Install the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host Role Service

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) is a Remote Desktop Services role service available in Windows Server 2008 R2. RD Virtualization Host is installed by using Server Manager. When the RD Virtualization Host role service is installed, Server Manager checks to see if Hyper-V is installed. If Hyper-V is not installed, Server Manager will install it.


The RD Virtualization Host server must meet the hardware requirement for the Hyper-V server role. For more information about Hyper-V hardware requirements, see

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

To install the RD Virtualization Host role service by using Server Manager

  1. Open Server Manager. To open Server Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  2. Expand Roles, and then click Remote Desktop Services.

  3. Under Role Services, click Add Role Services.

  4. Select the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host check box, and then click Next. If Hyper-V is not installed on this computer, Server Manager will install it automatically.

  5. Click Install.

  6. When the installation is finished, click Close.

For more information about installing and configuring the RD Virtualization Host role service, see the RD Virtualization Host Step-by-Step Guide (

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