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Softkey integration with Polycom VVX (Metaswitch platform)

MiaRec integrates with Polycom VVX series phones to provide on-demand and pause/resume recording control via softkey.

Supported models:

  • Polycom VVX 300, 400, 500, 600, 1500 Series

How it works

A phone loads a custom Endpoint Pack Extension from Metaswitch SIP Provisioning Server.

How it works

During an active call call, a custom labeled softkey is shown on phone's screen. The following screenshot shows "MiaRec" softkey. it is possible to change the key's name.

MiaRec Softkey

When user presses this key, an XML application is loaded by phone from the MiaRec recording server. User will see "Record/No Record" and/or "Pause/Resume" buttons, depending on the configured permissions.

Puase/Resume Button

Configuration guide

Step 1. Download MiaRec's Endpoint Pack Extension (EPE)

Download one of the following extensions that matches to a version of your existing Endpoint Pack (EP) for Polycom VVX phones:

Note 1: If your Polycom Endpoint Pack version is not listed here, then you can follow the procedure in Amending the Base Version of a Pack Extension article in Metaswitch Community site, or contact MiaRec Support for assistance.

Note 2: If you already have another pack extension in your system, then you need to merge multiple extensions into one. Follow the procedure in Concatenating more than one Pack Extension article on Metaswitch Community site, or contact MiaRec Support for assistance.

Step 2. Install MiaRec's Endpoint Pack Extension into Metaswitch SIP provisioning server

Follow the procedure in Deploying a Pack Extension for an Endpoint Pack on SIP Provisioning Server chapter of MetaView SIP Provisioning Server Guide.

Step 3. Use the CommPortal Phone Configurator to enable MiaRec's softkey integration

Use MetaView Web to log on to the CommPortal Phone Configurator at the required level of your phone profile hierarchy:

  • Persistent Profile (if the app should be enabled/disabled for all your SIP phones)
  • Business Group or Department (to enable it for all SIP phones within a particular Business Group or Department).

Open Programmable Keys - Bottom section and assign MiaRec recording button to one of line keys (Key 1 is a good choice).

  • Select MiaRec Record Button in the Soft key action. If you do not see this option, then the Endpoint Pack Extension is not installed properly
  • Enter your MiaRec web portal address under MiaRec Server Address, like Use https:// (encrypted connection) and domain address (do not use IP-address because SSL certificate validation will fail). The MiaRec web server requires a valid SSL certificate (read below).
  • Choose a name for the soft key.

Programmable Keys

A valid SSL certificate is required for the MiaRec web portal. Follow the procedure in Enable HTTPS for MiaRec Web portal to configure SSL certificate.

Note, Polycom phones do not support wildcard SSL certificates, i.e. if your MiaRec web server uses SSL certificate for domain *, then XML application will fail to load to Polycom phone with error "SSL/TLS handshake failed". To resolve this issue, use a single-domain SSL certificate for a MiaRec web portal, for example, you can use free SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt.

Step 4. Configure MiaRec application

  1. Follow the procedure in User authentication using Metaswitch CommPortal to activate the authentication of users with CommPortal
  2. Navigate in the MiaRec web portal to Administration -> System -> Phone services. Click Edit configuration for the tenant. Make sure the phone services are enabled for this tenant and Authentication option is set to Authenticate users using the web access password
  3. Navigate in the MiaRec web portal to Administration -> User management -> Tenants -> [select tenant] -> Roles. For subscriber roles, make sure the following permissions are granted:
    • Allow for resource Phone services.
    • View for resource Own call recordings.
    • [optional] Trigger on-demand for resource Own call recordings. This permission is required only if subscribers need to control recording on-demand.
    • [optional] Pause recording for resource Own call recordings. This permissions is required only if subscribers need to pause recording during a call (for example, for PCI compliance).
  4. Navigate in the MiaRec web portal to Administration -> User management -> Tenants -> [select tenant] -> Users. For subscribers, make sure the following settings are configured:
    • Login attribute is set to the same username as used for CommPortal authentication.
    • Allow web access is enabled.
    • Authenticate with is set to Metaswitch CommPortal.
    • [optional] Record is set to On-demand (you can optionally choose between Keep recording and Discard recording depending on your preferences). This option is required only if subscribers need to control recording on-demand.

Step 5. Verification

  1. Reboot the phone. The phone should load new configuration from SIP PS.
  2. Make a test call.
  3. Verify in MiaRec web portal if this call is being recorded.
  4. Verify in MiaRec web portal if this call is associated with correct user profile. See Associating calls with user.
  5. While call is still in progress, verify if the configured soft key is displayed on phone's screen.
  6. Press the soft key and test Record/No record and Pause/Resume buttons (note, these buttons may be hidden if subscriber doesn't have appropriate permissions to control on-demand or pause recording).


Check System Log in MiaRec

Navigate in MiaRec web portal to Administration -> Maintenance -> System Log and check if there are any warnings/errors.

Use your web browser to simulate the hardware phone

Open in your web browser the same link as you configured in the Polycom configuration file, for example:


You should be able to login to phone services and see the recording controls.

Login to Phone Services

Check Polycom phone logs

By default, Polycom phone automatically uploads own log file to the provisioning system using FTP. Check that log file for any errors.