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Remote Desktop Services 2012 vs. 2008

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I'm having a bit of difficulty understanding the way RDS 2012 works vs 2008 R2.

Is using a RDS Gateway completely required now with 2012? In 2008 R2 you could simply install the session host only and then load balance behind a hardware device like an F5 and not have the complication and network overhead of installing the Gateway.

There appears to be almost nothing to configure in RDS 2012 unless you install the gateway service. Can someone shed some light on this for me?

Confused.
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You can still configure RDS without the gateway. What has changed (most significantly) is that now most of the tools do require Active Directory. So if you try to set this up in a workgroup, you won't have much luck with getting configuration options even if you *do* install the gateway role.

It should also be pointed out that even in 2008 R2, the gateway role served a different purpose than a load balancer. One is for higher availability, one is for a reduced security footprint and easier remote access on restrictive (ie hotel) networks as RDP is tunneled over HTTPS. The two are complementary, not competitive.

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Ah ok, That would probably be why then. I just setup a VM and had been playing around with it in a workgroup. I could not find any of the tools to configure the session host, RemoteApps, etc.

That being said, I will have to join it to my domain. I assume that I should see the options after that?

I have a pretty big 2008R2 RDS farm and was hoping that I could start to introduce 2012 to the same environment, but it looks as though so much has changed that this is going to be a bigger pain than originally anticipated.
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