Your cloud adoption journey

Take your devices to the cloud and experience the full capabilities of Webex Devices.

Using this guide, you can enable the rich features and capabilities of Webex devices. The guide will show what actions are needed at each stage to enable specific features on your journey to the cloud.

The flexibility of Cisco’s architecture allows you to take incremental steps to be on the cloud. This architectural flexibility also allows you to make decisions about your calling setup and other existing investments.

If you wish to retain your on-premises calling set up, or you have calling on cloud, the following steps are the same, with a few exceptions which are noted in each section. If you have not yet established your calling setup, read the calling section to review which setup is right for you.

You can learn more about how to get started with Webex by viewing the Webex adoption toolkits and guides.


Enable other meeting platforms

For the absolute best quality meeting experience, we recommend using the native Webex App.

However, you can set up your Cisco devices to join other meeting platforms, such as Microsoft Teams in certain scenarios. This makes it easy to use your existing meeting rooms for all types of video meetings and get all the benefits from the device’s screen, camera, and audio capabilities.

This also means that you can have the best and most consistent user experience with One Button To Push (OBTP) on your Cisco devices regardless of the meeting type a user is calling in to. You need to enable the Hybrid Calendar Connector in order to set up One Button To Push.

There are two main ways to join Microsoft Teams meetings from your Cisco device:

Cisco Webex Video Integration for Microsoft Teams

If you use Cisco devices and Microsoft Teams tenant as your primary meeting platform, Video Integration for Microsoft Teams (VIMT) is the preferred option.

VIMT gives you a full feature set including participant lists, the ability to mute/unmute participants, and two-way content sharing. It means all your meeting types, including Webex will have a unified user experience.

When you have Hybrid Calendar Connector enabled, VIMT will automatically enable you to join Microsoft Teams meetings.

Note:
  • You need to enable Hybrid Calendar Connector in order to set up One Button To Push.

  • VIMT requires an additional license. Please contact your partner or Cisco representative for more information.

Read more about buying options here

Learn more about Video Integration for Microsoft Teams

Read how to deploy Cisco Webex VIMT

Video: Webex Edge - Cisco VIMT and MS Teams - The many ways to join!

WebRTC

In the event an external organization does not have VIMT, you can still use your Cisco device to join an external Microsoft Teams meeting. The device will automatically launch the WebRTC browser allowing you to join with One Button to Push.

WebRTC uses the webengine on modern Cisco devices such as the Room, Board, and Desk series. There are some limitations with WebRTC:

  • A meeting participant list is available, but without the ability to manage the meeting lobby

  • You can only receive screen sharing

  • WebRTC only supports a single screen. Dual screen systems will only utilize one of the displays

  • There is reduced management of quality including latency and package loss

  • You will be limited to the capabilities of the Microsoft Teams client, for example, grid views

 Note:
  • Webengine is not supported on the older series of codecs (DX/SX/MX)

  • The Microsoft tenant requires anonymous guest access in order for WebRTC to join from devices

Read more about how to enable WebRTC

Read more about how to join a Microsoft Teams meeting with WebRTC

Cisco devices can join Zoom meetings leveraging the Conference Room Connector, delivered by Zoom.

If you have Hybrid Calendar enabled, Cisco will automatically scrape the SIP URI and give you One Button to Push.

Read more about scraping for SIP URIs

Read more about Zoom Conference Room Connector

Read more about how the Hybrid Calendar service works

How to join a Zoom meeting from your Cisco video device

See a technical overview of Hybrid Calendar here

You can use your Cisco Devices to join other third-party meeting services such as Pexip, Bluejeans and Polycom through SIP standards-based dialing. You can simply dial the URL and join.

If the URI is in the hybrid calendar accepted format, Cisco will automatically scrape and give you One Button to Push.

Read here to see how the hybrid calendar service works

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