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Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services - license & software assurance

Mfg. Part: 6VC-00811 | CDW Part: 1826510 | UNSPSC: 43232901
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  • License & software assurance
  • 1 device CAL
  • additional product
  • 1 Year Acquired Year 3
  • MOLP: Open Value
  • Win
  • Single Language
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • License & software assurance
  • 1 device CAL
  • additional product
  • 1 Year Acquired Year 3
  • MOLP: Open Value
  • Win
  • Single Language
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 OPEN VALUE

Microsoft Open Value is a premium volume licensing offer available under the Open License family. Designed for organizations with as few as five computers, Open Value offers simpler license tracking, greater control over the software upgrade cycle, and better software cost management.

Microsoft Open Value offers many benefits:

Track licenses more easily. Open Value provides a single agreement to track all licenses on all your desktops, run the same software version on all your PCs, upgrade to the next version at any time, or run a mix of software versions without having to track what is deployed on each desktop.

Gain control of your upgrade cycle. Open Value grants you the rights to run any version of the licensed software and to upgrade at any time, when it is most convenient for you.

Budget more effectively and save money. Open Value offers predictable annual payments, so you can make better informed decisions about what IT projects need to happen each year. In addition, volume pricing helps stretch software budgets further than retail purchase options.

Spread payments. Open Value lets you spread your software costs over three annual payments so you can more effectively manage your software budget and get the software you need now.

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 device CAL
License Type: License & software assurance
Licensing Program: MOLP: Open Value

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: Full-term

Header
Brand: Microsoft
Compatibility: PC
Localization (Vendor Specific): Microsoft Single Language
Manufacturer: Microsoft Open Value 2.0
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services

Software Family
Microsoft Family: MS Windows
Microsoft Version: Non-Specific

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

Licensing
License Pricing: 1 Year Acquired Year 3 , Additional product , Volume

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Service Type: New releases update

Product Reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 by 1reviewer.
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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. November 29, 2016
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