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Dear experts,

One of my customers has a single Windows Server 2012 R2 configured as domain controller with a LOB application installed on it. He needs to add remote desktop role to this server, so 4 users can connect via RDP.

I know this is not supported by Microsoft:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2799605 

But I also know that it have to work. Do you have a real experience with this configuration?


Kind Regards,
Jarda
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That's an old article. It's only applicable to Server 2012, not 2012 R2. That configuration is supported in 2012 R2 (and in 2012 after a particular update is installed, as that article states); it's just not recommended. Having users log on quasi-locally to a domain controller just isn't a great idea from a security perspective.
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by:Jaroslav Latal
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Thanks Dave, can you please send me a link to Microsoft site where it is stated? I cannot find the info.

Regards,
Jarda
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by:DrDave242
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I had to dig around quite a bit to find it, but I finally did in this Technet blog entry from the early days of 2012 R2:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2013/07/09/whats-new-in-remote-desktop-services-for-windows-server-2012-r2/

Single server RDS deployment including Active Directory. We now support running our RD Connection Broker role service on the same physical instance as an Active Directory Domain Controller.

Also, here's a decent walkthrough for deploying RDS on a 2012 R2 domain controller:

https://ryanmangansitblog.com/2015/02/22/deploying-rds-2012-r2-on-a-domain-controller-the-walk-through-guide/
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Do this RIGHT - 2012 R2 allows TWO servers when virtualized.  Virtualize the existing and add a second as an RDS server.  There's almost no excuse for not virtualizing these days - it's NOT new technology - it's been a core feature of Windows for 8 years and well established with VMWare before that.  Do it right.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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In full agreement with Lee on this. *NEVER* install RDS on a domain controller.

I can tell you, in no uncertain terms, that it is a terrible experience, things don't work as expected, and you'll end up back here in a month asking things like "I want to hide the admin tools icons from a user when they are logged in" and the answer is "you can't do that."

There is no legitimate reason to do this, and support is only there for a political reason back in 2012...not for a practical "you should do this!" reason (long story, half of it NDA, but I was involved in meetings where it was discussed. Nobody *wanted* to add support back...)
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by:Jaroslav Latal
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Lee, Cliif,

I fully agree with you. But we are talking about small company with 4 users. They don't want to pay for administering 3 servers.

I am betting that users do not have permission.

Dave: thanks a lot for link.


Regards,
Jarda
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