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What's new in version 14?

The new features and enhancements and changes in functionality included in Pexip Infinity version 14 are described below.

For full information about this release, see the release notes.

For information about earlier versions of Pexip Infinity, see Features added in previous releases.

New features

Pexip Infinity platform

Feature Description More information
Layout improvements
  • We have increased the relative size of video images and reduced the amount of black space.
  • Thumbnails of participants entering the stage will now fade into place (previously they slid in from the side).
Selecting the layout seen by participants
Show main speakers' names

You can now configure Virtual Meeting Rooms and Virtual Auditoriums to show the name(s) of the participant(s) who are being shown in the main video. Names will be displayed at the bottom of the participant's video.

Showing the names of speakers

Live platform status overview

Pexip Live View (Status > Live View) is a new interactive graphical report that shows the current status of your deployment, including load on Conferencing Nodes and conferences taking place.

Minor changes have been made to the conference graph to align it with the new Live View.

Viewing live platform status

Viewing current conference status

Test call service

Pexip Infinity now includes a new Test Call Service. This provides a test loop that allows users to check the quality of their video and audio, and verifies that they can connect to the Conferencing Node.

On upgrade to version 14, a single default test service with the name "Test Call Service" and the alias "test_call" is automatically added to your system configuration. (If an existing conference or alias exists with those names, they will not be reassigned to the new service.) You can add further test services and aliases as necessary, and configure them via themes if required.

Configuring the Test Call Service
Certificate Signing Requests (CSRs) You can generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) from within Pexip Infinity, and then upload the returned certificate associated with that request. Certificate signing requests (CSRs)
Allow only registered devices to make Pexip Distributed Gateway calls

You can configure Call Routing Rules to only allow devices that are registered to Pexip Infinity to be able to make calls via the Pexip Distributed Gateway. This provides greater security and control over the devices that can use gateway resources.

Configuring Call Routing Rules
Local policy scripts

Local policy allows you to manipulate service configuration and media location data (that has been provided either via the external policy API, or has been retrieved from Pexip Infinity's own database) by running a jinja2 script against that data.

Local policy and external policy are configured via policy profiles (Call control > Policy profiles) and a policy profile is than assigned to a system location.

On upgrade to version 14, any existing external policy servers are converted into policy profiles.

Using external and local policy to control Pexip Infinity behavior
Dual network interfaces (NICs) for Conferencing Nodes You can configure a secondary network address on a Conferencing Node. If configured, this secondary address is used for signaling and media, and the primary address is used for inter-node communication. Conferencing Nodes with dual network interfaces (NICs)
Improved CSV import/export The existing CSV import/export utility for Virtual Meeting Rooms has been expanded to include all configuration options. Additional CSV import/export is now available for Virtual Auditoriums, Virtual Receptions, Automatically Dialed Participants, and device aliases.

Bulk import/export of service configuration

Bulk import/export of Automatically dialed participants (ADPs)

Bulk import/export of device aliases

H.264 High Profile codec support

Pexip Infinity now supports the H.264 High Profile codec. The H.264 High Profile codec can provide HD video quality with reduced bandwidth requirements on H.264 connections.

This codec is disabled by default. To enable the codec, go to Platform configuration > Global settings and, in the Codecs section, move H.264 High (mode 1) into the list of Chosen Codecs. For optimal interoperability results, only enable H.264 High (mode 1) — leave H.264 High (mode 0) in the Available Codecs list.

About global settings
RTMP dual stream support for Automatically Dialed Participants (ADPs) Automatically Dialed Participants (ADPs) can be configured with RTMP dual streams. Automatically dialing out to a participant from a conference
Skype for Business Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS) *

Pexip Infinity now supports sending and receiving content to and from Skype for Business clients using VbSS.

This is a "tech preview" feature and is currently only supported when the Skype for Business client is either calling another endpoint via the Pexip Distributed Gateway, or calling into a Virtual Meeting Room or Virtual Auditorium.

Default: disabled.

