Cisco WebEx share

Bold and ProudThe New Cisco WebEx share is targeted towards making any room into a conference room, sometimes you may have a conference room but not enabled for Video Conferencing, thereby enhancing the conference experience. This product is a low cost option to convert the TV in that room into a high quality  collaboration experience whereby one can enable wireless content sharing without the need to connect any dongles to enable it to work. It allows you to book a room, display the calendar on screen and join the meeting with the WebEx Teams Application. The WebEx Teams Application will show you the room in proximity that you are able to connect to. This easily simplifies and enhances the meeting join experience by simply launching the WebEx Teams application and connecting to a device:

If it has identified a device it will show up as such:

The WebEx share is a nice and compact device designed to transform any TV into a WebEx device. This makes use of the great cisco innovations we are used to in a traditional video endpoint packed in a dongle. Turning on the HDTV display is triggered by;

  1. A person simply entering the room
  2. A WebEx client app pairing with the room device
  3. Calendar event scheduled 15 mins before the meeting
  4. Making noise in the room

The device supports HDMI with a 1080p resolution and 30fps.

You can connect using it in three ways;

  1. Wi-Fi this is the default option – on powering up with no wired connection it will initiate AP mode, while in this mode it the connection will be secured via WPA2 with a numeric password – once the connection is established AP Mode is disabled. The Dongle supports 802.11ac, an IEEE standard with speeds reportedly reaching 1.3 Gbps,
  2. PoE – Yes Power over Ethernet, this will plug into any PoE enabled switches
  3. Wired – Non-PoE

It has Enterprise grade security for wireless by supporting the EAP Protocol suite including PEAP, FAST and TLS. It Supports wired 802.1x port based Authentication & Proxy Support. The EAP/TLS and 802.1x can have local or customer CA signed certificates.

How to provision:

  1. Login to WebEx Control Hub
  2. Setup a new ‘place’
  3. Enable calendar service and associate a calendar mailbox to the ‘place’
  4. Generate activation code and enter on WebEx Share activation screen

As with any cloud registered webex device, WebEx chare will recognise and greet you upon entrance to the conference room as long (as you have the WebEx Teams App running). This technology is identical to WebEx room kits or the WebEx board.

When a room is reserved you can see the Room Name (top left), Current Time, any current and upcoming  meetings:-

Comparison to Competition
There are a number of players in this space, namely Polycom, Crestron, Barco and some others. While they all have Local Wireless sharing in common Enterprise management is offered by some but Meetings and calendar integration is not offered by any except Cisco WebEx Share. The Price it will be released at is incredibly competitive and especially considering the technology it is packed it will be worth it.

This Device will be available Q4 CY 2018 across North America, Australia and Europe, limited orderability is available before that.

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SynergySky: updating calendar with OBTP

In the SynergySky Join Version 2.5 there is a preview feature that allows the calendar invite to be updated after the meeting invite has been sent out, for this to work additional permissions need to b configured in Exchange which allows the meeting organiser to update the meeting after the invite has been sent out otherwise the organiser will receive the following error:

Scenario:
User books meeting inviting Microsoft S4B Client and Cisco Video Endpoint (DX80). Calendar does not get updated as permissions not set in Exchange. Exchange Version used: 2016

The following power shell permissions applied to the Exchange will give users the right permissions needed to perform this action

This will give exchange service account ‘Editor’ access to be able to update the calendar appointment with dial in information:

Add-MailboxFolderPermission -Identity joe.microsoft@alictrify.com:\Calendar -User administrator@alictrify.com -AccessRights Editor

The service account also needs an AD user object permission: ‘sendas’ for each user to send a updated invite to all recipients –

Add-ADPermission “Joe Microsoft” -User alictrify\administrator -Extendedrights “Send As”

< this was previously implicitly included in the Exchange server “Full Mailbox Access” permission or added in Exchange Online as part of the Add-RecipientPermission

Now when you send a invite you will not receive a failure email but rather a update in the calendar as follows:

When the time for the meeting comes you will see OBTP appear on screen: