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Step 1: Setting Up the Contoso Domain

Updated: March 30, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

To prepare your virtual desktop pool test environment in the CONTOSO domain, you must complete the following tasks:

  • Configure the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) server (RDVH-SRV)

  • Configure the Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker) server (RDCB-SRV)

  • Configure the Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) server (RDWA-SRV)

Use the following table as a reference when setting up the appropriate computer names, operating systems, and network settings that are required to complete the steps in this guide.

ImportantImportant
Before you configure your computers with static Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, we recommend that you first complete Windows product activation while each of your computers still has Internet connectivity. You should also install any available critical security updates from Windows Update (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=47370).

 

Computer name Operating system requirement IP settings DNS settings

CONTOSO-DC

Windows Server® 2008 R2

IP address:

10.0.0.1

Subnet mask:

255.255.255.0

Default gateway:

10.0.0.1

Configured by DNS server role.

RDSH-SRV

Windows Server 2008 R2

IP address:

10.0.0.2

Subnet mask:

255.255.255.0

Default gateway:

10.0.0.1

Preferred:

10.0.0.1

CONTOSO-CLNT

Windows® 7

IP address:

10.0.0.3

Subnet mask:

255.255.255.0

Default gateway:

10.0.0.1

Preferred:

10.0.0.1

RDVH-SRV

Windows Server 2008 R2

IP address:

10.0.0.4

Subnet mask:

255.255.255.0

Default gateway:

10.0.0.1

Preferred:

10.0.0.1

RDCB-SRV

Windows Server 2008 R2

IP address:

10.0.0.5

Subnet mask:

255.255.255.0

Default gateway:

10.0.0.1

Preferred:

10.0.0.1

RDWA-SRV

Windows Server 2008 R2

IP address:

10.0.0.6

Subnet mask:

255.255.255.0

Default gateway:

10.0.0.1

Preferred:

10.0.0.1

To configure the RD Virtualization Host server, you must:

  • Install Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Configure TCP/IP properties.

  • Join RDVH-SRV to the contoso.com domain.

  • Install the RD Virtualization Host role service.

    noteNote
    This will also install the Hyper-V role service.

First, install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a stand-alone server.

  1. Start your computer by using the Windows Server 2008 R2 product CD.

  2. When prompted for a computer name, type RDVH-SRV.

  3. Follow the rest of the instructions that appear on your screen to finish the installation.

Next, configure TCP/IP properties so that RDVH-SRV has an IPv4 static IP address of 10.0.0.4.

  1. Log on to RDVH-SRV with the RDVH-SRV\Administrator account.

  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, click Network and Sharing Center, click Change adapter settings, right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Networking tab, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

  4. Click Use the following IP address. In the IP address box, type 10.0.0.4. In the Subnet mask box, type 255.255.255.0. In the Default gateway box, type 10.0.0.1.

  5. Click Use the following DNS server addresses. In the Preferred DNS server box, type 10.0.0.1.

  6. Click OK, and then close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

Next, join RDVH-SRV to the contoso.com domain.

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  2. Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.

  3. On the Computer Name tab, click Change.

  4. In the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box, under Member of, click Domain, and then type contoso.com.

  5. Click More, and in the Primary DNS suffix of this computer box, type contoso.com.

  6. Click OK, and then click OK again.

  7. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears prompting you for administrative credentials, provide the credentials for CONTOSO\Administrator, and then click OK.

  8. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears welcoming you to the contoso.com domain, click OK.

  9. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears telling you that the computer must be restarted, click OK, and then click Close.

  10. Click Restart Now.

Finally, install the RD Virtualization Host role service by using Server Manager.

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

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  3. Under the Roles Summary heading, click Add Roles.

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

  5. On the Select Server Roles page, select the Remote Desktop Services check box, and then click Next.

  6. On the Remote Desktop Services page, click Next.

  7. On the Select Role Services page, select the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host check box.

  8. Review the information about adding Hyper-V, click Add Required Role Services, and then click Next.

  9. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, click Install.

  10. After the installation is complete, click Close.

To configure the RD Connection Broker server by using Windows Server 2008 R2, you must:

  • Install Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Configure TCP/IP properties.

  • Join RDCB-SRV to the contoso.com domain.

  • Install the RD Connection Broker role service.

  • Configure a certificate used to digitally sign the RDP file.

  • Add the thumbprint of the certificate used to digitally sign the RDP file to the Default Domain Policy by using Group Policy Management.

First, install Windows Server 2008 R2 as a stand-alone server.

  1. Start your computer by using the Windows Server 2008 R2 product CD.

  2. When prompted for a computer name, type RDCB-SRV.

  3. Follow the rest of the instructions that appear on your screen to finish the installation.

Next, configure TCP/IP properties so that RDCB-SRV has a static IP address of 10.0.0.5. In addition, configure the DNS server by using the IP address of CONTOSO-DC (10.0.0.1).

