RDS (Remote Desktop Services), a Windows Server role (previously called Terminal Services), provides hosting, connectivity, and other services that make it possible for users to interact with session desktops and virtual desktops (sometimes called VDI, for virtual desktop infrastructure), the two types of server-based desktop architectures. While running RDS on servers is covered by Windows Server core licenses, client access must be licensed via RDS CALs (Client Access Licenses), RDS User SLs (Subscription Licenses), or RDS External Connectors.

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