Virtual Desktops theory questions

Help me please clarify several questions on Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual remote desktop  infrastructure.
Having read the following artcile
"The Remote Desktop Connection Broker role service is really the brains of the VDI environment. It communicates with and controls the other components, working particularly closely with the Remote Desktop Session Host in redirection mode, which
is why the Remote Desktop Connection Broker and Remote Desktop Session Host
in redirection mode are frequently placed on the same OS instance. However, when you start having more than 250 simultaneous connections, you might need to consider breaking the roles onto separate servers.
Remote Desktop Session Host in Redirection Mode
The concept of using a Remote Desktop Session Host in redirection mode isn’t new.
Remote Desktop Virtualization Host
The Remote Desktop Virtualization Host role service is installed on any Hyper-V host that will be participating in a VDI pool. This role service lets the Remote Desktop Connection Broker
role service communicate with the Hyper-V hosts, start and stop VMs, and gather internal information to enable client connections."
...I've concluded that RDSH and RDVH are the two separate roles that can be (and should be - according to the Figure1 !) installed onto the two separate OS instances (RDCB + RDSH in Redirection mode on one server and the RDVH on the other).
But when it comes to deploying VDI in practice I don't see how it's possible to separate RDSH in Redirection mode and RDVH services. Moreover, if we look at the following  screenshots...
...we'll see that on step 1 Add the Roles and features wizard "wants" to deploy the
RDSH service while on step 3 the RDSH service transforms to the
RDHV service.
Q1) What does this service transformation means?
Q2) Is it possible to have RDSH in Redirection mode and
RDVH services on separate servers in Win2012?
Q3) Is it possible when using pooled virtual desktop collection to set, for example, 2 cores per virtual desktops wich based on Template1 and 1 core per virtual desktops based on Template2?
Thank you in advance,

"With RDSH, you will get RemoteApp, the "terminal sessions". Have you been around during Windows
Server 2003 Tarminal Server? That´s it, but with additional RDWeb. RDSH is pretty much the same as Citrix XenApp overall." -
yes, I understand.
"You can setup VDI infra with only one server, you will need
RDVH, RDWeb and RDConnector roles, that´s all. You don´t need RDSH role for running VDI.  -
I'm agree... but if I have VDI up and running without RDSH why its item is present on Deployment Overview diagram???  Can't find corresponding documentation anywhere... :(

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