooting_guides_list.html.
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