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How do I see my local drive on Windows 2000 network server?

I'm trying to install some software from my local CDRom on to a Windows server 2003 via remote desktop. I want to be able to see my local CD-ROM drive on this server. How is this done?

I've attached a screenshot to show you how this was setup before by someone else.  The screenshot is of Windows 2003 server with my A: and D: drive shown.  Please tell me how I can do this.

Thanks!
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Microsoft Server OSRemote AccessWindows Server 2003

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Rob Williams

8/22/2022 - Mon
Rob Williams

When you start the remote desktop connection client click on options, then local resources and you will see the option to connect local drives and or printers.
These will show up as X: on Serverabc
If the option is grayed out it is controlled by Group Policy.
This works fine if you are on a LAN, but if connecting over the Internet, though it will work it is extremely slow.
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webmonkey8

Hello RobWill,

thanks for your reply.  However, is there away I could get it setup like the screenshot?  
Rob Williams

Maybe I am not understanding the question. It will show in that exact same My Computer Window, on the 2003, but as another drive. It's just the labeling that will be different. Instead of showing CD Drive (D): it will show something like CD Drive (D) on Server1:
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Rob Williams

As an example see the attached screen shot.
MyComputer.GIF
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webmonkey8

Hi RobWill,

I can do this (shown in your screenshot). I'm just wondering if I can have my CD-Rom drive be pointed to my local PC's CD-Rom.  But in any case, your solution work for me to get things installed.
Rob Williams

>>"I'm just wondering if I can have my CD-Rom drive be pointed to my local PC's CD-Rom"

In the example above I connected from a PC (Office2) to a Windows 2003 server using remote desktop. The DVD-RW Drive (R) is the CD/DVD on the server, and the R on OFFICE2 is the CD on my PC (Office2).  Is that not what you are trying to achieve? This way you can insert a disk in your PC to install or copy to the server directly.
As mentioned though, if this is over an Internet connection I would not recommend installing an application in this way due to the slow speed. Over a local network it works very well.
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webmonkey8

Yes, I'm on a local network and yes this is what I'm trying to achieve.  However, when I insert the CD in my drive and try to install it from the server, I get a network error.  

At the cmd prompt, I typed in \\mycomputername\d$, and it did get my CD-Rom drive window so I can install the software.  This enabled me to install the software successfully, however.  

I'm just wondering if there are other ways around this.
Rob Williams

To confirm, you are able to have the local CD ROM show in My Computer but you get an network path not found error when you try to access it?
If so I wonder if it has to do with it being Widows 2000.
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webmonkey8

Yes, that is correct.
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Rob Williams

Very odd, especially where \mycomputername\d$ works.

Perhaps the best bet would be to just add it as a mapped drive. It will show up in my computer in the same way, and works better than using the Remote Desktop method. Where you are on the same LAN it is possible, where it wouldn't be over the Internet. To do so at a command line just enter:

net  use  x:  \\mycomputername\d$  /persistent:yes
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webmonkey8

I went to Start --> run--> cmd.  got the command prompt and entered:

net  use x: \\CNU7270VPT\d$  /persistent:yes

but I'm getting an error saying "The network name cannot be found".
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webmonkey8

Great job!  Replied promptly and was keen on helping.  A+++
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Rob Williams

Thanks very much webmonkey8.
Cheers !
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