Remote desktop services scalable architecture

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I setup a test scenario with 2 Windows Enterprise 2008 R2 servers in order to provide remote web based access (via Internet) to a certain application running on one of these two servers.

In this configuration one server is running Active Directory and DNS, while the other server is running Remote Desktop Session Host + Remote Desktop Connection Broker + Remote Desktop Web Access.

If I want to add more users I obviously need to add more servers to this configuration and put in place some kind of load balancing mechanism:
what's the best way to go in this case?

Any step by step guide?
Thank you
Question by:macarone
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    Accepted Solution

    Depending on what you want to do..  Depending on what you have for a budget, you can go to a VMWare type of setup.  The other way, if you want to "publish" applications to your users, you can use a Citrix type of setup.  Even better yet, if you have the ability to code or update your application as a web-UI, then you don't have to spend tons of $$ on terminal server licensing, etc.



    Author Comment

    Hi Kent,
    Unfortunately the application is not web based so we have to go the RDS route.
    Currently I am using two virtual servers running on two separate VMWare machines in a hosting provider environment and connected to the same virtual local network. The provider assigned me one public IP address that was associated with the Remote Session Host server (using NAT I believe).

    In this scenario what do you suggest? I know that Remote Desktop Services allow you to easily scale capacity as the number of users increases keeping the same configuration. How?

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