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SBS 2011 Hyper-V or Terminal Server

Hi,

I have a question. I am looking at installing a new SBS 2011 server and was considering purchasing SBS Premium Add-on and then either setting up the new Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Terminal Server host linked into the SBS 2011 server or alternatively set-up this as a Hyper-V with a number of Windows 7 virtual operating systems, which would be the easiest, least complex set-up?

If I was to setup a dedicated terminal server host would it cause any problems with the terminal services which come pre-installed with SBS 2011? Is it difficult to modify these?

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Tahir Ahmed
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Hi,

Thanks for the above, very helpful. You said if I dont need SQL its cheaper to just purchase Server 2008 R2 licence which includes Hyper-V + Server 2008 R2 however can this still be linked into an SBS environment as I was under the impression I would need SBS Premium Add-on to add additional servers?

The purpose of this is to see which route may be the most cost effective to allow a me to logon to a few RDP sessions without having to purchase desktops basically. And the I wanted to see if I could utilise an old 32 bit dell server and I thought this could be possibility, can you run Hyper-V and Server 2008 R2 on 32 Bit?

Could you also tell me what implications there are to the normal functions of terminal services on the primary SBS 2011 server when I introduce this separate terminal server gateway?  

Do you know of any setup guides which I could review?
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Thanks for the above, I can use the SBS Server's terminal server but I have only 3 desktops in the office which are used by 3 users and was looking at having an additional server to the SBS server running as a terminal server so I could purchase RDS licences to allow a few more users to connect from remote locations and still do work.
Adding a terminal server to an SBS domain has no effect in the existing environment.  You simply join it to the domain much like you would a workstation and then enable the TS (now called RDS) role, and the RDS licensing role.  The TS can be accessed through existing remote web access like a PC or using the RDP client and the existing TS gateway on the SBS.

Keep in mind some applications will not run on a TS and some others require more expensive licensing.  For example Microsoft Office will only install if you buy the volume license version which is quite a bit more expensive and you need 1 copy/license for each user.  However Terminal Services is an excellent solution for your problem.
Thanks a lot, helped me loads. Do you know of any decent installation guides I can review to see how to achieve this setup and get some information on the setup process?

I also heard you have to do a registry hack to allow the RDS server to show up on the RWW is that correct?
I don't know of any guides but it is very straight forward.
- install the server O/S on the new server
- join it to the SBS domain.  The http://connect will not work so you need to do it as in a non-SBS domain: properties of 'computer' | computer name section | change
- install the RDS role: choose add role and select RDS
- within 120 days install the RDS licensing role, this can be on the TS or the SBS.  It manages your CAL's
- add the domain users, or a domain group, to the Remote Desktop Users group on the TS within its local user accounts
- to make the TS appear in the existing remote web access page see my blog for the registry edit:
http://blog.lan-tech.ca/2011/12/12/add-a-terminal-server-to-the-sbs-2011-rwa-page/

As leew mentioned, remember Server 2008 64 bit, or any version of Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012 will not install on a 32 bit server.