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Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Pricing and Licensing Guide
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Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Pricing and Licensing Guide
Microsoft® Forefront™ Protection 2010 for Exchange Server provides fast and effective protection against malware and spam using multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. It also integrates with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange to provide the defense-in-depth benefits of hosted and on-premises filtering services in a single solution.

The product license includes:
  • On-premises server
    software for protection
    against malware, spam,
    and inappropriate
  • Continuous updates
    for anti-malware and
    antispam engines

Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server is licensed through Microsoft Volume Licensing (MVLS) in the Microsoft Online Services program on a per-user or per-device subscription model. This license includes all anti-malware and antispam scanning engine updates, signatures, and product upgrades during the license period.

Customers can license Forefront for Exchange as part of the following Microsoft licensing programs:
  • Enterprise Agreement
  • Enterprise Agreement Subscription
  • Select
  • Academic Select
  • Government Select
  • Open Value
  • Open Value Subscription
  • Server Provider License Agreement
  • High Volume Services (HVS)
  • Campus and School Agreements
Licensing for Industry-Leading Antivirus Scanning Engines
Forefront for Exchange includes multiple industry-leading engines for protection against malware and spam. The status of these engines can be found on the Anti-malware Engine Notifications and Developments page1. The license permits the use and updates of all scanning engines. Customers can use all or a subset of these engines for each scanning operation within Forefront for Exchange.

Downgrade Rights
Customers who purchase Forefront for Exchange will also be licensed to use Microsoft Antigen for Exchange, Microsoft Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager to protect their Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 environments.

External Connector
To protect Exchange Server External Connector deployments, customers can license the Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server External Connector. Customers should purchase one license for each Exchange Server External Connector that they are protecting.

Software Assurance
Forefront for Exchange licenses include Software Assurance, which gives customers access to 24x7 phone and unlimited e-mail support. For more benefit details, visit www. exchange. Under the Technical Resources tab, click Support Options. (Note that Software Assurance benefits must be activated in order to be used.) Service Provider Offerings In both the SPLA and HVS programs, Forefront for Exchange provides Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus offerings. These align directly with the Exchange Server Basic, Standard, and Standard Plus offerings in these programs. Please note that functionality within Forefront for
Exchange is the same for each offering. The price difference is based solely on what is being protected—for example, Exchange Basic vs. Exchange Standard Plus.


Forefront for Exchange Server is priced per user or per device, per month. Following is a list of estimated retail prices for Forefront for Exchange, including the calculation for the estimated cost for a typical one-year or three-year license agreement. Note that because Forefront for Exchange is a monthly subscription product, customers can add this product to an existing Volume Licensing agreement for the months remaining on the agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do customers get their product keys?

    Static Product Keys for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server are available via Forefront CD Media, Call Centers (Product Activation Team), and the MVLS Download site. Without the proper Microsoft license and product key, the product defaults to a 120-day evaluation period.

  • Is Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server part of the Exchange Enterprise Client Access License (ECAL) and the ECAL Suite?

    Yes, Forefront Security for Exchange Server is included in both.

  • Do customers get a discount if they purchase Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and then
    upgrade to the ECAL Suite?

    Yes. Customers will receive a credit for the standalone products purchased in the amount of their discounted value in the suite.
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