Provide Azure License Server as a Service
Most Azure VMs have the Windows license built into the pricing model which is great as we don't have to worry about licensing.
However when it comes to Remote Desktop Services VMs we need to provide our own CALs for each of the users that will connect to the server. This is a major pain point as the CALs are time consuming to obtain and a hassle to keep track of.
It would simplify things greatly if Microsoft could provide user licensing as a service on Azure, and allow us to manage the licenses through the portal.
Then it would just be a case of configuring RDS VMs to use this service instead of the license servers that we'd normally have to set up and maintain separately.
This would be an ongoing revenue stream for Microsoft and would greatly simplify and streamline the process of using RDS on Azure.
Gary Kuzkin commented
I can add yet another dimension to the hassle. CALs that are obtained as described by Daniel can only be used in "per device" mode unless one implements the AADS Azure service. This is because the default Azure features do not provide a true domain controller. Small organizations implementing VMs will find the AADS service (alone) to cost much more than the cost of creating the VM, backups, and such. It becomes cost prohibitive and you're forced into "per device" licensing.
Joe H. commented
Would be great. Even if you are a MS CSP, you still need a SPLA...