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Windows Azure Pack: Configuring Remote Desktop Gateway for VM Console Access

The free Windows Azure Pack (WAP) delivers the on-demand, self-service user interface from our Microsoft Azure public cloud platform to on-premises Private Clouds in your datacenter.  In a prior article, we walked through the steps of getting started with WAP by building the necessary components for a basic lab environment.  If you missed that article, be sure to use the link below to read it first, and then come back to this article to continue expanding your lab with additional functionality.

In this article, we’ll extend the original WAP lab environment with an additional VM that functions as a Remote Desktop Gateway.  This additional VM will provide us with the ability to connect to the virtual server console of VMs running in our Private Clouds, even if those VM’s are provisioned on isolated virtual networks.  As long as there’s physical network connectivity between the Remote Desktop Gateway, VMM Management Servers and Hyper-V hosts, we can securely extend remote console access to all VM’s.

WAP Architecture with Remote Desktop Gateway

Before we proceed with the configuration steps, let’s take a look at the revised architecture for our lab with the Remote Desktop Gateway added. 

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WAP Remote Console Architecture – Microsoft TechNet

Based on this architecture, here’s the steps that occur when using WAP to establish VM console access ...

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Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

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