Windows 2008 Terminal Server and Domain Controller

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Just wondering f anyone had any issues running a Terminal Server and Domain controller on the same Box using Windows 2008 Standard 64Bit
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Terminal Services and the Active Directory Domain Controller role can both be run on the same server. You can even install Terminal Services Licensing onto the same machine.

Doing so is technically possible but is not recommended for security reasons. Allowing users other than Domain Admins to remotely access and make use of a Domain Controller - a fundamental building block of a network - is a security risk. I'd probably consider virtualising the DC and Terminal Server functions into two separate, isolated Virtual Machines.

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Do you have and details on the setting up a Virtual Machine?
Thanks for you answer.



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At its core, a virtual machine is just like a standard system, but you run it in Virtual Machine software.

Setting up a Virtual Machine depends on how you want to configure the virtualised environment. With Server 2008, you can install and use the Hyper-V role, and then use Hyper-V Manager to create and install a Virtual Machine. There's plenty of info on Hyper-V at Technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/default.aspx

Alternatively - and my preferred method - is to use VMWare. If you already have the Domain Controller built, you can use something like VMWare Server (which is free) to create a Virtual Machine within that server: http://www.vmware.com/products/server/

If you haven't yet installed the OS on the server, or you can rebuild it, I would highly recommend installing VMWare ESXi as the core Operating System. You can then install both the Domain Controller and the Terminal Server as completely separate Virtual Machines, which would be my preferred deployment. As I stated, this will require a format of the server, because ESXi is an Operating System in its own right. http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/

-Matt

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