RDS load balancing broker placement

dirkdigs 896 Reputation points

i am deploying a 3 hosts rds cluster (server 2019)
I am just checking for broker placement?
i dont really want to burn a server license just for the broker.
can the broker service be placed on the backup dc?

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  1. Leila Kong 3,676 Reputation points

    Hello @dirkdigs ,

    Thanks for your query.

    1. A configuration that does not use the RD Connection Broker role service provides desktop sessions to users based on the number of Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) that are installed on the server.

    2.There are no licensing requirements for the Broker. RDS licensing is handled by the License Server, and that's where your RDS CALs get applied.
    License your RDS deployment with client access licenses (CALs) : https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/rds-client-access-license

    3.Cannot connect to RDS because no RD Licensing servers are available: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-server/remote/cannot-connect-rds-no-license-server

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  2. dirkdigs 896 Reputation points

    Does the broker service require it's own dedicated server?
    Can i deploy this on my backup domain controller? (server 2019)
    is there any conflicts? What is Best practices?

  3. Leila Kong 3,676 Reputation points

    Hello @dirkdigs ,

    1.Does the broker service require it's own dedicated server? No
    2.Can i deploy this on my backup domain controller? (server 2019)? No
    3.is there any conflicts? What is Best practices?
    We don't recommend you install RDCB on backup DC.
    RDS 2012 Connection Broker Role not supported on DC: https://ryanmangansitblog.com/2013/04/16/rds-2012-connection-broker-role-not-supported-on-dc/

  4. dirkdigs 896 Reputation points

    we are using server 2019 you are talking about server 2012 - is it the same ?