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How to install Terminal Server in Server 2008


A default installation of Windows Server 2008 allows upto 2 concurrent RDP connections, for the administration of the server.  If you require more connections than this, then you'll need to install Terminal Server.  This article outlines the steps involved.

Install Terminal Server

  1. Go to Start > Server Manager.
  2. Choose Roles from the left pane, and then click Add Roles.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Choose Terminal Services and click Next, and then Next again.
  5. In the Select Role Services page, select Terminal Server and TS Licensing.
  6. Click Next, and then Next again.
  7. Select Require Network Level Authentication.
  8. Select Per User (or whatever your license dictates).
  9. Add some Users or User Groups.
  10. Leave the default discovery scope.
  11. Read the summary details and click Install.

The server will now require a reboot, and you should (after a short while) get the Installation succeeded screen.

Activate Terminal Server

  1. Go to Start > Administrative Tools > Terminal Services > TS Licensing Manager.
  2. Right-click on your server and choose Activate Server.
  3. Choose Automatic connection and click Next.
  4. Enter your company information details and click Next.

If you deselect Start Install Wizard now, then your TS Licensing server is now activated.  Otherwise carry on and enter your Licensing details.

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