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Restarting broker in RDS farm

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My company recently set up a small RDS farm running on top of Windows Server 2008 R2.  We have only one broker -- can it be restarted while users are accessing the hosts?  Will there be any negative side effects?

We plan on setting up automated reboots that will take place in the wee hours of Sunday mornings -- is there any preference in the order that the servers are restarted?  Meaning, is it preferable to restart the broker, then the RDS hosts or vice versa?  Does is matter either way?

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Larry
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"can it be restarted while users are accessing the hosts?  Will there be any negative side effects?"

While the broker is unavailable a user may not be re-connected to a disconnected session (it is possible that they will randomly be connected back to the server from which they were disconnected).  It also means that a user may be connected to more than one Session Host at the same time.

" is there any preference in the order that the servers are restarted?"

For the reason listed above I would be inclined to restart the Broker first and then the Session Hosts.  If the Session Hosts are restarted after the Broker then it'll mitigate the risk of a user having multiple sessions.
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