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IP Communicators Unregister

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I have a strange problem with Cisco IP Communicators go unregistered from CallManager at 03:15 in the morning. It's intermittent, ie. not every CIPC will go unregistered but usually most will, and it's always at 03:15. This causes us an issue because the CIPC are used by our UCCE agents to take calls, so the CIPC unregistering causes them to be logged out. They can log back in OK once they have re-registered so it not a disaster, but a nuisance.

At first I thought it may be an issue with CallManager (v6.1.2.1001-4) but soon realised that the only phones going unregistered were CIPC's, never desk phones and the CUCM event viewer log files first show "%CCM_CALLMANAGER-CALLMANAGER-6-StationConnectionError: Station device closing connection", followed by a device unregistered with reason code of 8 (Device Inititated reset)

It also made no difference to which of the six subscribers in the cluster the CIPC's were registered to. I then registered a couple of the CIPC's to our 7.1.3 cluster (which normally does not have CIPC's connected) and those two CIPC's phones still went unregistered at 03:15, effectively ruling out the CallManagers


Next I considered network issues, but the CIPC's involved (approx 30) are based in different buildings, therefore different subnets, switches, routes back to CUCM servers etc. Sniffer traces showed nothing odd, apart from the CIPC's unregistering at 03:15


I considered some sort of issue on the individual pc's but there's nothing in the pc's event viewer happening at 03:15, or no known routine schedule to occur at that time.


I've tried upgrading one of the CIPC's from v2.1 to 7.0.2, and no un-registration events for two weeks, so looks like it could be an CIPC issue.


Before I go to the trouble of getting approval for the 7.0.2 upgrade to all pc's running CIPC, I was wondering if anyone else has come across a similar issue?


Thanks


Kelvin






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Gajanan Pande Mon, 03/26/2012 - 04:41
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Kelvin,


I think your findings are real good. Usually, frequent failures ( phone unregistration in this example ) at fixed time would point towards certain processor/memory intensive activities on servers such as scheduled backups, virus scans for a very large size of data etc.


Now that the issue is pinpointed towards the endpoint version, I think upgrade is the most right way going forward. In any case, upgrading the end points or the phone firmwares to the most latest version released by Cisco is always a best practise.


My 2 cents !!


GP.

Thanks GP


Fair comment re using the latest version where possible. However v7.0.2 IPC is not listed on the Cisco Compatabilty Matrix for use with ICM 7.2 (which we use for our Contact Centre), therfore I'm relecutant to roll out this version to production.


What I tried a couple of days ago was to unisntall IPC v2.1 from one of the other test pc's and re-install the same version i.e. leave it at v2.1. Since then it has not gone unregistered at 03:15, but it early days yet to say if this has fixed the issue or is just a coincidence.  


Regards


Kelvin

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