Cisco CM 8.5 Hardware reqs

Posted on 2013-10-02
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Last Modified: 2013-10-05

Im trying to setup Cisco Call Manager 8.5 in my lab.
I have a HP Dl160 G6 with 16GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Xeon Processor.

Problem im having is that the cisco installer keeps rejecting my hardware configuration.

Any ideas?

Thanks Experts.
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by:José Méndez
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You are installing it bare metal?

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Any suggestions welcome..
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José Méndez earned 1500 total points
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The hardware validation script is pretty damn square, you won't get it to install unless you make your Proliant box match a very specific configuration. I'm talking about a few MHz's difference between processors for example.

With such a machine, I would rather download ESXi 4.1 from VMWare and install 2 or more Callmanager servers on virtual hardware. You'll need a laptop or another PC to connect through the vSphere client, but it is by far a better resource utilization. You can even install Unity connection and integrate both.

The other option is to install an OS and use VMWare player run your Callmanager servers. If you download a VMWare workstation trial, VMWare player will be installed. This way you can create the virtual machines, and after the trial period, you can still use Player to at least run the machines.

My recommended OS for such environment would be Linuxmint KDE. It is a very powerful and functional OS, very responsive and stable. You may download VMWare workstation for linux too.

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Thanks very much.

By amy chance do you know of any vm config files out there that can take care of the  vm hardware configurations and settings ?
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by:José Méndez
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Oh yes, cisco requests you deploy the virtual machine from their OVA templates that you can download if you are entitled to.

OVA 7.1 is meant for ESXi 4
OVA 8 is meant for ESXi 5

Although not necessary for a lab environment, these OVA templates assure the CPU, memory and disk reservations and alignment.

If you don't wish to use the templates, the 2 hard disks should be at least 80 GB and about 4 GB should work.

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