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Terminal Services 2008 R2 - Roles

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I have some questions about the Terminal Services structure in Windows 2008. Can you help me with that?

1 - I saw that we have many roles in Terminal Services Structures. There are some that cannot be together?

2 - I have two powerfull servers here in my organization and I am planning to build a Terminal Server farm with them.  Can I have some high availability on the roles, like for example, Web Acess?

3 - I want that my two servers act as TS Web Acess, TS Gateway, TS Server itself, do you think it is possible? I need to use cluster services, or Network Load Balance for some of that Roles?

Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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Are you using ESXI? I would suggest using virtual servers to seperate the TS from the other roles.

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Nope, I am planning to use this 2 Physical Servers (these are two Blade Servers that have 128 GB/RAM, and a cool Six Core processor.) to run the TS roles.

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With that kind of specs I would opt also for ESXi (it's free for 1 server) so you could check it out on one server. Two Win2008 Terminal servers (and more) would easily fit on one box.

If all works accordingly, you could get a full license and bring in the second physical box sou you could use the loadbalncing features and High Availabilty stuff on it.

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Independent on the Hardware/Software structure itself, can you please answer that main questions to me?

1 - I saw that we have many roles in Terminal Services Structures. There are some that cannot be together?

2 - I have two powerfull servers here in my organization and I am planning to build a Terminal Server farm with them.  Can I have some high availability on the roles, like for example, Web Acess?

3 - I want that my two servers act as TS Web Acess, TS Gateway, TS Server itself, do you think it is possible? I need to use cluster services, or Network Load Balance for some of that Roles?
Independent on the Hardware/Software structure itself, can you please answer that main questions to me?

1 - I saw that we have many roles in Terminal Services Structures. There are some that cannot be together?  I recommend having the Terminal Server as a stand alone role because there may be times when you will need to re-boot that server and you do not want it to affect anything else.  Using Virtual Servers this should be fairly simple to do with the boxes you have,.

2 - I have two powerfull servers here in my organization and I am planning to build a Terminal Server farm with them.  Can I have some high availability on the roles, like for example, Web Acess?
You can definitley have High availability with a Virtual Environment.  You will probably want to go with ESX and get right into the High Availability. Look here: http://www.vmware.com/virtualization/why-virtualize.html

3 - I want that my two servers act as TS Web Acess, TS Gateway, TS Server itself, do you think it is possible? I need to use cluster services, or Network Load Balance for some of that Roles?   If you are talking about balancing the load of Terminal Server sessions between 2 Terminal Servers then you will probably need to set this up: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/243523

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I got the answers myself.

My main concerns were the possibility on putting TS Roles together and provide them High Availability, nothing related to Virtualization, Physical os Virtual Servers itself...

The last MS KB that was told to be read is a NT 4.0 one...