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VidyoGateway: About Version 4.2

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What's New in this Release

Here's what's new in this release:

  • Welcome Message
    • Vidyo now provides support for adding a custom welcome message prompt when voice-only participants join a conference.
  • Avatars for Voice-Only Participants
    • Avatars will now display for voice-only participants that join calls using VidyoPortal™ and VidyoRouter™ version 18.3.1 or later.
  • Cluster Configuration
    • The Cluster Controller now automatically replicates the configuration details instead of having to apply individual configuration changes to each Cluster Node.
  • Log Consolidation
    • Cluster Controllers can now centrally pull standard logs.  
  • Performance, Stability, and Security Improvements
    • Vidyo implemented enhancements to improve our network performance, reliability, and scalability, as well as our system security.
  • Resolved Issues
    • In this release, we've resolved a number of issues for enhanced system stability and usability. Refer to the list of resolved issues in the "Resolved Issues" section below.

 

Important Notices

  • You must upgrade to VidyoGateway™ beta version 4.2 from VidyoGateway version 3.5.2. Therefore, if you have a VidyoGateway version earlier than 3.5.2, you must first upgrade to 3.5.2 and then upgrade to beta version 4.2.
  • Please refer to the “Upgrade Steps” section below to upgrade from VidyoGateway 3.5.2 to version 4.2. These steps must be done in order.   
  • There are functional changes between VidyoGateway version 3.5.2 and 4.2. Please review the “Notable Changes” section below in detail before upgrading if you have installed a previous VdiyoGateway version 4.2 Beta. 
  • Important Note: If you have installed a previous VidyoGateway version 4.2 beta, you should first downgrade your VidyoGateway to 3.5.2 using the Recovery Utility on the System Console, and then upgrade directly to the GA 4.2 version. For more information, please refer to "Running the Recovery Utility" in the Performing Advanced Configuration section of the VidyoGateway Admin Guide.  

 

Compatibility

  • VidyoGateway version 4.2 is compatible with VidyoPortal version 18.3.1 or later.

 

Files 

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gw-TAG_GW_4.2.332-bundle-v1485.vidyo VidyoGateway version 3.5.2

 

Do not install on a version earlier than the version listed in the preceding table. Also, if you upgrade to VidyoGateway 4.2, you do not need to install Security Update (SU20) or Security Update 21 (SU21). SU20 and SU21 are already included as part of the upgrade package.

 

Upgrade Steps

To upgrade a 3.5.2 cluster, please perform the following steps in order.

VidyoGateway

  1. Place all Cluster Nodes into Maintenance mode.
  2. Upgrade all the Cluster Nodes.
  3. When the Cluster Node upgrades are completed and back online, then upgrade the current Standby Controller.
  4. When the Standby Controller upgrade is complete, proceed to upgrade the Active Controller.

    The previous Standby Controller will now become the 4.2 Active Controller.
  5. When the former 3.5.2 Active Controller completes its upgrade, it will then become the 4.2 Standby Controller.

    If you do not perform the above steps in order; there will be cluster instability and/or configuration loss.

 

Notable Changes

The following list includes notable changes in VidyoGateway version 4.2:

  • SIP Protocols
    • Previously, SIP protocol support could be configured per direction (Inbound or Outbound). In VidyoGateway version 4.2, this configuration is bi-directional. For example, if the UDP protocol is enabled or disabled, it is automatically enabled or disabled for both directions. The VidyoGateway Web Admin has been updated to reflect this.
  • H.323 Support
    • Support for H.323 latching is no longer supported in VidyoGateway 4.2 or later.
    • H.323 Gatekeeper registration is no longer supported. Only H.323 Neighboring is supported (in both clustered and standalone mode).
  • Audio
    • Disabling AGC and configuring the AGC Target Level is no longer supported. The VidyoGateway now automatically enables this function.
  • Video
    • The Video Loopback option is no longer supported and has been removed from the VidyoGateway Admin web interface.
  • Prompts
    • There is now a new prompt available for configuring a Welcome Message for audio-only participants.
  • Media Ports
    • The minimum port number for media traffic must now be a number between 2001 and 65535. The recommended value is 2001. Therefore, the Media Min UDP Port has changed from 1 to 2001. This update will automatically occur upon upgrade.
  • Display Option in CDR
    • Previously the administrator could configure how the display name would be logged in the CDR (E.164 format or Display Name). In VidyoGateway 4.2 – if a legacy endpoint has an E.164 number configured, then this will automatically be set in the CDR.
  • Auto Disconnect of Last Participant
    • In VidyoGateway 4.2, the Last Participant Timer has been replaced by two options:
      • Maximum Call Duration: This option specifies the maximum length of a VidyoGateway call. This value defaults to 720 minutes (12 hours). This can be increased or decreased as needed.
      • Auto Disconnect Last Participant: In order to be more efficient at resource management, if there is only one VidyoGateway participant left in the conference, then this user will be automatically disconnected. This option can be turned off by an administrator ifs desired.
  • Resource Reservation
    • Selecting between Static and Dynamic is no longer supported. The VidyoGateway will dynamically accept or reject calls based on current CPU configuration and utilization. To determine the capacity of your VidyoGateway, refer to the VidyoGateway Admin Guide.
  • Access Control
    • The option to “Automatically block IP addresses with Whitelist and Blacklist overrides” is no longer available. All other existing modes are supported.
  • Service Configuration
    • The “Enable Crop” option is no longer supported.
    • The “Send DTMF Signaling” option is no longer available. DTMF Signaling is now always enabled for endpoints that support it per RFC 4733/2833 for SIP and via signaling for H.323.
  • IVR 
    • The default IVR recordings have been changed. If you prefer to use the existing VidyoGateway version 3.5.2 recordings, you may download them and upload them after upgrading to VidyoGateway version 4.2. Note: If you have replaced the default IVR recordings with your own version, these will be preserved after upgrade.
    • The “Jump to IVR if wrong extension is entered” option is no longer available to turn off. This behavior is always enabled.
    • The "Call Disconnecting" IVR prompt is no longer available. 

 

Resolved and Known Issues


Resolved Issues

The following table lists the resolved issues in VidyoGateway version 4.2:

VidyoGateway Version 4.2 - Resolved Issues
Key Summary
VGW-2862 An issue where content share may be delayed from a H.323 device has been resolved.
VGW-2833 Users are now able to remove an SNMP v3 destination and will no longer receive the message, "unable to remove notification”.
VGW-2824 Vidyo addressed an issue where asymmetric bandwidth calculations were not being honored by the VidyoGateway.
VGW-2823 If a clustered GW is disconnected from the GW Controller (removed from cluster or DOWN or disconnected from the network); the Controllers Status view will now display all active calls.
VGW-2806 Vidyo addressed a rare issue where a crash can occur when there are multiple H.323 calls.
VGW-2802 Vidyo fixed an issue where calls routed from a Gatekeeper may be rejected.
VGW-2799 Users can now use the number pad to enter a user password in the CLI menu.
VGW-2794 Users can now successfully reboot the VidyoGateway from the Web Interface with RADIUS configured.
VGW-2790 Administrators can now enter SIP Proxy/H323 GK with more than 4 levels.
VGW-2288 Vidyo fixed an issue when a call is made with 30ms audio packetization, the audio on the Vidyo endpoint sounds choppy.
VGW-585 Vidyo fixed an issue when LIFO content sharing does not work if shared content is already present in the conference.
VGW-315 Vidyo has fixed an issue where H.323 endpoints attempting to use the G.722 audio codec will now send and receive audio through the VidyoGateway.
VGW-311 Vidyo resolved an issue so that Cisco endpoints that have updated to the CE version now no longer experience degraded audio using the Opus codec.
VGW-308 Users can now successfully download audit logs from the VidyoGateway Admin page.
VGW-280 A previous 4.2 Beta issues was fixed and now when a P2P call invite is made with a VidyoDesktop™ user; it is now successfully received.
VGW-279 A previous 4.2 Beta issue was addressed and now the VidyoGateway Web Admin does not allow a user to save an incorrect minimum UDP port.
XGW-252 Vidyo addressed an issue where VidyoGateway participants may not be able to hear other participants that have special characters in their display name.
XGW-139 An issue was resolved where the VidyoGateway was unable to send or receive 1080p content from certain Cisco devices
XGW-90 Vidyo fixed an issue so now the content share statistics display correctly.

