Licensing Focus – Citrix

GoToMyPC 

Citrix are a well know provider of Virtualization and Remote Access technologies. GoToMyPC allows remote access to a PC. This may be through a Windows Phone or iPhone connect through the Citrix service to the user’s primary device.

Desktop Access through a Mobile Device

The Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) account for contemporary Virtualization and Remote Access scenarios and should be considered when looking at Citrix to access Apps and OS the user’s primary device in the office. The well advertised GoToMyPC allows access to your work PC t and Microsoft recognise that the work laptop or desktop will also need Remote Access to that device through Microsoft or Citrix technologies

The are some key areas of the PUR that should be considered when looking at employee access to the network through 3rd party Apps like GoToMyPc. Under the 2010 PUR, The primary user of the device can access that primary device remotely. Microsoft expect the primary user of the device to be the only individual accessing the PC or Laptop in the office and in addition, Microsoft require a RDS (Remote Desktop Services CAL).

I have included the relevant sections of the PUR below when considering remote access using Mobile Devices.

Product Use Rights [P36 of 128]

 

III)  Additional Licensing Requirements and/or Use Rights.
a) Client Access Licenses (CALs)

· You must acquire and assign a CAL to each device or user that accesses your instances of the server software directly or indirectly.  A hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate device. The appropriate CAL for each product is listed in the table below.

· You do not need CALs for:

(1) any user or device that accesses your instances of the server software only through the Internet without being authenticated or otherwise individually identified by the server software or through any other means,

Product Use Rights [P23 of 128]  January 2010

I) Installation and Use Rights.

a) Licensed Device.  Before you use the software under a license, you must assign that license to one device (physical hardware system).  That device is the ”licensed device.”  A hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate device.

· You may install and use any number of copies of the software and of any prior version of the software on the licensed device.

· Except as described in the Remote Access section below, only one user may use the copies on the licensed device at a time.

· You may reassign a license, but not on a short-term basis (i.e., not within 90 days of the last assignment).  If you reassign a license, the device to which you reassign the license becomes the new licensed device for that license.

b) Portable Device.  You may install a copy on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device.

c) Network Device.  You may also install additional copies on a network device.  You may only use those copies as described in the Remote Access section below.

II) Additional Licensing Requirements and/or Use Rights.

a) Remote Access. 

You may access and use the software remotely from another device as described below.

· Primary user. The single primary user of the device hosting the remote desktop session may access and use the software remotely from any other device.  No other person may use the software under the same license at the same time except to provide support services.

· Non-primary users.  Any user may access and use the software remotely from a separately licensed device.

Remote assistance.  You may allow other devices to access the software to provide you with support services.  You do not need additional licenses for this access

Product Use Rights [P29 of 128]

a) Remote Access Technologies. You may access and use the software installed on the licensed device remotely from another device using remote access technologies as follows.

· Remote Desktop.  The single primary user of the licensed device may access a session from any other device using Remote Desktop or similar technologies.  A “session” means the experience of interacting with the software, directly or indirectly, through any combination of input, output and display peripherals.  Other users may access a session from any device, using these technologies, if:

(1) the remote device is separately licensed to run the software; or

(2) the user or remote device has the appropriate Remote Desktop License (RDL).

· Other Access Technologies.  You may use Remote Assistance or similar technologies to share an active session.

b) Other Remote Uses.  You may allow any number of devices to access the software installed on the licensed device to activate using Key Management Services or similar technology.

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