2008 TS to 2012 RDS

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FAQ: Migration: 2008 TS to 2012 RDS

FAQ: Migration: 2008 TS to 2012 RDS



Advise, or signpost, on the best practice for getting such a venture started, in terms of:


  • Upgrading licensing
  • Server components to install, and their distribution
  • Migration from 2008 to 2012 Terminal Services



Customers want to utilize some of the excellent features in Server 2012, in particular:


  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • NIC Teaming
  • Hyper-V



Some improvements on server 2012 RDS:

Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS): http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/05/09/windows-server-2012-remote-desktop-services-rds.aspx


1.           Upgrading licensing:

Based on my experience, to migrate the licensing server, please contact Microsoft Clearinghouse over the telephone for more assistance. License Server migration is an added feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. But in Windows Server 2008, please refer to the following article: The migration of your license server requires three stages. First, you must activate the new license server. Next, you need to deactivate the old server. Lastly, you need to move all the licenses from the old server to the new server. To do this, you will need to contact Microsoft Clearinghouse over the telephone. You should to be prepared with the paperwork for the original TS licenses, as this data needs to be provided to clearinghouse personnel. If the original paperwork is lost, then you need to contact your Microsoft TAM (Technical Account Manager) to obtain copies: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2009/03/06/migrating-a-windows-server-2003-license-server.aspx


2.           Server components to install, and their distribution

Some useful links for your reference: installing RDS, licensing server, Deploying Virtual Desktops:

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Quick Start Deployment for RemoteApp, Windows Server 2012 : http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2013/02/07/remote-desktop-services-rds-quick-start-deployment-for-remoteapp-windows-server-2012-style.

                   RD Licensing Configuration on Windows Server 2012:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2013/09/20/rd-licensing-configuration-on-windows-server-2012.aspx

                   Step-By-Step: Deploying Virtual Desktops with Windows Server 2012: http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2013/04/25/step-by-step-deploying-virtual-desktops-with-windows-server-2012.aspx


3.           Migration from 2008 to 2012 Terminal Services

Windows Server® 2008 R2 RDS role services cannot be migrated to Windows Server 2012, however an existing WS2008 R2 RDSH deployment can be integrated into a Windows Server 2012 RDS deployment. The Windows Server 2012RDWA server can be configured to point to an existing Windows Server 2008 R2 RDSH farm. Desktops and RemoteApp programs published on the Windows Server® 2008 R2 RDSH farm can be accessed from a Windows Server 2012 RDWA server. Please refer to the following article:

Migration Guide for RDS WS2008 R2 RDSH farm to WS2012 RDS Deployments: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/17021.migration-guide-for-rds-ws2008-r2-rdsh-farm-to-ws2012-rds-deployments.aspx

Remote Desktop Services Migration Guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff849223(v=ws.10).aspx



More information for you : Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form):




Best regards,
Watson Wang

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