W2K8 R2 RDS – Introduction And Prerequisites

W2K8 R2 RDS – Introduction And Prerequisites

Introduction

The following pages of this article provide the steps required to install and configure a Remote Desktop Services environment consisting of the following components :-

  • Remote Desktop Services Session Hosts
  • Remote Desktop Connection Broker
  • Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Remote Desktop Web Access

The installation and configuration is broken down in to the following steps which are explained in subsequent pages of this article :-

  1. Installing and configuring a Remote Desktop Session Host
  2. Installing and configuring a Remote Desktop Connection Broker
  3. Installing and configuring a Remote Desktop Gateway
  4. Installing and configuring Remote Desktop Web Access
  5. Configuring the Remote Desktop Web Access for Single Sign On

Test Environment

The test environment for this article consists of the following servers and the Roles they provide :-

  • RDSHost01 – Remote Desktop Services Session Host Server
  • RDSHost02 – Remote Desktop Services Session Host Server
  • RDSBroker01 – Remote Desktop Connection Broker Server
  • RDSGway01 – Remote Desktop Gateway & Web Access Server

All four of the servers are Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition servers with Service Pack 1 installed and patched to the latest levels a tthe time of writing this article.

Although not part of the RDS installation for this article, Domain and Network  services are provided by an existing Windows 2008 R2 Standard Core Services Domain Controller.