How to: Setup Remote Desktop Services

By Rory Monaghan

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Recently, I posted a blog on how to setup Unidesk and covered Unidesk with RDS and Hyper-V, which you can find HERE. During my setup, I captured my steps for setting up RDS. This is something most people can do very easily but in the interest of preserving my setup notes, I figure I will upload this here and it may be useful to others.

Step1

 

Go to Add Roles and Features in Server 2012 Server Manager, select role based, proceed and check the boxes as above. We will also require IIS.

Step2

 

Check the boxes as above and click Next >

Step3

 

In this example, I selected to check all boxes for RDS. In other setups I have setup these services across multiple servers. It’s up to you. Click Next >

Step4

 

Check the boxes above for IIS, Usually boxes are checked automatically. Click Next >

Step5

 

Check the box above and Click Next >

Step6

 

Click Install

Step7

 

In Roles and Features, now select Remote Desktop Services Installation. Click Next >

Step8

 

Click Next >

Step9

 

At this point you can select Virtual Desktops or Session Based…If using with Unidesk, that actually supports both. Click Next >

Step10

 

Click Next >

Step11

 

In my example, I did install all RDS Service on the same server. At this point, I can just add all roles to my server. Click Next >

Step12

 

Add Server, Click Next >

Step13

 

Add Server, Click Next >

Step14

 

Click Deploy

Step15

 

Now you can click on the Green + symbols to configure the services. I started with the Gateway.

Step16

 

Again, add the server and click Next >

Step17

 

Enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name for your server and Click Next >

Step18

 

Click Add

Step19

 

Click Close

Step20

 

Click RD Licensing

Step21

 

Add the Server again. Click Next >

Step22

 

Click Add

Step23

 

Click Close

Step24

 

Click Tasks and then Click Edit Deployment Properties

Step25

 

At this point,¬†We’re going to add an encryption cert

Step26

 

Enter information for your certificate

Step27

 

Click OK

Step28

 

Click OK

Step29

 

If you would like, you could also add the role for Virtual Desktops. Click Next >

Step30

 

When you have all roles and go to Deployment Properties, you see that the Status is OK for all.

Step31

 

Under Active Directory I can store what OU my machines get created\staged in. Click Apply, OK

Step32

 

You’ve already included your RD Licensing on the Server. So Now, Add it.

Step33

 

Go to the RDS Licensing shortcut

Step34

 

On your Server, right click and click Activate

Step35

 

Click Next >

Step36

 

Click Next >

Step37

 

Pass company information and Click Next >

Step38

 

Add more company info. Click Next >

Step39

 

Click Next >

Step40

 

Click Next >

Step41

 

Click Next >

Step42

 

Add your license code and Click Next >

Step43

 

Click Finish

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