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Snom 8.8.3 BToE Beta Installation

This morning I received an email from Snom indicating the BToE beta has gone public.

The following are the steps I used to install snomXXX-UC-8.8.3.201309090236 firmware on my 821 Snom phone and pair using Better Together over Ethernet (BToE) with Lync 2013 client on Windows 8. Note: 821 was previously configured to register to Lync 2013 Server via Edge with my user account.

  1. Install Beta firmware using the phone’s admin page.
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  2. Install BToE application on PC
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  3. Configure feature key on phone for Pairing. Format: Action URL –
    file:///xml/gui/decision.xml#var:dsc_title=BetterTogether&var:dsc_text=Start%20pairing%20now?&var:dsc_yes=1&var:dsc_no=1&var:action=btoe_init

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  4. Set BToE_client_host using a web browser and a special HTTP Get request. format: https://phoneIP/dummy.htm?settings=save&btoe_client_host=PCIPaddress
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  5. Pairing Process, Run the Command Prompt as Administrator and run the “BteUrbDrMgr.exe” for the correct OS version (32/64bit).
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    Press the BToE feature key on the phone and a PIN code is given to enter on the PC.
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  6. 821 now available as a primary device in the Lync client
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Impressions

  1. Pairing doesn’t require PC to be plugged into Phone, big for VDI and Remote Desktop scenarios.
  2. Command prompt running BteUrbDrMgr.exe must remain open or pairing disconnects.
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Polycom UCS 5.0.0 BToE Installation

After seeing a tweet from Jeff Schertz about UCS 5.0.0 being available, I figured it was a good time to give it a try.

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The following are the steps I used to install UCS 5.0.0 on a VVX 600 and pair using Better Together over Ethernet (BToE) with Lync 2013 client on Windows 8. Note: VVX 600 was previously configured to register to Lync 2013 Server via Edge with my user account.

Jeff Schertz has a great blog talking about updated firmware on Polycom phones: http://blog.schertz.name/2012/10/updating-polycom-sip-phone/

  1. Found the device IP from the phone: “Home” button, “Settings”, “Status”, “Network”, “TCP/IP Paramerters”, “IP: X.X.X.X”
  2. Accessed the Web Administration page using a web browser: https://X.X.X.X
  3. Login as Admin using default password “456”
    vvxadmin
  4. Backed up phone
    vvxbackup
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  5. Software Upgrade – Polycom Hosted Server

    vvxwsu

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    Polycom’s Hosted server doesn’t contain UCS 5.0.0, time to go Custom Server.
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  6. Software Upgrade – Custom Server
    • Go to the VVX download page: http://support.polycom.com/PolycomService/support/us/support/voice/business_media_phones/vvx600.html
    • Download the UC Software 5.0.0 [Split] and the BToE Connector application
      vvxdl
    • File Info:
      • Polycom_UC_Software_5_0_0_release_sig_split.zip is ~440MB
      • Polycom_BToE_connector_PC_application.zip is 2MB
    • Unzip UCS 5.0.0 and upload to a web server
    • Created ucx.xml and placed in the web server directory with the firmware files.
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?>
      <PHONE_IMAGES>
        <REVISION ID="">
          <PHONE_IMAGE>
            <VERSION>5.0.0.6874</VERSION>
            <PATH>http://webserver.com/polycom/</PATH>
          </PHONE_IMAGE>
        </REVISION>
      </PHONE_IMAGES>
    • Check for Updates and Install using Custom Server
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    • Device reboots and installs firmware
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  7. Install BToE Application
    • Connect PC to PC port on VVX
    • Run BToE Connector matching OS

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    • Reboot PC

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    • Launch BToE Connector (new icon on desktop)

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    • Error due to Active media running on PC, unplugged Plantronics P820-M

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    • Launched BToE Connector again, no error. Didn’t mind the Logitech BCC950 still connected.

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  8. Enable Pairing from device: “Home” button, “Settings”, “Features”, “BToE”, BToE (Disabled), Select “Enabled”, “Back” button, “BToE Pairing Status” , press “Pair”. Message – “Successfully Paired”
    • PC installs driver
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    • VVX Phone is shown as Primary Device in Lync
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    • Incoming/Outgoing calls to the VVX controlled by PC or device
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  9. Lync Status Menu via Web Admin page Update: 9/7/2013
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