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-party collaboration software that consumes the RDP stream Documentation describing the… Read more

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 in Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services. This change requires no specific action on the part… Read more

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 (VDI) deployment, the RD Virtualization Host server was not aware of… Read more

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 you have a basic understanding of the following: Windows PowerShell… Read more

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 the functions and roles of Remote Desktop Session Host, Remote Desktop Virtualization Host, Remote Desktop Connection Broker,… Read more

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 who are planning to come to… Read more

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). This post assumes that you have a basic understanding of… Read more

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 easily check if this… Read more

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. A remote desktop connection to any of these host… Read more

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 domains. The… Read more