Sametime Audio and Video not working when all components on 1 Windows 2008 box

Recently I had to troubleshoot a newly installed Sametime environment for a small deployment.

All WebSphere components installed on 1 box with 3 ip addresses assigned to 1 Nic on Windows 2008 R2 SP1

Point to point video was working, however adding a third person or using Audio and Video from the meeting center would not work.

Strange… After some investigation, it looked like the Media Server services and Proxy server services were all listening on the Meeting servers address instead of there assigned ip.

The first assigned IP (I thought to be the default for outgoing traffic)  x.x.x.179 System Console and Media Server. Proxy was assigned to x.x.x.172 and meeting to x.x.x.173

All were listening on x.x.x.172

Strange, if all listening on 1 it should be the default IP x.x.x.179 and certainly not x.x.x.172

Then I found this article http://www.confusedamused.com/notebook/source-ip-address-preference-with-multiple-ips-on-a-nic

On windows 2003 the first Ip address becomes the default for outgoing traffic.

Microsoft decided to change this behaviour in Windows 2008 where the IP with the lowest digit is default for outgoing traffic (wow that makes sense)

So I ended up shutting down all services, removing the 172 and 173 address from the nic and re-inserting them using following command:

netsh int ipv4 add address “Local Area Connection” x.x.x.172 255.255.255.0 SkipAsSource=true

netsh int ipv4 add address “Local Area Connection” x.x.x.173 255.255.255.0 SkipAsSource=true

Restarted al services

Everything started working as expected

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About Wannes Rams

I'm a IBM Collaboration software consultant. I am specialized in the architecture and technical lead of enterprise implementations. I started of as a Lotus Domino specialist certified up to Domino 8, but moved on to IBM Connections, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Quickr. I also have experience with WebSphere Administration and WebSphere Portal deployments. I am also IBM Champion for ICS Specialties: Lotus Domino Lotus Sametime Lotus Quickr IBM Connections WebSphere Portal administration WebSphere Application server administration Cisco Firewall administration Tivoli Directory Integrator Social Business
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