With SBS 2008 if you wanted a Terminal Server to be listed with the computers to which a user could select on the RWW (Remote Web Workplace) page, you had to add a registry entry. With SBS 2011 adding the Terminal server (now called RDS or Remote Desktop Services Server) to the new RWA (Remote Web Access) page is pretty much the same only the key in which you create the entry doesn’t exist, so it is now a two step process.

Note: This will not work on Server 2012 Essentials, and because it and SBS 2011 Essentials communicate with the same “connector”, I suspect it will not work on it either.  The change is intended for SBS 2011 Standard, or edit the existing key on SBS 2008 Standard or Premium.

Update:  Should you be looking for information regarding adding a 2012 RDS Server (Remote Desktop Server / Terminal Server)  to an SBS 2008/2011 domain, please see the following more recent post: https://blog.lan-tech.ca/2013/04/11/add-2012-rds-server-to-sbs-20082011/

The normal warnings apply: making changes to the registry can negatively impact your server or even make it unusable. Before making changes to the registry, back it up and if not familiar with making registry changes it might be best not to proceed.

Open the registry editor, as a domain admin, and locate the following key:


  1. Add a new key named RemoteUserPortal
  2. Within that key create a new Multi-String Value entry named TsServerNames Then edit the new entry and insert as a value, the exact name of your Terminal (RDS) server. If you have multiple RDS servers add them each in a separate line of the value/data area.

Comments on: "Add a Terminal Server to the SBS 2011 RWA page" (9)

  1. My bro bookmarked this webpage for me and I have been reading through it for the past couple hrs. This is really going to benefit me and my friends for our class project. By the way, I enjoy the way you write.

  2. Alexander Goodside said:

    What if the registry entry doesn’t exist?

    • If the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer key is missing you have much bigger problems as this contains many sub keys critical to Small Business Server operation. Make sure you are looking in the SBS registry and not on the terminal server registry. The key only exists on an SBS server, but should be present on any version of SBS.

  3. I currently have a SBS2011 and we are concidering setting up (2) server 2008 r2 servers for RDS services in a farm so that users can have access them from remote locations to access applications. Do you know if that will work using the SBS 2011 as the web access / gateway / license server?

    • Hi Dave.
      Yes you can add as many Terminal/RDS servers as you like to the SBS Domain. All will show up in the Remote Web Access web page, all can use the same TS/RDS Gateway, all can be accessed with the RDP client and the TS Gateway option, and you can make the SBS the TS/RDS licensing server. My preference is to make the SBS the TS/RDS licensing server as it is usually backed up every night. If you install the licensing server on another server and it is lost, it is a lengthy process to rebuild and re-install the licenses as Microsoft Clearing House has to be called.

      However, might you be planning to configure automatic assignment of RDS servers to the clients using the session host (Network Load Balancing)? I believe it should work fine in an SBS environment, but I am not familiar with doing so as it is not a common SBS size network configuration. Prior to Server 2012 (probably has changed with 2012) the RDS servers had to be Enterprise Editions, but I do not believe the RDS Gateway and Session Host had to be. I do suspect though that a NLB configuration would affect the Remote Web Access and quite possibly the use of the certificate.

  4. Chris Shannahan said:

    I just want to add an RDP session to a server that isn’t on my SBS Domain, will this work for me? I just want t link to RDP to our network monitoring server, the same as it shows other servers on our domain in the remote access page.

  5. Hi There,
    I have added the keys as you mentionend. That did work for my Terminal Server running 2003. But the Terminal Server on 2008 are not shown in the Remote Web Workplace. Any ideas?

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