Configuring 2012r2 Terminal Server

Hey all.
I am trying to get a 2012r2 Terminal Server going. I must say I miss the old days of TS in server 2003!
All I want to do is get TS running, have users remote into their own desktop session and be able to run the applications that I have installed. I do not want to publish apps and use the remote app url, I want to have users open up remote desktop connection and have a desktop on the TS.

I have been though the services installation and all that jazz but must be doing something wrong. I have installed Office for example, but when I RDP in as a user the Office applications do not show on the users desktop or start screen. I cannot right click and add programs either.

What am I missing???
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Vlastimil SopuchDirectorCommented:

You have to setup each profile individually or via GP.
You can also copy all of the shortcuts into the Public area, so it will show for everyone (C:\Users\Public\Desktop) using the administrators login.

Futuretek is right about the copying of the files. Thing is that Microsoft is going the Citrix route meaning you will need to implement a "full" RDS implementation.
Normally if you add the RDS feature it will ask you to configure it. Just saying that you want to use the quick install is all you need.

But just for my information. Why not implement a small RDS stup with a connection website? It would make life much easier on you specially if you intend to add a new server for High Availability.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Why don't you create RDP file for each of your remote app and then copy the RDP file to the users desktop.  Below is from MS Technet document on how to create RDP files (

To create an .rdp file
On the RD Session Host server, open RemoteApp Manager. To open RemoteApp Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click RemoteApp Manager.
In the RemoteApp Programs list, click the program that you want to create an .rdp file for. To select multiple programs, press and hold the CTRL key when you click each program name.
In the Actions pane for the program or selected programs, click Create .rdp File.
If you selected multiple programs, the settings described in the rest of this procedure apply to all of the selected programs. A separate .rdp file is created for each program.
On the Welcome to the Remote App Wizard page, click Next.
On the Specify Package Settings page, do the following:
In the Enter the location to save the packages box, accept the default location or click Browse to specify a new location to save the .rdp file.

In the Remote Desktop Session Host settings area, click Change to modify the server name or the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) port number. When you are finished, click OK.

In the RD Gateway settings area, click Change to modify or to configure whether clients will use an RD Gateway server to connect to the target RD Session Host server across a firewall. (For more information about these settings, see Configure Remote Desktop Gateway Settings.) When you are finished, click OK.

To digitally sign the .rdp file, in the Certificate settings area, click Change to select or to change the certificate to use. (For more information, see About Digitally Signing RemoteApp Programs.) Select the certificate that you want to use, and then click OK.

When you are finished, click Next.
On the Review Settings page, click Finish.
When the wizard is finished, the folder where the .rdp file was saved opens in a new window. You can confirm that the .rdp file was created.
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wonker2Author Commented:
First, thanks for the replies.
I know I could also put icons on the public desktop but I was looking to have icons of all installed applications on the start menu. (The screen that appears after you click on the windows icon, bottom left of screen).

When I click on that icon as a user, no applications are listed and cannot seem to add any. Is there a way to add to this list, or copy from an administrative profile (that has everything listed)?

Yes you can. This is the old All Users start menu.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Add anything to that folder and all users will see it in their start Menu after logging on to the machine.
Mohammed, I don't think Windows 2012R2 has the same "Create .RDP file" option that Windows 2008 R2 had - - at least I haven't found it!
wonker2Author Commented:
rhandels & all: I have applications listed in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and also on the public desktop. They will not appear on other users desktops...
Could it be that you redirected your entire startmenu or desktop? IF so files in these folders i thought will not be shown on your desktop and startmenu.

Also, there is a policy that removes the all users startmenu, this is normally done is SBC environments because you don;t want all users to have start menu icons and admin has for example.
wonker2Author Commented:
Turns out Active Directory defaults everything I wanted to disabled. I re-enabled what I needed and life is good.

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wonker2Author Commented:
It appears that during installation, AD automatically enables common settings.
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