Friday, June 3, 2011

Allowing drive redirection in Windows Remote Desktop

If you have ever wanted to map a drive letter over a Remote Desktop session and have discovered that simply changing the drive redirection in the Remote Desktop client is insufficient, you may have to modify these settings at the server level.

  1. At the Run prompt, type gpedit.msc
  2. Expand the node for Computer Configuration
  3. Expand the node for Administrative Templates
  4. Expand the node for Windows Components
  5. Scroll down until you find the node for Terminal Services
  6. Beneath this node, you should find a node for Terminal Server-->Device and Resource Redirection
  7. After clicking on this node, you should find a set of group policies
  8. Amongst these group policies, look for the policy that states "Do not allow drive redirection"
  9. Open the policy by double clicking on it
  10. Select the radio button for Disabled and click the OK button
  11. Re-connect via the Remote Desktop client
  12. You should now see your local workstation drive letter mapped on the server!

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