In the last post we setup the RD connection broker HA to add additional resilience to the RDS deployment. In this post we are going to create and configure RDS collection.
To create a collection go to
Server Manager > Remote Desktop Services > Collections
Click on tasks and Create Session Collection
Give the collection and Name
Select the required session hosts that will be used for this collection
Add user group that will have access I have left as domain users but this can be change to any security group to restrict access
In this setup we wont be using server profile disk but if this is required just enable and select a network location to save the VHDX user disks for the users profiles
Click next and confirm all setting are correct continue with the deployment
Once this is completed we can now see the collection
Next step is to configure the session collection settings.
Select the collection and go to task Edit Properties
First tab is just for changing the Name, adding a description and showing the session collection in RD web access
Second tab is for user / groups that will have access to the specific collection
Security allow you to change the security layer and encryption level. The default is negotiate (This will use the most secure layer that is supported by the client. ) and client compatible (This encrypt’s to the max strength that the client supports.)
To change session time out go to session. I am going to end disconnected sessions after 3 hours, never disconnect active sessions and set idle session limit to 3 hours
Load Balancing can be changed to session limits or prioritize one server over another by change Relative weight value or Session Limit value. In this case we will leave the defaults
Allow or deny redirction of local resource to the RDS session host ie Audio devices, local disk, printer .etc
The last tab is to enable or disable user profile disk and specify network location and setting to be save to the profile disk.
Once the collection is created and all setting are configured, we should now see the collection show in the RD web page.
click on the collection to launch the session and you should see the connection broker HA DNS address show as the connection address on the RDP session
In part 4, we will look at customizing the RDS web page and deploying the RDS licencing role.