Simplifying Microsoft 365 Defender Licensing

What is the purpose of this post?

Understanding the licensing options for Microsoft 365 Defender can be a complex task. With ever-evolving plans and changes, it’s challenging to keep up with the latest information. That’s why I’ve created this guide – to make the licensing process easier. Please note that Microsoft’s licensing plans are constantly evolving, and the details provided here are accurate at the time of writing. I encourage you to consult the official Microsoft documentation for the most up-to-date licensing information.

Disclaimer: The licensing information provided in this blog post is accurate and up-to-date as of the current date of publication (22.06.2023).

Business Organizations – Up-To 300 users.

Let’s compare different licensing options for Client Devices and Servers.

Microsoft Business Premium vs Microsoft Defender For Business Standalone

Good To Know For Microsoft Defender For Business Servers:

  • In order to add on Microsoft Defender for Business servers, you’ll need at least one paid license for Defender for Business (standalone) or Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
  • There’s a limit of 60 Microsoft Defender for Business servers licenses per subscription to Microsoft 365 Business Premium or Defender for Business.

Enterprise Organizations – More than 300 users.

Microsoft Defender For Endpoint Plan 1 vs Plan 2

Pricing Microsoft Defender For Server Plan 1 / Plan 2

Good To Know For Microsoft Defender For Business Servers:

  • Microsoft Defender For Servers Plan 1 / Plan 2 is part of Microsoft Defender For Cloud.
  • Onboarding On-Premise Server with Azure ARC, no agent is required (agentless).
  • Azure Subscription is required.
  • Pricing: Pay As You Go

Additional Add-ons for even more security such as EDR capability.

More Information’s:

Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management | Microsoft Security

I hope this guide has provided you with valuable insights into the complexities of Microsoft 365 Defender licensing. By simplifying the process and highlighting key aspects. Remember, as Microsoft’s licensing plans continue to evolve, it is crucial for you to stay informed and regularly consult official Microsoft documentation for the most up-to-date information.

See Yaa in next blog posts 🙂

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