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2020-06-28T08:51:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Azure Active Directory?


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Top 5User

Hello, everything that has to do with identity and access management must be consolidated from an on-premises and cloud environment, in this Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services combined with Azure AD is perfect, Microsoft in this case.

With Azure AD you get perfection at the single sign-on level, it must be synchronized with the on-premises directory because the applications and endpoints will still belong to it.

In the cost, this is very possible, you get the best of the current, but also integrating everything cloud in the future, register or unsubscribe users in their workgroups and applications in an automated way, the best cost/benefit ratio, everything as a subscription is now possible.

Bye.

2021-12-27T00:22:55Z
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Top 5Real User

We get a discount because we're working in the education sector.

2021-12-08T13:29:44Z
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Top 20MSP

I don't have any insight on the pricing end as that is always managed by our team leader. They take care of all the pricing activities, et cetera. Any pricing-related information I don't have knowledge of.

2021-12-07T16:21:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The process for buying licenses from Microsoft is somewhat messy and really hard to do. We have to talk to someone because it's hard to find out how many licenses we need. If I'm applying for 2,000 users, how many Windows licenses do we need? They could also charge less for support. You buy the license, but if you want to keep it in good standing, you have to pay for the support, and it is expensive. It's okay to pay for the license itself, but to pay so much for support...

2021-11-09T14:35:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The product is priced quite well. The way that Microsoft prices per user and month is quite attractive to us. The level of the license cost is quite good as well.

2021-11-04T14:41:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It is a packaged license. We have a Premium P1 subscription of Office 365, and it came with that.

2021-11-03T19:19:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution is not the cheapest in the market. It could be improved and possibly lowered slightly.

2021-11-01T19:58:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The prices are not too out of place. We're just gradually getting out of COVID and Microsoft is actually putting some renewals, licenses, and some products out just to cushion the effect of license costs as companies recover. With Microsoft, some products also offer free trials. We'd like to see more of a discount on existing licenses. They also need to consider having some free licenses, some free subscriptions.

2021-10-20T11:50:00Z
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Top 5Real User

It can be a bit expensive for organizations, but they do have different pricing models. Their free tier can be used on a personal level, but for an organization, the licenses might be a bit expensive. In general, the licenses can become cheaper, which will make it accessible for more people. Currently, where I am working, we use an enterprise agreement. The license is renewed after every two or three years. So, we make an agreement with Microsoft to give us a license for a number of products, including Azure Active Directory, for two or three years.

2021-10-15T18:50:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The cost is billed on a per-user licensing basis.

2021-10-14T00:15:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't know much about the pricing. As far as licensing is concerned, there are two options. There is a set of free services that are offered through a free license and if you have a Microsoft tenant or any Microsoft service such as Dynamics 365 or Power Apps, you have access to a free set of services that Azure AD provides. This includes registration and some other items. If you want to use Azure AD's advanced features, they are not provided for free. There are two types of premium licenses that are available for anyone who is a registered licensed user.

2021-10-11T18:54:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Previously, only building and global administrators could purchase subscriptions or licenses. Mid-last year, Microsoft made it so users can purchase the license online. Microsoft business subscription is for 200 to 300 users. If you have more than 300 users, you can't purchase the business plan. You have to purchase the enterprise plan. The enterprise plan is for 301 users and above. Pay as you go is also available. If you pay as you go in Azure, you will be billed for whatever you use.

2021-10-05T07:46:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The price of the solution was reasonable.

2021-09-20T20:35:31Z
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Top 5Real User

Azure Active Directory is more expensive than Google, but the capabilities they provide are superior.

2021-08-30T15:44:00Z
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Real User

The cost of Azure AD is one of the biggest benefits, as it is available for use free of charge when you start with Office 365. It comes with the basic version of it and you can move to the more expensive plans with additional features, but these are still very competitive compared to other vendors. By comparison, other vendors offered an independent MFA product but at quite an expensive price. With Microsoft, it was already included in the price. The bundling approach that Microsoft uses is good; although competitors may offer a more compelling solution, we already have access to the one from Microsoft at no additional cost.

