A Guide to Exchange Server and Licensing

Guide to Exchange Server and Licensing

Exchange Server is email and individual data the board programming that keeps running on Windows Server. It gives a cooperation situation to verify informing inside and outside a philanthropy or an association. It additionally supports gathering planning capacities, discourse gatherings, group organizers, portable and web get to, and a large group of different highlights.

You can utilize this manual for discover the Exchange Server release and licenses suitable to your association’s needs.

  • Standard and Enterprise Editions
  • Authorizing
  • Updating
  • Minimizing
  • Exchange Server Products Available Through TechSoup
  • Standard and Enterprise Editions
  • Exchange Server is offered in both Standard and Enterprise releases.

In the 2016 variant, the main critical distinction between the Standard and Enterprise items is the quantity of letter box databases every version permits. The Standard release permits up to 5 letter box databases, while the Enterprise version permits up to 50. In this way, you should demand the Enterprise version if your philanthropy or association is genuinely huge.

Other item usefulness relies upon whether you demand Enterprise customer access licenses (CALs) notwithstanding Standard CALs. Both Standard and Enterprise CALs can be utilized with either server version, yet the Enterprise CALs can be utilized distinctly related to Standard CALs to get to certain Exchange Server highlights. For more data, see the Licensing segment underneath.

The two releases of Exchange Server 2016 require 64-bit (x64) equipment (Intel EM64T or AMD64), which utilizes memory and capacity than 32-bit equipment.


The following are a portion of the major authorizing prerequisites for Exchange Server.

For every server programming permit you relegate, you may run, at any one time, one occasion of the server programming in one physical or virtual working framework condition on the authorized server.

You may run or generally utilize any number of examples of the Exchange Management Tools programming in physical or virtual working framework situations on any number of gadgets. You may utilize those occasions just with the server programming. Utilization of any case with the server programming might be immediate, aberrant, or through other extra programming.

Exchange Server is a server application, not a server working framework, so it must be utilized alongside a server working framework. For each occurrence of Exchange Server, you should likewise have a Windows Server permit.

Customer Access Licenses (CALs)

An Exchange Server gadget or client CAL is required for every gadget or client getting to or utilizing the server programming. Microsoft offers both Standard and Enterprise client and gadget CALs for Exchange Server through TechSoup. In any case, you needn’t bother with CALs for

Up to two gadgets or clients to get to the server programming just to direct those examples

Any client or gadget that gets to your occurrences of the server programming without being straightforwardly or in a roundabout way verified by Active Directory

Standard CALs

For both the Standard and Enterprise releases of Exchange Server, the Standard gadget or client CALs approve one client or gadget to access Exchange Server.

Venture CALs

Venture CALs are additionally accessible for use with the two adaptations of Exchange Server. Venture CALs can be utilized distinctly related to Standard CALs to get to certain Exchange Server highlights. These highlights incorporate coordinated chronicling, set up hold, information misfortune anticipation, and brought together informing highlights. For a total rundown, see the Exchange Server Licensing page

Endeavor CALs don’t should be mentioned for clients or gadgets that don’t have to get to these extra highlights.

Windows Server CALs Required

Furthermore, a Windows Server CAL is required for each Exchange Server client or gadget CAL in all situations.


For assistance in overhauling from Exchange Server 2013 to Exchange Server 2016, you can utilize Microsoft’s online Deployment Assistant.

You can utilize Software Assurance to update Exchange Server and related licenses to any adaptation discharged during the two years your Software Assurance is essentially. The genuine overhaul does not need to happen inside those two years. You can overhaul whenever later on, as long as Microsoft still makes the new form accessible to clients. You can’t, in any case, move up to forms that Microsoft discharges after your Software Assurance terminates.

CALs got through TechSoup will work with the new form since they have their very own Software Assurance.

For more data, see Volume Licensing Service Center – Software Assurance Benefits.


You can minimization Exchange Server to any variant that Microsoft keeps on making accessible at its Volume Licensing Service Center site on your association’s Licensed Downloads page. Downsizing does not rely upon Software Assurance; it is an advantage of Volume Licensing.