RDS server pointing to broker instead of host servers

Posted on 2016-08-14
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Last Modified: 2016-08-19

i installed a RDS farm using this guide: https://msfreaks.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/windows-2012-r2-remote-desktop-services-part-2/

i installed

2 DC controllers
1 SQL Server
1 RDS Server
2 Host Servers

the 2 DC controllers are the licensing server
the sql server provides the HA
the RDS server is configured as gateway and broker server
the 2 host servers are the servers where the users need to connect to.

my whole setup is behind a firewall. only the RDS server is reachable from the outside.

when users connect to the rds server using http://blahblah/rdweb all goes well. logon using there credentials and they will connect to one of the 2 host servers.

but when a user uses the plain "remote desktop" application inside windows and then connect to the rds server they always go to the rds server and not one of the host servers.

any idea's what i am missing?
Question by:Rik Van Lier
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Cliff Galiher earned 2000 total points
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That's by design. In 2012 and newer, you define "collections." Since you may have multiple collections, the broker needs to know which collection you want to connect to. Without that information, it woolen know which servers to forward your connection to.

When you connect via rdweb, the .rdp file includes the collection name based on your selection from the rdweb interface. But when you use the legacy rdc client, no collection name is passed, and the GUI provides no way to include this information. So the broker doesn't know it is supposed to forward the connection.

In short, Microsoft doesn't really expect end users to use RDC anymore., between RDWA's web interface, XML feeds, and modern RDP apps which can read RDWA's feeds, RDC is basically retired for non admin use.

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