Cisco WebEx Meetings Server
Cisco Webex Meetings Server is a secure, fully virtualized, private cloud (on-premises) conferencing solution that combines audio, video, and web.
Cisco WebEx Meetings Server addresses the needs of today’s companies by presenting a comprehensive
conferencing solution with all the tools needed for effective and engaging collaboration. It delivers an interactive and productive experience for users.
You can deploy and manage Webex conferencing solution in private cloud, behind the firewall in your data center. It is designed for Cisco UCS servers and VMware vSphere.
Cisco WebEx products, it offers real-time collaboration tools, including document, application, and desktop sharing, annotation tools, full host control for effective meeting management, an integrated participant list with active talker, and video switching, recording and playback.
Cisco WebEx Meetings Server Installation
Cisco WebEx Meetings Server installation involves the deployment of virtual appliances.
System Requirements for Cisco WebEx Meetings depends on number of users you anticipate will join a meeting at any given time, and if you plan to add High Availability (HA) or Multi-data Center (MDC) to your system
Note: Check http://www.cisco.com site for Cisco WebEx Meetings System Requirements;
I will walk you through the deployment and configuration step for 50-user system (is also described as a micro system) in lab environment with minimum System Requirements.
Deploy Cisco WebEx meeting Server
Download Cisco webex meeting server
To Deploying Cisco WebEx Meetings, click “Files” Tab then “Deploy OVF template”
Read the license agreement, and if you agree click accept to continue
Then specify a name and location for the deployed template
Select a deployment configuration, I will choose “50 Users Admin” for my lab
Select the Datastore and the Disk format in which you want to store the virtual disk.
Thick Provision always recommend for production environment, I will chose the thin Provision in my lab environment
Select the network adapter to deploy the CWMS server on.
assign name and configure IP address; GW and system language for your WebEx server
review your options and then click “Finish ” to start the deployment
wait until the Deployment complete
Then from the management console you can see “Cisco WebEx Meeting Server” virtual machine
After the Deployment completed successfully, start the virtual machine
After “Cisco WebEx Meeting Server” virtual machine was started. Logon to console and write down the URL and use a Web browser to administrate and configure WebEx from the GUI.
Select the Language on the System Deployment windows and click Next
select the purpose of this deployment; I will select “Deploy a new system” since it is the first server on our lab.
follow the screenshot it is a self explanatory.
To show you other settings I will select the manual
Reverse Proxy Virtual machine must be installed on a production environment, but in my lab environment with limited HW resource I will not select to install
assign IP address to enable access from your network
Type WebEx Site that end user will use to access the server and Administration URL
Confirm the network configuration, Host name and virtual machines
system capacity check
At this point the virtual machines installation was completed; let’s continue with the system configuration
configure the Mail Server
Setup the Time Zone and location
Setup Administrator and Auditor accounts
Sign In with Administrator account
after successful sign in you can see WebEx Administration Dashboard
Sign in to the WebEx Administration GUI then click on the Users tab.
Click on “Add User”, then select the Account type and enter account information.
click on “Save”
I am going to create two accounts “David Jack” and “John Smith” we may use them in our lab
Sign In to configure user account
After creating user account , the users will receive email with the link to create password
use the link and Create password .
Sign in to the WebEx user GUI
configure your account
We Deploy and configure WebEx and two user account was created and configured.
lets schedule meeting
Sign In to WebEx and click on the Meetings tab.
Note: must be a host type account
in this example “David Jack”(Host) with schedule a WebEx meeting and invite John Smith(Attendance) to Join the meeting
Type brief description and enter date, time and duration for the meeting
add the email account to the attendants; when you finish all setting click on “Schedule it!”
The host should start the meeting then the attendance can join.
Attendance “John Smith” will receive email from Host “David Jack” inviting him to WebEx meeting with the meeting URL, meeting number and password
sign in to meeting using the meeting password
To reset or change the password, from the GUI click on “Forgot password” and enter the randomly generated key then click on “Submit”
the webEx will sent you an email with the URL to reset your password
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