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Configure RDP though GP

Posted on 2010-11-10
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I would like to know if there is a way to configure settings for RDP through Group Policy. What I need to do is when a user logs onto a machine and starts RDP session to a terminal server I want it to automatically configure the serial port and the Keyboard to be used on the client machine. We have a credit card reader and a signature capture device that is hooked up to the client machine that needs to pass it's data onto the terminal server so our ERP system can store that data. Is there a way to do this or do I need to manually configure each user?
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by:Matt V
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So are you looking to configure a driver for the serial port for each user?  And a specific keyboard driver as well?
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Kind of. The issue is this. When you start Remote Desktop and before you connect to a server you have to click on Options then the Local Resources tab. On that tab there is section in the middle that deals with the keyboard. In that section there is a drop down that has three choices: On this computer, On the remote computer and Only when using the full screen. By default it is set to On the remote computer and i need for it to be On this computer. With that setting our Credit Card reader can send that information to our Terminal Server and process the order.

Additionally, on the same tab there is a section at the bottom named Local Devices and resources. In that section there is a More... button and when you click that it opens another window where I have to click the Ports\Serial Ports check box and click the check box in the section below labeled Other Supported Plug and Play (PnP) devices so that the Signature Capture device can send the captured signature to the terminal server running our ERP system.

I have to do this for every user which is difficult because they log on to different machines and need to do these settings for each user on each machine they use. As I write this I wonder if Roaming profiles might work for this but don't know. Either way I need a solution that will make it so I don't need to set these parameters on the Remote Desktop.
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I can find the settings for the local devices, they are under Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Terminal Services.
I have not been able to locate the Windows Keys part though.
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I looked in the area you suggested and didn't see anything for local devices. I have been trying to find a way to configure these settings using GP but have been unsuccessful. Any other suggestions?
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I found a way to make this work. I have to first configure a Remote Desktop connection with all the settings I need then save the connection. Once it is saved I can push out that saved connection to the all users desktop and from there all the connections will have the correct ports saved.
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I found this solution on my own.
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