So there is lots going on in this blog post. Pexip Infinity, Logitech SmartDock Skype Room System, Microsoft Exchange, Polycom VTC
Let’s talk around what I am doing before diving into the blog post. Traditionally, enterprises could have the following components in their video network and these were typically based on dedicated hardware or appliances.
- Call Control Server
- Firewall Traversal Server
- MCU Server
- WebRTC Servers
- Platform Control Server
- Management Server
Now that is a lot of devices to manage with multiple portals for admins, so what Pexip can introduce to the enterprise is a simplistic architecture away from traditional approaches.
- Management Node – Management server, call control, platform control
- Conference node(s) – Registrar, WebRTC, Firewall Traversal –
So there we have it, a simple approach to video architecture, so with Pexip, you can simplify your enterprise video deployment. Oh and it is only virtual, so can be deployed in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012/2016, VMware 5.x or higher. In addition, Pexip also supports being deployed in Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.
Why do I need this?
Well every day I speak to customers that are rolling out Microsoft Skype for Business and they want users to keep within the Microsoft platform for everything and just make everything work with Skype for Business. This is where Pexip is simply a transparrent gateway behind the scenes whether for point to point calls from Skype to VTC endpoints or Skype Meetings bringing in VTC endpoints.
In the platform I am using for the below, I have Skype for Business 2015 Server, Exchange 2016 Server, Skype for Bsuiness 2016 client, Outlook 2016 client on Windows 10. I also have the new Logitech Smart Dock (Skype Room System v2) registered to the Skype for Business server. I also have a Polycom Group Series VTC registered to Pexip Infinity as a SIP device and it is also registered to the Exchange Server as a resource mailbox.
Let me show you how simply you can integrate all these elements, and make simple point to point calls between them. With just your SRS and Skype for Business, Polycom VTC and Pexip. No other devices or appliances.
First of all, we start off with a Outlook calendar entry in our client.
We then invite the resources we need.
Due to the polices in place, the room should auto accept or decline the invite.
Once the Polycom configured mailbox accepts the invite, it will be displayed in the calendar on the home screen.
One it is time to join the meeting, you will see the meeting reminder and you can join the meeting. This timer is configurable in the platform.
From my Skype client, I simply join the meeting using either the Outlook reminder or using the join link in the invite.
I then click on the join link on the Polycom VTC and we are in a call.
We can then invite other users such as the new Logitech Smartdock or Skype Room System (SRS).
Just simply answer the incoming call on the SRS system.
And we are now in a Skype Meeting with VTCs using Pexip Infinity.
Here is the view from the Skype Client
And here is the SRS view
And here is the VTC view
I can then share my content from my Skype client and it appears everywhere
The SRS screen showing content is being shared by Pete Campbell
And here it is
And here is the VTC with the content, all in the correct place.
Even instant messaging is supported from the Skype clients to the SRS. You get a small toast notification in the top right hand corner.
If a user was joined via Pexip WebRTC browser, they would also be able to communicate with all users using IM.
And here is a video of it all in action
Pexip Infinity View
Now here is what the call looks like from the Pexip Infinity dashboard. This is the new Live View status page
We can then double click on the blue blob and get further information about the session.
Setting up Polycom system and the Microsoft Exchange integration
This is well documented in the Group Series and HDX admin guides, but here is a quick screenshot to see it.
The system is registered to Pexip for SIP call control.
We then set the Exchange credentials.
Here is the view from Microsoft Exchange
Jeff Schertz has a great blog post on setting up the mailbox account here.
New-Mailbox –Name “Polycom VTC” –Alias “polycomvtc” –UserPrincipalName “firstname.lastname@example.org” –sAMAccountName “polycomvtc” –Room -RoomMailboxPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString -String “securepassword” -AsPlainText -Force) -OrganizationalUnit “cn=users,dc=example,dc=com” -EnableRoomMailboxAccount $true
Set-CalendarProcessing -Identity “polycomvtc” -AutomateProcessing AutoAccept -AddOrganizerToSubject $false -RemovePrivateProperty $false
This part is optional as the account will not need a SIP address as you can register VTCs to Pexip and use the registrar feature. However, you could also use ADSI and add a msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress to the AD field to show the correct address when someone searched the Skype contact list.
Enable-CsMeetingRoom -Identity “polycomvtc” -SipAddress “sip:email@example.com” -domaincontroller “domaincon.domain.local” -RegistrarPool “skypeservername.domain.local”
Logitech Smartdock – a few extra shots
Press the Invite this room button on the screen
Feel free to post any questions below.