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How do I add simple remote desktop services / licensing roles in Win 2008 R2?

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I have a Windows 2008 R2 64Bit server running on a simple workgroup with just a handful of LAN users.  Server is running great but I need to add the Remote Desktop Services role and add the 5 user RDP open license I purchased.  Just need to have a few users log on remotely and connect to the server to run a app on the server.  Are there simple instructions for this?  I have the firewall opened and can connect as admin via remote RDP.  Do I just add the RDS host service and licensing service for this?  I don't think I need all services for 3 or so users to connect via RDP offsite do I?  Slightly confusing.  Thanks!
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Hi, you should find the relevant information here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd736539%28WS.10%29.aspx

Especially look at:

Installing Remote Desktop Session Host
Deploying Remote Desktop Licensing


Hope this will get you going.
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Does it have to be a DC to setup RDS H&L?  I'd like to leave it "stock" - just a file server for a small office.
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No, as far as I know there is no requirement for a DC. I am not even sure if RDS can be installed on a DC at all.
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Helped resolve questions in the technet sort of way.  <smile>  Thanks!
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