12 Apr

Cisco Video Communication Server Alarm Notification

I thought I’d finally sit down and learn how to Python – I wanted to do something useful with my first Python script so I decided to create an alarm notifier for the Cisco VCS.  I’m aware Cisco TMS generates tickets on Cisco VCS alarms (don’t think you get email alerts?) but what if you don’t have Cisco TMS or your Cisco VCS appliance can’t be actively monitored by Cisco TMS due to your network setup?

I’ll walk you through the steps to get this working, it’s pretty simple to setup and you can just leave it to monitor your Cisco VCS appliances/VMs.

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08 Apr

Automate Cisco Video Communication Server configuration backups

Last time I covered the TelePresence MCU backups crazyhorse made a great point that there isn’t a standard automated backup solution for the VCS configuration from Cisco, in this post I’ll walk you through setting up a simple shell script and CRON job to automate this.

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05 Apr

Cisco’s Demo Thursday: WebRTC Codex

Jimmy Ray takes the covers off of a piece of WebRTC to cover the audio and video codecs required for this upcoming technology, gives a little bit of background history then offers his take on how this compares with H.264.


04 Apr


If you want to change the default image on your Cisco TelePresence Management Suite installation from


To something like this


The default image is stored on your Cisco TelePresence Management Suite server, in C:Program Files (x86)TANDBERGTMSwwwTMSstylesdefaultimages the image you want to change is the logo.png and it is 300×26 in size.

06 Feb

Automating Cisco TelePresence MCU backups

I’m responsible for managing a few Cisco TelePresence MCUs in my role, we have various models, 4210, 4505, 8510 and 8710’s.  I wanted a clean (and dirty) way to backup the cdr log and configuration without using TMS, my method uses FTP and the API.

I have a shell script configured to download the two xml files via FTP then launch a PHP script to clear the cdr log.

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