Windows Server 2019 Datacenter and Defender AntiVirus

Copper Contributor

Hello All,


Asking for input here.  We have VL's for Windows 2019 Datacenter and we are currently running many servers in a VM environment.  We are also using a Third Party Antivirus in that environment and I am wondering if I am already licensed to use the Windows Defender that is installed with the Server or must I purchase licensing separate for its use?  I have contacted a reseller and well they are not very clear on the licensing of it.  Stating I must have 50 user licenses min for EndPoint just to license the servers??? 

Asking for clarifications.  Yes reseller also has the questions.

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Read on here.

Licensing System Center Endpoint Protection Only (


but in the end you should ask your resellers trained microsoft licensing specialist.