RDS License Server - Windows 2012
Posted on 2016-10-12
Hello. We are standing up a new environment in Windows 2012 that will require multiple users to access server desktops. To accommodate this, we understand we need to implement RDS Licensing to handle more than 3 users at a time. Currently we have a Windows 2008 R2 Server setup that is handling users accessing Remote sessions under the grace period license, this was a temporary setup until the 2012 could be completed.
We have setup a Windows 2012 system with the basic RDS License Server and applied our licenses. This looks good and is operational when viewing the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager, everything is working as expected.
We have installed the Remote Desktop Services, used the quick setup per articles on the web which installed the RD Gateway, RD licensing, RD Connection Broker, RD Session Host, and RD Web Access. We have initially started with our setup here. In looking at the different aspects, it is not providing any errors or indicating something is not configured.
However, if you view the RD Licensing Diagnoser, it indicates that "Licenses are not available for this Remote Desktop Session Host server, and RD Licensing Diagnoser has identified licensing problems for RD Session Host Server." The remote Desktop Session Host server is withing its grace period, but the RD Session Host server has not been configured with any license server. This clearly is not seeing Remote Desktop Services or the Licensing Manager.
The question, we are simply using this box as you could say a 'jump' machine to access other systems as this resides in AWS. There is a plethora of information on the web, but we are having trouble pealing apart the pieces we need for simple setup of the RD Session Host so users can RDP to the system they need. The simple setup in Windows 2008 is no more. ;)
So, any guidance and direction would be appreciated and helpful in terms of best / simple practices in getting this setup.