Server 2012 is PDC. RD setup requirements

Posted on 2014-02-20
Last Modified: 2014-02-20
Hi, I'm replacing my old terminal server with a server 2012. This is setup as a PDC.

1. Do I have to run my licensing server on another box to get a supported config?
2. Does the licensing server have to be 2008 or better?
3. Can I install a 2008 VM on the 2012 server and use it that way?

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Question by:stevenjcane
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Mahesh earned 300 total points
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Server 2012 RDS requires a 2012 RD Licensing server.  You may install RD Licensing Role Service on the same 2012 server if you want to or it can be 2012 server VM.  A 2012 RD Licensing server can service 2012 as well as older versions like 2008 R2, 2008, 2003, etc., if you would like to consolidate.

Also you must purchase server cals for 2012 server and RDS CALs for 2012 RDS server

CALs can be either user or device


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Great, so I'll install a 2012VM, install licensing role and transfer all my RDS, RDP cals to it.

Just to check, I can't install the licensing role and all the RD roles on my PDC?
Is there some sort of limitation when configuring everything on PDC?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Installing other roles with ADDS is a bad idea, and particularly the RDSH role will have issues with the default security template applied to DCs. So no, don't try to cram it all on one box.

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Thanks for the input. I'll be OK now, am installing a second VM that will run All RD services.

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