Install and Configure Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2012 Step by Step

Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access), formerly Terminal Services Web Access (TS Web Access), enables users to access RemoteApp and Desktop Connection through the Start menu on a computer that is running Windows 7 or through a Web browser. RemoteApp and Desktop Connection provides a customized view of RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops to users.

Additionally, RD Web Access includes Remote Desktop Web Connection, which enables users to connect remotely from a Web browser to the desktop of any computer where they have Remote Desktop access.

When a user starts a RemoteApp program, a Remote Desktop Services session is started on the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server that hosts the RemoteApp program. If a user connects to a virtual desktop, a remote desktop connection is made to a virtual machine that is running on a Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) server.

To provide users access to RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, you must configure RD Web Access to specify the source that provides the RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops that are displayed to users. You can configure RD Web Access to use either of the following:

  • Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker) server
  • RemoteApp source

An RD Connection Broker server provides users access to virtual desktops hosted on RD Virtualization Host servers and to RemoteApp programs hosted on RD Session Host servers. To configure the RD Connection Broker server, use the Remote Desktop Connection Manager tool. For more information, see the Remote Desktop Connection Manager Help in Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information about RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, see the Remote Desktop Services page on the Windows Server 2008 R2 TechCenter (

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This manual is provided for educational purpose only for deployment in production environment please do consult with your network and system administrators, engineers and consultants.