Unable to save files on memory stick when using terminal server with redirected drives

Posted on 2006-04-23
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I enabled the option that local drives are redirected in Terminal Server.
When somebody is in remote desktop and opens My Computer he can see his local drives.
There are users who use memory sticks. These sticks get drive H: for example and is also available in Remote Desktop.
The problem is that users can open for example word documents from their memory stick in terminal server but when they try to save it again they get a errors like "drive is not available".
When I make a new document in Word and try to save it to the memory stick is works fine so the problem only occurs when saving a opened document again.

Anybody an idea what's wrong?
Question by:jerrisoft
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    I'm taking an educated guess at this, because I left my back-pack downstairs in my car which has a bunch of usb memory sticks in it... but am too lazy on a Sunday morning to go down to get it... so I haven't tested my postulation:

    The USB Drives are most likely formated as FAT instead of NTFS.  

    In order to change this, you will need to access the properties of that memory stick and select "Optimize for Performance" instead of "Optimize for Quick Removal".  This will now allow NTFS formatting, but users will need to be sure that they have either logged out of the local machine or they need to use the system tray icon to remove the drive.

    Also, make sure that users know they must insert the drive PRIOR to connecting to the Terminal Session in order for the drive to redirect properly.



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