I’ve not seen a lot of news about this so I thought it was worth writing a short post just to remember everyone that on July 1st, Microsoft has officially changed Windows Azure licensing terms (PUR) to allow the use of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Previously this scenario was not allowed in Windows Azure. Before July 1st you could only access an Azure Windows Server VM for purpose of server administration or maintenance (up to 2 simultaneous sessions are authorized for this service).
Let’s see some details about this change:
These new licensing has been updated in the latest Microsoft Product Use Rights docs and in the Windows Azure Licensing FAQ.
So if you are a service provider with a legacy application that needs RDS to work (eg. WinForms based solution), you can now offer it to your customers on Windows Azure.
Hope it helps.
Great post, thanks!
Thanks. Now what is the procedure for configuring for RDS on Azure?
See my MSDN question at: social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../run-remoteapp-on-a-single-azure-vm
Can I purchase and install the normal RDS Cals in the VM if I pay my subscription directly to Microsoft ( I am not a service provider).
@Marcello I would advise you to contact your local Microsoft representative for that scenario.
@LorimInnovation I suggest opening a support ticket in manage.windowsazure.com . They will help you with details.
In case anyone is reading this stuff, it seems odd to me that I can sign up for an Azure virtual server directly from Microsoft, but I can't do the same for access licenses. Remote Desktop is how we need to use this service, yet I have many stumbling blocks to just get this simple access. Why is not RDS access licensing an option as part of the signup?