Access files on locked down remote desktop sessions.

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have a standalone Windows 2003 Terminal Server. When the users login all the programs they need are executed and they have no access to the desktop. We have it setup so if they try to access the C: drive they are logged off immediately. This is accomplished by placing a logoff exe in the startup menu.

The problem is that they now need access to word,excel, and pdf documents that are in a share that was created locally, and when windows explorer is accessed they are logged off.

These are local accounts and installing active directory so I can apply a GPO is out of the question.

Sorry for any confusion with my description, I will be happy to answer any questions about it.
Question by:jpegvarn
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    create a login script that calls those files.

    you can modify the local group policy - Start-Run - GPEDIT.msc
    User Configuration - Windows Settings - Scripts
    Create a script as an admin, adding it to the folder where the files exist. This way the script runs in the current directory.
    Once the script has been created and added within the local gpo - login as a test user. The login script should execute and launch the files.

    how did you setup the applications to launch during logon? is it via RDP settings? Startup folder?
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    you also need to make sure the user has write access to the folder where the files reside.
    If this is a local scenario the use of a share shouldnt be necessary.

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