How to deploy a rds farm Windows 2012R2/2016/2019

In this article, I will explain the step-by-step roll-out of a Windows 2012 R2 / 2016 RDS farm with the following features:

  • Remote Desktop Session Host (x2)
  • Service broker for distribution of connections
  • Setting up a collection;
  • Publishing RemoteApp on a web portal;
  • Remote Desktop Gateway
  • User Profile Disk (UPD)

To set up a complete rds farm, you need at least 4 servers without counting the domain controller and file and print server. All the servers on the farm must be in the field.


Name IP Role
LAB-RDS1.rdr-it.intra Remote Desktop Session Host
LAB-RDS2.rdr-it.intra Remote Desktop Session Host
LAB-RDS-BRK.rdr-it.intra Service Broker / License Manager
LAB-RDS-GW-WEB.rdr-it.intra Gateway Remote Desktop / Web Access

For the realization of this lab, I also used an AD server, with the IP address DC will also be used to store UPDs.

Server role definitions that are part of an RDS farm.

Remote Desktop Session Host: On these servers, the user sessions are open and allow them to work.

Service broker: This is the circulation agent for sessions in an environment with multiple remote desktop session hosts.

Remote Desktop Gateway: Its primary role is to provide secure access to the RDS infrastructure from the Internet. It connects to the farm using the HTTPS protocol and filters connections using access policy.

License Manager: This service is used for license distribution (CAL RDS).

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