Remote Desktop access to Windows 7/10


  • Hello,

    I'd like to ask for correct licensing with this scenario. We would like to provide a customer a Remote Desktop service to PC (physical or virtual). The customer (with 3 emploees) needs access to a special network with special application. Every customer/empoyee would access only one PC at the time and every customer/employee would have dedicated physical PC:

    Customer1 (RDP) -> (Windows 7/10) PC_1 -> Special Network

    Customer2 (RDP) -> (Windows 7/10) PC_2 -> Special Network

    Customer3 (RDP) -> (Windows 7/10) PC_3 -> Special Network

    Is this correct licensing scenario to buy for the customer just 3x PC + 3x Windows 7/10 Pro and there is no need to buy the CAL licenses?

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:17 AM

All replies

  • In this scenario, you will want to avoid using a version of Windows 7 and/or 10.  Your description fits for the duties of a Terminal Server, now called Remote Desktop Services.  On the PC using RDP, Home, Home Premium, or simply consumer versions will not allow you to make use of RDP.  This is for the client and is important to keep in mind.

    Imagination leads to visualizing a central system; one machine which features powerful hardware and can handle the load of specialized software and remote user access. 

    If the above is correct, you will need to purchase the OS with either 1 or 5 CALs.  However, do remember you are given only 1 CAL with the intro-level purchase of the software.  This would suffice if the machine would not be hosting simultaneous sessions; moreover if only 1 person accessed the server at a time.  If multiple sessions will be the situation, the next level up would the Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services with 5 CALs.

    Here is a price breakdown:

    1 CAL  with OS - USD$199.00

    5 CALS with OS - USD$679.00

    **All prices were quoted by using the with the locale of the USA**

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:08 PM
  • In your solution you need to buy extra VDA licenses (VDAPerUsrUSL) which you need to buy every month/year. The customer do not want to pay extra for VDA licenses every month/year.

    For this reason we designed 3 PCs, one dedicated for every customer/employee.

    Friday, July 22, 2016 11:46 AM
  • Will these PCs be used onsite or offsite?
    Friday, July 22, 2016 2:37 PM
  • This virtual PCs will be installed on customer premises and accessed only by the customer. For the customer we are only buying the server hardware and installing Hyper-V platform.
    Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:45 PM
  • Hi,

    We haven’t heard from you in a couple of days, have you solved the problem? We are looking forward to your good news.

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    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:12 AM
  • Hi,

    no, I had no answer from forum about correct licensing.

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:17 AM