Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

CloudS computing solution

What is CloudS shared computing?

Yulong’s CloudS shared computing is base on Remote Desktop Services (RDS), that allows multiple users to simultaneously share the resources of one server.

After installing CloudS on the Windows Operating System, multiple zero client users connect to the server through a remote desktop session, sharing the same OS, applications, and computing resources but working independently in their own session.

Yulong’s CloudS shared computing is a simple and cost-effective computing solution and works best for use cases that have groups of users that have similar needs in terms of applications and desktop configuration.

CloudS Server Manager

CloudS is the management system for the Yulong RDS solution. It runs on the Windows server to allow remote desktop connections from zero clients and enhances end-user experience by offering graphic acceleration, virtual audio, and USB redirection. It plays a management role that enables administrators to easily configure the remote desktop environment and centrally manage zero client devices and users from the host side.

Supported Systems

CloudS can run on any Windows Client & Server system (excluding home basic and starter editions).

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Max. Connections

CloudS permits up to 99 users per shared system. The actual number of connected users depends on the host configuration and the type of applications used.

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Client Devices

CloudS communicates with E100 zero client, H100 zero client, Windows device with CloudS Client software.

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Shared Computing Features

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Benefits

Low Cost

The Yulong’s CloudS deployment is less resource-hungry, allowing IT to add additional users for a low resource cost and reduce the amount of hardware it uses. All users’ sharing of a single OS image also minimizes software licensing costs.

Rapid Deployment

The installation of RDS is as easy as 1, 2, 3. With simple user account creation and device connections, a new seat can be set up in minutes. An entire computer lab can be completed in a few hours compared to days or weeks with PCs.

Easy Maintenance

There is no typical training required to manage the Yulong RDS deployment, as there are few components and the CloudS Server Manager is user-friendly and intuitive to use. With all users working on a single image, software maintenance like installations, patches, and updates are minimized to just on the shared host.

Comprehensive Software

With CloudS Server Manager, IT administrators can manage all remote desktop users and devices centrally and remotely at the server-side. Besides, IT administrators can display their desktop to the users, communicate with them through the internal chat tool, provide support through monitoring and control over the remote desktops.

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Installation & FAQs

How to Set Up the CloudS Shared Computing System

The Yulong CloudS Shared Computing(RDS) solution can be installed by anyone without the typical skill needed. Simply install the CloudS on the server and the multi-user patch on the host, create user accounts, and then you are ready to connect the zero clients to work.

1. Install CloudS and multi-user paper

(Disable anti-virus software before the installations)

2. Create user accounts with CloudS

(You can also use system or domain accounts)

3. Connect the zero clients and enjoy

(The connection of the zero clients is exactly the same as PCs)

More about the Yulong CloudS(RDS) Solution

To properly license Yulong zero clients in a Windows multi-user system, certain CALs are needed for each seat, along with certain OSs running on the host computer. Both Windows client operating systems and server operating systems will work with the Yulong Shared Computing solution but at this time, the Windows client operating system does not permit licensing a multiuser solution under Microsoft compliance, only the Windows Server operating systems provide a multiuser solution using Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and/or other technologies. In order for the Yulong workstations to be fully licensed, they will each need a Remote Desktop Services Client Access License (RDS CAL) along with a Windows Server Client Access License (WS CAL). The total cost of these CALs combined will range anywhere from $10-$120 per seat depending on the type of organization deploying the workstations, and your licensing agreement with Microsoft. But these CALs are perpetual licenses – not annual subscriptions.

Windows Server Client Access Licenses (WS CALs)
A Windows Server CAL is a license that allows customers to access Windows Server. CALs are used in conjunction with Microsoft Windows Server OS licenses to allow Users and/or Devices to access and utilize the services of that server OS.

Remote Desktop Service Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs)

RDS CALS are required for users or devices that want to utilize Remote Desktop Service functionality on Windows Server.

About the version of CALs

Windows Server CALs must be the same version as—or higher than—the server software they are accessing. In other words, users or devices accessing a server running Windows Server 2016 must have Windows Server 2016 CALs. Additionally, Windows Server 2016 CALs may be used to access Windows Server 2012 (but Windows Server 2012 CALs cannot be used to access Windows Server 2016).

