Multiple RDP Sessions on Windows 2012 R2

I need assistance to configure / allow more than two users to simultaneously log onto Windows 2012 R2 server. Please advise on steps to follow? I am aware that RDS needs to be installed but need assistance on which options to select when installing / configuring the RDS role.
AblSysadminSenior Systems EngineerAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
If you run the "scenario" wizard (a choice early on in the add roles wizard) it'll configure ALMOST everything for you.

Add RDS CALs (you have to buy them) and you are set.

If you skip the wizards, manually getting things up in 2012 is harder. 2008/R2 era blogs/instructions won't help. But stick to the wizard, it is easy as pie.
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AblSysadminSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
We current do have a license server. Can that be used?
On the server in question when running through the wizard,
Within the add role wizard,
I select Remote Desktop Services Installation
Click next
Do I select standard deployment or Quick start?
Click next
I would then select Session based deployment
Click next
If standard deployment is selected,
Do i select the local server to be the Remote Desktop Connection Broker, Remote Desktop Web Access and Remote Desktop Session Host?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Only if the license server is also 2012 R2. Older versions cannot be used.

As far as standard or quickstart, that's up to you. Quickstart is quicker, but initially less, flexible.

Based on your original question, yes, session based. It didn't sound like you were looking for VDI.

As for your final question, that is up to you. I tend to be a purist and want the session host to *only* be a session host. The other roles go on another server. But in some environments, especially where remoteapps are being used so the end user never sees the server shell, colocating is a perfectly acceptable option and can save system resources.
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