Microsoft Defender for Servers

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Microsoft Defender for Servers is available as one of the workload components of Microsoft Defender for Cloud and is now split into Plan 1 and Plan 2.

Microsoft Defender for Servers Plan 1

The features contained in Plan 1 are:

  • Auto onboarding for resources in Azure, AWS, and GCP
  • Microsoft Threat & Vulnerability management
  • Use of Defender for Cloud or M365 Defender portal
  • Integration of Defender for Cloud and Defender for Endpoint

Microsoft Defender for Servers Plan 2

Additional capabilities in Plan 2 include:

  • Log Analytics – with 500MB free
  • Security policy & regulatory compliance
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Threat detection
  • Just in Time VM access
  • File integrity monitoring
  • Adaptive network hardening
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/defender-for-cloud/defender-for-servers-introduction

Pricing

Under the Azure meter, the prices are listed here as:

  • Plan 1 = £0.006 per server per hour
  • Plan 2 = £0.016 per app service per hour

Volume Licensing

If you have 50 or more combined licenses of:

  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Windows E5/A5
  • M365 E5/A5
  • M365 Security USLs

you can acquire Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (Server) under EA/EAS/MCA/EES agreements.

If you have these licenses and then choose to cover the same servers with Microsoft Defender for Cloud (the new name for Azure Security Center + Azure Defender), you will be eligible for a credit towards the cost of the latter.

Resources

Microsoft Docs page

2 Replies to “Microsoft Defender for Servers”

  1. Hi Rich, the requirement for buying the server license doesnt specify plan 1 or plan 2 of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (USL). If the company has >50 M365 E3s (contains DFE Plan 1) , do they qualify to get the server license?. Thanks

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