Checklist: Create a Load-Balanced Terminal Server Farm by Using TS Session Broker

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

With a load-balanced terminal server farm, you can scale the performance of a single terminal server by distributing Terminal Services sessions across multiple servers. You can configure a load-balanced farm by using the TS Session Broker Load Balancing feature, Network Load Balancing (NLB), or a third-party solution. TS Session Broker also enables a user to reconnect to their existing session in a load-balanced terminal server farm.

This checklist shows the steps that are required to create and configure a load-balanced terminal server farm by using TS Session Broker Load Balancing.


The TS Session Broker Load Balancing feature is only supported on terminal servers that are running Windows Server 2008.

Task Reference

Install the TS Session Broker role service on the server that you want to use to track user sessions for a farm.

Install the TS Session Broker Role Service

Add the terminal servers in the farm to the Session Directory Computers local group on the TS Session Broker server.

Add Each Terminal Server in the Farm to the Session Directory Computers Local Group

Configure the terminal servers in the farm to join a farm in TS Session Broker, and to participate in TS Session Broker Load Balancing.

Configure a Terminal Server to Join a Farm in TS Session Broker

Configure DNS round robin entries for terminal servers in the farm.

Configure DNS for TS Session Broker Load Balancing

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