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Create a Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Session Host

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Background:  This article will detail how to deploy an RDS Desktop on CloudConnect. To deploy an RDS Desktop this way, you will need to have a Domain Controller in either a PrivateDomain or an mspCloud architecture. RDS Desktops use the standard RDP protocol to connect.

CloudConnect streamlines the processes of deployment, provisioning, and management of infrastructure to simplify the responsibilities for the IT provider. 


Log in to your vCloud Director instance using an administrator account.


Navigate to the Domain Controller for the domain you'd like to provision a new RDS Desktop on.

Under "Actions", select "Insert Media".

Search for and select the utility "DesktopDeploymentWizard", and click "Insert".

Note: Always use the most recent version of DesktopDeploymentWizard.

Open either a Web Console or a VMRC to access the VM, and open the File Explorer and navigate to the utility.

Run the utility, and select the option to add a new desktop group to an Existing Organization

Select the End User Organization you wish to deploy the the Desktop Host to and provide a name, and then choose the Operating System your new Virtual Machine will be running.

Choose which features you'd like your new VM to have, and choose the Storage Policy to be associated with the VM, and click Deploy!

As the VM is deployed, feel free to create user accounts if you need to. This setup phase will take about 20 minutes.

Confirm the utility completed successfully.

Once the setup is complete, you should see the VM in the container you specified. From here, you can configure the VM further if you need to.

Lastly, remove the utility from the Virtual Machine.

Congratulations, you're done!