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I am using RDS webserver to publish applications to users. In the application they need to access their local desktop to import in files. When a user tries to access the desktop, it shows the desktop of the remote desktop server as the default, so users have to drill down the users folder to get to their needed directory - desktop. Is there anyway to make their local desktop defaulted?
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Sorry but you'll need to clarify what you mean by "desktop of the remote desktop server". Do the users launch the applications using their credentials or do they sign in using a different account?

The desktop for users on the RD Session Host should be the same as the Desktop folder found in C:\Users\username unless you have folder redirection enabled.
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So the users sign in with their own domain credentials. Once they login and try to upload a file that sits locally on their desktop, the browser defaults to the servers desktop. In order to get to their local desktop they need to drill down to folders to find the redirected folder (which we already have set).

I just wanted to see if there was a way to make their local desktop as the default as soon as they click on browse to search for a file.
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In order to get to their local desktop they need to drill down to folders to find the redirected folder (which we already have set).
Do you have folder redirection enabled for the Desktop folder? If so, it should be getting redirected when the users log onto the server (unless you have a loopback policy applied to this server). Please post a screenshot of this window if you can. Don't navigate to the user's Desktop folder, just show me the folder list and the default location that appears.
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I was told that the redirection was setup by the administrator that build the server. How can I verify or edit the path?
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To verify the folder redirection, log directly into the RD Session Host with a user's account (i.e. RDP into the server so you get the full desktop) and then check the path to the Desktop folder.

You can test to see if their Desktop is redirected by creating a blank text file on the Desktop then checking in C:\Users\username\Desktop in the server - if the newly created blank text file is in there then you don't have folder redirection enabled (at least not for the Desktop).

From here you would create a new Group Policy to redirect their Desktops to a location on the server, and then apply it to the OU which contains the users that use the published app.
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Thanks, i will test this theory out today.
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So it seems that the local files/directories are accessible but not redirected as you mentioned above. I will need to create a group policy to redirect their desktops to a location on the server. I am hoping this will allow users to default to their personal desktops (local) without digging through the C:\Users directory to upload files.
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Sorry to add another question and not sure you're still watching this but how does one redirect to their local computers desktop? Looks easy enough to redirect server folders to shares, but can't really see how to do to local computer.
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If you use Group Policy to redirect the users' Desktops, you just need to link it to the Organizational Unit containing your users. This way the folder redirection will apply regardless of where they log in.
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