Windows Server 2008 Foundation - TS or remote desktop services, do you need AD?

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Hi Guys

Do I have to have the server as a domain controller or can I get away with a workgroup setup and still have terminal services / remote desktop services.

Reason for concern is I tried with server 2008 standard and I could not get it working, I think it required membership of some AD groups for it to work.

Question by:Corp_Jones
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    Assisted Solution

    AFAIK TS doesn't require AD.

    You need to install TS TS and License Server, activate it and install the licenses.
    Configure TS to point at that LS
    Create users on the server and add them to the Group "Remote Desktop Users".
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    Expert Comment

    Hi, a domain controller was not needed for TS 2003, but im afraid i dont know about 2008.

    If it required a DC microsoft proberbly would have stopped the installation when it does the prechecks. I can't find any references that says that a Domain is required.
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    Expert Comment

    So yes you can HAVE IT WITHOUT AD I MEAN :D

    Author Comment

    Thanks Guys, does the remote desktop users group actually exist without AD?
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    If you just check under local users and groups on the server you will see :)

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