Remote Desktop CAL

Morne Marnewick 21 Reputation points

Good day MS Community and Members,

We currently have about 130 Users Accounts in our AD. We received a notification that our Remote Desktop CALs need to be renewed.

I would like to check are these CALs responsible for these Users logging in via RDP?

Some more info, these Users work from home and connect to a Windows 8/10 Computer. From there they use mostly MS Office and other in-house apps that connect to SQL Servers.

Any advice for this?

Thank you

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A Microsoft app that connects remotely to computers and to virtual apps and desktops.
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  1. JimmySalian-2011 41,926 Reputation points

    Hi @Morne Marnewick ,

    Yes it is used for Users logging into the RDP servers that might be hosting any applications, if users are using Windows 8/10 computer are they connecting via VPN and accessing apps,SQL etc? So Remote Desktop CALS are used to assign a license to each user connectining and accessing a RDP server.

    When a user or a device connects to an RD Session Host server, the RD Session Host server determines if an RDS CAL is needed. The RD Session Host server then requests an RDS CAL from the Remote Desktop license server. If an appropriate RDS CAL is available from a license server, the RDS CAL is issued to the client, and the client is able to connect to the RD Session Host server and from there to the desktop or apps they're trying to use.

    Hope this helps.

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