Used Microsoft licences

Reduce your IT costs sustainably with a used Exchange Server license

Microsoft Exchange Server is the mail and calendar server from Microsoft with which you can centrally manage all electronic communication in your company and beyond. To use it, you need an Exchange Server license for the respective version, which you can buy second-hand from Soft & Cloud at particularly low prices. Since software does not wear out or wear out, every used Exchange Server license we sell is identical to a new license purchased directly from Microsoft, which is significantly more expensive.

By using used software, companies can permanently reduce their IT costs without having to accept any restrictions in terms of the software's scope of services or other disadvantages. So if you buy a used license for Microsoft Exchange Server instead of a new one, the full scope of this groupware and e-mail transport server software is immediately available to you. However, in addition to the license for the server, you will need a Client Access License (CLA) for each user that matches your server version. So if you are running a Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, an Exchange Server 2016 User CAL is required for each user; for the current version Microsoft Exchange Server 2019, a Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 User CAL is required for each user.

Exchange Server functions at a glance

Microsoft Exchange Server is a comprehensive groupware solution that can be used to manage, store and distribute emails, calendars, tasks, contacts and notes on the server. The front-end application for Exchange Server is Microsoft Outlook, which is very well integrated, as are the other Microsoft Office applications. Microsoft Exchange Servers in turn extend the functional scope of Outlook and enable, for example, the activation of an out-of-office agent that automatically replies to incoming emails with an out-of-office message. Folders in the mailbox can also be specifically shared with other users, such as calendars or tasks.

What is the difference between a used Exchange Server license and the purchase of a new license?

As a used Exchange Server license is software, there is no qualitative difference between a used license and a newly purchased license. The only difference between the two is the price at which you purchase the license. This has a particular impact on CALs, as you have to purchase and own a separate CAL for each user. If you then take the price difference for a Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Standard CAL, for example, as a basis and multiply it by the number of CALs required, you will immediately recognize the enormous savings potential that used software from Soft & Cloud offers you.

Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2019

You can purchase licenses for the two latest versions of Microsoft Exchange Server from Soft & Cloud, i.e. Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2019. The functional scope of both versions is almost identical, although the current version offers minor improvements in scheduling and an improved search function based on Bing technology. Exchange Server 2019 can also use more memory and CPU cores, which increases performance.

With each version, you can also choose between the Enterprise and Standard editions. The Enterprise edition can be scaled up to 100 integrated databases per server, while the Standard edition is limited to five databases per server. Otherwise, the functional scope of the two editions is identical.

They are all mature and tried-and-tested groupware solutions for companies of all sizes, but Microsoft will no longer be continuing them in this form. In future, Exchange Server will be integrated into Microsoft 365, Microsoft's subscription model, which is associated with monthly costs.

If you do not want to switch to Microsoft 365, you can simply continue to operate the Microsoft Exchange Server locally as an alternative and use it for a long time to come. For this purpose, Microsoft provides Exchange Server 2016 for download, as well as Microsoft Exchange Server 2019. After downloading, you can install and license the server or use it as an evaluation version for up to 180 days.

Buy used Microsoft Exchange Server

At Soft & Cloud, you take no risks when you buy used software: Our secure license transfer has been certified by TÜVIT, for the fifth time in a row. All licenses available from us are 100% original licenses, completely legal and audit-proof - we even assume liability for this.

We offer the following Microsoft Exchange Server licenses in our webshop:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Standard, 
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Enterprise, 
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Standard and 
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Enterprise.

In addition to the server licenses, you need a client access license (CAL) for each user, which you can also obtain used and at a reasonable price from Soft & Cloud. Optionally as a basic Standard version and as an add-on license for the Enterprise editions, with which you can use extended server functions.

Frequently asked questions and answers

Microsoft Exchange Server is a groupware and e-mail software used to centrally store and manage e-mails, appointments, contacts, tasks and other elements. The software also supports collaboration in virtual workgroups. The individual users do not work on the server, but use a local Outlook installation.

The costs for Microsoft Exchange Server vary depending on which version (Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange Server 2019) and edition (Standard or Enterprise) is to be licensed. In addition, a CAL (Client Access License) must be purchased for each user.

It is possible to use Microsoft Exchange Server without a license for a maximum of 180 days as part of the evaluation. At the end of the trial period, a valid license must be purchased in order to continue using the server.

The Exchange Server manages all e-mails, appointments etc. for all users and handles e-mail dispatch and internal synchronization, for example of group calendars or mailboxes, while Outlook is the local front end, i.e. the interface for users.

The Enterprise Edition of Microsoft Exchange Server can be scaled up to 100 integrated databases per server and is therefore suitable for large companies. The Standard Edition, on the other hand, is limited to five databases per server that can be provided. Apart from this difference, both versions are identical.

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