Virtualization for Cisco Meeting Server

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Version 2.6

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

This information listed here for convenience. For latest information, when in doubt, conflict, review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

If you want to run Meeting Server on hardware that is not listed below (e.g. Cisco Multiparty Media 400v/ 410v Server/ 410v Blade Server or CMS1000) then see Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

Co-residency support = See notes for Recording and Streaming VM
Full for all other VMs
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi = 6.0 U3, 6.5, 6.7 (ESXi 6.7 is not supported with the C220/C240 M4 models including CMS 1000 M4 model. For application fresh installs on ESXi 6.5 (VMFS5 or 6) and/or vCenter 6.5, use minimum OVA file version Cisco_Meeting_Server_2_6_0.ova. Does not apply to ESXi version upgrades. See Ordering guide for ESXi minimum feature level.)
Click for "IOPS"
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Call Bridge VM or
Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge + DB)
See notes

4+
(1 vCPU per 1.25 HD ports)

4+ GB
(1 per vCPU)

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes
See notes

Yes
See notes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Edge VM

4 or 8
See notes

4 or 8GB
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Database VM

8

8GB

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Recording VM

min 4, max 24
See notes

0.5GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Streaming VM

min 4, max 32
See notes

1GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

 


Version 2.5

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

This information listed here for convenience. For latest information, when in doubt, conflict, review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

If you want to run Meeting Server on hardware that is not listed below (e.g. Cisco Multiparty Media 400v/ 410v Server/ 410v Blade Server or CMS1000) then see Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

Co-residency support = See notes for Recording and Streaming VM
Full for all other VMs
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi = 6.0 U3, 6.5 (For application fresh installs on ESXi 6.5 (VMFS5 or 6) and/or vCenter 6.5, use minimum OVA file version Cisco_Meeting_Server_2_5_0.ova. Does not apply to ESXi version upgrades. See Ordering guide for ESXi minimum feature level.)
Click for "IOPS"
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Call Bridge VM or
Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge + DB)
See notes

4+
(1 vCPU per 1.25 HD ports)

4+ GB
(1 per vCPU)

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes
See notes

Yes
See notes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Edge VM

4 or 8
See notes

4 or 8GB
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Database VM

8

8GB

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Recording VM

min 4, max 24
See notes

0.5GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Streaming VM

min 4, max 32
See notes

1GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

 


Version 2.4

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

This information listed here for convenience. For latest information, when in doubt, conflict, review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

If you want to run Meeting Server on hardware that is not listed below (e.g. Cisco Multiparty Media 400v/ 410v Server/ 410v Blade Server or CMS1000) then see Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

Co-residency support = See notes for Recording and Streaming VM
Full for all other VMs
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi = 6.0 U3, 6.5 (For application fresh installs on ESXi 6.5 (VMFS5 or 6) and/or vCenter 6.5, use minimum OVA file version Cisco_Meeting_Server_2_4_0.ova. Does not apply to ESXi version upgrades. See Ordering guide for ESXi minimum feature level.)
Click for "IOPS"
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Call Bridge VM or
Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge + DB)
See notes

4+
(1 vCPU per 1.25 HD ports)

4+ GB
(1 per vCPU)

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes
See notes

Yes
See notes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Edge VM

4 or 8
See notes

4 or 8GB
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Database VM

8

8GB

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Recording VM

min 4, max 24
See notes

0.5GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Streaming VM

min 4, max 32
See notes

1GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

 


Version 2.3

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

This information listed here for convenience. For latest information, when in doubt, conflict, review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

If you want to run Meeting Server on hardware that is not listed below (e.g. Cisco Multiparty Media 400v/ 410v Server/ 410v Blade Server or CMS1000) then see Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

Co-residency support = See notes for Recording and Streaming VM
Full for all other VMs
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi = 6.0 U3, 6.5 (For application fresh installs on ESXi 6.5 (VMFS5 or 6) and/or vCenter 6.5, use minimum OVA file version Cisco_Meeting_Server_2_3_0.ova. Does not apply to ESXi version upgrades. See Ordering guide for ESXi minimum feature level.)
Click for "IOPS"
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Call Bridge VM or
Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge + DB)
See notes

4+
(1 vCPU per 1.25 HD ports)

4+ GB
(1 per vCPU)

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes
See notes

Yes
See notes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Edge VM

4 or 8
See notes

4 or 8GB
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Database VM

8

8GB

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Recording VM

min 4, max 24
See notes

0.5GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Streaming VM

min 4, max 32
See notes

1GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

 


Version 2.2

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

This information listed here for convenience. For latest information, when in doubt, conflict, review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

If you want to run Meeting Server on hardware that is not listed below (e.g. Cisco Multiparty Media 400v/ 410v Server/ 410v Blade Server or CMS1000) then see Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

Co-residency support = See notes for Recording and Streaming VM
Full for all other VMs
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi = 5.1 U2, 5.5 U1, 6.0 (See Ordering guide for ESXi minimum feature level)
Click for "IOPS"
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Call Bridge VM or
Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge + DB)
See notes

4+
(1 vCPU per 1.25 HD ports)

4+ GB
(1 per vCPU)

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Edge VM

4 or 8
See notes

4 or 8GB
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Database VM

8

8GB

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes

Recording VM

min 4, max 24
See notes

0.5GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

Streaming VM

min 4, max 32
See notes

1GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
See notes

 


Version 2.1

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.


