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How to configure farm name for RDS 2012

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How do you configure a farm name in RDS 2012
Is this a name of the server group created before RDS role installation
Or it is a Collection name which suppose to be embedded in the connection file that the client downloads from RDWeb or the RDWeb feed
During RDS 2012 installation ,Remote Desktop Session Host server farm term used on multiple occasions
If this is a group of servers in a management group, should it has FQDN name?
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In 2012 (and 2012 R2), most deployments won't use a farm name at all. That type of deployment is relegated to history for all but the most esoteric edge cases. Instead, using Server Manager, you simply add your various servers to the deployment and create one or more collections. The connection broker service will load balance incoming connection requests to the collections as required. This provides all the benefits of a round-robin era farm, but also provides benefits that a farm never could, such as session persistence and more predictive load balancing. It'll make sense if you start working through setting up RDS in 2012 using the wizards.
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I have an error described in the article
"But one of the biggest errors that users faced while accessing the RDS farm with a Gateway in place is the following:
“This computer can’t connect to the remote computer because the Terminal Services Gateway server is temporarily unavailable. Try reconnecting later or contact your network administrator for assistance.”
This can occur when you are trying to connect to the farm name, something like rdfarm.domainname.com and not when you are trying to connect to a RemoteApp or individual RD Session Host Servers, say rds1.domainname.com.

My server group is named RDS Farm
My apps collection is named RDS Apps
I have two session hosts - RDSH-01 and RDSH-02
I have connection broker RDCB-01
I have web access RDWA-01 and gateway RDGW-01
In gateway settings I have to create local group as described:
"Enter the farm name and each individual servers in the farm and click on Add. Then click on OK"
So what do I have to enter in this group?
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What "article" are you referring to?
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You shouldn't be manually trying to reconfigure the gateway. If you've properly created a collection and set up the gateway in server manager, it will always connect to the RDCB and th RDCB will pick an appropriate session host. If you attempt to configure a "farm" as you did in 2008 R2, you'll end up with duplicate sessions and general mayhem.
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OK Any recommendations on how to fix?
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event logs are a good start, as are application logs. See whether you are reaching the RDCB. See if the RDCB is reporting an error. And see where the RDCB is referring the client.
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