Installing the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host Role Service

Published: May 26, 2010

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) is a Remote Desktop Services role service available in Windows Server 2008 R2. RD Virtualization Host is installed by using Server Manager. When the RD Virtualization Host role service is installed, Server Manager checks to see if Hyper-V is installed. If Hyper-V is not installed, Server Manager will install it.

The RD Virtualization Host server must meet the hardware requirements for the Hyper-V server role. For more information about Hyper-V hardware requirements, see

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

  1. On the computer on which you want to install the RD Virtualization Host role service, open Server Manager. To open Server Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. After the installation is complete, click Close.

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