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  • Question

  • Good afternoon, do I need to buy additional licenses to access the remote desktop services or are all licenses included in the per-minute rental price?

    I read the FAQ

    It says that the license for the OS (Windows Server 2016) and CAL are included in the rental price, but I did not find information about where and from whom to buy licenses that need to be installed on the server so that users can log on

    Please help me figure out whether to buy RDS licenses or to rent them somewhere or are they included in the rent price?
    Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:20 PM

Answers

  • @Artem Kulikovskyi Firstly, apologies for the delay in responding here.
    Activate the Remote Desktop Services license server. This blog is bit old, however it makes this clear.

    Microsoft Azure VMs often include Licensing built right in, but not everything 
     Licensing options for service providers

    To have Access to RDS sessions on the Windows Server as an Azure VM, you need RDS SALs (Subscriber Access Licenses) through a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) reseller per user. however, if you purchase RDS CALs in VL contract with active Software Assurance(SA) you are entitled to RDS CAL Extended Rights, which allow use of their RDS User CAL with Software Assurance against a Windows Server running on Azure or other service providers’ shared server environments. This RDS User CAL Software Assurance benefit allows each User to access RDS functionality only on one shared server environment (i.e. Azure or a third party server) in addition to access the respective on premise servers.

    • Can service providers build a cloud-based service on Azure using session-based hosting through Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services)?

    Yes, service providers can offer hosted solutions through Remote Desktop Services running on Azure as long as they obtained Remote Desktop Services Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) through a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) reseller.

    • Can customers use Remote Desktop Services CALs that they own as part of their volume licensing agreement to access Windows Server instances running on Azure or other service provider environments? 

    Effective January 1, 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their Remote Desktop Services User CALs are entitled to Remote Desktop Services CAL extended rights, which allow use of their Remote Desktop Services User CAL with Software Assurance against a Windows Server running on Azure or other service providers’ shared server environments. This Remote Desktop Services User CAL Software Assurance benefit allows each User to access Remote Desktop Services functionality only on one shared server environment (i.e. Azure or a third-party server) in addition to accessing the respective on-premise servers. To avail this benefit, please complete and submit the License Mobility Verification form to either Azure or an Authorized Mobility Partner where the hosted graphical user interface will be running. More details are available in Appendix 2 of the Software Assurance benefit section of the Product Use Rights.

    • Can customers rent Windows Client desktops on Azure or other service providers? 

    No, multitenant hosting is restricted in the Product Use Rights of Windows Client, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows Client Desktops are not available on either Azure or on any other Service Provider such as Amazon or Rackspace. Read more about Microsoft Product Use Rights.

    To enable more than 2 simultaneous sessions you will need to purchase RDS Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) through the Microsoft Services Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) for each user or device that will access your solution on Windows Azure. Even if you have other options like Citrix XenDesktop it needs to use Windows Terminal services and have RDS SALs purchased in order to have more than 2 simultaneous connections. This is as per the licensing terms of using Windows Server images for Azure deployments.

    These new licensing has been updated in the latest Microsoft Product Use Rights docs and in the Windows Azure Licensing FAQ.

    CALs are assigned to a user in Active Director: For more info you may refer here

    Hope this helps!

    Kindly let us know if the above helps or you need further assistance on this issue.
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    Friday, September 6, 2019 2:32 PM

All replies

  • @Artem Kulikovskyi Firstly, apologies for the delay in responding here.
    Activate the Remote Desktop Services license server. This blog is bit old, however it makes this clear.

    Microsoft Azure VMs often include Licensing built right in, but not everything 
     Licensing options for service providers

    To have Access to RDS sessions on the Windows Server as an Azure VM, you need RDS SALs (Subscriber Access Licenses) through a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) reseller per user. however, if you purchase RDS CALs in VL contract with active Software Assurance(SA) you are entitled to RDS CAL Extended Rights, which allow use of their RDS User CAL with Software Assurance against a Windows Server running on Azure or other service providers’ shared server environments. This RDS User CAL Software Assurance benefit allows each User to access RDS functionality only on one shared server environment (i.e. Azure or a third party server) in addition to access the respective on premise servers.

    • Can service providers build a cloud-based service on Azure using session-based hosting through Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services)?

    Yes, service providers can offer hosted solutions through Remote Desktop Services running on Azure as long as they obtained Remote Desktop Services Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) through a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) reseller.

    • Can customers use Remote Desktop Services CALs that they own as part of their volume licensing agreement to access Windows Server instances running on Azure or other service provider environments? 

    Effective January 1, 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their Remote Desktop Services User CALs are entitled to Remote Desktop Services CAL extended rights, which allow use of their Remote Desktop Services User CAL with Software Assurance against a Windows Server running on Azure or other service providers’ shared server environments. This Remote Desktop Services User CAL Software Assurance benefit allows each User to access Remote Desktop Services functionality only on one shared server environment (i.e. Azure or a third-party server) in addition to accessing the respective on-premise servers. To avail this benefit, please complete and submit the License Mobility Verification form to either Azure or an Authorized Mobility Partner where the hosted graphical user interface will be running. More details are available in Appendix 2 of the Software Assurance benefit section of the Product Use Rights.

    • Can customers rent Windows Client desktops on Azure or other service providers? 

    No, multitenant hosting is restricted in the Product Use Rights of Windows Client, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows Client Desktops are not available on either Azure or on any other Service Provider such as Amazon or Rackspace. Read more about Microsoft Product Use Rights.

    To enable more than 2 simultaneous sessions you will need to purchase RDS Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) through the Microsoft Services Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) for each user or device that will access your solution on Windows Azure. Even if you have other options like Citrix XenDesktop it needs to use Windows Terminal services and have RDS SALs purchased in order to have more than 2 simultaneous connections. This is as per the licensing terms of using Windows Server images for Azure deployments.

    These new licensing has been updated in the latest Microsoft Product Use Rights docs and in the Windows Azure Licensing FAQ.

    CALs are assigned to a user in Active Director: For more info you may refer here

    Hope this helps!

    Kindly let us know if the above helps or you need further assistance on this issue.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Do click on "Mark as Answer" and Upvote on the post that helps you, this can be beneficial to other community members.


    Friday, September 6, 2019 2:32 PM
  •  Just checking in to see if the above answer helped. If this answers your query, do click “Mark as Answer” and Up-Vote for the same, which might be beneficial to other community members reading this thread. And, if you have any further query do let us know.
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 2:55 PM
  • Yes, this information was helpful, thank you.
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 3:00 PM