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    Kelly C. September 9, 2015 at 11:24 am


    Thank you so much for this post. After a few frustrating hours trying to work this out, I ran across your post. Clear, easy to follow; detailed where necessary and brief otherwise. Made the process a breeze!

    Cheers from Switzerland.

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    Frank Farero June 2, 2014 at 5:25 am


    Like the above post from Jim S. my client is currently running a single SBS 2011. Their requirements are pretty simple at this point in time. They have a M.S. Access Database in which remote users (20 at the most) will be remoting in to input their time on various projects.

    I have spec’ed out an additional server for 2012 installation and RDS configuration along with the appropriate number of RDS and Server CALs’.

    We just want the field folks to remote desktop into the 2012 for project time keeping purposes only.

    I believe that a “A Record pointing to the public IP address. Then the appropriate port configured in the router. Am i on the right track here?



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    Jim S. March 25, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Ian, I have an existing SBS 2011 network. I installed the 2012 server on a new box, joined it to the SBS and everything is good. I can access the server via Remote Desktop from within and outside the network. What method (roles) do I install to have my users access published applications via RemoteApp?

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews March 30, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Pireotis 🙂

      As you know SBS 2011 does not support Remote Desktop for user… just for administrators. If you have installed an additional server using Server 2012 Standard or Enterprise you should have no limitations and should follow the instructions on in this thread:

      6.On SERVER SELECTION, just click NEXT
      7.Complete the wizard enjoy the reboot

      I hope this helps.

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        Jim S. April 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Hello Ian and thanks for your help.
        Sorry about the delayed response (I was away) but after I followed your instructions the question still remains: How do my users access the published apps on my added 2012 RDS server from the internet?
        Do they go through the SBS 2011 or do they log in directly to 2012 RDS?
        It appears that neither of these two methods are working and I don’t know if I have to do something on the router or some other setting in either server. I would appreciate some guidance.

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    Charles September 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Hi Ian, has traditional published desktop gone ? from a server 2012 session host (ie not one running VDI) is it possible to get server 2012 to function like a server 2008r2 published desktop so that you can crank up a RDS client and login on port 3389 et al.

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      Charles September 19, 2013 at 5:02 am

      Yes, its all there (published desktop) all the familiar 2008R2 tools for terminal server are gone and replaced by the new funky server manager interface. Nothing like a new OS version and you find the goal posts have moved. I LIVE FOR THIS (groan..)

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews November 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Yes, the traditional published desktop links are gone. I have not played with this much beyond what I wrote as it is working perfectly for my application.

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    derek August 27, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Newbie here. I have a fresh install of windows server 2012 and I get hooked on the first step.I click the remote desktop services installation option and I get an error “The local server must be joined to the domain to complete the Remote Desktop Services installation option”
    I only have the one server in the environment it can’t be possible that I am supposed to have another machine just so it can be a DC to this one can it??? This is doing my head in. All I want is a machine that a few users (less than 10) can log into and run the accounting/invoicing software .package for the business.

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews August 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      That is the case. Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services requires it to be connected to a Domain. However there are two comments I would make about your situation:
      1: you can use a standalone Server 2012 (not connected to a Domain) to be remotable if the user is an ADMINISTRATOR on that server. You can have a maximum of 2 ADMINISTRATORS connected at the same time. Given that you only want a few users in for a few hours this might solve your issue. I don’t have a server 2012 in front of my at the minute, but from memory the process is launch SERVER MANAGER > click LOCAL SERVER > click ENABLE on REMOTE DESTKOP (near the top left).

      2: I would just create an HyperV Virtual Machine that runs Server 2012 as a Domain Controller. This is very fast and easy for an experienced tech (I could put this together in 30 mins) but if you have never playing with HyperV you might have some issues… although it really is pretty easy. It is beyond the scope of this article, but you can hit YouTube and what a few 5 minute how-to videos to get you through it.

      I hope this helps.

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      Ayaz Tutla October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      You can do a Role based install and then select the Remote desktop services role to install it as a Standalone TS server

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