Difference between 'Cisco Unity' and 'Cisco Unity Connection'?

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Sep 28th, 2008
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Hi, can you please help me understanding functionalities difference between 'Cisco Unity' and 'Cisco Unity Connection'? I have the 'Cisco Unity Connection' with 50 port license, but it doesn't work with 'Cisco Unity'. Please guide me accordingly.

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Bradford Magnani Sun, 09/28/2008 - 08:11
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Unity Connection is a different product than Unity. Each require their own unique licensing and can't be used interchangably.

Unity Connection is designed for smaller deployments and consists of an "on-box" message store and doesn't use Exchange or Domino mail stores. Unity Connection on Windows version stopped at version 1.2(1). Unity Connection on Unix is still being released, which is now at version 7.0.


Unity requires Exchange or Domino as the mail store and typically is used for larger deployments.


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Md. Mijanur Rahman Sun, 09/28/2008 - 08:22
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Hi Brad, Thanks for your reply. I have the Cisco Unity Connection 1.2 DiskSet with 50 port license with me, also have MCS 7845, HP version. But i'm missing of the 'Cisco Unity Platform Configuration Disk', how can I get that? FYI, I have a disk named 'Cisco Unity-System AS'. Is it compatible with Unity Connection?

ranpierce Mon, 09/29/2008 - 06:33
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Brad I have Unity but have a question. I thought all this time it was on the linux OS.


Michael Owuor Mon, 09/29/2008 - 07:18
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The architectural change from windows to Linux was indeed introduced in Connection release 2.0.



Rob Huffman Sun, 09/28/2008 - 08:23
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Hi Mijanur,

You have to keep in mind that Unity and Unity Connection are two distinct product lines. The differences are nicley encapsulated in these doc;

Cisco Unity Connection - with Video


Cisco Unified Communications System Product Comparison


Cisco Messaging Products: Feature Comparison


Hope this helps!


EDIT: Brad, you have trumped my Baboon like typing skills here ;-)

Bradford Magnani Sun, 09/28/2008 - 11:42
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Haha, nah. I like that feature comparison guide you posted, haven't really looked at that before.


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