2012 RDS farm - limit certain users to specific RDS session host

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We have a 2012 RDS farm with 3 session hosts. The collection publishes a remote desktop. Users connect via RDWeb and get directed to either of the three session hosts.

We have a small group of users who require Adobe Photoshop and we are having an issue with licensing.

With Acrobat Pro, we were able to install the program on all 3 servers and license it, then restrict access to the program to a security group so that only a select group of users can access the program.

With Photoshop, it is using creative cloud licensing, so the license is assigned to a user via email address. When they activate creative cloud with their email address on server 1, it deactivates it on server 2, and so on. I can not find a way around this.

Is there a way with 2012 RDS to force a group of users to direct to the same session host every time?
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Ideally you'd have a separate collection just for the creative cloud and inky one machine be a member. Then any oxy accessing that app ends up on the specified server for that collection.

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That would work but I do not think it is possible to publish Collection 2 with server 1, when server 1 is a host server for Collection 1, is this correct?
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Correct. That's why I said "ideally." Unfortunately that's the trade-off you must decide whether you are willing to make. Deal with the hassle of not controlling which server a user connects to, or dedicate a server to a collection.
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Right, I was just hoping there was something I can do with RDS that is similar to Citrix.

With Citrix I can publish "Desktop 1" and add server1, 2, and 3 to "Desktop 1". Then, I can publish "Desktop 2" and only add "server 2" to it. I was hoping there was some work around to allow RDS to do this but it looks like this is a big no?
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Nope. Citrix continues to be a "value add" on top of RDS. If native tools could do all that, nobody would need to buy Citrix.

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Understood, thanks for the help.

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