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TS 2008 RemoteApp GPO to Redirect Local c: Drive

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We have deployed our first RempteApp application and need to have our users be able to save to their local workstation.  I know I can edit their RDP client to redirect their C: drive, or any other device, but how could I configure this through a GPO so not to touch each users RDP client settings?
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by:tigermatt
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In short, you can't.
When the RemoteApp is virtualised from the server, it acts as if the program was actually running from the server. This means the disks being presented are the server's disks, not the local workstation disks.

Without using disk redirection to redirect the connecting client's C:\ drive to the server (so it can be accessed from the server using the \\tsclient\C share), you cannot access the client's local C: drive nor can you redirect any data to it.

-Matt
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by:quinnwyo
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How can I redirect the clients C: drive, or some path on the clients local PC so they can save data from the RemoteApp session to their local PC.  I have redirected drives enabled on the TS server, but don't understand how to map/redirect a users local resources?

Please advise?

Thanks
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I'm not near a TS RemoteApp server to test this. However, when opening a session to a TS RemoteApp, somewhere there should be an 'Options' area which you can expand. You can check to redirect local drives to the server here.

Alternatively, if you connect using an RDP file, open that file in Notepad or some other text editor and add the following line:

drivestoredirect:s:C:;

This will cause only the local C: drive to be redirected.

-Matt
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My research tells me that the RemoteApp MMC does not have the ability to granulate redirected drives - its all or none within the RemoteApp management console.  I did the following within the RemoteApp Management Console:

enable drive redirection
deployed to an RDP icon


edit the RDP icon changing drivestoredirect:s:* to drivestoredirect:s:C:;
repackage to an MSI and GPO to clients.

Accomplishes what I want.
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by:TikTek-IT
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I have seen written from a MS moderator that specific drive redirection (by modifying the RemoteApp rdp file) in RemoteApp is not supported and will not work. I have tested extensively and no matter what I try if I change the line:

drivestoredirect:s:*

to:

drivestoredirect:s:C:; or drivestoredirect:s:X:; (for example)

it will not redirect any of the drives. I have resorted to just having all the drives mapped.

In response to the OP's question, if you want users to be able to save to their local C drive, you can either point your program to save in \\tsclient\c or you can write a script that maps a network drive to their local machine.

Since drive redirection takes a few seconds, if you write the script to execute on startup it may not work. I have created a workaround script and I have pasted it below. I hope it helps anyone out there.

@echo off
:map
cls
CHOICE /T 1 /C W /CS /D W /m "Please wait while the W drive is mapped to your local C drive..."
net use w: \\tsclient\c
IF EXIST W:\NUL GOTO Exit
::If we got here it means there is still no W drive mapped to the client C drive
GOTO map
:Exit
cls
echo "SUCCESS! The W drive has been mapped to your local C drive."
exit

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by:TrilliumPC
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Excellent.  This workaround is better that allowing all users to automap local drives is TS.
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