The difference between Exchange 2013 Enterprise and Standard editions

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

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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.

This was first published in June 2013

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