  1. Log on to RDCB-SRV with the RDCB-SRV\Administrator account or another user account in the local Administrators group.

  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, click Network and Sharing Center, click Change adapter settings, right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Networking tab, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

  4. Click Use the following IP address. In the IP address box, type 10.0.0.5. In the Subnet mask box, type 255.255.255.0. In the Default gateway box, type 10.0.0.1.

  5. Click Use the following DNS server addresses. In the Preferred DNS server box, type 10.0.0.1.

  6. Click OK, and then close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

Next, join RDCB-SRV to the contoso.com domain.

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  2. Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.

  3. On the Computer Name tab, click Change.

  4. In the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box, under Member of, click Domain, and then type contoso.com.

  5. Click More, and in the Primary DNS suffix of this computer box, type contoso.com.

  6. Click OK, and then click OK again.

  7. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears prompting you for administrative credentials, provide the credentials for CONTOSO\Administrator, and then click OK.

  8. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears welcoming you to the contoso.com domain, click OK.

  9. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears telling you that the computer must be restarted, click OK, and then click Close.

  10. Click Restart Now.

Next, install the RD Connection Broker role service by using Server Manager.

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

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  3. Under the Roles Summary heading, click Add Roles.

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

  5. On the Select Server Roles page, select the Remote Desktop Services check box, and then click Next.

  6. On the Remote Desktop Services page, click Next.

  7. On the Select Role Services page, select the Remote Desktop Connection Broker check box, and then click Next.

  8. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, click Install.

  9. After the installation is complete, click Close.

Next, configure a digital certificate used to digitally sign the RDP file.

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection Manager. To open Remote Desktop Connection Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Connection Manager.

  2. Under the Virtual Desktops: Resources and Configuration heading, click Specify next to Digital Certificate.

  3. On the Digital Signature tab, select the Sign with a Digital Certificate check box.

  4. Click Select.

  5. In the Confirm Certificate dialog box, click the certificate that you want to use for signing the RDP files, and then click OK.

Finally, you must add the thumbprint of the certificate used to digitally sign the RDP file to the Default Domain Group Policy setting. This is required so that the trusted publisher warning dialog box is not shown to the user each time the personal virtual desktop is started.

  1. Log on to CONTOSO-DC as CONTOSO\Administrator.

  2. Open Group Policy Management. To open Group Policy Management, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Group Policy Management.

  3. Expand Forest: contoso.com, expand Domains, and then expand contoso.com.

  4. Right-click Default Domain Policy, and then click Edit.

  5. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Connection Client.

  6. Double-click Specify SHA1 thumbprints of certificates representing trusted .rdp publishers.

  7. Select the Enabled option.

  8. In the Comma-separated list of SHA1 trusted certificate thumbprints box, type the certificate thumbprint used to digitally sign the RDP file, and then click OK.

To configure the RD Web Access server by using Windows Server 2008 R2, you must:

  • Install Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Configure TCP/IP properties.

  • Join RDWA-SRV to the contoso.com domain.

  • Install the RD Web Access role service.

First, install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a stand-alone server.

  1. Start your computer by using the Windows Server 2008 R2 product CD.

  2. When prompted for a computer name, type RDWA-SRV.

  3. Follow the rest of the instructions that appear on your screen to finish the installation.

Next, configure TCP/IP properties so that RDWA-SRV has an IPv4 static IP address of 10.0.0.6.

  1. Log on to RDWA-SRV with the RDWA-SRV\Administrator account.

  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, click Network and Sharing Center, click Change adapter settings, right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Networking tab, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

  4. Click Use the following IP address. In the IP address box, type 10.0.0.6. In the Subnet mask box, type 255.255.255.0. In the Default gateway box, type 10.0.0.1.

  5. Click Use the following DNS server addresses. In the Preferred DNS server box, type 10.0.0.1.

  6. Click OK, and then close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

Next, join RDWA-SRV to the contoso.com domain.

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  2. Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.

  3. On the Computer Name tab, click Change.

  4. In the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box, under Member of, click Domain, and then type contoso.com.

  5. Click More, and in the Primary DNS suffix of this computer box, type contoso.com.

  6. Click OK, and then click OK again.

  7. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears prompting you for administrative credentials, provide the credentials for CONTOSO\Administrator, and then click OK.

  8. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears welcoming you to the contoso.com domain, click OK.

  9. When a Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears telling you that the computer must be restarted, click OK, and then click Close.

  10. Click Restart Now.

Finally, install the RD Web Access role service by using Server Manager.

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

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  3. Under the Roles Summary heading, click Add Roles.

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

  5. On the Select Server Roles page, select the Remote Desktop Services check box, and then click Next.

  6. On the Remote Desktop Services page, click Next.

  7. On the Select Role Services page, select the Remote Desktop Web Access check box.

  8. Review the information about adding Web Server (IIS) and the Remote Server Administration Tools, click Add Required Role Services, and then click Next.

  9. On the Web Server (IIS) page, click Next.

  10. On the Select Role Services page, click Next.

  11. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, click Install.

  12. After the installation is complete, click Close.

You have set up the Contoso domain. Now you can proceed to Step 2: Installing and Configuring Virtual Machines.

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