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Deploying Remote Desktop Connection Broker

Published: May 26, 2010

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker) supports session load balancing and session reconnection in a load-balanced RD Session Host server farm. RD Connection Broker is also used to provide users access to RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.

If a user is assigned and requests a remote desktop, RD Connection Broker redirects the user to the appropriate session. If the virtual machine is not turned on, RD Virtualization Host turns on the virtual machine and then connects the user. If the user is connecting to a shared virtual desktop pool, RD Connection Broker first checks to see if the user has a disconnected session in the pool. If the user has a disconnected session, they are reconnected to that virtual machine. If the user does not have a disconnected session, a virtual machine in that pool is dynamically assigned to the user, if one is available.

The Remote Desktop Services Deployment Guide provides steps for deploying the following Remote Desktop Services designs:

  • Remote Desktop Services with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

  • Remote Desktop Services with session-based desktops

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