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Remote Desktop Services (RDS) RemoteApp With Failover and Redundancy???

Dear Sir,

I want to deploy Remote Desktop Services (RDS) on Win 2008 R2 with RemoteApp, then publish Office 2007, Adobe Reader and our local application using .msi files through group policy to users desktops... I will not use Remote Web Access...
I will run RDS native on a physical server not under Hyper-V to have the maximum performance...
My Documents for the uses are redirected to a File server using Folder Redirection Policy...
I already had the setup above on one server...

My question is, I need to have a failover and redundancy in my environment if one RDS server goes down.
What do I need to configure and set up to have full redundancy?
We will have 2 identical HP RDS servers, with 40GB memory and 2 Quad-Cores for 40 to 50 users.
What I need to Do? NLB or RDS Farm connection broker...?

Please I need a step by step guide and if possible with screen shots on what do I need to configure to have full redundancy?

Thank You!

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Alex Appleton

8/22/2022 - Mon
G0dl1ke

Hello.

First of all, for  failover  and  redundancy   you  can  configure  a  cluster   with   you'r  two   servers. If any  of  the  servers  goes  down, the  second  one   will   act, as  the  server, which  fall down.

You  can  also  use  Terminal Services session broker. This  feature enables you to evenly distribute the session load between servers.

If   you  want, i  can  provide  screenshots  and  guide, how  to  create  a cluster :)
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Thank you G0dl1ke for the reply...

So what do you recommend after your experience for my RemoteApp environment?
Network Load Balancing NLB, Cluster or RDS session broker?
Can we use session broker with cluster as well?

Of course I want screenshots and guide for configuration after we choose which path to go through...

Thank You!
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Thank You AAppleton for the reply.
Helpfull Document...

I have 2 questions:

In fact, I will have 2 identical hardware servers, as you know Office Shortcuts are pushed through Group Policy .msi files to users... (RemoteApp).
Example: My users are using MS Outlook and their profile is already created and configured when they logged in into one of the RDS servers. So, if one server goes down, all users who already logged in on that server they will loose their profiles config (My Documents are already redirected to a FileServer using Folder Redirection), in that case, I need to reconfigure MS Outlook for them when they will log in automatically to the second RDS server right?????


My second question is:

G0dl1ke said above: Create a cluster, it means NLB configuration or Cluster Configuration, cluster is different than NLB right? Active/Active Could you explain for me that please? Can we use Cluster instead of NLB?

I would really appreciate if you could provide me with screen shots as well for RDS Session Broker Configuration...

I'm good with NLB configuration, I did it before...

Thank you for your help...
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Alex Appleton

Sorry, just seeing this now.  

1st question:
When I get into configuration for a terminal server farm, or even if I think it will head there, I always use roaming profiles.  Also, when installing Office use a transform so the Outlook configuration is automatically completed.

2nd question:
There is no way I know of to cluster terminal servers, unless you virtualize them and cluster the VM hosts (but you would need some sort of shared storage for this - i.e. a SAN).  To increase availability, you would typically use NLB or RDS session broker.

TS Session broker step by step guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772418(WS.10).aspx
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ISC-IT-Admin

Thank you AAppleton for the reply...

Could you please explain to me more 1st question in details, I didn't understand roaming profile and how to use Transform for Office (MS Outlook)???

Regarding the second question I do understand... Thank You!

Please try to give more details for below:
1st question:
When I get into configuration for a terminal server farm, or even if I think it will head there, I always use roaming profiles.  Also, when installing Office use a transform so the Outlook configuration is automatically completed. ???

 Thank you for your help...

Regards,
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Hello AAppleton,

Please any information for the above...
Awaiting your reply.

Thanks,
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ISC-IT-Admin

Thank you AAppleton for the reply...

Could you please explain to me more 1st question in details, I didn't understand roaming profile and how to use Transform for Office (MS Outlook)???

Regarding the second question I do understand... Thank You!

Please try to give more details for below:
1st question:
When I get into configuration for a terminal server farm, or even if I think it will head there, I always use roaming profiles.  Also, when installing Office use a transform so the Outlook configuration is automatically completed. ???

Waiting for your reply!

Thank you for your help...

Regards,
Alex Appleton

Sorry for the delay.

Google "Custom installation for Office".  Basically run the Office (2007+) setup with the /admin switch and it presents a wizard that creates a transform file which you place in the updates folder.  The transform file allows you to configure Outlook in a way so that when the users launch Outlook it configures their profile for them without interaction.

Roaming terminal server profiles are a must when you are dealing with terminal server farms, that way you have consistency for your users across the load balanced servers.  This is the best article I could find on this subject: http://nexus.realtimepublishers.com/content/?tip=part-26-configuring-terminal-services-roaming-profiles
Also need to setup the share for the roaming store properly as well, see here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc737633(WS.10).aspx