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Configure Remote Desktop Gateway Settings for Virtual Desktops

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can specify whether users connect to virtual desktops by using Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway). These settings are applied when a user connects to a virtual desktop pool or a personal virtual desktop through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection. The RD Gateway settings apply to both virtual desktop pools and personal virtual desktops. You cannot apply different settings to virtual desktop pools and personal virtual desktops.

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These settings only apply to virtual desktop connections through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection. To configure RD Gateway settings for RemoteApp programs that are available through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, use the RemoteApp Manager tool on the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server that is hosting the RemoteApp programs. For more information, see the RemoteApp Manager Help in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Use the following procedure to configure the RD Gateway settings for virtual desktop connections by using the Remote Desktop Connection Manager tool.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Connection Broker server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To configure RD Gateway settings
  1. On the RD Connection Broker server, 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. In the left pane, click RD Virtualization Host Servers, and then on the Action menu, click Properties.

  3. In the Virtual Desktops Properties dialog box, on the RD Gateway Settings tab, configure the desired RD Gateway behavior. You can configure whether to automatically detect RD Gateway server settings, to use RD Gateway server settings that you specify, or to not use an RD Gateway server.

    If you select Automatically detect RD Gateway server settings, the client tries to use Group Policy settings to determine the behavior of client connections to RD Gateway.

    If you select Use these RD Gateway server settings, do the following:

    1. Configure the RD Gateway server name and the logon method.

      ImportantImportant
      The server name must match what is specified in the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate for the RD Gateway server.

    2. If you want the connection to try to use the same user credentials to access both the RD Gateway server and the virtual desktop, select the Use the same user credentials for RD Gateway and virtual desktops check box. However, users may still receive two prompts for credentials if conflicting credentials exist from any source such as Group Policy settings, and those credentials do not work. They may also receive two prompts for credentials if default credentials are used for the connection and those credentials do not work.

    3. If you want the client computer to automatically detect when RD Gateway is required, select the Bypass RD Gateway server for local addresses check box. (Selecting this option optimizes client performance.)

      To always use an RD Gateway server for client connections, clear the Bypass RD Gateway server for local addresses check box.

  4. When you are finished, click OK to close the Virtual Desktops Properties dialog box.

For more information about RD Gateway, see the Remote Desktop Services page on the Windows Server 2008 R2 TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140433).

For more information about Group Policy settings for Remote Desktop Services, see the Remote Desktop Services Technical Reference (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=138134).

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