Server 2008 RD Connection broker - preferred server
Although I've now left education, I still think edugeek is the best support forum going, so here's a puzzler for you:
3 Server 2008 r2 servers.
ts-gateway - gateway service, session host (redirection mode), connection broker
ts01 - session host joined to connection broker farm
ts02 - session host joined to connection broker farm
users connect to ts-gateway and are redirected to an appropriate server based on the number of active sessions, or reconnected to an existing session. This works fine.
ts01 contains some apps that we don't have licenses for to be able to install on ts02.
1: What we would like to do is when members of g_managers (who need app on ts01) connect to the gateway, they are automatically directed to ts01. In event of TS01 failure they would be directed to TS02.
From what I can find it is impossible to set a preferred server in the gateway or connection broker services.
2: My next idea was to perhaps on ts01 have 2 network adapters, join nic1 to the cluster and leave nic2 separate. Have a different external address for managers to connect to, and then in the event of a server failure they would need to manually go to the connection broker farm. However, although I can create a separate RDP listener on the additional NIC the connection broker settings are not connection specific but correspond to the whole system.
3: Have all users connect to the ts_gateway and be redirected to whatever server is next, and then have a remote app on their redirected desktop to the specific program. The only concern with this is that in theory a user could then have sessions on each individual server.
Does anybody have any ideas on how to get options 1 or 2 working? I'm at a stage that I think option 3 is the only real option.