Terminal Services Deployment Guide

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Deploying Terminal Services in your Windows Server® 2008 environment provides technologies that enable users to access Windows®-based programs that are installed on a terminal server, or to access the full Windows desktop. By using Terminal Services, users can access a terminal server from within a corporate network or from the Internet.

Terminal Services enables you to efficiently deploy and maintain software in an enterprise environment from a central location. Because you install the programs on the terminal server and not on the client computer, programs are easier to upgrade and to maintain.


In Windows Server 2008 R2, Terminal Services was renamed Remote Desktop Services. To find out what's new in this version and to find the most up-to-date resources, visit the Remote Desktop Services page on the Windows Server TechCenter.

About this guide

This guide is intended for use by system administrators and system engineers who are responsible for deploying the Terminal Services role services and features. It provides detailed guidance for deploying a Terminal Services design that is preselected by you, an infrastructure specialist, or a system architect in your organization.

For related information about Terminal Services, visit the Terminal Services page on the Windows Server 2008 TechCenter.

In this guide

Role Services and Features in a Terminal Services Deployment

Deploying Terminal Server

Deploying TS Licensing

Deploying TS Session Broker

Deploying TS Gateway

Deploying TS RemoteApp

Deploying TS Web Access

Deploying Terminal Services Printing