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New Microsoft Knowledge Base article in response to HP resellers’ requests!


Microsoft has recently published a new Microsoft Knowledge Base article (article number: KB2833839), “Guidelines for installing the Remote Desktop Session Host role service on a computer running Windows Server 2012 without the Remote Connection Broker role service.”


Attempting to add the Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) role on Windows Server 2012 systems that are already running the Active Directory Domain Serviced (ADDS) role will fail/result in an error message.


As an example, Windows Server 2012 Foundation does run the ADDS role by design so an attempt to install the RDSH role will fail.


 In Windows Server OS generations before WS2012, such as WS2008R2 and older, this was not blocked, leading to many single servers being used as combined DC/RDSH servers. However, by design it is not supported to combine the ADDS/Domain Controller role on Windows Server 2012 with the RDSH role.


This new Knowledge Base article provides instructions to manually install and configure the Remote Desktop Session Host role on a Windows Server 2012 system running Active Directory Domain Services (serving as a Domain Controller) without installing the Remote Desktop Connection Broker role. Please note, this configuration should only be used when it is the only option as the recommended configuration includes the Remote Desktop Connection Broker to provide access to the complete functionality of Remote Desktop Services including Remote Apps.


If a Domain Controller is available on a separate server, it is recommended to use the Standard Remote Desktop Services deployment wizard. The configuration enabled by the manual steps in this article is appropriate when there is only one server on the network. This server can be part of a workgroup or may be configured as a Domain Controller and the configuration steps described in this article will provide Remote Desktop sessions to users based on the number of Remote Desktop Services client access license (RDS CALs) installed on the server, but will not provide access to RemoteApp programs or the RD Web site.


For more information, read the whole Microsoft Knowledge Base article. For more Windows Server 2012 information and updates be sure to join the Coffee Coaching community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn


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