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Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services - license & software assurance -

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  • License & software assurance
  • 1 user CAL
  • Enterprise
  • Select
  • Select Plus
  • Win
  • All Languages
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • License & software assurance
  • 1 user CAL
  • Enterprise
  • Select
  • Select Plus
  • Win
  • All Languages
Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services) provides functionality similar to a terminal-based, centralized host, or mainframe, environment in which multiple terminals connect to a host computer. Each terminal provides a conduit for input and output between a user and the host computer. A user can log on at a terminal, and then run applications on the host computer, accessing files, databases, network resources, and so on. Each terminal session is independent, with the host operating system managing conflicts between multiple users contending for shared resources.

The primary difference between Remote Desktop Services and the traditional mainframe environment is that the dumb terminals in a mainframe environment only provide character-based input and output. A Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client or emulator provides a complete graphical user interface including a Windows operating system desktop and support for a variety of input devices, such as a keyboard and mouse.

In the Remote Desktop Services environment, an application runs entirely on the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server (formerly known as a terminal server). The RDC client performs no local processing of application software. The server transmits the graphical user interface to the client. The client transmits the user's input back to the server.

MICROSOFT SELECT LICENSE

Microsoft Select License is a software volume licensing program designed for corporate, government, and academic customers with 250 or more desktops and mixed product and purchasing requirements. Select License customers receive a volume price level for each pool of products selected (applications, systems, or servers) based on a three-year software forecast.

MICROSOFT SELECT PLUS

When it comes to licensing software and getting the most value from software investments, customers have asked for a Microsoft Volume Licensing solution that offers more flexibility, better asset management, and a way to balance growing technology needs with predictable costs. Driven by customer research, Microsoft Select Plus is for large organizations with multiple affiliates that want to acquire their software licenses and services at any affiliate level, while realizing advantages as one organization.

Select Plus uses a single, organization-wide agreement that supports both centralized and decentralized purchasing of licensed products on an as-needed basis. The agreement never expires and allows for consistent, predictable pricing that simplifies budgeting for short- and long-term projects.

With Select Plus, you will have far fewer agreements to track and manage. Because all affiliate purchases are tied to their own unique customer IDs, you will have a clear view of your entire license and software asset portfolio - either in a comprehensive report that contains all affiliates or an individual report that lets you drill down into a specific affiliate. New self-service tools also make it easier for you to register and access all the information that you need about your agreement. And there is no need to renegotiate and renew agreements every three years with Select Plus.

Simple, automated, volume-based discounts are based on software license and services purchases across your entire organization, including purchasing affiliate locations. To help ensure that you receive the appropriate price level for greater volume purchasing, the price-level adjustment is based on actual purchase volume throughout the organization. You no longer need to wait for an anniversary date to achieve a better discount, as the order that puts your organization to the next price level instantly receives the correct discount set by your reseller.

MICROSOFT ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement is a Volume Licensing program for large organizations that have 250 or more desktop PCs. The program provides a simple, flexible, and affordable way to buy the latest Microsoft software products. Enterprise Agreement helps customers standardize IT across the enterprise, simplifies license management, and provides maintenance benefits to help ensure that the company maintains a competitive advantage and to increase employee productivity.

SOFTWARE ASSURANCE

Microsoft's Software Assurance gives you automatic access to new technology and provides productivity benefits, support, tools, and training to help deploy and use software efficiently.

With Software Assurance, you receive access to new versions of licensed software released during the term of your agreement to deploy at your own pace. New Version Rights simplifies the procurement process and shortens the business process cycle, allowing you to reduce the costs associated with acquiring new version releases and immediately take advantage of the latest technology.
Technical Specifications
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System Requirements
Platform: Windows

Software
License Category: License
License Qty: 1 user CAL
License Type: License & software assurance
Licensing Program: Microsoft Enterprise Agreement , Microsoft Select , Microsoft Select Plus

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: Full-term

Header
Brand: Microsoft
Compatibility: PC
Localization (Vendor Specific): Microsoft All Languages
Manufacturer: MICROSOFT SELECT PLUS ACADEMIC
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services

Software Family
Microsoft Family: MS Windows Services

General
Category: Networking applications
Subcategory: Network - remote access / login control

