exchange 2019 license in a management machine-only environment

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I have a question regarding exchange licensing 2019.
One of my customers currently has a hybrid infrastructure based on exchange 2016 and exchange online.
He would like to migrate to exchange 2019 and then eliminate the exchange server on prem (using a machine with the management tools installed management-tools )
I would install a 2019 exchange in non-licensed mode, given that I have 180 days of use, I would do the migration and keep only one management machine (as per the article hybrid-exchange-recipients-with-management-tools).
By carrying out this procedure, is the 2019 exchange license necessary?


Thank you



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