Deploy an RDS Farm Windows 2012R2/2016/2019

Windows Server 2012R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019 Windows Server 2022

Remote Desktop Services License Manager

The license manager allows users or devices that connect to the RDS farm to issue an access license (CAL).

Only one licensing mode for the RDS farm can be configured: users or devices. A license server can distribute several types of licenses and different versions (2008/2012 …).


1. From Server Manager, on the RDS farm overview, click License Manager 1 to open the wizard.

Déployer le serveur de licences

2. Add the server that will receive 1 role and click Next 2 .

Sélectionner le serveur

3. Click Add 1 to start the installation.

Ajouter le rôle

4. Wait during the installation …

Installation en cours

5. The installation is complete, click Close 1 to exit the wizard.

Fermer l'assistant

The rollout of RDS farm roles is complete. It is possible to view the location of the roles from the DEPLOYMENT SERVERS insert.

Ferme RDS déployée au complet

Configuring the Remote Desktop Services Licensing Mode

1. From the overview, deployment, click on TASKS 1 / Change Deployment Properties 2 .

Modifier les prorpiétés

2. Go to the section License Manager 1 , select the license mode 2 then click on Apply 3 and OK 4 .

Choix du mode de licence

Add licenses

1. Open the console, from Server Manager, click Tools 1 / Terminal Services 2 / Remote Desktop Licensing Manager 3 .

Lancer la console

2. Before adding licenses, activate the server, right click on 1 and click Activate server 2 .

Activer le serveur

3. When launching the activation wizard, click Next 1 .

Assistant d'activation 1/5

4. Leave the World of Auto Connect. Click Next 1 .

Assistant d'activation 2/5

5. Enter Company Information 1 and click Next 2 .

Assistant d'activation 3/5

6. Enter contact information (optional) 1 and click Next 2 .

Assistant d'activation 4/5

7. The server is activated, click Next 1 , the add license wizard will launch.

Assistant d'activation 5/5

If you want to install licenses later, you have to right-click on the server from the console and click Install licenses.

8. When launching the new wizard, click Next 1 .

Assistant installation licence 1/5

9. Select license type 1 and click Next 2 .

Assistant installation licence 2/5

10. Enter the license information 1 and click Next 2 .

Assistant installation licence 3/5

11. Select product version 1 and quantity 2 then click Next 3 .

Assistant installation licence 4/5

12. Click Finish 1 to close the wizard.

Assistant installation licence 5/5

13. The licenses are visible 1 on the server.

Licence disponible sur le serveur

Since the license manager, it is possible to make reports to have a license status.

The RDS farm is configured and functional, we will see the client part.

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