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  • Question

  • I'm trying to set up a Session Based desktop deployment on Server 2012.  My plan is to provide a desktop for end users to run an application(s) that is better suited for the terminal services environment.  My configuration as it stands:  

    RDS01  -  Web Access, Connection Broker   (Server 2012)

    LIC01 -  Licensing Server   (Server 2012)

    RDSHV01  -  Hyper-V Host  (Server 2012)

    RDSHV02  -  Hyper-V Host  (Server 2012

    Here are my questions:

    1.  My understanding is that I need to add VMs to the Hyper-V hosts, and then make them virtualized Session Hosts, and that those VMs will be what my users connect to.  Is this correct?

    2.  Am I limited to Server 2012 as the OS on the VMs/Session Hosts? (I'd prefer to provide a 2008 R2 desktop)

    3.  For Session Based desktops, is Per User licensing the licensing mode I should choose?

    Deploying RemoteApps was easy in 2008 R2, but haven't worked much with the desktop scenarios.....

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


    Thanks! Nate

    Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:55 AM

Answers

  • i believe there is a hidden feature in web.config file / you can add the 2008 r2 servers in this file under c:\windows\web\rdweb / and also add the 2012 server in the ts web servers group on 2008.

    Prakash

    Friday, September 28, 2012 11:06 PM

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  • Hello Nathan,

    let me try to answer your questions:

    1. You indeed need to add VM's on the hosts which will be to host the session desktop you require.

    2. You are not limited to only Windows Server 2012 but you can use any OS you want. Just remember the guests for RDS need to member of your Active Directory and you need to set the AD scope correct. So when you have set this to Windows Server 2012 only you can only install Windows Server 2012 guests. When set to a lower level you are ble to install Windows Server 2008 R2

    3. Licensing can be set in two ways, per device and per user. You can choose either of these as your licensing model. In most cases per user is used.

    Hope this helps you along.


    regards Robert Maijen

    • Proposed as answer by Robert Maijen Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:32 PM
    Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:38 AM
  • Following up:

    1.  Do I need to install the Session Host role on the VMs themselves?  Or only the host?

    2.  I attempted to install the RD Session Host role on the VMs via Server Manager on RDS01v, and it tells me that I cannot install the Session Host role on those servers because they are 2008 R2 and not 2012. 

    To further elaborate, I have 6 VMs set up across the two Hyper-V hosts.  These are the 6 desktops I want to provide to my end users. 


    Thanks! Nate


    Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:05 PM
  • Hello Nathan,

    1. I would create seperate virtual machines hosted by your Hyper-V host servers. This cause virtual server can be more cost effective. When you install them, and I believe you have done so, you can use Windows Server 2008 R2 as operating system.

    2. You cannot use the Windows Server 2012 server manager to manage Windows Server 2008 R2 machines. You need to manage them from the Windows 2008 R2 interface.

    3. You probably do not need 6 virtual machines to host 6 desktops. When installing RD Session Host, multiple users can connect to the singel server to receive a desktop session. Depended on the workload the users generate you can add more servers to the RD implementation and farm.


    regards Robert Maijen

    • Proposed as answer by Robert Maijen Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:32 PM
    Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:32 PM
  • How would I add the VMs to a Collection in 2012 if I can't use the 2012 Server Manager?

    Thanks! Nate

    Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:02 PM
  • i believe there is a hidden feature in web.config file / you can add the 2008 r2 servers in this file under c:\windows\web\rdweb / and also add the 2012 server in the ts web servers group on 2008.

    Prakash

    Friday, September 28, 2012 11:06 PM
  • Prakash,

    Could you verify the location of the web.config file? 

    Nate


    Thanks! Nate

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012 3:21 PM
  • it is under c:\Windows\Web\RDWEB folder for me...

    Prakash

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012 3:31 PM
  • Added in the FQDN for each of my 2008 R2 Session Hosts, and now I'm able to get them working with 2012 Session Hosts.

    Thanks! Nate

    Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:14 PM
  • Thought I'd share this website that I came across today. 

    http://blog.concurrency.com/featured-post/rds8-add-a-2008-r2-session-host/


    Thanks! Nate

    Friday, October 5, 2012 2:27 PM