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I've just started working with Server 2012 and I'm stuck trying to get Remote Desktop Services installed. My server is in a virtual machine and there is no active directory domain. I recall that with Server 2008 R2 it was possible to install RDS in a workgroup. Has this changed with 2012?

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If you are doing a scenario-based deployment, all affected servers need to be in the same domain. This will not work in a workgroup.

I must admit I have not tried installing the roles individually and configuring them manually. This may not work anymore ...

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Seems like MS have changed it in 2012, so you cannot install RDSH standalone in a workgroup :(

Similar question that was answered on MS forum

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Start button... workgroup RDSH. Who needs those anyways! –  floyd Sep 17 '12 at 1:26

Have a look at the following Article

Deploying a RDSH Server in a Workgroup - RDS 2012 R2


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