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Microsoft Exchange Licensing Guide: On-premises and Online Options 

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Welcome to the Microsoft Exchange Licensing Guide, your key resource for navigating the intricacies of Exchange licensing. Microsoft Exchange is a robust communication platform vital for modern workplaces, offering powerful email solutions and collaborative tools. 

Understanding Exchange licensing options is essential to optimize communication, enhance security, and streamline administrative tasks. This guide simplifies Exchange licensing structures, user-based access, and subscription services, empowering you to make informed decisions aligned with your organization’s goals. 

Whether a small business or a large enterprise, grasping Exchange licensing nuances ensures leveraging its full potential for productivity and seamless communication. Join us to uncover the right licensing model tailored to fuel your organization’s growth and efficiency. 

Table of Contents

Microsoft Exchange Server Licensing

1. On-Premises Licensing:

  • Server License: Microsoft Exchange Server typically requires a server license. This license allows you to install and run Exchange Server on a physical or virtual machine. 
  • Client Access Licenses (CALs): These are required for each user or device accessing the Exchange Server. There are two types: 
    1. User CALs: Assigned to individual users, allowing them to access Exchange Server from multiple devices. 
    2. Device CALs: Assigned to specific devices, allowing multiple users to access Exchange Server from one device. 

The following options are available for Exchange Server on-premises licensing: 

Exchange Online Licensing (Office 365/ Microsoft 365):

 Exchange Online is included in Office 365 or Microsoft 365 subscription. Different subscription (such as Business Basic, Business Standard, Enterprise E1, E3, E5, etc.) offer various levels of Exchange Online functionality and other Office/Microsoft 365 services. 

The following options are available for subscription-based service: 

Microsoft Exchange Online

Microsoft 365 subscriptions that include Microsoft Exchange

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Microsoft Exchange Licensing Considerations

  • User-Based vs. Device-Based CALs: Decide whether user-based or device-based CALs are more suitable for your organization’s needs. User CALs might be more beneficial if users access Exchange from multiple devices, whereas Device CALs could be cost-effective for shared devices. 
  • Hybrid Environments: For businesses transitioning from on-premises Exchange to Exchange Online, Microsoft offers hybrid licensing options to facilitate migration and coexistence of both environments. If you are planning a Microsoft Exchange migration, our sister organization, Team Venti, offers Microsoft Exchange consulting and migration services. 
  • Subscription Plans: Evaluate your organization’s needs in terms of features, storage, security, compliance, and scalability to choose the appropriate Office 365 or Microsoft 365 subscription plan that includes Exchange Online. 
  • Updates and Support: Ensure your licensing provides access to updates, patches, and technical support to maintain the security and performance of your Exchange environment. 
  • License Management: Keep track of licenses and ensure compliance with Microsoft’s licensing agreements to avoid any legal or operational issues. Our advanced licensing management portal allows you to keep track of your licenses and make changes on your own. 

Related Microsoft Exchange products 

  • Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Online: This service provides additional storage capabilities for archiving older or less frequently accessed emails, complying with regulatory requirements or organizational policies. 
  • Outlook: Outlook is Microsoft’s email client that connects to Exchange Server or Exchange Online, providing a robust interface for users to access emails, calendars, contacts, and tasks. 
  • Entra ID (formerly Azure AD): Integrating Exchange with Entra ID provides enhanced identity and access management capabilities, facilitating single sign-on and user authentication for Exchange services. 
  • Exchange Kiosk: Kiosk is a streamlined version of Microsoft Exchange Online, catering to users who primarily need email and calendar access. It offers essential features at a lower cost, making it ideal for workers without dedicated computers, such as those in retail or healthcare. It provides basic email functionality and calendar management, designed to meet the needs of specific user groups with minimal requirements. 

Additional Resources 

Microsoft’s Licensing Documentation 

Microsoft’s official website provides detailed information about Exchange Server licensing, including guides and documentation. 

Microsoft Licensing Consultation 

For complex licensing scenarios or specific queries, consulting with a Microsoft licensing expert or authorized reseller can offer tailored guidance.  

Unlock the expertise of our certified Microsoft licensing specialists with a complimentary consultation – no strings attached. Our team is dedicated to understanding your unique requirements and providing tailored solutions that align perfectly with your business goals. 

Ready to navigate the world of Microsoft licensing effortlessly? Schedule a meeting with us or fill out our contact form to discover how we can optimize your Microsoft licensing experience and empower your organization to thrive. 

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