Installing the Remote Desktop Connection Broker Role Service
Published: May 26, 2010
Updated: February 16, 2011
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2
You must install the RD Connection Broker role service on the server that you want to use to track user session information for a load-balanced RD Session Host server farm. The server where you install the RD Connection Broker role service does not have to be an RD Session Host server or have Remote Desktop enabled.
You can use a single RD Connection Broker server to track user sessions across multiple farms, as there is minimal performance overhead.
When you install the RD Connection Broker role service, the following changes occur on the local computer:
The Remote Desktop Connection Broker service is installed. By default, the service is set to Started and to Automatic.
The Session Broker Computers local group is created.
The Remote Desktop Connection Manager tool is installed.
Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477).
The server where you install RD Connection Broker must be a member of a domain.
If you install the RD Connection Broker role service on a domain controller, the Session Broker Computers group will be a domain local group and available on all domain controllers.
Install the Remote Desktop Connection Broker role service
To install the RD Connection Broker role service
On the computer on which you want to install the RD Connection Broker role service, open Server Manager. To open Server Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
Under Roles Summary, click Add Roles.
On the Before You Begin page, click Next.
On the Select Server Roles page, click the Remote Desktop Services check box, and then click Next.
On the Remote Desktop Services page, click Next.
On the Select Role Services page, select the Remote Desktop Connection Broker check box, and then click Next.
On the Confirm Installation Selections page, click Install.
After the installation is complete, click Close.