RWW/RDP Gateway on Windows Server 2012

Can someone assist, I am looking to deploy a Windows Server 2012 for about 30 users, a few of the users may want to work from home and I was hoping there would be a way to use a Remote Web Workplace feature as in Windows Server 2012 Essentials where a user can logon to a web front end and then select a local desktop on the network to RDP too.

Is this something that can be achieved in Windows Server 2012 R2 straight, without Essentials? Ideally I do not want to go down the route of having Virtual RDP desktops on the server, I want the users to be able to connect via RDP to their own desktops.

Any assistance would be grateful.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Yes. You can do this with either RDWeb/RDG in tandem, or with 2012 R2, the essentials experience role, which deploys the essentials featureset without the restrictions.

Both require RDS CALs.
Tahir2008Author Commented:
So, with Windows Server 2012 Standard, I can install the Essentials Role to obtain the RWW capabilities of R2 Essentials? Why would I need RDP CALs as the clients would be using their own desktops? Would I need RDP CALs for each user wanting to access their desktop computers using this?

Does Essentials include both Windows CALs and RDP CALs?

Would installing the Essentials role on Windows Server 2012 cause any complications with anything else if it is also running as an Active Directory, DHCP, DNS and Domain Controller?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Only 2012 R2 standard has essentials as a role. 2012 does not. RDS CALs are required because rdgateway is still being used. That requires CALs. Yes you'd need an RDS CAL for each user.

Essentials does not include any CALs.

No complications should arise from installing the role. But as always, backups are good to have.

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Tahir2008Author Commented:
Thanks for the assistance. We have now decided to proceed with Windows Server 2012 R2 with Essentials Role and standard Windows CALs plus any additional RDS CALs for the remote users who would want to access their computers remotely.
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