Understanding VQ Comms’ Device Management and Automation

For decades, organizations have relied on Cisco TelePresence Management Server (TMS). It has been used on-premise as a part of Cisco Meeting Server and Cisco video conferencing device ecosystems.

Having developed our Meeting Services functionality, for CMS and a strong user base, VQ began to be asked by numerous customers whether we could expand into device management and started looking at the option seriously.

Roll forward and in conjunction with Cisco, VQ has developed VQ Conference Manager DMA (Device, Management and Automation). DMA is designed as the on-premise replacement for TMS.

While DMA’s initial focus is to provide a suitable replacement for TMS for customers, DMA is not designed as a TMS clone. Instead, as with the existing Meeting Services capability of VQCM, DMA brings plenty of ‘VQ feature goodness’, including;

  • Directory Services – Includes a ‘folder per address book’ view on Touch and Navigator panels
  • Device Configuration – A redefined the approach to building, scaling, and managing the complexity of configuration templates for large environments
  • Device Maintenance – Advanced endpoint security and certificate management, automation of tasks and workflow and branding/software file storage & management.

Interested? The most recent in our DMA blog series, we discuss VQ DMA, including how to use it and available features. Read on for more information.

Page Features and Layout

Let’s look at the DMA UI.

Depending on role restrictions, the UI may look differently.

When viewing the UI, administrators have full access to DMA. Users with restricted permissions with not have access to all menus and options. The examples used in this blog are from an administrator view.

Side Bar Main Menu

DMA functionality is grouped by main categories in the side bar menu

  • Devices
  • Directory Services
  • Device Configuration
  • Applications
  • Tenants
  • Users
  • Exit


The Exit button is always shown at the bottom of the side bar and will log you out of DMA and return you to the VQ Conference Manager login page.

Navigating through categories works in the same way. The following are the key concepts:

Drop Down

Clicking on fields with a small triangle ‘twisty’ at the end will display a drop-down menu, as will clicking on the three dots shown in any ‘Action’ column.


You can re-sort most lists in DMA by clicking the title of the relevant column. A small arrow next to the column title will indicate whether the sorting is ascending or descending.
Some lists may have hundreds or even thousands of entries. Rather than show them all in a single list, most lists in DMA are split into pages with < and > arrows at the bottom.


Clicking on the Filter icon above most Device lists will display a filter creation box. This box allows you to filter devices to/from your selection.
Devices can currently be filtered by Name, Location and Label.


Many pages in DMA have multiple views available. These views are shown as tabs across the top.
In the example screenshot, there are multiple pages available. Pages include:
·      View
·      Assign
·      Remove
·      Activity
The active tab is underlined highlighted in blue text.

Add to List

Where it is possible (or required) to create or add to a list, the, Add to List ‘+’ icon will be displayed at the top of the list.

Edit a List Action

When there are actions available for a list, the three dots icon will be displayed. Clicking this icon will display a drop down action list.
You’ll also notice DMA looks different from the existing VQ Conference Manager Meeting Scheduling and Management pages.
While it may appear differently, is the underlying architecture the same?
The architecture of the VQCM platform is essentially unchanged. A new URL (https://servername.domain/dma/) has been added to the CM-Admin list to enable users to directly access DMA.

Logging into VQ DMA

Also note….
There are no additional servers to install or major configuration differences. There are, however, slight differences including, specifying user profiles and Access Control ACLs for access to the DMA functionality.
And finally…………
The End Point Agent (EPA) introduced in version 3.9.0 to deliver One-Button-to-Push (OBTP) messages to Cisco video endpoints (Devices) has been expanded. It now ‘talks’ in more detail to devices using the Cisco Collaboration Endpoint Software API.

How do I migrate to VQ Conference Manager DMA from TMS?

Migrating to DMA is relatively straightforward. It begins with moving all TMS ‘Bookings’ to Conference Manager. Once complete, move to switching endpoints to use VQ’s Directory Services for Phone Books.

Using this guide and our DMA Device Configuration Blog , you’ll migrate your ‘Persistent’ templates and bulk changes to Device Configuration. Then finally, you’ll onboard your devices.

If you want to discuss migrating to VQCM’s DMA, please contact us using one of the methods at the end of this blog.

Interested in finding out more?

This is one of a series of blogs. The others in the series cover:

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