Microsoft Defender for Identity licensing requirement and usage

EnterpriseArchitect 5,116 Reputation points

Hi Folks,

After reading this

Can someone please clarify if I just need to have the below license applied and confirmed to fully use the features in the Microsoft Defender for Identity?

IdP license tenant wide: Entra ID Premium P2

User license: M365 F3, M365 E3 and Office 365 E1 & E3


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All of the agents have been installed on my domain controllers globally.

Let me know if I may have missed anything from the above.

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  1. Marilee Turscak-MSFT 36,246 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi EnterpriseArchitect •,

    If you have the M365 F3 user license, you still need to add the Microsoft 365 F5 Security & Compliance license as an add-on.

    Otherwise you can use one of the other licenses from the list:

    • Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 (EMS E5/A5)
    • Microsoft 365 E5 (Microsoft E5/A5/G5)
    • Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/F5* Security
    • Microsoft 365 F5 Security + Compliance*
    • A standalone Defender for Identity license

    Licenses are assigned per-user to benefit from all of the features.

    That said, I would recommend reaching out to your licensing representative to understand more about the feature offerings per license. You can contact Sales here:

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