Manage Remote Desktop Services

Practice Labs Module
Time
1 hour
Difficulty
Intermediate

Introduction Welcome to the Manage Remote Desktop Services Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills Learning Outcomes In this module, you will complete the following exercises: Exercise 1 - Prepare System Prerequisites for Remote Desktop Services Exercise 2 - Install ...

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Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Manage Remote Desktop Services Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Prepare System Prerequisites for Remote Desktop Services
  • Exercise 2 - Install Remote Desktop Services
  • Exercise 3 - Configure Remote Desktop Gateway Clients

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Install Active Directory Certificate Services for RD Gateway host
  • Configure guest virtual machines to connect to the lab domain
  • Install Remote Desktop Services and selecting Session-based desktops
  • Install and configure Remote Desktop Gateway service
  • Request server certificate for RD Gateway
  • Bind server certificate for RD Gateway server
  • Configure Windows Firewall to allow File and Printer Sharing to ensure RD clients can copy RD - Gateway server certificate
  • Add Windows client to the lab domain to ensure successful connection to RDS
  • Import RD Gateway certificate to the client computer
  • Bind server certificate for RD Gateway server
  • Verify connectivity of Windows client to RD Gateway server

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand remote access - Remote Desktop Services, licensing, RD Gateway

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 90 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Prepare System Prerequisites for Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services known as Terminal Services in earlier Windows versions is a server service where network users share the same operating system version and applications running in the server. The server is typically called an RD Session Host. Thin clients, legacy Windows devices are provided a newer Windows OS version and applications without the necessary hardware upgrades as RDS use the computing resources of the RD Session Host. Software installation, updates, and configuration are performed on the RDS server, not on the user workstation.

In this task, you will install Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) which is a requirement for setting up an RD Gateway host. Since Remote Desktop Services will impact your connection to the lab devices, you will instead be using the guest virtual machines in a Hyper-V host.

Exercise 2 - Install Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a Windows server role that allows users to remotely access the graphical Windows desktop and applications from devices running earlier Windows versions and computers with minimal computing power known as thin clients. RDS can build solutions such as virtualized applications, secure mobile and remote desktop access that allow users to run applications and desktops regardless of their geographical location.

Depending on your organization’s network infrastructure and policies, Windows Server 2016 RDS can be set up for session-based virtualization or as virtual desktop infrastructure.

Session-based desktop - is an RDS variant that leverage the system resources of Windows Server to provide a multi-session environment to address users’ everyday computing workloads.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) - is a term that describes users connecting to a full desktop operating system remotely. The desktop could be a physical computer or a virtual machine (VM). VDI is a centralized desktop delivery technology. VDI is used to store and run desktop workloads that include a full Windows client OS and applications, corporate data in a server-based virtual machine.

In this exercise, you will install Remote Desktop Services and setup Session-based desktops. Other Remote Desktop Services features such as RD Gateway, and Licensing servers will likewise be installed.

Exercise 3 - Configure Remote Desktop Gateway Clients

In the previous exercises, you have successfully configured the required system settings to ensure Remote Desktop Services (including other RD features) and Remote Desktop Gateway will be functional and accept incoming connection requests from Windows clients.

Windows operating systems use the Remote Desktop Connection tool or mstsc.exe to connect to Remote Desktop Services. As an alternative to mstsc.exe, you can use a standard web browser to connect to RDS as this role includes RD Web Access,

In this exercise, you will prepare the prerequisites to ensure that RD clients can successfully connect to the Remote Desktop Services.

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