Collaboration’s Transformation

I recently was having a discussion with a peer around Collaboration, the Spark to Webex updates, and how it has changed overtime.  A bit of reminiscence from previous versions of the Collaboration strategies and where they are going prompted me to create this entry.  Lets take a look at Collaboration’s past, present, and future and assess how your organization has adopted.

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Cisco and Microsoft UC Integration: Part 1 – Intradomain Federation Messaging

Working through many conversations with customers has lead to example the steps required to complete some Microsoft and Cisco integrations within the Unified Communications (UC) space.  For the scope of this exercise, the Skype for Business and Jabber endpoints using the same domain will be enabled for direct messaging only communication.  This is the first post in an intended mini-series referencing the integration as well as user experiences.

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Cisco Push Notifications for iOS and Jabber

With the recent release of Cisco UC products, an additional feature has been delivered.  Jabber messages, both internal and Mobile and Remote Access (MRA) connected, can now be delivered through Apples cloud-based Push Notification Service.  While this may not peak everyones interest, it is a prelude to enabling the same functionality for other communication channels.

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Skype for Business and CUCM TCP Integration

With the requirement to demonstrate a Skype for Business audio integration with a CUCM, it was decided to integrate within my system.  Standing up a Skype for Business server to provide Enterprise Voice was not overly complex, but certainly presented more than one unique method to implement specific features.  One of those features proved to be creating a SIP trunk using TCP instead of TLS.

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Upgrade to Expressway 8.8.1 Breaks MRA

After completing an upgrade to Expressway 8.8.1, it was noticed that Mobile and Remote Access (MRA) suddenly stopped working.  After some searching and log files, it was found to be a DNS PTR record issue.  The  implemented “feature” that required the Expressway-E DNS PTR resolution had only been implemented as a requirement in version 8.8.1.

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Cisco CUCM DRS Backup Failure with OpenSSH

With the release of OpenSSH v6.7, weaker ciphers have been disabled.  Cisco CUCM has not updated the weaker ciphers used within CUCM as of v11.  This causes issues with backups to the OpenSSH versions in the latest distributions.  This post walks through the identification of the issue and the correction used in the CollabBackups appliance.

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