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RDP: I need users to access ONLY a share on the server

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this is my situation:
- I want the FrontDesk to access remotely the server (I already setup RDP working fine)
- I need this user to connect to the server and that instead of opening the server screen I want to only create a share to a specific Share in the server were they will be saving their work (their computers are locked with deepfreeze)
is there a way to do this with RDP?
is there a better way to do it?
Thanks for the help..
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by:DTAHARLEV
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you mean not be able to open any programs or anything, unless he double clicks a file? no start menu etc.?
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by:m_loucel
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Thanks DTAHARLEV, sort of, let me explain better:
I Just need to be able to ADD a share drive, from the remote server so:
Remote server (ServerXX) accessed by RDP:
W:\Office2Docs (is a shared resource)

I need to RDP to ServerXX then somehow create a share on the local computer to W:\office2Docs

I tried on the User account to create a user and under the tab terminal service profile I add : Connect Y: to W:\office2Docs
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1) the full screen of the RDP remains open
2) the share drive is not created in the local computer.
THANKS FOR ANY HELP.
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by:m_loucel
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Sorry forgot to clear that Y: is a shared resource of course not W:\office2docs but \\serverxx\office2docs...
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by:Macros82
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So  you want the users to be able to access a (shared) drive on serverXX from their own computers at the front desk?

Is is a domain environment?

Is it Windows Server 2003?

If so you need to RDP to serverXX and log on as administrator. Then follow these instructions:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324267
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by:DTAHARLEV
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you can't create a share remotely; you must create it on the desktop, and then you can access it from the server... maybe a bit more details? sorry i think i'm missing something.
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by:bballantyne
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If you only wish to have the user access the shared folder (via mapped drive or even network shortcut), but you do not want/need them to access another full desktop on the server, RDP is not required.

You say you need them to have remote access. I'd like to ensure I understand what you mean by "remote". Are the users on the same physical network/LAN as the server? Or are they outside the network. e.g. working from home, hotels etc.

If they are on the same physical network, then you can map the network drive from the user's pc via My Computer --> Tools --> Map Network drive.. Or if you have Active Directory you can create a batch file to do the mapping and specify that file under the  user's profile.

If however the users are outside the physical network e.g. @ home.. then you'd most likely need to create a VPN connection for them to connect to the internal network, THEN they'd be able to map the drive to the server.

Let us know if I described your scenario in any of the lines above so we'd be able to better help you.
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Tahnks all,
and bballantyne:, I thought about that too but I hate to use VPN because of the resouces used, but I think I have no chice, and for everyone else I've been using 2003 server (not R2) I think I'm going to practice a little bit with VPN I've never done that, and I must but it shouldn't be difficult my needs are just very simple and I am not worry security, that has been taken care of but the head master, I just need to learn more to keep my Job, so VPN will be, if anyone have simple answer with simple 123 steps that will be great, that's why maybe my network has always worked I hate complicated answer and schemes easy and simple always work.
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Hamachi does in fact achieve your desired purpose. Glad it worked for you.
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