Digging deep into Unified Communications from Spain.
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As I commented in my previous post, I am planning the implementation of big unified communications lab environment based on the Cisco and Microsoft UC portfolios.

The goal of this personal project is to show everyone how unified communications connect us with people and information, helping us to improve our collaboration experiences. I will try to show you all the features available and how to implement it following the design rules and best practices provided by each vendor with the methods and tools that help us to build  simple and scalable solutions for large environments, despite the nature of my lab.

As depicted below in the diagram the idea is to have two sites, one located at Madrid, Spain and the other one located at New York, USA. Both sites will have their own and independent solutions to see how to interoperate different platforms with the same or different vendors.

UC-Lab

Following a high summary of the versions that I will use at each site:

CompanySP, Madrid Site

  • – Cisco UC based on 9.1
  • – Lync 2013
  • – Cisco Gateway with an E1 PRI and a ISP SIP Trunk
  • –  Exchange Server 2010
  • – Active Directory
  • – Cisco SME

CompanyUS, NY Site

  • – Cisco UC based on 8.6
  • – Lync 2010
  • – Cisco Gateway with an E1 PRI and a ISP SIP Trunk
  • – Exchange Server 2010
  • – Active Directory
  • – Cisco Webex Meetings Server

I will deploy the platform over virtual machines with two host VMware ESXi 5.1, both managed by a vCenter 5.1. My hardware is limited so I will try to allocate the resources as efficiently as possible.

More details and requirements coming!

It has been more than a month since I published my previous post. Due to the summer and vacation I moved my lab to my village, where I have had limited access to Internet connection, but I have been studying and working hard!

After coming back again to the city, I think that looking back over my progress and what I have done so far could be a great idea.

1.01 VLAN
1.02 DHCP
1.03 TFTP
1.04 NTP
2.01 CUCM SCCP Endpoints
2.02 CUCM SIP Endpoints
4.01 T1/E1 PRI
4.03 H323
4.04 MGCP
4.05 SIP
5.01 ROute Patterns and Dial-peers
5.02 Digit Manipulations and Translations
5.03 Class of Services
5.04 Route Selection Preference and Redundancy
7.01 CODEC Selection and Flexibility
7.02 Conference Bridges
7.03 Transcoder
7.04 MoH
7.05 Media Resources Preference and Redundancy
7.06 Other CUCM Media Resources
8.01 Call Park
8.02 Call Pickup
8.03 Barge
8.04 Callback
8.05 Other Supplementary Services
10.01 L2/L3 Traffic Classifications and Policing
10.02 L2/L3 Queuing Mechanisms
10.03 L2 LFI
10.04 RSVP
10.05 Call Admission Control
11.01 Cisco Unity Connection

 I have been working extensively on the topics remarked and still working on some of them.

I have been using the Cisco documentation for theory. I also purchased the Cisco Press book called ”Cisco Unity Connection” which is based on v8.5  but is quite helpful for most topics of v7.0.1.

Once a week, I try to review everything done up to that day to retain everything in my mind and to gain speed configuring.

I will keep updating my journey more often!

As promised in previous entries, I am going to explain to you my Cisco lab environment. It could be useful for hundred of purposes, to prepare for your studies, to practise for your CCNP Voice or CCIE Voice certification or just to make tests. Despite the fact that it covers a wide range of topics in the CCIE Voice lab, it doesn’t follow the common topology with three sites.

I built it bearing in mind the CCIE Voice lab, which I would like to get in the future, but since I noticed that the new lab version is coming and that I wasn’t able to dedicate the require time needed in the short term (2-3 months), I decided to stop buying new devices and see what  will happen, however all these things are time consuming!

First of all, below you can find the network diagram which I have deployed.

Cisco Voice Environment

Hardware list

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A brief review of my home lab

May 9th, 2012 | Posted by Jaime Diez in Cisco | Lab | Lync - (0 Comments)

In this first entry, I’m going to show you the curent layout of my lab, I say current because I’m always introducing new elements and making changes. My goal here is to have (almost) the same things that you can find in the real world and in most of  enterprise environments.

Despite the constant changes, the network is always the same with a WAN, LAN and DMZ well-defined. Let’s show you a picture in general.

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