Server 2012 R2 RDS Deployment Question

I am planning a deployment of RDS.  I have deployed it before with the following:

Server 1
RDS Gateway

Server 2
RDS Session Host

Server 3
RDS Session Host

I then published the necessary applications and was done.

My questions are:

1.  For this deployment I would like to publish the entire session host desktops, not applications.  How would this be done using the same server setup as outlined above?

2.  Once done would I direct user connections to Server 1 on port 3389 and that server would then direct them to one of the two session hosts for the desktop?  For example, would users open RDP and enter the IP or DNS name of Server 1?  That seems wrong as it would seem they would be trying to connect to Server 1's desktop....

Sorry for the confusion, I hope you understand the questions.....
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
1) Same basic process. Once you have your servers deployed, you define a "collection" in 2012. That wizard asks you what kind of collection you want. Choosing a session collection will let you publish the desktops instead of apps.

2) Get users in the habit of using RDWeb or modern apps (google play, iTunes, Windows Store) to get apps or desktops that have been published. The RDP file that the user will get has the necessary settings. In 2012, the connection broker redirects the client based on the collection name it is told is being requested. However the "classic" remote desktop connection GUI in Windows does *not* have a place to define the collection name, so this redirection would never happen. There is, in fact, no manual way to do this apart from saving and editing the .rdp file.  But if you use a modern app, it will connect to RDWeb and get the .rdp file *with* that setting and it all works. Similarly, if you go to RDWeb via the browser, it will send an .rdp file with that setting and it all still works. It is only if you try to use RDC directly that a problem occurs. It is simply an outdated method of connecting to RDS services.

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BSModlinAuthor Commented:
So once I create the Collection for Session Based..... and a user goes to the RDWeb site what will they see?  How will they be able to download and save the .RDP file to their desktops?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
They will see the session collection you created as an icon. They simply click on it. They don't need to save the file. It'll simply launch the RDP session like clicking on a remoteapp icon does for published remoteapps.
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BSModlinAuthor Commented:
Ok, and can it be added in the control panel inside the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections with the URL so it appears in their Start Menu?

Cliff GaliherCommented:
BSModlinAuthor Commented:
Thank you!!
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