Add an Additional RDP License to Windows Server 2012 R2

This article describes how to add Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) licenses to Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2.


You should promote the server to a Domain Controller. See Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2012.


This task does not fall within the Windows Spheres of Support for Dedicated and Managed Operations.

Add the Remote Services Desktop role

Perform the following steps to add the Remote Desktop Services role:

  1. Navigate to Server Manager > Manage > Add roles and features and click Next.

  2. Select Remote Desktop Services installation > quick start > Session-based Desktop Deployment and continue with the defaults.

  3. Select the reboot option on the last screen and click Deploy.

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