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Windows Remote Desktop Licenses (RDLs)

Many computer manufacturers (OEMs) have introduced a new desktop environment using blade hardware technology and Microsoft Windows XP Professional. This technology solution enables end users to access Windows XP Professional running on these blade PCs that are stacked securely in a data center rather than sitting under or on an end user’s desk.

In this solution, end users connect to the blade PC using a small connection port and one of many different types of access devices, ranging from a desktop PC to a thin client.

Businesses can employ a variety of devices for access: desktop PCs or thin client devices running an embedded operating system. RDP (or a similar technology) is used to access Windows XP Professional running on the PC. Unlike server models which provide simultaneous access of multiple users to a single piece of server hardware, each blade PC can have only one user accessing it at a time.

Licensing Desktop Operating Systems for blade Infrastructures: The Microsoft Remote Desktop License for Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional has been added to the Volume License programs as of November 1, 2004.

RDLs are procured in the form of a license; there is no software provided with them.

The RDL permits a remote device (laptop, PDA, cell phone) to access any other device that is running Windows XP Professional without the need for the remote device to be licensed separately for Windows XP Professional.

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