Remote Desktop Services 2012- cert and RD gateway question

My first time setting up RDS and a question on the RD gateway where it is asking for a FQDN. the full domain name for the terminal server is, is that what I should be putting here or just
If it is just my question is that, is also what is used for our website publicly so should I create a subdomain for access to this?
As for the cert- will just a standard SSL cert with be fine, or do I need some sort of multi-domain SSL?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you should have at an external source or

probably easier to get a wildcard certificate * or for but in your certificate request you need to add the common names of the servers involved. i.e. resides on iis on so it requires the common name of, add also the connection broker and final connection machines common names.
350ztnAuthor Commented:
If this is just for internal use, do I need to go through this process. I really don't want public access to a terminal server on our network? And can all services required for Remote Desktop run on one server? Broker, Gateway, etc
DrDave242Senior Support EngineerCommented:
If it's just for internal use, you don't really need RD Gateway at all, unless there's an internal firewall between the Remote Desktop clients and the session host server(s). The most common use of RD Gateway is to allow external users to connect to internal session host servers by using an SSL-secured connection rather than a straight RDP connection.
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350ztnAuthor Commented:
we use VPNs from our hubs to our main office where the current terminal server (2003 server) exists. On the new system we are migrating to I was wondering If I even needed a RD gateway. currently we just use RDP connection, is that how it is still done with new Remote Desktop?
DrDave242Senior Support EngineerCommented:
If the connections are being made through VPNs, they're already secured, and there's no need to open any additional firewall ports. There's no need for the RD Gateway service in that configuration.

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350ztnAuthor Commented:
OK. what about Web access role?
350ztnAuthor Commented:
OK- what about the Web Access Role? Do I need that if I'm using the VPN?
DrDave242Senior Support EngineerCommented:
RD Web Access is optional. It allows users to access Remote Desktop connections or published RemoteApps through either the Start menu or a browser. In an environment with a large number of published RemoteApps or several different session-host collections, this comes in handy, but in a smaller environment, it's not necessary.
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