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Windows Server 2012 R2 Workgroup RDS Role Installation

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For instructions with pictures see Server2012ForWorkgroups.pdf

See also: Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS Role Installation



Important: Installing the Remote Desktop Services role on Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 in a workgroup is not recommended. The Remote Desktop Services configuration tool is not accessible without being logged in as a domain user resulting in all configuration needing to be performed through the local group policy editor or PowerShell.


Installing the Remote Desktop Services Role

  1. Open the Server Manager and navigate to Dashboard and then Add Roles and Features
  2. Select role-based or feature-based installation.
  3. Select Remote Desktop Services from the list of available roles.
  4. In the Remote Desktop Services configuration select Remote Desktop Session Host and, if needed, Remote Desktop Licensing
  5. Reboot

Required Configuration

Disable the Requirement of Network Level Authentication

You will need to set the $ComputerName variable or substitute it for your computer name.

PS C:\>(Get-WmiObject -class "Win32_TSGeneralSetting" -Namespace root\cimv2\terminalservices -ComputerName $ComputerName -Filter "TerminalName='RDP-tcp'").SetUserAuthenticationRequired(0)