Installing the Remote Desktop Services Role

Installing the Remote Desktop Services role and its supporting role service should be one of the very first things you do on any server you plan to use as an RD Session Host. Important changes to how applications are installed happen automatically when you’re in Application Mode on a Windows Server computer, and there can be problems if applications are installed before the server is converted to an application server. Our general preference is to run through the tasks on the Initial Configuration Tasks Wizard (ICTW), skipping only the Add Roles tasks, but joining the server to the domain, giving it a name, setting a fixed IP address, and installing the basic features we want on all servers. After that ...

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