August 31, 2016

Redirecting the root RDS Web Access URL to the login screen

The root RDS Web Access URL (e.g. does not redirect to the RDS login screen by default in a Windows Server 2012R2 RDS farm setup. Thankfully, there is a simple change in Microsoft IIS to enable this functionality.

In the IIS Manager on each RDS Web Access server in your farm, select “Default Web Site” from the left pane, and select “HTTP Redirect” from the “Default Web Site Home” pane.

RDS Web Access Redirect

Check “Redirect requests to this destination:” and enter Check “Only redirect requests to content is this directory (not subdirectories)” and set the “Status code” dropdown to Found (302).

RDS Web Access Redirect

The root URL should now redirect to the RDS Web Access login page.

August 30, 2016

Highly-available Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Farm diagram

I stood up my first Microsoft Remote Desktop Services several months ago, with a great deal of help from TheWolfBlog’s great guide.

One thing I didn’t have when I started my work was a good illustration of how the final highly-available infrastructure would look. I’ve included an image of a sample setup below, and I hope it benefits someone.

In the image below, the firewalls represent load balancers.

Highly-Available RDS Farm