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Hello,

We have an office with three servers.  Currently we have a domain controller running 2003 and a terminal server running 2003.  Our database application is running on 2008.

We want to upgrade our aging hardware and need to find the most cost effective solution.  We know a DC and TS on the same machine is a big no-no.

Can we consolidate the DC and RDS functions using hyper-v and server 2012?

We have about 20 people accessing the server over Remote desktop.

Thanks for your help.
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It will depend on what version of 2012 you have (Datacentre has unlimited Virtual Machine Licesnses, Standard has two VM licenses, and the rest have none).

A lot of companies have virtual DC's, and a fair few have virtual RDS servers too.  It really depends on how powerful the host is, and how demanding the applications are for the users as to whether it will be suitable.

This guide walks you through a RDS migration:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff849223%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit for Hyper-V will be of help too:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd537570.aspx
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With Windows 2012 server, the DC cannot perform additional RDS (RDP) functions. It must be a stand alone device.

We used to include the connection broker on the domain controller, now the connection broker is on it's own separate virtual server.

So in a typical situation you would have:
1 - Hyper-V Server - Physical Hardware

On top of this you would have:
1 - Domain Controller - Virtual Server
2 - Remote Desktop Server - Virtual Server

If your adding remote app functionality:
1 - Gateway/Web Access - Virtual Server
2 - Connection Broker - Virtual Server
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