Message Waiting Indicators (MWI) for Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging (UM)

August 20, 2008

in Exchange, Microsoft

The following is a listing of companies that provide MWI services for Exchange UM:

If anyone knows of other companies please let me know and I’ll add them to the listing.

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Aaron December 19, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I wrote a Windows service for Exchange message waiting indicator.

Currently, I have the application running at Glen Cove School District
for about a year now servicing over 250 voicemail accounts and the
wait time for the light is 10-15 seconds. In addition the application
uses minimal system resources and is transparent to End-Users. There’s
nothing complicated about the service and does not require
administrative or End-user intervention. It simply runs as a Window’s
service and is administered with the desktop client for onetime
configuration (Set it and forget it).

In addition, I was able to save the district over $60,000 by using
Exchange 2007 unified message appose to buying Cisco Unity voicemail

If anyone is interested in an inexpensive solution please email me or

UM Guy May 18, 2009 at 9:01 am

No doubt the district upgraded their enterprise licensing agreement to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to get Exchange UM and other Microsoft packages most of which they will never use. So in actuality they really didn’t save anything. Oh, and they had to spend money on MWI, shouldn’t that be included in any VM/UM solution? Look at the total expense and not just what’s directly in front of you.

Aaron June 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays… LOL… Here’s a better breakdown

Exchange 2007 costs $2,500 for schools
Exchange enterprise client licenses are about $15 X 250 UM users = $3750
ExchangeMWI currently costs $500
Added role to existing Exchange mail server $0
In house implementation of UM role $0

Total cost is: $6,750

—-{Cisco Unity}———

Exchange 2007 costs $2,500
Cisco Unity VM license: $69 X 50 users = $3,450
Cisco Unity 7 license includes 200 users: $15,000
HP 7825-H3 APPLIANCE: $7,000
Installation from a consulting company: $25,000
Total cost is: $50,700

Difference of: $43,950 saved to the district to be more exacted

Pricing from OGS’s website and CDWG

geryatric June 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Your both right (sort of)

– A cisco soloution ALWAYS costs more regardless… but the difference would have been a lot less if you were not a school. Microsoft gives HUGE educations discounts 80% – 90%
– Consulting company was ripping you off. Should be about $10k for a deployment of that size, thats what we charge anyway

Can’t be bothered to look up the actualy prices but that $15 exchange CAL is really about $250 in a business enviroment