2021-08-26T14:57:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Azure Active Directory has a very extensive licensing model. Most of the features are available in the free and basic version, and then there are premium P1 and P2 editions. The licensing model is based on how many users you have per month. In Australia, for a P1 license, the cost is 8 dollars. With P1 and P2 licenses, you get a lot of goodies around the security side of things. For example, User Identity Protection is available only in P2. These are extra features that allow you to have a pretty good security posture, but most of the required things are available in the free and basic version.

2021-07-15T17:40:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The pricing is very flexible. There are a few tiers of licensing, and it is a part of an enterprise contract. It is bundled with other services and the pricing is quite reasonable.

2021-06-15T21:20:14Z
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Top 20Real User

The licensing model is straightforward. I don't think there are any issues with the E3 license or E5 license.

2021-06-01T12:07:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The licensing is good and it is really easy to manage. We make sure that we only enable the licenses that are needed for the users, rather than enabling licenses in a blanket fashion. Basically, we only enable the features that are required for each of the users. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

2021-05-30T16:11:00Z
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Top 20Real User

There are various levels of licenses. There are things called E3 and E5 licenses. E5 licenses come with more features but aren't required for some of the kinds of users who are just using email and Office. They only need an E3 license. Pricing depends on the size of your organization and the deal you get with Microsoft. If you're a public sector, rather than a private sector, you get a good deal. Academic sectors get very good deals. The vast majority of our users use E5. But we're a Microsoft partner who resells their product so we get favorable rates because of that. They have various pricing levels and the higher level you buy, the more features you get within Azure. The basic one is perfectly good for most customers. The more advanced and greater security features come with the higher pricing. And so customers who require that like military, banking, government or something are willing to pay that. The private sector generally pays more than the public sector. I know some colleagues who work in the academic sector get extremely good deals because Microsoft is very keen to have academic institutions on board. If you're working in academia or you work in the public sector, you will get a much better deal than you would in the private sector, but that's just business. An E5 or E3 license is on a per-user basis. So the number of users you sync into Azure AD is the number of licenses you need to report that is going to be consumed by the end-users. It's a per-user per-year license. The only other cost you get with Microsoft over and above the license cost of using Azure is the cost of using their operating system and software. So if you use Windows, then you can pay for your Windows licenses again through Azure. And if you use Office, meaning Excel, Word, and all that other stuff, you can pay an extra bit and they'll get a 365 license for the entire suite of offices. If you're buying an E5 Office plus Windows, then you'll get a greater discount than if you were buying those separately. Microsoft will charge you for what you actually use. So if you've got a user who isn't using Office, or isn't using Windows for whatever reason, but they are consuming services within Azure, then you just give them an Azure license. Microsoft will split up and you buy a license based on what you actually use.

2021-05-30T16:11:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Anytime you are dealing with Microsoft and licensing, it is always interesting. We have various levels of their licensing, which includes users on different levels of their enterprise offering. For example, some are on E3, whereas others are on E5. The differences between them have to do with the various features that we use. We're a Microsoft Teams company and we use it not only for collaboration and instant messaging, but we also use it as our phone system. We did all of that together, so when we spun up Azure Active Directory, we also spun out Microsoft teams to use as our phones and flipped off of an old PBX system. It's been very useful but the licensing can be complicated when you get into the retail partners and guests. But for the most part, Microsoft has done a good job of explaining the different levels and what we need and has given us the proper licensing. There are no additional fees for Azure Active Directory.

2021-05-11T07:57:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

The P1 version costs $6 per user per month. If you need the P2 version then it is an extra $3 per month.

2021-05-11T06:54:00Z
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Top 5Real User

For the Czech people, the solution is not cheap, as we are not a rich country. However, for most countries, the product pricing is acceptable.

2021-04-27T09:42:00Z
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Top 20Real User

If you have a different IdP today, I would take a close look at what your licensing looks like, then reevaluate the licensing that you have with Microsoft 365, and see if you're covered for some of this other stuff. Folks sometimes don't realize that, "Oh, I'm licensed for that service in Azure." This becomes one of those situations where you have the "aha" moment, "Oh, I didn't know we can do that. Alright, let's go down this road." Then, they start to have conversations with Microsoft to see what they can gain. I would recommend that they work closely with their TAM, just to make sure that they are getting the right level of service. They may just not be aware of what is available to them. We look to gain new features when updating licensing. Every time we go to negotiate an enterprise agreement, we are looking at: * What are the benefits? * What are we getting back from Microsoft? They are very good at working with us to get what we are looking for in terms of working on packaging for pricing.