This information listed here for convenience. For latest information, when in doubt, conflict, review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

If you want to run Meeting Server on hardware that is not listed below (e.g. Cisco Multiparty Media 400v/ 410v Server/ 410v Blade Server or CMS1000) then see Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

Co-residency support = See notes for Recording and Streaming VM
Full for all other VMs
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi = 5.1 U2, 5.5 U1, 6.0 (See Ordering guide for ESXi minimum feature level)
Click for "IOPS"
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Call Bridge VM or
Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge + DB)
See notes

4+
(1 vCPU per 1.25 HD ports)

4+ GB
(1 per vCPU)

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Edge VM

4 or 8
See notes

4 or 8GB
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Database VM

8

8GB

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Recording VM

min 4, max 24
See notes

0.5GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Streaming VM

min 4, max 32
See notes

1GB per vCPU
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

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Version 2.0

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

This information listed here for convenience. For latest information, when in doubt, conflict, review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

If you want to run Meeting Server on hardware that is not listed below (e.g. Cisco Multiparty Media 400v/ 410v Server/ 410v Blade Server or CMS1000) then see Cisco Meeting Server documentation.

Co-residency support = See notes for Recording VM
Full for all other VMs.
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi = 5.1 U2, 5.5 U1, 6.0 (See Ordering guide for ESXi minimum feature level)
Click for "IOPS"
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Call Bridge VM or
Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge + DB)
See notes

4+
(1 vCPU per 1.25 HD ports)

4+ GB
(1 per vCPU)

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Edge VM

4 or 8
See notes

4 or 8GB
See notes

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Database VM

8

8GB

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Recording VM

min 4, max 24
See notes

.5GB per vCPU

1x 100GB

1

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

* See mouse-over column heading for details


Notes

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Review the Cisco Meeting Server documentation for more information

Call Bridge VM or Combined VM (Edge + Call Bridge):
The Call Bridge supports Intel Xeon E5 2600 series (or later) processors and requires a minimum quantity of 4 vCPU. Where the clock speed is 2.5GHz or above each vCPU provides 1.25 HD ports. Where the clock speed is less than 2.5GHz, the 4 vCPU minimum still applies but each vCPU provides less than 1.25 HD ports. To calculate the capacity of each vCPU, divide the clock speed by 2.5 and multiply that by 1.25, for example a processor with 2.0GHz provides (2.0/ 2.5) x 1.25 = 1 HD port per vCPU. Capacity scales linearly with number of vCPUs so a system with 40 vCPUs allocated to CMS, with a clock speed of 2.5GHz can handle 50 concurrent 720p30 H.264 call legs.

Running a single VM
When running a single virtual machine on a host, one physical core per host must be left unused by apps for ESXi scheduler. With a single VM, it is possible to use hyper-threading to increase the available capacity. In this case the number of available vCPUs is double the number of physical cores in use. So a two socket system which has 20 physical cores will have 19 available to the application. With hyper-threading enabled, 38vCPUs can be used, which should be allocated to the CMS VM, and the other 2 left unused. If an option is available to choose both number of sockets and number of cores per socket, then these should mirror the underlying hardware.

Running multiple VMs co-resident on a single host
When running multiple virtual machine on a single host, at most one vCPU per physical core should be allocated regardless of the hyper-threading mode. If an option is available to choose both number of sockets and number of cores per socket for a VM, a single socket should be configured with all the virtual CPU cores.

When using VMware 5.5+ with multiple VMs and the Latency Sensitivity feature, one vCPUs per physical core can be assigned to applications. This requires the Cisco Meeting Server Core / Combined VM's Latency Sensitivity to be set to 'High' with one or more other VMs set to 'Normal'. So a two socket system which has 20 physical cores will have 20 vCPU available for the co-resident applications. If no other VMs can be set to 'Normal' then one physical core must be left unused. When using VMware release 5.1, or VMware 5.5+ without Latency Sensitivity, one physical core per physical server must be left unused by apps for ESXi scheduler. So a two socket system which has 20 physical cores will have 19 vCPU available for the co-resident applications. Use Collaboration Virtual Machine Placement Tool (VMPT) for assistance.

Over subscription of the host, either by incorrectly setting the number of Cisco Meeting Server VM virtual CPUs or by contention for CPU resources amongst VMs, causes scheduling delays and results in degraded media quality. A Cisco Meeting Server VM, correctly configured according to the recommendations above, will degrade gracefully by dropping frame rate and/or resolution if pushed over capacity.

Edged VM:
Edge VMs that connect to a single Meeting Server Call Bridge use 4 vCPUs and 4 GB vRAM. In other cases use 8vCPU and 8 GB vRAM.

Recording VM:
One recording per vcpu.

  • The recommended deployment for production usage of Recording is to run it on a separate VM.
  • This VM should be sized with 1 vCPU and 0.5GB of memory per 1 recording.
  • For co-residency with other VMs on shared hardware, 1vcpu per 1 physical CPU core (no Logical Cores/hyper-threading) for max 1 recording per physical CPU core.
  • If higher density required, see CMS 1000 deployment models on www.cisco.com/go/meetingserver.

    Can scale-out up to 8 Recorder VMs. If seeking >8, review by Cisco video team required (see your Cisco account team for process).

    See www.cisco.com/go/meetingserver for all other details.

    Streaming VM:
    Six streams per vcpu.

  • The recommended deployment for production usage of the Streamer is to run it on a separate VM.
  • This VM should be sized with 1 vCPU and 1GB of memory per 6 concurrent streams.
  • For co-residency with other VMs on shared hardware, 1vcpu per 1 physical CPU core (no Logical Cores/hyper-threading) for max 6 streams per physical CPU core.
  • If higher density required, see CMS 1000 deployment models on www.cisco.com/go/meetingserver.

    Can scale-out up to 6 Streaming VMs. If seeking >6, review by Cisco video team required (see your Cisco account team for process).

    See www.cisco.com/go/meetingserver for all other details.


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