Employees working from home? Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) can help!

Working from home (WFH) technology

Working from home—or elsewhere outside the main office—is the new normal. Enabling remote work using Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a smart move that can improve productivity now, and help prepare for the next unexpected thing that comes along.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

The good news is that Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) may have just what businesses need to help employees connect to the main office from wherever they're working.

With RDS, a Windows Server instance can run on an on-premises server, and users can access the applications and data they need remotely, over the network. This means that employees would be able to connect to the gateway and use a Remote Desktop client to access their work computer, a desktop session on Windows server, or a desktop application running on the server.

This has a number of advantages:

  • If employees working remotely are sharing files using cloud shares and email, this workaround could lead to version control issues and no single version of the truth—plus it's not very efficient. With RDS, employees can access the latest, best version of applications and data, in the most efficient way possible.
  • If files and data are being stored locally on employee devices, that could lead to serious security and continuity vulnerabilities. With RDS, all the processing takes place on the on-premises server—not on local desktops—and all files and data are saved on the on-premises server as well. So, the existing security, data protection, and business continuity plans are still in place.

Windows Server 2019

Organizations already running Windows Server 2019 may be able to take advantage of the embedded RDS service to enable access for remote workers right away. They just need to make sure they have the correct licensing for their Remote Desktop needs, through Remote Desktop Service Client Access Licensing (RDS CALs).[1] s, and they’re good to go.

If it’s time to refresh an on-premises server or operating system, organizations may want to check out the HPE Small Business Solution for Small Office Deployment with RDS. HPE Small Business Solutions are ready‑to‑go packages that include the hardware, software, services, and top-selling HPE ProLiant options needed to succeed with RDS. They 

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provide unbeatable reliability, availability, business continuity, and fault tolerance. Plus, they’re built on the latest HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers in a choice of configuration sizes and come with Windows Server 2019.

Even better, if businesses need to stretch the budget to afford the IT that is needed right now, HPE Financial Services has a number of timely offers designed to help alleviate financial strain, and position them for future success.

Read the solution brief: Enable Work from Home Productivity.


Willa Anderson
Hewlett Packard Enterprise


[1] Microsoft licensing policies for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services require that, in addition to a Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) users must acquire a Windows Server RDS CAL for each user or device that (i) directly or indirectly accesses any of the RDS functionality and/or (ii) directly or indirectly accesses the server software to interact with a graphical user interface (GUI) using RDS functionality or any other third-party technology.

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