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Aug 11th, 2008
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Hello All,

Why a

1)Cisco IP Communicator uses 3 licenses?

2)A 7941 uses 4 licenses?

3)A 7971 uses 5 licenses?

What is the theory behind that? in my mind I was thinking like one of the licenses is needed for the CallManager and another one for Unity voicemail and the third one perhaps for the exchange. This is just a guess and not really sure. My question for you guys is; why a 7971 uses 5 licenses and a 7941 4 and a softphone 3? Could someone please shade some lights on this?


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Chris Deren Mon, 08/11/2008 - 10:11
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These DLUs do not include any VM licenses. Cisco simply assigned different DLU counts to these phone types, so basically it costs you more to add 797X phones than 794X/6X phones, not only are they more expensive but also licensing for these phones is more expensive :-)



mightyking Mon, 08/11/2008 - 11:30
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Thanks Chris,

This is the question that my boss had asked me. He doesn't have any technical background and is not satisfied with the answer I gave him based on your reply. Is there anywhere that I can read a little bit more about it and give hime some tangible answer?


Rob Huffman Mon, 08/11/2008 - 12:12
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Hi MK,

Pass this doc along to your Manager. It has some good explanations to this and other licensing questions;

Q. Is the unit allocation in the Cisco licensing program consistent across devices?

A. Device licenses are required for Cisco devices and for third-party devices, with the flexibility to replace third-party devices with Cisco devices. Device licenses are sold in increments of device-license units. Device-license units are assigned to each device connected to Cisco Unified Communications Manager 5.0 and later. Each device is assigned a unit number based on the type and capabilities of the device. Devices with more complex and high-end capabilities are assigned a higher number of units compared to devices with basic capabilities.

From this good doc;

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Licensing Pricing Model


Hope this helps!



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