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Remote Desktop Protocol Licensing Available for RDP 8

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Patent License for RDP 8. Today, partners are developing a variety of different solutions that utilize RDP. Examples of these solutions include: Non-Windows thin client devices RDP client and server software Third-party collaboration software that consumes the RDP stream Documentation describing the...

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Configuring Remote Desktop licensing settings on a Remote Desktop Virtualization Host server

[Step 4 corrected 1/27/2011.  Thank you, pdias] This blog post introduces the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for configuring Remote Desktop licensing settings on a RemoteFX-enabled RD Virtualization Host server in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Until Windows Server 2008 R2, in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment, the RD Virtualization Host server was not aware of...

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Centralized Licensing Management for Microsoft VDI

This blog post introduces the new Centralized Licensing Management work, implemented in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as a part of the RemoteFX feature, for centrally managing the licensing configuration in a Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment. This post assumes that you have a basic understanding of the following: Windows PowerShell...

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Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster now available

The Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster is available in PDF format on the Microsoft Download Center (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=200520). This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It explains the functions and roles of Remote Desktop Session Host, Remote Desktop Virtualization Host, Remote Desktop Connection Broker,...

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Managing lower version licenses from a license server running Windows Server 2008 R2

Introduction [April, 2010: Updated to clarify CAL types] Many of our customers have multiple versions of Remote Desktop Session Host servers (formerly known as terminal servers), such as Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, in their environment. A remote desktop connection to any of these host...

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Per User CAL Reporting Script

We have introduced a script to help the administrators tracking the usage trend of Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server (TS) Per User (PU) client access licenses (CALs), total usage of Windows Server 2008 TS PU CALs (including expired), and the usage of Windows Server 2008 TS PU CALs for a list of specified domains. The...

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Control the Issuance of RDS CALs

This post is for customers or administrators who want to control which Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) servers are issued Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) and which version of RDS CAL is issued to the RD Session Host servers. By default, a Remote Desktop license server issues an RDS CAL...

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