Terminal Server on Public Cloud???

Posted on 2012-09-10
Last Modified: 2014-11-12

We want to set up terminal server for our company and we were looking to do it in Windows Azure, but we read that Microsoft doesn't sell licenses to set up Terminal Server in a public cloud infrastructure. Is it right?, there is any work around? Can we use Citrix XenApp in a public cloud with windows server 2008?

Thanks for your help.
Question by:midelafe
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    You will hit the same issue as any 3rd party product that works on top of RDS requires RDS CAL licenses.

    FAQ: Do I need an RDS CAL if I am using a third-party technology like Citrix XenApp, Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect, Quest Virtual Access Suite, GraphOn Go-Global, etc. to directly or indirectly access the server software to interact with the GUI?

    Yes. An RDS CAL is required for any technology used to directly or indirectly interact with the GUI. This includes (but is not limited to) using Microsoft Remote Desktop Services or other third-party software that enables multiuser scenarios on Windows Server.

    The only exception seems to me is only for Independent Software Vendors:
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    Just to add, I may also be wrong. Therefore it is best to speak with your Microsoft Account manager or Microsoft Licensing team.
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    You are right, there is no TS license mobility to a public cloud. But if you are an ISV you can use SPLA licensing for SaaS based services:

    Citrix (XenApp) is a plugin/application that sits over Windows based servers. With Citrix, you will need two types of Remote connection licenses:
    1. RDS licenses (TS CAL licenses)
    2. Citrix licenses

    So, unfortunately, this won't resolve your issue as RDS licenses will still be required where in Azure this is not possible as outlined above.
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    You can use an RDS Internet connector license, but this has a lot of limitations, and is generally not acceptable for most people.

    Can't use it for employees
    Can't use named user accounts (they *must* be anonymous users)
    Limited to 200/server
    Cost is ~10k/machine.


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