The key features of the Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS CALs include
- Full multi-monitor support
- Unified and scalable connection broker for the easiest possible management. This applies to both VDI desktops and session desktops
- Remote control with permissions and filters: Users can see the applications they are allowed to use
- Audio recording and audio feeds are supported
- Bitmap acceleration: Helpful for 3D applications and large media content
- Extensive compatibility with a wide range of applications
- Easy management of remote desktop session host servers
These users must purchase one of the Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS CALs
Microsoft's terms of service mandate the purchase of one of the Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS CALs in two scenarios. First, when users want to work remotely with Windows Server. Second, when third-party user software would otherwise be used.
Secondly, the obligation to purchase one of the Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS CALs cannot be circumvented by third-party software. If a third-party application is to access Windows Server 2012 remotely, it must still have one of the RDS CALs. It therefore makes sense to opt for Microsoft's own Remote Desktop Services from the outset, which have been optimised to work perfectly hand-in-hand with Windows Server 2012 R2.
Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS licenses explained in simple terms
CAL is the abbreviation for "Client Access Licence". There are two different cases to distinguish: First, the license can be tied to a specific device - for example, a laptop. This is made clear by the "Device" label. Alternatively, it is also possible to link the license to a specific user. The corresponding CAL is indicated by the addition "User".