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How can I use USB devices over terminal services?

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I want to be able to use a card reader, bar code scanner, signature pad and receipt printer over terminal services.  They are all USB devices.  I want to run the software that takes the input from these devices on a remote server.  I have them all plugged in and all the drivers installed and they work localy but when connecting to a TS server I can see any of the devices or a way to make them available to the remote TS server.  Any ideas?
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You will probably have to install the devices directly on the TS first so that it has the drivers, as the software also runs on the server.
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With the exception of disk drives, printers and serial ports I don't think you can. The only option for local devices in Remote Desktop is in the Local Resources>Local Devices. If you wanted to use a USB scanner for example I don't think you'd be able to unless the scanner software allowed for network scanning. What sort of device are you trying to make work?
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To the best of my knowledge USB devices will only be supported when using the new TS/RDP client ver 6, and when running Vista and Longhorn. Not all USB devices will work, but it does support most "plug and play devices" and "Drives that I connect to later".
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The best solution I could find was USB over TCP/IP which I will be testing this week.
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I have no objection to refunding points as it seems sentiensx has found a solution to the problem where no one else was able to, however it would be appreciated if you would provide a link or some details to USB over TCP as it could help someone else in the future and provide some additional knowledge to those who participated in the question.
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