Configuring a Unified Messaging IP gateway

Creating and configuring a Unified Messaging (UM) IP gateway requires associating it with an existing UM dial plan. Get the steps on how to accomplish it here.

Unified Messaging IP gateway

The IP gateway must be identified in the UM IP gateway object configuration for the UM server to be able to communicate with it.

This is part #8 from "Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging for administrators," excerpted from Chapter 9 of the book Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: The Complete Reference, published by McGraw-Hill Osborne Media.
It is possible to configure the UM IP gateway object in Active Directory to use an IP address or the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the physical IP gateway device. If you use the FQDN, there must be a corresponding DNS host (A) record so that the UM server can resolve the FQDN to an IP address. This address is used by the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to establish each session between the IP gateway and the Unified Messaging server.

Integrating voice with a data network does increase its exposure to data network vulnerabilities. For additional security, the Unified Messaging server is configured with a list of trusted SIP peers. If a SIP connection attempt is made from an untrusted SIP peer, the connection attempt will be blocked and an 1187 event will be logged.

After configuring the UM IP gateway object, you can associate it with the UM Dial Plan you created first. Be sure to verify that there is a UM server configured for the UM dial plan.

The UM IP gateway will also need at least one UM hunt group associated with it so that it knows the range of user extensions it covers. Fortunately, when you associate a UM dial plan with the UM IP gateway, a default UM hunt group will also be created if one does not already exist.

Creating a new UM IP Gateway

Use the following steps to create a new UM IP gateway:

  1. Open the EMC with an administrator account that has the Exchange Organization Administrator role.
  2. Expand "Organization Configuration" and click "Unified Messaging."
  3. Click the "UM IP Gateways" tab.
  4. Select "New UM IP Gateway" in the "Actions" pane.
  5. Type the name of the UM IP gateway in the "Name" field, as shown below.
  6. Type the IP address for the UM IP gateway in the "IP Address" field or type the FQDN in the Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) field.
  7. Click "New."
  8. Click "Finish."

New UM IP gateway

As an alternative to the EMC, you can also use the New-UMIPGateway cmdlet in the EMS, like in this example:

[PS]C:>New-UMIPGateway -Name "AudioCodes-Mediant 2000" -Address 192.168.10.254


Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging for administrators

 Home: Introduction to Unified Messaging on Exchange 2007
 Part 1: An intro to voice systems for Exchange administrators
 Part 2: Unified Messaging features in Exchange Server 2007
 Part 3: Defining Exchange Unified Messaging architecture
 Part 4: Deploying Unified Messaging servers on Exchange Server 2007
 Part 5: Comparing VoIP PBX solutions for Unified Messaging
 Part 6: Integrating Unified Messaging servers with a VoIP solution
 Part 7: Creating a Unified Messaging Dial Plan
 Part 8: Configuring a Unified Messaging IP gateway
 Part 9: Mailbox policy configuration for Unified Messaging
 Part 10: Creating and assigning a Unified Messaging hunt group
 Part 11: Dialing rules and restrictions for Unified Messaging users
 Part 12: Assigning Unified Messaging dialing rules to a mailbox policy
 Part 13: Executing Unified Messaging grammar generation
 Part 14: Enabling Unified Messaging mailboxes and users

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: The Complete Reference This chapter excerpt from Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: The Complete Reference, by Richard Luckett, William Lefkovics and Bharat Suneja, is printed with permission from McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, Copyright 2008.

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This was first published in January 2009

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