Microsoft Azure AD – licensing

Microsoft Azure AD – licensing

This is part 3 of the Azure AD series. This time it’s about licensing Azure AD. I have described the different license types in the second part of the series. Today it’s about buying the licenses.

There are wasted possibilities for licensing. Here I introduce the ones I know.

Licensing via bundles

Azure-AD is also included in various cloud bundles. Depending on this, you may not need additional licenses. Here are a few examples:

These bands can usually also be licensed via the possibilities mentioned as well.

Online licensing on (MOSP)

The easiest and probably most expensive way is to get Azure AD directly from Microsoft via the website. You can get Azure AD there at list price.


Licensing via volume licensing agreements

The Azure AD Plans Basic, P1 and P2 can also be licensed through Microsoft Volume License Agreements, such as MPSA, EA or CSP. Here the customer gets a discount level depending on the volume of licenses purchased. Since the licenses are sold via an official license distributor, further price differences can also be achieved here.

Licensing via resellers

Some companies, such as large cellular carriers, also sell corresponding licenses for companies. Since these orders are declining, they are usually cheaper than Microsoft. But here it is a matter of checking the contracts to see what minimum terms and similar details are involved.

This does not mean the German Office365 instance with the Deutsche Telekom as data trustee, this is another and probably the extinct product.

Conclusion on licensing opportunities

For customers with a certain size (from approx. 150 systems), volume licenses can be an economical option. If a volume license agreement already exists, it is likely to be cheaper than the other methods.

If you only need a few licenses, Microsoft or a reseller can do it for you.


I don’t know whether it is possible to license Azure-AD via Open-License.

This article first appeared on in German.

This article is a translation of the article “Microsoft Azure AD – die Lizensierung” (Published – 2019-05-21). Links may refer to other articles, these may also be available in English language.

Also it can be, that I still use screenshots of German systems. However, where it is possible for me with little effort, I insert screenshots of English systems.

Fabian Niesen has been working as an IT consultant for years. Here he writes privately and independently of his employer. Among others he is certified as MCSA Windows Server 2008 / 2012, MCSA Office 365, MCSA Windows 10, MCSE Messaging, MCT and Novell Certified Linux Administrator. Since 2016 he is also MCT Regional Lead for Germany. His hobbies are social media, blogging, medieval markets, historical songs and house building.