When would I use
? Typically you would not. It’s similar to a
which is the current best practice, except that it will only deploy the RDS components to a single server. All components (Connection Broker, RDWeb, and RDSH) will be installed with no option to modify. This would be good if setting up a quick POC, or maybe a lab environment, or if you are only going to deploy one server with all the components for example for a small office. If you want to split the components out to different machines, then chose
DEPLOYING “QUICK START”:
1. On the server that will become the Connection Broker, logon with a domain account that is an administrator and start Server Manager. From
menu item, select
Add Roles and Features
Remote Desktop Services installation
Session-based desktop deployment
5. Add your local server to the
Specify RD Connection Broker server
6. On the
Restart the destination server automatically if required
7. The RDS session deployment will now begin the install to all the servers and components selected. A progress dialog will be shown and the server will reboot.
8. After reboot, log in and the progress dialog will be shown again and installation will continue.
9. After installation is complete, in the Server Manager Dashboard, there will be a
Remote Desktop Services
role listed in the left navigation pane.
Remote Desktop Services
will display the
of the new deployment. From this page, the next steps would be to add / specify both the license server and RD Gateway if needed.
There are multiple ways to configure licensing in RDS 2012 and this can be confusing. Group Policy always takes precedence and will NOT show in the Connection Broker console if configured, however the settings will show in the
RD Licensing Diagnoser
console. Do not mix methods of setting licensing. For example, do not set in GPO and also in Server Manager Gui as this may result in errors. A more detailed post about licensing methods will be following this post series.
1. To add a new license server through Gui, simply click on ‘RD Licensing’ node. The
Add RD Licensing Servers
dialog will be displayed. See next step to add an existing license server.
2. To add an existing license server, in
, click on
, and select
Edit Deployment Properties
Configure the deployment
. Best practice is to use
mode as it provides better resiliency in case of a license server outage. Enter the license server and select
Not covered in this post, but is the next step after deployment is to configure the
Session Collection. Simply right click on
to get started.
Congratulations! You now have a new 2012 RDS session deployment.