Is an RDS CAL required for access to a VDI on an AWS BYOL environment?

Simon Will 1 Reputation point

We have VDIs on an AWS BYOL environment and have installed Windows.
Do we require RDS CALs to access these virtual machines?

Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop
A Microsoft app that connects remotely to computers and to virtual apps and desktops.
4,393 questions
0 comments No comments
{count} votes

1 answer

Sort by: Most helpful
  1. Philippe Levesque 5,706 Reputation points


    Short answer;

    The licensing for VDI is complex. I would suggest to call the licensing, or contact a reseller.

    Longer answer;

    If the user are connecting to desktop OS like Windows 10, you need VDA license or enterprise license which include that right (E3/E5) for each VM created in your infrastructure. In such scenario the terminal, or where the user make the connection to the VDI infrastructure need to be licensed too. So if only VDI, you don't need the RDS CAL as you can see, but you have recurring license fee to pay for the VDI right. (VDI is recurring, like E3/E5)