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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 / 5 - 7 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
$31999
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Product Specifications

  • Installation Method: Digital Download
  • Estimated Delivery Time: 5 - 7 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

Overview


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.
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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:
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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:
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A single management interface
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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per-user licensing

per-device licensing

Session

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
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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
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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.
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  • 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:
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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Used by the organization

Both Windows and Linux were used by the organization. Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Service 5 Device CAL - Open Academic License for most end users and many of the servers but Linux was used for many of the web servers and when Oracle was being used. Specifically, if you want to use Microsoft SQL Server, and I do, you must install it on Windows Server. Well, you can also install some editions on the end-user versions of Windows, but I wouldn't recommend that for production systems.

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nearly every venue

Unless you are building a super computer, or a website with millions of hits a day, Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Service 5 Device CAL - Open Academic License has suited the needs of our clients in nearly every venue. Clustering services with windows has improved but not enough for me to trust it in large scale web hosting or SQL environments (mainly due to pricing over free Linux/Unix, at those scales the cost of a unix admin is far less then the licensing around 1000 server cals or MS SQL.) But when it comes to the standard enterprise or SMB servers, Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Service 5 Device CAL - Open Academic Licensehas significant advantages and ultimately costs less to support due to the number of resources available that can support the product at a reasonable or even fixed price (like and Managed Services Provider).

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The Backbone of the organization

Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Service 5 Device CAL - Open Academic License is the backbone of the organization, as well as the premier platform for your clients to attain. It has come a long way, and the features and functions of 2012 far exceed previous versions of 2012. Especially with the focus being on disaster recovery and virtualization, Windows Server 2012 is a welcome addition that makes supporting client faster and easier than ever, even in a challenging security or regulatory governed network. Windows 2012 has many features to reduce the attack surface of the platform, and ultimately improve both reliability and stability for a great user experience.