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I'm attempting to deploy RDS using the quickstart method. I understand that this method of install should not be for production. I'm installing this for a demo environment. This is a brand new domain.

I moved the RDS server out of the computer container to an organizational group so any group polices would apply.

The error I get shows up under view progress for the add roles and features wizard.

Failure: Unable to create the session collection.

I've attached a screenshot.

The event viewer is clean.Screenshot of Error
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Usually that would only fail if the account being used doesn't have the appropriate permissions. Or if a security policy has been set (domain level polices impact all systems, even in OUs) that is changing default permissions.
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by:Adam Brown
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Do you have any Terminal Server GPO settings applied to the server? If so, disable them and try again.
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No group policies are set and the default group policy hasn't changed.
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by:HandofGod
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Also I am the domain administrator. This is the default administrator that gets created when you first create a domain.
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Then my first uess is you have a group policy/security policy messing with things. The quick start deployment deploys the RDCB role, which in turn deploys a SQL Express database. A domain admin has privs to manage that database by default, and that's the only way that particular step would fail. Creating a collection is basically just a database entry that the RDCB creates (and later reads from.) so this is an issue with RDCB (or more likely SQL) related permissions issues.
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I removed the 'RDS Role' and  'Windows Internal Database'. Then created another domain admin account with a different name than 'administrator'.

I suspect the issue was the 'domain administrator' account was authenticating as the 'local administrator' at some point during the deployment script.

I'm certain I was using the domain administrator account. It won't even begin to install if you accidentally try to deploy it as a local administrator...
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I posted what actually resolved the issue.
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