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Create and Configure Virtual Machines on an RD Virtualization Host Server

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

To create and configure virtual machines on a Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) server, use the Hyper-V Manager tool. For more information about creating virtual machines by using the Hyper-V Manager tool, see the Hyper-V Getting Started Guide.

Configure the operating system on the virtual machine

The virtual machines that users access through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection can be running any of the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP.


The name of the virtual machine in the Hyper-V Manager tool must match the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the computer.

After you have created the virtual machine and installed an operating system, you must configure the operating system of the virtual machine so that it can be used as a virtual desktop in RemoteApp and Desktop Connection. You must do the following:

  • Join the computer to an Active Directory domain.

  • Enable Remote Desktop.

  • Configure the local Remote Desktop Users group. Each user who needs access to the virtual machine must be a member of the local Remote Desktop Users group.

  • Add the computer account for the RD Virtualization Host server to the local Administrators group.

  • Install the latest integration services for Hyper-V. For more information, see the Hyper-V Getting Started Guide. Windows 7 includes the latest integration services for Hyper-V.

  • Configure Windows Firewall to allow an exception for Remote Desktop and Remote Service Management.

  • Set the value for the registry entry AllowRemoteRPC to 1. This registry entry is located in the following subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server.

For more information about configuring virtual machines to be used with RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, see

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