License
Agreement Term: All Terms
Category: License
Level: Level A
License Type: Licensing
Licensing Program: Microsoft Select Plus Academic
Product Pool: Server
VLK Category: Terminal CAL

Licensing
License Pricing: Volume

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Service Type: New releases update

Product Reviews
Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services - license & software assurance is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The most valuable features are resilience and thin provisioning. Valuable Features:* Resilience: Has alllowed our 24/7 acute hospital to run electronic prescribing on the wards with limited downtime or post-setup configuration.* Thin provisioning: Our core applications mean that our WiFi connected devices can drop-off the network without causing patient record locks.Improvements to My Organization:It has enabled our clinical staff to get real-time medicine prescribing information at the patients' bedside with a near 100% service uptime.Room for Improvement:I think that the Single Sign-On (SSO) could be improved.At release time, there was not a lot of information around. We invested some long hours researching. The documentation from Microsoft was difficult to find. Now there are plenty of step-by-step guides around.Use of Solution:I have used it for four years.Stability Issues:Initially, the configuration I setup used DNS round-robin. This was changed to a NLB setup on our session hosts.This has improved the stability of the clients' Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connectivity. It has given us granular control over stopping connections for downtime/maintenance windows.Scalability Issues:We did not encounter any scalability issues.Technical Support:We actioned this with a limited budget. We completed it all in-house with no external technical support other than searching on the internet and testing.Previous Solutions:We run Citrix alongside this solution for our internet connected clients. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) was used primarily over our LAN/WAN.Initial Setup:The initial setup was a little complex. Like any thin client setup, some applications are trickier than others.Cost and Licensing Advice:I could not see the benefits of using Citrix as you require RDS CALs regardless. We see this solution as a very good value.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated Citrix.Other Advice:* We have found this to be very stable with a quite straightforward setup. However, Single Sign-On (SSO) certificates are a little fiddly.* Ensure that the underlying infrastructure is fully tested, robust, and scalable.* Our early problems stemmed from our hypervisor issues. Because clients only heard it was the RDS farm, I took a lot of heat on issues that were out of my control.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It offers load balancing among RDS Host servers, with optional High Availability. Installation of applications on an RDS farm should be controlled and automated. Valuable Features:Load balancing: RDS Broker servers divide user sessions evenly among the RDS Host servers that host the applications. You can install multiple RDS Broker servers in an RDS cluster; this is built-in and no extra resources are needed. Optionally, the cluster can be made Highly Available if needed.High Availability (HA): easy to set up - once the MS SQL database is created and the RDS Broker servers have the needed rights, the database is created automatically and HA is enabled.Improvements to My Organization:Applications are ready for BYOD scenario’s, since RDP is a multi-OS/device technology. No more app testing for client OS migrations.The valuable features I mentioned assure a stable and highly available environment with maximum uptime for business users. Also, they assure that assigned resources (application RDS hosts) are optimally used, without the need for any extra administrator intervention or monitoring.Room for Improvement:Currently, installation of applications on an RDS farm must be performed manually on each server. This should be more controlled and automated.Also, application sources are mixed on the file system and registry level. They should be in separate ‘containers’.Stability Issues:We did not have any problems with stability.Scalability Issues:There are no issues with scalability. At any time, an RDS Host server can be added to any server collection. Also, some additional parameters allow us tocontrol and scale the expected user load (session limit, RDS Host weight).Technical Support:Technical support is OK if you have MS Premier support.Previous Solutions:We did not previously use a different solution.Initial Setup:Installation of the RDS farm was pretty easy. Configuration is a little harder; you need to configure trusted certificates (RDS 2012 allows HTTPS only), add groups and group policies for users, RDS hosts, server collections, etc.Once configuration is done, management is easy.Cost and Licensing Advice:There are two choices for RDS CALs (Client Access Licenses). Device CALs are cheap but allow low user mobility and require a high management effort (‘static’ or ‘task station’ scenario). User CALs are 20% more expensive, but offer high mobility and low management cost (‘dynamic’ or ‘mobile’ scenario).Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate any other options.Other Advice:My advice is to start in a lab environment to thoroughly test your infrastructure setup and configuration.Use User CALs, they give much lower TCO.Also, for applications you envision to provision on RDS, test whether they install correctly on Windows Server.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We have a partnership with Microsoft.
Date published: 2016-11-29
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