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Configure load balancing for Remote desktop server

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Greetings experts,

I have one 2008 remote desktop server in my organization.  We have about 40 licenses on it.  We are about to add more remote users, thus need another remote server.  We would like to add another 40 licenses to bring us to a total of 80 remote users.  Not all the users will be on at the same time, but we figure on having at least 60 as a normal work day.  

The current server and bandwidth handles the 40 users without issue.  We are quadrupling our bandwidth, and the new server will have double the memory and better processors.

The reason I'm writing is using the load balancer.  I think we are just going to go with the Barracuda load balancer ADC 340.

the main question is what Operating system do I need?  Do we have to use the old windows 2008 server on the new hardware, or can I install server 2012?  

I haven't used Barracuda's Load Balancer before, but have put in some of  their Spam Firewalls, which were a breeze.  So I figured something like this would be good for me.

Any help / suggestions would be great..
Thanks,
Kacey
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the main question is what Operating system do I need?  Do we have to use the old windows 2008 server on the new hardware, or can I install server 2012?
It was surprisingly hard to find an official answer to this question. In fact, it's surprisingly hard to find anything official regarding the Remote Desktop Connection Broker role service (the role service necessary for load balancing) in Windows Server 2012. Apparently the folks who are supposed to publish documentation for it had something better to do.

The best info I found was this forum thread stating that a 2012 Connection Broker will not support downlevel farm members. That's hardly official, but it looks like there's no mixing 2012 and previous versions in an RD server farm.
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Thanks Dave,
Was waiting to see if anyone else had any updates, but It looks like the answer is no.  

currently I have 2008, can I install 2008 r2 on the new remote desktop server?  Or does it have to be 2008?  Also the first server is 32 bit, do I have to stick with 32 bit or can I move the new server to 64 bit?

Thank you for your help,
Kacey
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An RD Session Host server running Windows Server 2008 can be a member of a 2008 R2 RD Connection Broker farm, as mentioned here, so you're free to install 2008 R2 on the new box. (That article also details the steps for creating the farm.) Users may experience differences in performance when connecting to the two servers, but everything should work fine otherwise.
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You can not use 2008 and 2012, the connection manager would not work with the two different operating systems.
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