Category Archives: Technical

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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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 Unified Communications Licensing Install and Rehost

I currently have some UC 10.x and 11.x licensing that is purchased and used for demonstrations.  With the recent purchase of the 11.x licenses, a Prime License Manager (PLM) server was stood up to manage the multiple clusters using multiple versions of the CUCM platform. This post walks through the process of standing up a stand-alone PLM server, pulling licenses from the Cisco licensing website, and the rehosting of licenses from a legacy license manager.

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Raspberry Pi as a Mobile Media Server

This process will walk through the steps take to setup a Raspberry Pi Model B+ as a media server that is capable of providing media in your car.  The main requirement is to be able to support multiple steaming videos simultaneously over a wireless network.  As an added bonus, The Raspberry Pi can also provide internet access if an Ethernet cable is plugged in and allow direct HDMI connectivity to an TV.

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