Internet demonstrations via Terminal Services

With a Visual Studio subscription, you're allowed to provide end users access to Internet demonstrations of your programs via Terminal Services (Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008) or Remote Desktop Services (Windows Server 2008 R2 and later). Up to 200 anonymous users can simultaneously access your demonstration this way. Your demonstration must not use production data. Visual Studio subscribers are licensed to demonstrate their applications to end users. This Internet demonstration using Terminal Services (TS) or Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is the only scenario where end users without a Visual Studio subscription can interact with the demonstration application when the software is licensed through Visual Studio subscriptions.

This is in addition to dev/test rights, where Visual Studio subscribers can use as many RDS or TS connections as needed.

Enabling RDS Access

Visual Studio subscribers can increase the number of users who can access a Windows Server via RDS by entering a product key supplied in the Product Keys tab on the subscriber portal. To obtain a product key, connect to the Product Keys page and scroll down to the version of Windows Server you're running. Locate “Windows Server < version > R2 Remote Desktop Services < user or device > connections” and select the Claim Key link. For example, if you’re using RDS on Windows Server 2012 R2 and your deployment uses user CALs, choose “Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services user connections (50)”. Five keys of each type are available for Windows Server 2008 R2, and each key will support 20 connections. For Windows Server 2012 R2, four keys for each type are provide and will support 50 connections each.

To enable additional connections in Windows Server

  1. Open Server Manager.
  2. Open the Servers list in the left nav pane.
  3. Right select your license server and choose “Install Licenses”.
  4. Follow the steps in the wizard. When you’re selecting the agreement type, choose “License Pack (retail)” and enter the product key you obtained from the MY portal.

End users can connect to access applications via RDS if the following conditions are met:

  • Users must be anonymous (in a non-authenticated state).
  • Connections must be over the Internet.
  • Up to 200 concurrent user connections may be used for demonstrations of the application.
  • The product keys to enable user connections must be obtained by a Visual Studio subscriber.

Support resources

For assistance with sales, subscriptions, accounts and billing for Visual Studio Subscriptions, contact Visual Studio subscriptions support.

See also

Next steps

If you need guidance for deploying RDS, check out the multi-part blog series on Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 2012 session deployment at

If you have any questions, please visit the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services forum.