Terminal Server in Server 2012 (NOT R2)

We just deployed a windows server using server 2012 Datacenter (not R2).  We were forced to use this version so that we could run Parallels Containers on top of this OS.

It seems that a lot of features around terminal server are not there any more, such as being able to share a screen with another user's terminal server session, configuring sessions etc.  There is an option to install the role of remote desktop services, but I don't think this is my solution.

I am assuming there is a workaround or third party solution to restore these functionalities.  Can anyone steer me towards this solution?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Terminal Services was renamed Remote Desktop Services in 2008 R2.

Depending on how many users you have, you may want to look at Multipoint server (10-20 user max depending on version).  Otherwise Citrix may be an option.

I do believe the shadowing you mention is NOT available in RDS but is in Multipoint.  Otherwise, I don't think anything has been removed, just many many enhancements to RDS.
StolzmanAuthor Commented:
Well, if that is the case can you point me towards directions to find these features.  The remote desktop services folder on the start menu under admin tools is empty and directions found on the web are at best confusing.

I don't want to invest in another server or software for a feature that should be included in the OS.  Also, the description of multipoint server says users need to be connected to the server via usb or video cables.  This is not what I want, but a way for users on the network or vpn'ing into the network to be able to connect to these virtual servers.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Also, the description of multipoint server says users need to be connected to the server via usb or video cables.

That is ONE way of doing, but it also supports RDS.

Did you install the RDS server properly?


(Yes, it's R2, but the process is essentially the same).

If this is so new to you and you haven't spend time playing around/taken a class in the subject for 2012, then you would be unwise to try to do this yourself... This can be a complex setup (with licensing enforcement alone).  Getting this done properly is worth the time and effort and I'd suggest looking for a consultant in your area to help you get it done.  Once done, you can most likely manage it yourself, but for every part they made easier, they introduced 2 new features/options that makes it more complex.  (or so is my take).

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