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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Follow-up to Microsoft Security Advisory 2718704: Why and How to Reactivate License Servers in Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services

    Given the recent communications from the Microsoft Security Response Center regarding measures taken by Microsoft to address the risk of unauthorized software certificate signatures associated with “Flame” malware, we wanted to share information describing how this impacts license servers...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Virtualization with RemoteFX in TechEd 2010

    Hello there, I’m Nelly Porter, Group Program Manager at Microsoft, and I'm working on the coolest remoting technology: Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX. This week I’m attending TechEd 2010 in New Orleans discussing RDP and RemoteFX in depth and show some very interesting demos. For all of you...
  • Blog Post: Manage Remote Desktop Licensing by using Windows PowerShell

    [Aug. 2010: Updated instructions for starting PowerShell in the RDS context] In Windows Server® 2008 R2, we introduced the Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell™ . This post gives examples of how you can use this new feature to manage Remote Desktop Licensing (RD Licensing...
  • Blog Post: Event 17 – Certificate Corruption on Terminal Services/Remote Desktop License Servers

    Note: This blog post was updated on 12/21/2010 to reference two new hotfixes. Recently, we have started to get more calls related to an issue with the Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services license server that is caused by the expiration of a root certificate. This blog post will help customers...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: RDS CAL Single Pack now available in Retail channel

    Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) were formerly sold in packs of 5 and 20. Customers buying Retail RDS CALs didn’t have a choice of buying a single CAL, which meant that they had to buy the next higher CAL Pack. For example, if the customer wanted 6 CALs, he had to buy two 5-CAL...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What’s the difference between a RDS CAL and a TS CAL?

    Hi, I’m Alex from the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) team. I want to talk about the Windows Server 2008 RDS CAL which replaces the older Terminal Services (TS) CAL. I want to explain why the name changed, what this means for you and how we have added some great new value to the RDS CAL. There are 4 key...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RDS and Windows Server 2008 TS CAL Compatibility

    In Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 TS CALs and Windows Server 2008 RDS CALs will be treated as equal in all respects. So, if a customer has a Windows Server 2008 TS CAL, it will allow the same functionality (connection, experience etc.) as a Windows Server 2008 RDS CAL. Installation ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s new VDI licensing: VDI Suites

    Monday we (RDS Team) launched new licenses to simplify obtaining the necessary pieces to roll out the Microsoft VDI solution.   Manlio describes the new licenses and details here .
  • Blog Post: New Step-by-step guides available for Remote Desktop Services

    We are busily writing and publishing Step-by-Step guides to help you explore the new features of Remote Desktop Services included with Windows Server 2008 R2. Below is a list of the guides that are currently available. Please check back often, as we plan on publishing more documentation in the coming...
  • Blog Post: Migrating a Windows Server 2003 TS License Server

    This article is designed to help those who want to migrate their Windows Server 2003 TS License Server from one machine to another. We recommend that you read through the instructions once before beginning the migration. License Server migration is an added feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. In Windows...
  • Blog Post: Manual Revocation of Client Access Licenses (CALs)

    Prior to Windows Server 2008, there was no way for administrators to manually revoke issued licenses. Issued licenses would automatically expire after a random period between 52-89 days and become part of the available license pool. In some cases, an administrator might want an issued license to become...
  • Blog Post: Licensing Diagnosis: Problems and Resolutions

    Licensing problems and resolutions for the terminal server Licensing Diagnosis is capable of diagnosing potential problems in a typical terminal server/ license server deployment. Here is the list of the potential problems along with their suggested resolutions. ISSUES WITH DISCOVERY Problem...
  • Blog Post: Summary of Licensing Diagnosis 2

    Understanding the licensing state of a terminal server though Licensing Diagnosis Summary of Licensing Diagnosis is a summing up of various factors such as the Terminal Services Configuration and License Server information, and is a good indication of the state and availability of a terminal server...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Services Licensing Diagnosis Snap-in extension

    Identify potential licensing problems for the terminal server. In Windows server 2008, a new snap-in extension, Licensing Diagnosis, has been added to the terminal server configuration snap-in to assist the administrator in managing and maintaining terminal servers. Licensing Diagnosis can analyze...
  • Blog Post: Generating Per Device license usage reports for TS License Servers running Windows Server 2008

    In an earlier post , we showed how to create a per user license usage report in Windows Server 2008. Below we show how to create a per device license usage report. On Windows Server 2003, a Per Device Terminal Services Client Access License (TS CAL) usage report could be generated using the Lsreport...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Services Per User Licensing Usage Tracking

    Terminal Services Per User Licensing Usage Tracking Prior to "Windows Server 2008" there was no way for administrators to check the usage of Terminal Services per user licenses. Terminal Services licensing in Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 enables administrators to track the usage of Terminal Services per...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Terminal Services Licensing for Longhorn? Part 6

    Requesting Beta CALs To try out the Beta versions of TS Licensing you do not need to purchase CALs from Microsoft. Instead, you can install test license codes from Microsoft so that you can install Windows Server “Longhorn” beta CALs on a Windows Server “Longhorn” beta license server. To request such...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Terminal Services Licensing for Longhorn? Part 5

    WMI Providers for administration With Longhorn, we added support for WMI providers for Terminal Services Licensing. With the use of these WMI providers, administrators can now script tasks that were in the past available only through the UI. Some of the capabilities that the WMI providers expose...
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