The result of the licensing model differences by using shared computing, traditional desktop PCs, and VDI over three years can be seen in the following example:

Sharing: One server OS license per target server ($883) + For each client device: ( 1 Server device CAL ($30) and 1 RDS device CAL ($102)) x 30 = $132 x 30 = $4,843

Desktop PCs: 30 target desktop OS licenses ($187 each) x 30 = $5,610

VDI: 30 target desktop OS licenses ($187 each) x 30 + For each client device: VDA rights subscription ($100 / device / year) x 30 devices x 3 years = $14,610

* Cost based on 30 zero clients (not eligible for SA) over 3 years, Windows Server 2012 R2 standard, Windows 8.1 Pro, US VOL pricing, corporate customers.

Things to consider:
  • If you are replacing PCs, you may already have the WS CAL for each seat.
  • If you are replacing thin clients, you may already have both the RDS and WS CALs.

While deploying zero clients from Yulong, the required licenses mentioned above must be purchased from Microsoft Windows. It is significant to note that Microsoft’s license policy varies between countries and Yulong users are requested to refer to their local Microsoft’s partners before purchase.

The languages that the CloudS software and the zero client support include Simplified Chinese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Polish, Slovak, Korean, and Persian. More languages will be added with future updates. The default language for the CloudS Server Manager is the system language. The default language for the zero client is English. Customers may change the language at the display menu of the login interface.
1, Most popular Windows software can be run with Yulong zero clients such as Office Applications, Skype, Outlook, Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, Teamviewer, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator,  Adobe After Effects, Adobe Indesign, AutoDesk CAD, and Camtasia, etc. Generally, software from well-known software companies is compatible with multi-user shared environments. A few software such as VPN software cannot work in the multi-user environment. To know if your desired software can be run in the multi-user environment without zero clients, you can try running the software in remote desktop sessions with PCs (run “mstsc”). 3D games are not well supported as desktop refreshment is just at 30 FPS. Graphic card sharing requires the host running a Windows 10 or Server 2016 system. Professional designers who require heavy rendering on an independent graphic card are not suggested to use this solution. If you need to use specified industry software, please consult us before purchasing it.

2, Yulong zero clients support conventional USB devices such as printers, scanners, storage devices, etc. If you need to use a typical USB device on the zero client, please consult us before purchase.

3, The Yulong solution requires reliable and low latency local networks. Wireless LAN or WAN connection is recommended for individual and occasional use only. A poor network connection will cause unexpected disconnection and compromised experience.

4,  Centralized computing may cause a single point of failure issue. If your use case is sensitive about immediate access. make sure you have a fail-over solution to recover immediately in the event of a host failure, for example, installing multiple OS, using redundant or standby hosts, taking scheduled backups, etc.

Pricing of CloudS Shared Computing (RDS) Solution

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Calculate the cost of most desktop virtualization solutions

Generally, the purchase cost of a desktop virtualization solution includes the hardware cost of client devices, hosts, and other devices, and virtualization software licenses. The cost of the solution is calculated on a per-seat basis, that is, the total purchase cost divided by the number of seats.

Cost of Yulong’s Shared Computing solution

When you purchase Yulong’s Shared Computing solution, the total cost of the desktop virtualization solution is just the hardware devices your purchase. Your purchase of Yulong zero client is bundled with the usage of CloudS Server Manager software and premium support and is also assured of free future updates for continuous improvements and new features. You need to purchase a corresponding number of hosts, network devices, monitors, mouse & keyboards, and USB devices as needed. In addition, licenses of Windows and other third party software are not included and must be purchased separately.

The after-sale services of Yulong

Yulong zero clients are provided with 3 years warranty from the purchase date. Yulong China HQ officers limited online support service in English through the ticketing system and on-demand remotes after a ticket submission. Immediate support or support in your local languages or through other channels like phone calls, instant messaging, and onsite visits requests are based on your purchase agreement with the local Yulong partner.

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