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The difference between Exchange 2013 Enterprise and Standard editions

In this expert response, MVP Brien Posey describes the differences between Exchange 2013 Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition.

Can you explain the differences between Exchange Server 2013 Enterprise Edition and Exchange 2013 Standard Edi...


As with previous versions of Exchange, Exchange Server 2013 is available in both Standard and Enterprise Edition. Exchange 2013 Enterprise Edition offers a number of features that are not available in Standard Edition. They include the following:

  • Journal decryption
  • Unified messaging
  • Custom retention policies
  • In-place Archives (which also requires Office Professional Plus 2007, 2010, or 2013)
  • In-Place Hold
  • Data loss prevention (DLP)
  • Outlook policy tips with DLP

Additionally, Exchange 2013 Enterprise Edition includes an advanced set of ActiveSync Mobile Management Policies. Standard Edition only includes a basic ActiveSync policy set.

There are also differences when it comes to licensing requirements. Exchange 2013 Standard Edition requires a server license and client access license (CAL) for each user. The Enterprise Edition requires an Enterprise server license. Each user requires both a Standard CAL and an Enterprise CAL.

Microsoft also offers a variant of the Enterprise CAL that includes anti-malware and antispam protection through Exchange Online Protection.

About the expert
Brien Posey is a ten-time Microsoft MVP with two decades of IT experience. Before becoming a freelance technical writer, Brien worked as chief information officer at a national chain of hospitals and health care facilities. He has also served as a network administrator for some of the nation's largest insurance companies and for the Department of Defense at Fort Knox.

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