Configure TS Session Broker Settings by Using Terminal Services Configuration

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can configure a terminal server to join a farm in TS Session Broker, and to participate in TS Session Broker Load Balancing, by using Terminal Services Configuration.


The following steps are only applicable if the Terminal Server role service is installed.

Membership in the local Administrators group is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To configure TS Session Broker settings

  1. Start Terminal Services Configuration. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Terminal Services, and then click Terminal Services Configuration.

  2. In the Edit settings area, under TS Session Broker, double-click Member of farm in TS Session Broker.

  3. On the TS Session Broker tab, click to select the Join a farm in TS Session Broker check box.

  4. In the TS Session Broker server name or IP address box, type the name of the TS Session Broker server.


The TS Session Broker server is the server where you installed the TS Session Broker role service.

  1. In the Farm name in TS Session Broker box, type the name of the farm that you want to join in TS Session Broker.


TS Session Broker uses a farm name to determine which servers are in the same terminal server farm. You must use the same farm name for all servers that are in the same load-balanced terminal server farm. Although the farm name in TS Session Broker does not have to be registered in Active Directory Domain Services, it is recommended that you use the same name that you will use in DNS for the terminal server farm. (The terminal server farm name in DNS represents the virtual name that clients will use to connect to the terminal server farm.) If you type a new farm name, a new farm is created in TS Session Broker and the server is joined to the farm. If you type an existing farm name, the server joins the existing farm in TS Session Broker.

  1. To participate in TS Session Broker Load Balancing, select the Participate in Session Broker Load-Balancing check box.

  2. Optionally, in the Relative weight of this server in the farm box, modify the server weight. By default, the value is 100. The server weight is relative. Therefore, if you assign one server a value of 50, and one a value of 100, the server with a weight of 50 will receive half the number of sessions.

  3. Verify that you want to use IP address redirection. By default, the Use IP address redirection setting is enabled. If you clear the check box, the server switches to token redirection mode. For more information, see About TS Session Broker Redirection Modes.

  4. In the Select IP addresses to be used for reconnection box, click to select the check box next to each IP address that you want to use. When you select the IP addresses to use, consider the following:

    • Only the first selected IPv4 address will be used by clients that are running Remote Desktop Connection 5.2 and earlier.

    • Using IPv6 addresses is not recommended if the terminal server farm contains servers that are running Windows Server 2003.

  5. When you are finished, click OK.

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