 

Known Issues

The following table lists the known issues in VidyoGateway version 4.2:

VidyoGateway Version 4.2 - Known Issues
Key Summary
VGW-2566 When a Safari® browser is used to export whitelisted and blacklisted IP addresses, the export may fail.
VGW-2094 When hundreds of trusted authority certificates are imported, the Security page Advanced tab takes a long time to load. In some cases, the browser may warn that the server is unresponsive.
XGW-383 The media relay through Cluster Controllers (formerly known as Static NAT Mode) for SIP does not get routed correctly.
XGW-364 When dialing to a Webex SIP address, video may not get negotiated correctly. Workaround: Use a H.323 service profile to join the conference.
XGW-348 The Endpoint Public IP attribute in VidyoPortal CDR’s displays incorrectly as “N/A” for VidyoGateway calls.
XGW-347 The Device Model attribute in VidyoPortal CDR’s displays updates incorrectly as “N/A” for VidyoGateway calls.
XGW-337 The H.323 service will not start if the configured H.245 TCP port is lower than 1025. Workaround: Configure the minimum H.245 TCP port to 1025 or higher.
XGW-306 After deleting a Cluster Node via the VidyoGateway Admin, after reloading the Status tab, the deleted node may still be visible. Workaround: Click Save and Apply from the General tab after deleting the node.
XGW-284 SNMP MediaQualtiyThresholdAlert trap may not show the correct value for Jitter. 

 

VidyoGateway Interoperability Matrix

Vidyo does not officially support equipment that has been announced as End of Life by the OEM.


The following table lists the equipment that has been tested with VidyoGateway.

Vendor System Name Latest Version Tested Known Issues
Endpoint
Cisco® SX80 TC7.3.4  
Cisco/
Tandberg™
EX60 6.2.1  
Cisco/
Tandberg
C20 6.2.1  
LifeSize® Passport™ 4.7.0 (19)  
LifeSize Team 220™ 4.11.7 (3)
4.1.1 (17)
 
Mirial/
LifeSize
SoftPhone™ 8.1.12  
Polycom® RealPresence® Group 300/500 4.1.1-60400
4.1.3-111080
 
Polycom Classic ViewStation

128/H.323/SP/512/512MP
7.5.4
  • H.263 or H.263/H.264 modes only.

  • H.239 (content sharing) must be disabled.
Polycom VSX 6000A 9.0.6.2  
Polycom PVX Soft Client 8.0.2
8.0.4
8.0.16
In order for the Polycom PVX endpoint to interoperate correctly with the VidyoGateway, the H.264 codec must be enabled on the PVX client at all times.
Polycom HDX® 4000 3.1.0-23277 Artifacts may be observed at the Polycom endpoint for SD and HD calls in security mode.
Polycom HDX 6000 HD and
HDX 8000 HD
3.0.3.1 Artifacts may be observed at the Polycom endpoint for SD and HD calls in security mode.
Tandberg 3000MXP F9.0 Codec sends CIF for SD H.323/H.263 conference calls instead of SD.
Tely HD Pro v5.0.2-2  
Sony® PCS-1 3.41
  • H.323/H.263 call – color artifacts may occur.

  • H.323/H.264 CIF or SD call – occasionally results in flickering video.
Sony PCS-XG80 2.14.00 DTMF tones are not detected on IVR calls.
IP-PBX
Cisco CallManager 9.1.1.20000-5  
LG iPECS UCP100 1.0Ch DEC/14 Can only run CIF in non-encrypted mode.
Gatekeeper/Session Border Controller
Oracle (Acme-Packet) Net-Net 3820 SCX6.3.0 MR-2 Patch 2  
MCU
Cisco/
Codian™
MCU 4205 4.3(2.30)  
Cisco/
Codian
MCU 4501 4.3(2.30)  
Polycom DMA 7000 3.0.0_Build_5  
Polycom RPCS 800s 8.3.0.245  
Polycom RMX 2000 7.8.0.246  
Gatekeepers
Cisco VCS 7.1
8.1
 
Polycom DMA 2.4.8.1  
GNU GNUGK 3.8  
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