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How is Sophos Central licensed?

With Sophos Central, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding proper licensing. Here is a brief summary of what you need to look out for when purchasing Central licenses.

Initial purchase or renew

If you want to buy a license for a Central product in our store, you have the following options Initial purchase or Renewal available. If you are purchasing a license for a specific Sophos Central product, such as Intercept X, for the first time, you will correctly select the option here Initial purchase off. The option Renewal may only be selected if you already own a license of this product and the term is to be extended.

Right of use

When selling Sophos Central licenses, Sophos distinguishes whether the customer is a normal business (Corporate), an educational institution (Education), or a government institution (Government).

Important: Please be sure to check with us first if you feel you have fallen into the area of Education or Government to fall. We must first have this checked with Sophos before such a license may be issued.

Number of licenses

The most important point regarding correct licensing is the number of licenses. The following modules are Per user licensed:

  • Sophos Central Endpoint
  • Sophos Central Intercept X
  • Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced
  • Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced with EDR
  • Sophos Central Mobile
  • Sophos Central Intercept X for Mobile
  • Sophos Central Email Gateway
  • Sophos Central Device Encryption
  • Sophos Central Phish Threat

The following products are licensed per device, not per user:

  • Sophos Central Server Protection (license per server)
  • Sophos Intercept X Advanced for servers (license per server)
  • Sophos Intercept X Advanced for servers with XDR (license per server)*.
  • Sophos Central Wireless (license per access point)

*Server licenses with EDR cannot be mixed with other server licenses. If you want to license EDR features on your servers, you must do so for all your servers that you manage through Central.

Info: Licensing for Terminal Server has changed for environments with thin clients as of January 1, 2019. Whereas previously an Endpoint Protection license had to be purchased for each thin client, even though no AV could be installed on it, this is no longer required with immediate effect.

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