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Getting Started with Citrix XenApp® 7.6 by Konstantin Cvetanov

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Understanding Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) from Microsoft is an essential platform and a requirement for app virtualization via Citrix XenApp. It is a role in Windows 2012 Server that enables users to share a physical or virtual desktop located in the data center over the network via the Microsoft proprietary RDP protocol. Every user in an RDS environment needs an RDS license in order to use a remote desktop or application. RDS licensing can be per user or per device. These are also known as Client Access Licenses (CALs). Commonly, organizations employ a per user license, which allows one user to have access to all the instances of a particular product (for example, RD hosts), while device licenses make sense in an environment ...

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