Did you know as of July 1, 2013, Service Providers can offer hosted Microsoft Dynamics GP solutions through Remote Desktop Services (RDS) running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines? The service provider must obtain the RDS SALs (Subscriber Access Licenses) through a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA). To read more about licensing RDS with Windows Azure Virtual Machines, see: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/licensing-faq/ and the Product Use Rights (PUR) document.
While the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client offers browser access to the application, there are a few peripheral components that require Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services) for access in a hosted solution. It is now possible to offer these Microsoft Dynamics GP components on Windows Azure Virtual Machines using session-based hosting through RDS. The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on Windows Azure white paper contains guidance on the configuration of RDS on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. You can find the white paper on Partnersource at https://mbs.microsoft.com/downloads/partner/GP/MicrosoftDynamicsGP2013onWindowsAzure.docx.
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