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Remote Desktop Gateway

Published: January 8, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) is a role service that enables authorized remote users to connect to resources on an internal corporate or private network, from any Internet-connected device that can run the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client. The network resources can be Remote Desktop Session Host servers, virtual desktops, or computers with Remote Desktop enabled.

Aspects

The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

RD Gateway Server Availability

The Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) server must be available on the network, and the appropriate services must be running on the RD Gateway server. The Remote Desktop connection authorization policy (RD CAP) and the Remote Desktop resource authorization policy (RD RAP) stores must also be available, so that these policies can be evaluated to determine whether remote clients meet policy requirements. RD CAPs specify who can connect to an RD Gateway server. RD RAPs specify the internal network resources (computers) that clients can connect to through an RD Gateway server. If RD CAPs and RD RAPs are not available, the RD Gateway server will not be available for client connections.

RD Gateway Server Configuration

For remote clients to successfully connect to internal network resources (computers) through a Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) server, the RD Gateway server must be configured correctly. The RD Gateway server must be configured to use an appropriate Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)-compatible X.509 certificate, and authorization policy settings must be configured correctly. Remote Desktop connection authorization policies (RD CAPs) specify who can connect to the RD Gateway server. Remote Desktop resource authorization policies (RD RAPs) specify the internal network resources that clients can connect to through an RD Gateway server.

RD Gateway Server Connections

For remote clients to successfully connect to internal network resources (computers) through a Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) server, clients must meet the conditions specified in at least one Remote Desktop connection authorization policy (RD CAP) and Remote Desktop resource authorization policy (RD RAP). RD CAPs specify who can connect to an RD Gateway server and the authentication method that must be used. RD RAPs specify the computers that clients can connect to through an RD Gateway server.

Note: A limit can be set on the RD Gateway server to restrict the maximum number of simultaneous client connections.

Related Management Information

Remote Desktop Services

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