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Step 3: Configuring the Virtual Desktop Pool

Updated: July 20, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

In this step, we will configure the virtual desktop pool. To do this, you should do the following:

  • Add RDWA-SRV to the TS Web Access Computers security group on RDCB-SRV.

  • Configure a source on Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access).

  • Configure the virtual desktop pool on the Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker) server (RDCB-SRV).

  • Add VDP1-CLNT and VDP2-CLNT to the virtual desktop pool.

First, add the computer account object of the RD Web Access server (RDWA-SRV) to the TS Web Access Computers security group on RDCB-SRV.

  1. Log on to RDCB-SRV as CONTOSO\Administrator.

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management.

  3. Expand Local Users and Groups, and then click Groups.

  4. Right-click TS Web Access Computers, and then click Add to Group.

  5. Click Add.

  6. In the Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts, or Groups dialog box, click Object Types.

  7. In the Object Types dialog box, select the Computers check box, and then click OK.

  8. In the Enter the object names to select box, type rdwa-srv and then click OK.

  9. Click OK to close the TS Web Access Computers dialog box.

Next, configure a source on the RD Web Access server (RDWA-SRV).

  1. Log on to RDWA-SRV as CONTOSO\Administrator.

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Web Access Configuration.

  3. Click Continue to this website (not recommended).

    ImportantImportant
    This guide uses a self-signed certificate for the RD Web Access server. Self-signed certificates are not recommended in a production environment. You should use a certificate that is trusted from a certification provider when deploying RD Web Access in a production environment.

  4. In the Domain\user name box, type CONTOSO\Administrator.

  5. In the Password box, type the password that you specified for CONTOSO\Administrator, and then click Sign in.

  6. On the Configuration page, click An RD Connection Broker server.

  7. In the Source name box, type rdcb-srv and then click OK.

Next, configure the virtual desktop pool on the Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker) server (RDCB-SRV).

  1. Log on to RDCB-SRV as CONTOSO\Administrator.

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Connection Manager.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Configure Virtual Desktops Wizard.

  4. On the Before You Begin page, click Next.

  5. On the Specify an RD Virtualization Host Server page, in the Server name box, type rdvh-srv, click Add, and then click Next.

  6. On the Configure Redirection Settings page, in the Server name box, type rdsh-srv and then click Next.

  7. On the Specify an RD Web Access Server page, click Next.

  8. On the Confirm Changes page, click Apply.

  9. Clear the Assign personal virtual desktop check box, and then click Finish.

Finally, add the virtual machines (VDP1-CLNT and VDP2-CLNT) to the virtual desktop pool.

  1. Log on to RDCB-SRV as CONTOSO\Administrator.

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Connection Manager.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Create Virtual Desktop Pool.

  4. On the Welcome to the Create Virtual Desktop Pool Wizard page, click Next.

  5. Click vdp1-clnt.contoso.com, hold the CTRL key, click vdp2-clnt.contoso.com, and then click Next.

  6. On the Set Pool Properties page, in the Display name box, type CONTOSO Virtual Desktop Pool. In the Pool ID box, type CONTOSO_VDP and then click Next.

  7. Click Finish.

You have configured the Virtual Desktop Pool. Now you can proceed to Step 4: Verifying Virtual Desktop Pool Functionality.

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