Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RDS On Windows Server 2012 R2

RDS in Server 2012 R2

RDS in Server 2012 R2 is cake wake walk, but I didn't need all the fancy features. I just needed a simple RDS server with Per User licensing for running Windows specific application from a Debian Linux.

Licensing

To solve the Licensing issue, I found a TechNet blog with the fix.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2013/09/20/rd-licensing-configuration-on-windows-server-2012.aspx

Configuring License server manually

There might be situation when you want to configure License server on the RD Session Host or on the RD Virtualization Host manually since you do not have any RD Connection Broker in your environment. You have already configured RD Session Host server or Virtualization Host Server as required and now you want to configure the License server which is already installed and configured with licenses. All you are left to do is configure the License Server and the Licensing mode on the corresponding RD session Host or Virtualization Host servers.

Note The following commands must be ran from an Administrative PowerShell prompt.

To configure the license server on RDSH/RDVH:
$obj = gwmi -namespace "Root/CIMV2/TerminalServices" Win32_TerminalServiceSetting
$obj.SetSpecifiedLicenseServerList("License.contoso.com")
Note “License” is the name of the License Server in the environment


To verify the license server configuration on RDSH/RDVH:
$obj = gwmi -namespace "Root/CIMV2/TerminalServices" Win32_TerminalServiceSetting
$obj.GetSpecifiedLicenseServerList()
To change the licensing mode on RDSH/RDVH:
$obj = gwmi -namespace "Root/CIMV2/TerminalServices" Win32_TerminalServiceSetting
$obj.ChangeMode(value) - Value can be 2 - per Device, 4 - Per user
To validate the licensing mode:
$obj = gwmi -namespace "Root/CIMV2/TerminalServices" Win32_TerminalServiceSetting
$obj. LicensingType
$obj.LicensingName
* To add the license server to the 'Terminal Server License Servers' group in AD, you need to be a domain admin or have the domain admin add the computer account to the group ahead of time. I ended up doing it after and it worked, but kept reporting an error in the licensing diagnostic.

rdesktop

rdesktop stable version 1.8.3 appears to correct the issues I was seeing with graphics and the drive redirection, but it is having issues with spanning dual monitors if they are not the same resolution.

downloaded and compiled the latest version and using the following connection parameters, things are looking better
>rdesktop -u <username> -d <domain> -r disk:home=$HOME [-g <% or WxH> | -f <fullscreen>] rdshost.fqdn

I am not using credssp, but you need to choose during the compile to have the option

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