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Managing a Terminal Server / Remote Desktop Windows 2008 Farm

DavidRS4
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Hello,

We are looking at implementing a TS Server farm at one of our clients.  They have an existing TS server that is working well however the processor is starting to get maxed out.  We want to add a 2nd box.  I have read and understand how to configure the farm itself.  Is there a good way to copy the existing TS Server so that both systems are mirrored in terms of applications and printers, etc...?  What about moving forward.  Is there an easy way to install an application or add a printer on both systems at once?  OR do you have to manage each one individually and connect to both and install on both?

Thank you for any answers to these questions or pointers to a document that would answer these questions.
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Hi,

it's possible to clone TS server, but don't forget to correctly sysprep server.
Easy way to install applications, printers cloud be group policy (or other management tools), like any other application deployment through Active Directory, Terminal servers are not specific in this manner.
If you don't use this way you need to manage each one individually. Farm is not in term of one management but in "visible publishing" to users to connect as one virtual farm, not as many separate servers. But for everything others are really separate servers.
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This is how I manage my farm's...
1) If the existing server is having all the applications installed, just clone it & deploy new server
2) Before doing anything, as soon as new server boot's up SYSPREP.
3) Join the new server to domain.
5) Remove all the user folders & registry keys from the new server
4) Make the Farm & join both servers to Farm
5) Move both the farm members in a new OU & reboot both of them.
6) Since you are having a Farm, it makes all the sense to make Roaming Profiles with Folder Redirections otherwise your users will not have data Consistency. At this point it's for you to decide if you want different Profile's for Farm or Organization Wide.

Now, since all this process ensures one thing that on your new server you have all the same applications installed so you can forget the Group Policy for now.

In future when you want to deploy a new Application to both the servers, just create a GPO & link it to the Farm OU & you are all set.

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Any news?
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