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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Can Intune be used to license virtual desktops?

Onur Dogruoz After the recent updates to Intune service, I am constantly getting this question from our sellers. Can Intune subscription be used to license virtual desktops? Does that have any virtualization rights? Before answering the question, let’s have a quick look at the different Windows Intune offers and programs. As it can be seen…

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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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Microsoft’s New Remote Desktop Clients for iOS, Mac OS and Android

Josh Condie – Microsoft has just released the first official Remote Desktop clients for iOS and Android. Now, users can bring the Windows desktop (even Windows 8.1 which released earlier this month) directly to their mobile devices that may be running on competing platforms.  The apps let you connect to a remote PC while mobile,…

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Windows Licensing and BYOD: A case for Companion Subscription Licenses in the SMB

Woody Walton I work every day supporting Microsoft Partners of one type or another.  VARs, hosters, distributors, you name it.  Today my opinion was solicited on an aspect of Windows client licensing that is not commonly asked about and it got me thinking that many of you may not know about the offering, *** benefits,…

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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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Office 365 Pro Plus and RDS/TS installation with VL PUR

B  V  A WHAT: Many partners are aware by now that the Product Use Rights (PUR) was updated end of January in favor of supporting a RDS or TS deployment of Office, even though the user’s license was a subscription license through Office 365.  UPDATE – It is important to understand that a PUR is…

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Why you should take a Second Look at Microsoft Windows Intune – Training and Promotion Announced for the New Wave D

Josh Condie – There are significant changes in the pricing, licensing, skus, and key product features of Windows Intune with the new Wave D offering launching this month – greatly enhancing the partner reselling and services opportunity.  Many partners are seeing strong success leveraging Windows Intune to help drive new customer conversations around: (1) Unmanaged…

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Windows Thin PC: A New SA Benefit Available for Download Sunday!

Woody Walton   Microsoft is always looking to increase the value of Software Assurance (SA).  The Addition of Windows Thin PC, WinTPC for short, does just that.  In a world where virtualization is being employed more and more, where VDI, Thin Clients, and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) are becoming more attractive and commonplace, Microsoft Licensing…

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