Month: December 2010

Installing Cisco Call Manager For Non-Cisco Folks

Well, one day I built my OCS 2007 R2 Lab, and was very happy with it, except one thing… The Voice part!

The challenge was that after I configured the mediation server, I need to confirm it’s working fine and would interact with the IP GW/ IP PBX successfully.

After googling around and binging around, It worked for me -thanks God- and the virtualized Cisco Communications Manager (or Cisco unified Communications Manager Installation  CUCM) took its place in the lab, and configured to work with the mediation server.

In this article I will introduce to you how to setup Cisco Unified Call Manager on a virtual machine, and how to do simple post installation steps,But my guess is that you will use this not on your OCS 2007 R2 Lab, but in the Lync Server 2010 lab instead, right? Winking smile

Important Note: I ended the subject with: For Non-Cisco Folks” because my scope about installing, and configuring CUCM was for LAB purpose only, If you attend to implement this in production, you better consult a Cisco CUCM expert.

First: You will need:

– VMWare Workstation installed on your PC (I used version 7.x).

– Cisco unified Communications Manager Installation DVD (I Used Cisco unified Communications Manager  version




Create a new virtual machine with these configurations:

  1. OS: RED HAT Enterprise Linux 3
  2. HDD: 80 GB
  3. RAM: 1 GB
  4. NIC: 1
  5. CD: Use CUCM6.iso
  6. Floppy: Remove floppy

Now start the VM, it should boot from the CUCM6 DVD,

Go with the installation as mentioned in the coming screenshots (Click on image to enlarge),

but note that, the mouse courser is for indication only, you need to use Tab/Space keys on your keyboard to navigate/select.



FAQ About New Microsoft Exams

There was some rumors about new Microsoft exams, so I decided to contact Microsoft training center to get the official answers, and I’d like to share them with you:
I was asking about TMG 2010 Exam,
The availability date?/ Exam Number?/ would it be for TMG 2010 only, or the exam will contain TMG 2010 and UAG 2010?

A: Unfortunately there is no available date or exam number for exams for TMG 2010 and UAG 2010. You will want to check back to the Learning Catalog for any updates for the TMG 2010 and UAG 2010.
I’m sorry we do not have any other information for you at this time.


in order to get my MCITP: EA certificate, I attended the 70-624 Exam:TS Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops
But as I see in your sites, This exam retired on October 31, 2010.
Would this affect my MCITP:EA? i.e. do I need to attend another exam to replace the retired 70-624 Exam?

The retired 70-624 exam will not affect your MCITP certification. If you pass an exam before it expires, it will still could towards that certification.

Is there /will be a certificate about: MCITP: Enterprise Security Administrator or similar?

Unfortunately at this time there are no MCITP certifications that fall in line with what you speak of. Please go to the following links to look over the types of certifications we offer: Certification by Product/Technology and Certification by Name. This should help give you an overview of what certifications are available to you.

Enable “Remote Desktop” for a Server Remotely

Sometimes, you or one of your team will forget to enable the remote desktop option for  a newly installed server/client , and sometimes this server/client will be on a remote location!

As per Mitch Tulloch from there’s a workaround. Sit down at your desk and log on to your Windows XP workstation using your administrator credentials and start Registry Editor by Start –> Run –> regedit –> OK. Then select the Connect Network Registry option under the File menu (Figure 2).


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Figure 2. Connecting to the Registry on a remote machine.

This opens the Select Computer search box. Either browse Active Directory to locate the remote server, or type its name in the textbox (Figure 3).


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Figure 3. Connecting to the Registry on a remote server named SRV220.

Click OK and a node will be displayed in Registry Editor for the remote machine (Figure 4).


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Figure 4. HKLM and HKU hives on SRV220.

Now browse HKLM on SRV to find the following Registry key (Figure 5).

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server


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Figure 5. Registry key for Terminal Server on remote machine.

Under the Terminal Server key, you’ll find a REG_DWORD value named fDenyTSConnection. Double-click on that value to open the Edit DWORD Value box and change the value data from 1 (Remote Desktop disabled) to 0 (Remote Desktop enabled), as in Figure 6 below.


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Figure 6. Set fDenyTSConnections to 0 to enable Remote Desktop on SRV220.

The remote machine needs to be rebooted for the change to take effect, so open a command prompt and type the following command:

shutdown -m \\srv220 -r

After the remote machine reboots, Remote Desktop should be enabled on it.

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