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Windows RDS 2012 R2

Device CALs

MFR # 6VC-02071

Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Service 5 Device CAL - Open Academic License

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  • Supports 5 Local Users / 1 Concurrent Local Connection per User License, Unlimited Devices per User License
  • Digital Delivery / 1 - 2 Business Days Estimated Delivery Time
  • Unlimited Connecting Device Installations per User License
  • Licensed for Personal Use
  • Includes 5 Remote Desktop User CALs
  • Open Academic Licensing
  • Includes 5 RDS User CALs
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Product Specifications

  • Installation Method: Digital Download
  • Estimated Delivery Time: 1 - 2 Business Days
  • Users Supported: 5 Local Users
  • Devices Supported: 1 Concurrent Local Connection per User License, Unlimited Devices per User License
  • Installations Supported: Unlimited Connecting Device Installations per User License
  • License Type: Perpetual
  • License Term: Indefinite
  • Licensed Use: Licensed for Personal Use
  • Brand: Microsoft
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 6VC-01760 - 01 - 5830
  • GTIN: 885370441130
  • Features: Includes 5 Remote Desktop User CALs
  • CALs Included: 5 RDS User CALs


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services

What's new in Windows Server R2 2012 RDS

The key value that RDS provides is the ability to centralize and control the applications and data that employees need to perform their job from the variety of devices that the employee uses.

Optimized Media Streaming

Adaptive Graphics

Intelligent Transports

Adaptive Network Auto Detect

DirectX11 Support with vGPU

Single Sign-On

Multi Touch

USB Redirection

Overall infrastructure simplification and cost reduction

Cost and complexity is a major roadblock for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and hosted desktop deployments of all sizes. In Windows Server 2012 R2 there are many improvements to address this problem, such as:

Robust Pooled Virtual Desktop Collection model

User Profile Disk

Wide range of high-performance and low cost storage options

Fairshare of resources in RD Session Host

The physical GPU is optional for VDI

Removal of a dedicated RD Session Host server running in redirection mode

Overall management simplification

This is targeted at improving the E2E management experience as well as enabling partner solution creation. Improvements include:

A single management interface

RDS now includes a single management interface through which you can deploy RDS end to end, monitor the deployment, configure options, and manage all your RDS components and servers.

Scenario-Focused Deployment

The new Server Manager sets up all the roles needed for an RDS deployment, configures each server role correctly to communicate with the other roles, and walks you through creating your first virtual desktop or session collection as well.

Active/Active RD Connection Broker

Two RD Connection Brokers can be combined as a farm to provide both fault tolerance and load balancing. This prevents the broker from being a single point of failure and also allows ?scale out? as load demands.

PowerShell support

All platform functions and capabilities can be controlled through a comprehensive and rich PowerShell layer. IT administrators can use it to build sophisticated automation that helps fit RDS into their IT infrastructure.

Licensing model

Remember that RDS supports both per-user and per-device licensing.

per-user licensing

per-device licensing


Pooled virtual desktop collection

Personal virtual desktop collection

Three deployment choices

Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 provides a single infrastructure, and consistently great remoting experience even over WAN while offering three deployment choices to reduce the cost appropriate to the needs of the user. The administration is simplified and platform hooks are provided for partner extension to provide additional value and solutions.

Move to new hardware if needed

You'll need to purchase RDS Client Access Licenses (CALs) and install them on the RD Licensing server. These RDS CALs are tied to the server, but RDS lets you move them to new hardware if needed.

Choose right model

The model you choose should depend on whether you have more users or computers. RDS does not have concurrent-user licensing, and the licenses you choose must match the mode for which you configure the RD Session Host server.

Licensing Requirements

You must have a license for each connecting user or device to connect to an RD Session Host server.

  • Once the licensing grace period is past, you must have a license for each connecting user or device to connect to an RD Session Host server.
  • You'll also need to install an RD Licensing server.
  • You can install the RD Licensing role service on the same server the service isnt very demanding or on a separate server.

After installation

Install the RD Licensing role service just as you did the RD Session Host role service. Then you must:

Activate the RD Licensing server
Install RDS CALs so the RD Licensing server can allocate them to users and devices
Tell the RD Session Host server to use the RD Licensing server
* You must do this even if the two role services are located on the same machine

Virtualize an RD Session Host server

Note that

  • You can virtualize an RD Session Host server, but youll likely see a reduction in the number of simultaneous sessions it can support. Be sure to model on the same machine type (physical or virtual) you intend to use.

Minimize cost

  • If you do build a virtual RD Session Host server, you should probably use a server with a processor supporting second-level address translation (SLAT) to reduce the overhead of memory mapping between the physical machine and the VMs. To reduce overhead, its also advisable to use a Type 1 hypervisor like Hyper-V, not a Type 2.


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