Cisco Meeting Server VM Installation

Cisco Meeting Server VM Installation – Many people are trivialized about how the Cisco Meeting Server is initially installed. First it is important to understand the options available for the Cisco Meeting Server.

You can purchase the Cisco Meeting Server as an appliance or a virtual machine. A third option is to upgrade a Cisco Mutiparty media 400v/410v/410vb TelePresence Server. If you plan to build your own virtual machine, you can use either the Microsoft HyperV or the VMWare ESXi hypervisors. Cisco recommends using VMWare for all virtual deployments. To try and alleviate some of this perplexity, here are a few steps to explain how to install the Cisco Meeting Server using the VMWare ESXi solution.

Note: For every release of the Cisco Meeting Server (formerly Acano) virtual solution, there will be an ovf folder for a new deployment, and an upgrade image (.img) for upgrading to the latest release. For a new installation follow this section; for an upgrade follow the release notes. 

Step 1          Obtain and download all files in the ovf folder from the Cisco Meeting Server (formerly Acano) FTP site.

  1. In the vSphere Client go to File > Deploy ovf Template.
  2. Browse to the .ovf file and select it.

Step 2          Follow the wizard instructions. The settings that must be selected are:

  1. Name the new VM.
  2. Select a Virtual disk storage folder to hold the VM disk.
  3. Ensure Power On After Deployment is not selected.

Note: Depending on how your virtual host is set up, some of the wizard settings may not be displayed or may not be selectable.

Step 3          When you see the message Completed successfully, click Close. The new Cisco Meeting Server virtual machine should be listed in the vSphere client.

Step 4          Select the Cisco Meeting Server virtual machine

Step 5          From the Getting Started tab, select Edit Virtual Machine settings and CPUs.

Step 6          Edit VM settings and choose CPUs. Set Number of Virtual Sockets to 1.

Step 7          Set Number of Cores per Socket to one of the following:

  • On a dual processor host with hyperthreading, set Number of Cores per Socket to the number of logical cores minus 2.
  • On a dual processor host without hyperthreading, set Number of Cores per Socket to the number of logical cores minus 1.
  • On a single processor host, set Number of Cores per Socket to the number of logical cores.

The number of logical cores can be found in the vSphere Client, ESXi Summary page. For the 40 call leg configuration above (Dual Intel E5-2650v2) the value will be 30.

Step 8          Click Power on.

Step 9          Open the vSphere Console tab. When the process is complete, you see the Cisco Meeting Server (formerly Acano) login prompt.

Step 10        Log in with the user name “admin” and the password “admin”. You will be asked to change the admin password. You are now logged into the MMP.