Azure RemoteApp update and options for delivering remote desktops and applications via Azure

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft SMB Partners, Wanted to make sure you saw the latest news today on Azure RemoteApp.  Microsoft announced in blog post today that Azure RemoteApp will be phased out over the next year.  New purchases of Azure RemoteApp will end as of October 1, 2016, although existing customers will continue to…

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RDS and Shared Computer Activation Walkthrough for Office 365 Pro Plus

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners,   I spent this week traveling and visiting with my partners in Phoenix and during this trip there was a single reoccurring theme that kept coming up.  I have a customer who uses Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Services if you like the old acronym, to deliver a desktop to…

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What is Automated Azure Desktop Hosting and Why You Should Check it Out?

Rob Waggoner   First let’s answer the question you are probably asking yourself. What is Azure Desktop Hosting? The name sounds intriguing enough, but it probably doesn’t register among the 1000’s of Microsoft terms compiled over the years. The most accurate description for Azure Desktop Hosting is Remote Desktop Services (RDS) built on top of…

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Azure RemoteApp Trial

Q: (from Andrew) It looks like RemoteApp could be the solution to my Azure technical problems.  I’d like to set it up in a separate account to get a handle on the implementation process.  Do you know if there’s a way of doing this without having to pay for 20 seats (the stated minimum)?  I’d…

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Can the new Office 365 SKUs be used in an RDS environment?

Rob Waggoner I have a number of discussions around RDS, especially around Microsoft Azure and the question of What Office 365 SKUs can I use in an Azure based RDS environment?  The Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E4 SKUs are the only Office 365 SKUs supported in an Azure based RDS environment, the new Office…

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Office 365 shared computer activation

Tim Tetrick Back in May, I shared in a blog post that “native RDS/TS support for Office 365 ProPlus is coming, and is currently targeted to release in the second half of 2014”. Well I’m pleased to announce that this support is now available as of September 1, 2014.  All SKUs containing Office 365 ProPlus,…

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Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage!  Whether you are offering Dynamics GP as an RDS…

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RDS and shared computer support for Office 365 ProPlus coming soon!

Tim Tetrick I frequently get asked about Office 365 ProPlus running in an RDS (Remote Desktop Services) or TS (Terminal Services) environment.  Currently, Office 365 ProPlus will not physically install in an RDS/TS environment.  There is an exception in the Product Use Rights that allows customers to install a VL/MSI copy of Office Professional Plus…

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Offering RDS solutions on Microsoft Azure

Tim Tetrick With all the interest and excitement around Microsoft Azure recently, my colleagues and I have been fielding lots of questions from partners about the ability to host RDS (Remote Desktop Services) within Azure as a solution for customers. This is indeed a supported solution on Azure and provides a great opportunity for partners…

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TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp Links

Partners, As you may know from previous posts, we are hosting the TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camps throughout the month of May, starting today in Bellevue, WA!  Throughout the Boot Camp series, we’ll be referencing several important Azure links that provide guidance in specific areas.  This list will certainly grow throughout the month, so be…

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Announcing Windows Server 2012 R2 Samurai Webcast Series

Q: (from Brenda) I liked the Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series, but has the content been refreshed since the launch of Windows Server 2012 R2? A: To stay ahead of the game, partners need to be ready now to show their customers how Windows Server 2012 R2 can help them be lean and stay…

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RDS Use Rights for non-VL Office 365

Question: We get mixed information from Microsoft and distributors. Could you please inform me if there is any update on non-VL Office 365 rights to install/run on RDS? We are using office365 now (through advisory model). We need to start using RDS. And changing office365 to a VL-license forces us to completely rebuild our office365…

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RDS Licensing Server in a Mixed Windows Server Version Environment

Q: (from Beth) I have a customer who has a 2008 R2 server as his DC and licensing server. He has a 2012 RDS Server as a member server. He obviously needs 2012 CALs, but he wants to make sure that the 2008 licensing server will read and distribute those 2012 CALs properly. A: A…

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Microsoft VDI Licensing

Q: (from Kellie) If an end user is hosting virtual desktops on a server, is there a limit to the number of virtual desktop instances they may run? If so, is the limit different for Standard and Datacenter? I know VDA is required to license the devices accessing a Virtual Desktop and VDA is available…

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