Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Remote Desktop Services in Workgroup mode

I had a case where a customer wanted to run RDS on singleserver. The idea was to run DC and TS on the same server to save hostingmoney. A bad practice and not really optimal to run on a virtual host with limited memory. The thought struck me if we could manage without the DC the system might run much smoother.

While googling for information a noticed that it was sparse with info for this scenario on the net. It did however work splendidly.

What you need to do

1. Install Server 2008 R2

2. Install server server role Remote Desktop Session Host and Remote Desktop Licensing

3. Configure Per User Licensing mode

4.  Add these policies to make life easier

Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components> Remote Desktop Services> Remote Desktop Session Host>Printer Redirection>Specify RD Session Host server fallback printer driver behavior> = default to PCL if not found

Computer Configuration>Windows Components>Remote Desktop Services>Remote Desktop Session Hos>Connections>Sets rules for remote control of Remote Desktop user sessions = enabled, with user permissions

5. Create users from Computer Management> Users and Computers and add these to Remote Desktop Users group.

For a single server environment this method might sometimes be justified, otherwise it’s a DC-environment that is recommended.

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