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Remote Desktop WEB CONNECTION and Drive Redirection

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When I use Remote Desktop with "Drive Redirection" turned on (options > Local Resources > Local Devices), I can see all the drives of the client computer. No problem here.

However, if I connection thru' Remote Desktop WEB CONNECTION I can't see the drives of the client computer. All I can see are the drives of the host computer. According to MS and many others "Drive Redirection" is ENabled by default for Remote Desktop WEB CONNECTION. So how come I can't see the local drives on the client computer?

According to one article I've found I should able to configure the Web Connection dialog box just as I would with the "regular" Remote Desktop Connection dialog box. But the "Options" tab there only hide/unhide the "Shutdown" button and lacks all the other options.

"Audio Redirection" and Clipboard Redirection" still work by default though.

I did find one page on the web which, IN CONTRAST TO WHAT MS SAYS, states that "Drive Redirection" is not supported via Remote Desktop WEB CONNECTION.

So who is right and what's the deal?

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by:jasbor
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Something to check:

In the user setup (right click my computer/manage)
Choose Local User/Groups
Pick a user. Under the terminal services tabs (and I think there are 2 or 3 of them) There are 3 check boxes. I think one is to reverse map the driver, printers, and I cant remember the other. I would check to see if you have these checked. From a local lan when you connect, these check boxes are put of the RDP (or ICA if using Citrix) client setup. If you are not using local users on the terminal server, you might have to check the user profile on the PDC or AD (active directory) servers.
Hope this helps.
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falcon2000 earned 0 total points
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Thanks for answer but I've just got the solution from a users at the MS Newsgroup.

It turns out that in contrast to the MS documents that I have seen "Drive Redirection" is NOT enabled by default for WEB CONNECTION.

When Web Connection is installed, Windows put a default.htm in C:\. This is the page you a remote user will use to log on the XP host. To enable "Drive Redirection" I need to enable "Drive Redirection' by editing the following in the default.htm:

MsRdpClient.AdvancedSettings2.RedirectDrives     = FALSE
change FALSE to TRUE.

I'm new here (2nd posting) so I don't know how to close this thread now the problem is solved. Plus, do I still grade the reply? And how about my points?
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