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I'm trying to get RDS services running on a clean install of Windows Server 2012.

I followed this example

The licensing server is activated, and CALs installed OK. Nothing is reporting errors.

But when a users tries to log in, the system does not issue a CAL.

Only the 2 administrative sessions are allowed.

The machine is a AD DC, but doesn't need to be. This server was intended to run in an isolated environment (of 1 server only) for users to log on and run our suite of applications.

What am I doing wrong, or what options do I have? I know hardly anything about Windows Servers.

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I did not install the RD Connection Broker Role, the previous link I posted details on how to set up without it. – Bob Florian May 31 '13 at 18:45
Aha, I see. I actually tried to do something very similar to this last week. When Server Manager complained about the Connection Broker role not being allowed on a Domain Controller, I decided to run the DC in a VM instead. That worked perfectly, and gave me full functionality. – Michael Hampton May 31 '13 at 18:51
With Essentials, you don't have virtualization rights though to do that. – Bob Florian May 31 '13 at 18:52
Good point. Though the price difference is so small that I think I'd just use Standard and not even consider Essentials for anything. – Michael Hampton May 31 '13 at 18:53
Yes, hindsight is 20/20. I would do that now, but it's already been purchased. Offtopic question, can I upgrade it? – Bob Florian May 31 '13 at 18:56
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can not install RDSH or Hyper-V on Windows server 2012 Essentials.

It's also dangerous to allow non-administrative users to remotely access an domain controller.

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