Virtual Machine

Posted on 2012-09-12
Last Modified: 2012-09-12
I have a server running as a virtual machine.   I need to copy some data from it to an external hard drive.  I read this online but it doesnt tell me what all I need to do to get it to work.   I did the changes on the RDP connection to the server and the hard drive is attached to my PC    How can I easily transfer the data.    This is what I did:

For a temporary USB connection take advantage of remote desktop client features. For example, using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) tool to a Windows VM you have options to allow the guest to see the USB devices connected to your desktop or notebook. By clicking the Options button from the main interface and then the Local Resources tab you can configure a pass through connection to USB devices.

But when I get logged on with RDP and go to My do I get it to recognize the external drive on my PC?
Question by:bankwest
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    Easiest way would be to just share it.  

    On the hard drive create a new folder.  Right click on the hard drive and setup a share.

    you may need to setup permissions as well on the share.

    then from the server \\laptop\shareName
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    Before connecting to the remote PC VM you must open the options in your Remote Desktop utility, select the Local Resources Tab, and there you can set what local devices and resources should be available. After that you can connect to your remote PC.
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    If you're connecting to the guest via RDP, would it not be easier to simply launch MSTSC, click on Local Resources and the more button - then choose drives and local plug and play devices?

    That way, if the USB disk is connected before you launch RDP it'll pass through and you can copy data to it.

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    That is what I did....   So, is the external drive on my PC or the box where the server is virtualized?   Right now it's connected to my PC and then when I RDP to the server, I don't see anything for it in MyComputer.   Sorry......pretty new to this game.

    Author Comment

    Hey all....Think I got it..

    I went to server, mapped drive to see my PC and the external drive.

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    Yeah plug it into the computer you're RDP'ing from.

    Wait until it is recognised and you can see a drive letter in your explorer window.

    Launch MSTSC (I personally prefer to click start, run and type MSTSC)

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    This was the easiest way to set up.   I do appreciate all the input from everyone

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