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Best configuration for RDP on single 2012 R2 box

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Windows Server 2012Hyper-VVirtualization
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Hello friends,

I need advice.

I've got a nice new server for a government agency with Server 2012 R2.

The box is serving as DC, DNS, DHCP, AD,'s running great.

This office also has a need for RDP to utilize a legacy application that works GREAT on server 2008 R2.

.......... .....   here comes the first issue.....

I've been told that remote desktop services won't run on Server 2012 R2 that is also a DC, and AD.

I "sortof" verified this via MS TechNet sites, and so created a hyper-V of Server 2012 R2 on the same box.
(This box can handle the cpu need; it's twin AMD 6378 cpu's with 256Gig of RAM)

So now I've got a HOST hardware box serving as AD, DC, etc...

and a clean Hypver-V of Server 2012 R2 with nothing on it, except to use for RDP and this legacy application (16 users is all that it's needed for)

........................Here is the advice part........................

I need to know if I should put ALL the RDP funcitons on the Hyper-V instance, or use the now infamous "2 server" option to setup RDP.
Basically, the 2 server setup uses the host machine for licenses, and the other functions on the hyper-V machine.

............................I've tried a rough draft of both versions and run into issues.............This server is not in production yet.........................

The legacy program creator can make his product work all day long on server 2008 R2, but on Server 2012 he's completely stumped.

He and I are going to have to figure this out, but it needs to start with working RDP and that's my responsibility first.

I've used and tried several links and pages on the net that get me partially there, but I run into issues with certificates, or communications....  I'm going to remove all RDP services, and start fresh again, based on the advice here.

EE has NEVER let me down ....EVER.

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobe.

And thank you in advance my fellow technoexpertartists.
Brian Murphy
Senior Information Technology Consultant
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