Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a crucial technology for organizations looking to enable remote access and efficient management of their Windows environments. Licensing Windows Server for RDS involves understanding the specific requirements and compliance rules associated with this essential service. In this guide, we’ll explore best practices for licensing Windows Server to deploy and manage Remote Desktop Services.
Licensing RDS correctly is vital for several reasons:
Under per-user licensing, each user who accesses RDS resources requires a user CAL (Client Access License). This model is suitable for organizations where users need access from various devices.
Per-device licensing requires a CAL for each device that accesses RDS resources. This model suits organizations with shared workstations or kiosks.
Determine whether per-user or per-device CALs best suit your organization’s needs.
Ensure that you have an accurate count of users or devices that will access RDS resources to avoid under- or over-licensing.
RDS CALs are specific licenses for accessing RDS. Make sure you have the appropriate number of RDS CALs in addition to standard Windows Server CALs.
If your organization uses virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), explore the License Mobility option for flexibility in moving licenses between servers and data centers.
Periodically review your licensing to ensure it aligns with your organization’s growth and usage patterns.
Be aware that Microsoft may conduct compliance audits. It’s crucial to maintain records of your licenses and CALs to demonstrate compliance if required.
Licensing Windows Server for Remote Desktop Services is a critical aspect of enabling efficient remote access and management for your organization. By following best practices, accurately assessing your CAL requirements, and staying informed about licensing changes, you can ensure compliance and cost-efficiency while providing essential RDS functionality.
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