Deploy Windows 2016 RDS with PowerShell

Please refer to the steps below on how to deploy Windows 2016 RDS with PowerShell

Lab Machine (VM) prepared
* Windows 2016 RDS Server (All in One) – MDT-RDS.mymdt.local (

  1. Enable RDS Role from 1 of the Windows 2012R2/2016 Domain Joined Server
Import-Module RemoteDesktop

New-RDSessionDeployment -ConnectionBroker MDT-RDS.mymdt.local -WebAccessServer MDT-RDS.mymdt.local -SessionHost MDT-RDS.mymdt.local -Verbose
#VERBOSE: The deployment was successful.

You will get the followng error message if you run the above PowerShell Script locally on the RDS Server

  1. Restart the RDS Server
  1. Enable RDS Licensing Server on MDT-RDS Server and do NOT point the RDS Session Host to the Licensing Server for now
#RDS Licensing Server
Add-WindowsFeature -Name RDS-Licensing, RDS-Licensing-UI
  1. We are using Trial License in this lab – RDS Session Host will have 120 Days Grace Period prior pointing to RDS Licensing Server

You can check how many days remaining for your Grace Period with

wmic /namespace:\\root\CIMV2\TerminalServices PATH Win32_TerminalServiceSetting WHERE (__CLASS !="") CALL GetGracePeriodDays

  1. Create Session Collection for RDS Session Host – Pooled Desktop Session called UAT with Description

A Session Collection holds the apps and desktops you want to make available to users. pooled desktop sessions or personal desktop sessions can be configured

New-RDSessionCollection –CollectionName UAT –SessionHost MDT-RDS.mymdt.local –CollectionDescription “UAT for Session Host” –ConnectionBroker MDT-RDS.mymdt.local

There is several options that you can configured for Session Collection, for instance assigned multiple users group to access to this Session Collection

$UserGroup [email protected]("MYMDT\Domain Users","MYMDT\Administrator")
Set-RDSessionCollectionConfiguration -CollectionName UAT -UserGroup $UserGroup

Please refer to the link below for detail configuration availble with PowerShell

  1. Publish Application to the Session Collection for users to access

Check the availble Application availbles in RDS Host

Get-RDAvailableApp -CollectionName UAT

DisplayName                    FilePath                                                          CommandLineArguments
-----------                    --------                                                          --------------------
Windows Defender               C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe                                         
Task Manager                   C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe                                   /7                  
Google Chrome                  C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe                           
Brackets                       C:\Program Files (x86)\Brackets\Brackets.exe                                 

Publish WordPad & Caculator

New-RDRemoteapp -Alias WordPad -DisplayName WordPad -FilePath "C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe" `
-ShowInWebAccess 1 -CollectionName "UAT" -ConnectionBroker MDT-RDS.mymdt.local

New-RDRemoteapp -Alias Calculator -DisplayName Calculator -FilePath "C:\Windows\system32\win32calc.exe" `
-ShowInWebAccess 1 -CollectionName "UAT" -ConnectionBroker MDT-RDS.mymdt.local
  1. Login RDS Web via with Domain\USERNAME and Password

WordPad & Caculator are published

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