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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28 Mar

Cisco Release TelePresence Video Communication Server x7.1 .ova files

Yesterday Cisco released the official virtual machine files for the Video Communication Server x7.1.

They can be downloaded here

09 Mar

Cisco Release VCS x7.1 now with Virtualization Support!

Today Cisco released x7.1 with the new TMS Provisioning Extension support and virtualization support, a list of new features can be found below

– TMS Provisioning Extension support
– Improved Call Processing
– Virtual appliance support
– Other enhancements and usability improvements
– Improved status reporting of NTP server synchronization.
– The lower and upper source ports in the range used for sending DNS queries can now be configured on the DNS page.

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17 Feb

Cisco VCS SIP and H323 Troubleshooting Tool

Cesar Fiestas has been working on a tool called SMART. SMART will and can assist you parse and analize Cisco VCS SIP and H323 output traces either collected using netlog or by properly downloading the diagnostics log file from Cisco VCS version 7.x. I hope you find SMART a useful tool.

Features
- Cisco Unified Communications Manager Intelligent SIP parsing capabilities 
- Cisco Unified Communications Manager Intelligent H323 parsing capabilities 
- Cisco Unified Communications Manager Intelligent Q931 parsing capabilities 
- Cisco IOS Q931 Intelligent parsing capabilities 
- Cisco IOS Intelligent SIP Log tracing capabilities 
- Cisco Telepresence Video Communication Server SIP Log Tracing capabilities
- Cisco Telepresence Video Communication Server H323 Log Tracing capabilities 
- Cisco Telepresence System SIP Log Tracing capabilities 
- Cisco Cius SIP parsing capabilities
- Quick Find (multiple search criteria within the log or logs) 
- Powerful Call Flow and Media Reporting
- SMART Inspector feature
- Log screen Print
- and more!...

You can download SMART here or by visiting www.telepresencebridge.com/smart or https://supportforums.cisco.com/message/3548982

14 Feb

Cisco Demo: Cisco VCS with V-Motion

Live from the Cisco Live! London show floor, see how the virtualization of Cisco TelePresence Video Communications Server with V-Motion demonstrates minimal service disruption.

In the video they demonstrate a VCS being migrated from one hypervisor to another with an active call, pretty neat.