The phone basically reads its configuration from the windows registry when started. The trick is to make sure the appropriate MAC address is in the registry (assuming you have 2 or 3 NICs or Virtual vmnet interfaces in case of VMware) before you start the application each time. The settings are stored under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IPblue\ in the registry. Follow the procedure below to create multiple phone 'profiles' first
- Launch the IPblue phone
- Choose one of the available MAC addresses.
- Make sure settings on CCM / CCME is set correctly and verify that the phone registers.
- I usually also select the Cisco skin for the phone and select 'Mini View Mode' from the File menu, so that the compact view is used, allowing 3 or 4 phones to be displayed simultaneously on my desktop.
- Run the regedit tool ('Start', 'Run', regedit.exe)
- Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and select IPblue'
- From the 'Registry' menu, choose 'Export Registry File' - Make sure you have the'Selected Branch' option selected - you DON'T even want to think about exporting the whole darn thing - it's humongous.
- Give it an appropriate name - I usually choose the primary extension - example 1001.reg
- Go back to the phone configuration and choose another MAC address.
- Repeat steps 3 to 8 and create the next registry file (example 2001.reg, 3001,reg etc..)
I usually keep all my phone registry files in the same directory and do the following steps to activate the phones (assuming the CCM configuration is completed for the phones).
- Double click the first registry file to import phone configuration.
- Run IPblue phone and wait until it registers. (Tip: Starting ipblue phone with a '/d' option lets you launch multiple phones - otherwise it will throw an error and bring the active one to the front)
- Double click the second registry file to import second phone configuration.
- Run IPblue phone again from the shortcut and it will launch a second instance, now with the configuration for second phone. Verify registration of the phone..
- and so on.. limited by the number of MAC address/CCM pair.
The sound quality is not the greatest at all times, but it does work - I still have my virtual lab on my laptop.
Have fun.. :-)