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RDS 2012 R2 - Hide ( NOT Restrict) client drives from File Explorer Remote App

I have built an RDS 2012 R2 Server. The client will use it mostly through the RDWeb Apps.
We want to enable Copy/Paste of files between the Client and Server (so Drive redirection should be enabled as only Clipboard doesn't work with copying files) but I don't want them to see in File Browser all the redirected drives. They should only be able to view the Server's Mapped Drives. The Server's Local Drives are hidden. Any ideas?
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I use the "Hide Drives" GPO to hide the local server-drives.
-> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer --> Hide these specified drives in My Computer
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Hi dkotte,

The local Server drives of the Server are already hidden.
I want to hide the Redirected Drives of the client.
as described within the article you can hide any drive you need.
but you should know the possible drive letters.

as i start with citrix (many years ago) i use registry keys to hide drives.
calculate these keys is simple with hidecalc from dabcc.

current versions build GPO templates also.
These are Redirected Drives and are not actual Drive letters. See pic below:
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I need to hide these without preventing access to them. If I disable redirection copy paste between the client and server doesn't work, so i just need to hide them from appearing there.
removing the registry keys within:
remves the entries from the explorer windows.

the connection stay active ...
you can check this with "net use"
you may also map the drives now "net use f: \\cilent\f$"
Again, these are NOT Mapped Drives. They don't have drive letters.
check the article from post above...
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