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Automatically recording a conference on an MCU

There are a number of ways in which you can configure your IP VCR and MCU to record conferences that take place on the MCU. The following are described here:

Configuring the MCU to call the IP address of the IP VCR

When you add a new conference, you can add the IP address of the IP VCR as one of the participants. If you have set the default incoming call action of the IP VCR to be Record session, then when the conference begins, the IP VCR will record the conference. Recordings made using this method will always be made into the root folder of the IP VCR.

  1. On the IP VCR, go to Settings > Connections and for Default incoming call action select Record session (see Configuring global connection settings).
  2. On the MCU, go to Conferences and click Add new conference. For information about conference configuration, refer to the MCU's online help.
  3. From the Conference list, select the conference you have created and click Add participant. In the Address field, type the IP address of the IP VCR and complete the page using the MCU's online help for more information. Note that Cisco recommends that you configure the call to the IP VCR to use the H.323 protocol and not SIP (because SIP calls do not support the content channel or encryption).

When the conference starts, the IP VCR starts recording into its root folder. Note that the name of the conference will be the name of the MCU and will also include the date and time if the Use date and time in new recording names field is selected on the Settings > Recordings page.

Using gatekeeper IDs to record conferences directly into folders on the IP VCR

By using a gatekeeper and gatekeeper IDs, you can automatically record conferences directly into the folders of your choice on the IP VCR.

  1. Set up a gatekeeper: go to Settings > Gatekeeper. For more information about using a gatekeeper, refer to Configuring gatekeeper settings. To use the method described in this procedure, ensure that you select Register folder IDs.
  2. For each folder into which you want to record directly, ensure that you have set a Recording ID (see Adding and updating folders). The IP VCR registers these IDs with the gatekeeper.
  3. On the MCU, go to Conferences and click Add new conference. For information about conference configuration, refer to the MCU's online help.
  4. From the Conference list, select the conference you have created and click Add participant. In the Address field, type the recording ID of the folder into which you want to record the conference and complete the page using the MCU's online help for more information. Note that you might want to set Initial video status and Initial video status to Muted. Enable Automatic disconnection; this ensures that the IP VCR stops recording when the conference ends.

When the conference starts, the IP VCR will start recording the session into the folder with the recording ID that you used in step 4.

Note that if you are intending to use this method frequently with the same folder, it will be quicker to configure the recording ID as an endpoint on the MCU. The procedure is the same as when you configure an H.323 endpoint on the MCU. For more information, on the MCU, go to Endpoints > Add H.323 endpoint and view the online help.

Configuring the IP VCR as a gateway on the MCU

By configuring the IP VCR as a gateway on the MCU in conjunction with using recording IDs on the IP VCR, you can automatically record conferences directly into the folders of your choice on the IP VCR without the need for a gatekeeper.

  1. Configure the IP VCR as a gateway on the MCU: on the MCU, go to Gateways and click Add new H.323 gateway. Enter the name and IP address of the IP VCR and complete the page using the MCU's online help for more information.
  2. On the MCU, go to Conferences and click Add new conference. For information about conference configuration, refer to the MCU's online help.
  3. From the Conference list, select the conference you have created and click Add participant.
  4. In the Address field, type the recording ID for the IP VCR folder into which you want to record.
  5. Select the gateway you configured in step 1 and complete the page using the MCU online help for more information. Note that you might want to set Initial video status and Initial video status to Muted. Enable Automatic disconnection; this ensures that the IP VCR stops recording when the conference ends.

When the conference starts, the IP VCR will start recording the session into the folder with the recording ID that you used in step 4.

Note that if you are intending to use this method frequently with the same folder, it will be quicker to configure the recording ID as an endpoint on the MCU. The procedure is the same as when you configure an H.323 endpoint on the MCU. For more information, on the MCU, go to Endpoints > Add H.323 endpoint and view the online help.

 

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