Enable Lync / Skype for Business Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS)
New alarm Pexip Infinity will raise an alarm if it detects that the underlying hardware appears to be over-committed. Viewing alarms
* Technology preview only

Infinity Connect Web App

Following are the changes to the Infinity Connect Web App in Pexip Infinity version 14:

Feature Description More information
Screensharing quality setting Prior to joining a conference, you can set the frame rate to use when sharing your screen (supported in Chrome only). A lower frame rate will result in sharper images and is best for static presentations; a higher frame rate will be less sharp and is best for content where there is more motion. Using Infinity Connect via Google Chrome
Screensharing tabs When sharing your screen (supported in Chrome only), the available desktops and apps now appear in separate tabs. Sharing your screen

Changes in functionality in this release

Feature Description More information
Less verbose support.sip messages in the support log Some support.sip messages in the support log are less verbose than previously. Log messages for SUBSCRIBE, NOTIFY, OPTIONS, INFO and UPDATE requests now generate summary output.  
Keep alive pings from SIP proxies no longer trigger external policy requests Pexip Infinity now immediately responds with 200 OK to OPTIONS keep alive pings from remote SIP proxies, and does not perform any additional processing — such as sending outbound external policy requests — on receipt of such messages.  
Lync and Skype for Business terminology updates

References to "Lync" on the Pexip Infinity Administrator interface have been updated to also refer to "Skype for Business", specifically:

  • "Lync servers" are now called "Lync / Skype for Business servers".
  • The "Lync (MS-SIP)" protocol (used in Call Routing Rules and when dialing out) is now called "Lync / Skype for Business (MS-SIP)".
  • In Call Routing Rules the "Lync AVMCU conference direct (not via Virtual Reception)" call target is now called "Lync / Skype for Business meeting direct (not via Virtual Reception)", and the "Lync clients or Lync AVMCU conferences via a Virtual Reception" call target is now called "Lync / Skype for Business clients, or meetings via a Virtual Reception".
  • The "Lync MSSIP domain" (used in global settings and system location configuration) is now called "Pexip Infinity domain (for Lync / Skype for Business integration)".
  • Global setting "Enable Lync auto-escalation" is now called "Enable Lync / Skype for Business auto-escalation".
  • "Lync conference lookup location" on a Virtual Reception is now called "Lync / Skype for Business meeting lookup location".

(Note that all API parameter/field names are unchanged.)

Management API improvements

There have been minor updates to the management API:

  • It now allows filtering of devices ('device' resource) by the owner email address ('primary_owner_email_address' field).
Retrieving, paginating, filtering and ordering resource details
Improvements to the conference status graph There have been minor updates to the conference status graph, including changes to the icons representing Conferencing Nodes, and the inclusion of control-only participants in the graph. Viewing current conference status
More historical media load data The Conferencing Node media load graph now shows 4 weeks of history (rather than one week as previously). Viewing Conferencing Nodes
Relationship between services and themes

You can now:

  • from each of the Service configuration pages, view which themes are associated with the services, and sort the list by theme
  • view the number of services to which a particular theme has been applied.
Viewing the themes currently in use
Service creation time

You can now view the time at which a particular service was created. This information is shown via the Administrator interface on the edit page for each service. This applies to:

  • Virtual Meeting Rooms
  • Virtual Auditoriums
  • Virtual Reception
  • Automatically Dialed Participants
  • Device aliases
Maintenance mode status The Conferencing Node status page now includes a sortable column regarding whether each node is in maintenance mode.  
Conference history The maximum number of conferences show in the Conference History page has increased from 5,000 to 10,000. Viewing historical information about conferences
Security-related updates

This release includes several security-related modifications:

  • TLS connections no longer use Triple DES or MD5.
  • The security wizard (used when deploying Pexip Infinity in secure mode):
    • allows you to disable TLS 1.0
    • allows you to disable Anonymous Diffie Hellmann key exchange for outbound SIP/TLS
    • no longer allows you to enable SSL 3.0.

Deploying Pexip Infinity in a secure mode of operation

Infinity Connect Web App support for Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows 10 has been deprecated. Support for the Infinity Connect Web App via Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows 10 systems has been deprecated. Windows 10 users should use Microsoft Edge (or another browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Opera) instead.  
API participants and backplane reservation If an API participant is the first participant to join a conference, it will now reserve a backplane for the conference. Previously an API participant would not have reserved a backplane. Hardware resource allocation rules