2021-04-05T22:12:00Z
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Top 5Consultant

With the licensing there are so many features involved, and different features for different licensing levels. Those levels include the free version, as well as Premium P1, Premium P2. My approach with my clients is usually, "What kind of licenses do you have? Okay, let's improve this, because you have it already. You're paying for it already. Why not use it?" The next step is, "These features are included in the licensing you don't have. Do you think it's worth it?" I talk to them, I explain them, and I demonstrate them. They will usually say, "Yeah, we need that one."

2021-04-01T19:10:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

Make sure that you get the most out of your Office 365 licenses for Azure AD. If you have additional concerns for users who don't have an Office 365 license, consider Azure AD Premium P1 and P2. Be aware that you have to evaluate your license usage beforehand. Consider the usage of Azure AD Premium P1 and P2 when you are not assigning Microsoft or Office 365 licenses. This is really important to get access to good features, like conditional access, privilege identity management, and accessory use.

2021-03-24T13:46:00Z
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Top 20Real User

MS has a free version of Azure AD as well. So, if you don't do a lot of advanced stuff, then you can use the free version, which is no cost at all because it is underpinning Office 365. Some of the services that I mentioned, like conditional access, privileged identity management, and access reviews, come with a certain premium license per user. We negotiated those license fees in what we call a GEA. This is a global Microsoft contract that we have. So, the pricing seems to be quite fair. If I compare it to its competitors, Azure AD is a lot cheaper. Because Microsoft gives it to you as a SaaS, so there are no infrastructure costs whatsoever that you need to incur. If you use the free version, then it is free. If you use the advanced features (that we use), it is a license fee per user. Premier Support is an added cost, but they do it based on the amount of services that you consume. We don't have it specifically for Azure AD because we run a lot of Microsoft technologies. We have an overall Premier Support contract, which is an additional cost.

2021-03-11T15:27:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I think we're on the E3 — I think it was about 35 dollars per user. We may go up to the E5, which includes Project Online and the telecom service in TEAMS. We're in the process of rolling out Office 365 internally. We've had really great feedback that people really like TEAMS and we want to move there. We had a roadmap meeting with Microsoft a few months ago. Some of the more accessible types of things were on the roadmap for the first quarter of this year. I know that Microsoft's working hard at listening to their customers, especially through COVID. Collaboration has changed. They also have military folks, that's why they created the GCC High. Once they got into the GCC high, they're like, "Oh, we need to collaborate a little bit more." So they've been pushing a little bit more on integration. We're not going to have that kind of clout where I am, but where I used to work, we would've.

2021-01-26T15:36:51Z
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Top 5Real User

I would say to make sure you have a trusted integration partner or someone on staff that has been through this transition.

2021-01-23T15:57:58Z
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Top 20Real User

We are a non-profit organization, so we get good prices from Microsoft for their products. It is working well, but it could be cheaper. For the type of organization we are, it would be good if they could give a little bit more and be more generous like Google, which has completely free services. Microsoft has free versions or web services called Office 365 E1, which is free for use, but we want to have it with more qualified clients.

2020-12-03T17:29:43Z
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Top 20Real User

MFA and P2 licenses for two Azures for fully-enabled scenarios and features cost a lot of money. This is where Okta is trying to get the prices down.

2020-12-01T15:42:08Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This product is sold as part of the enterprise package and our licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis. You can get it as an add-on and it's not expensive.

2020-11-04T18:06:55Z
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Top 20Real User

The pricing is really great and Office 365 packages are good. We don't pay for it separately. It's included in our package and the APIs are really great. I'm not sure of the exact cost of Azure. It's a package deal.

2020-10-23T17:36:10Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I don't have any insights into the licensing costs. I'm not a part of the accounting or payment process.

2020-08-04T07:26:14Z
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Top 20Vendor

Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis and the cost depends on the number of users. There are no charges in addition to this.

2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
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