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Installing TS Session Broker

Updated: March 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You must install the TS Session Broker role service on a server (running Windows Server 2008) that you want to use to track user session information for a load-balanced terminal server farm. The server where you install the TS Session Broker role service does not have to be a terminal server or have Remote Desktop enabled.

You can use a single TS Session Broker server to track user sessions across multiple farms because there is minimal performance overhead.

When you install the TS Session Broker role service, the following changes occur on the local computer:

  • The Terminal Services Session Broker service is installed. By default, the service is set to Started and to Automatic.

  • The Session Directory Computers local group is created.

The server where you install TS Session Broker must be a member of a domain.

noteNote
If you install the TS Session Broker role service on a domain controller, the Session Directory Computers group will be a domain local group and available on all domain controllers.

Membership in the local Administrators group is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

  1. Open Server Manager. To open Server Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  2. If the Terminal Services role is already installed:

    1. Under Roles Summary, click Terminal Services.

    2. Under Role Services, click Add Role Services.

    3. On the Select Role Services page, select the TS Session Broker check box, and then click Next.

    If the Terminal Services role is not already installed:

    1. Under Roles Summary, click Add Roles.

    2. On the Before You Begin page of the Add Roles Wizard, click Next.

    3. On the Select Server Roles page, select the Terminal Services check box, and then click Next.

    4. On the Terminal Services page, click Next.

    5. On the Select Role Services page, select the TS Session Broker check box, and then click Next.

  3. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, confirm that TS Session Broker is listed, and then click Install.

  4. On the Installation Results page, click Close.

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