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TERMINAL SERVER DEVICE REDIRECTION
Description: Terminal Services provides users the ability to access their local devices and resources in remote sessions. Users can access resources such as local drives, printers, the Clipboard, and supported Plug and Play devices. This is usually referred to as redirection.
In Windows Server 2008 redirection has been enhanced and expanded. Now you can redirect Windows Portable Devices, specifically media players based on the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and digital cameras based on the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP).
In Windows Server 2008 you can also redirect devices that use Microsoft Point of Service (POS) for .NET 1.1. Microsoft POS for .NET device redirection is only supported if the terminal server is running an x86-based version of Windows Server 2008.
Users can specify which types of devices and resources they would like to redirect to the remote computer on the Local Resources tab of Remote Desktop Connection.
You can specify which local devices and resources will be available to users for remote sessions by using a connection on the terminal server. You can enable or disable the redirection of the following:
We will concentrate on redirection scenarios out of Printers scope since we focus on Printer Redirection in another topic.
Scoping the Issue: Let’s first check if we are having problems in redirecting several resources, or just specific of above resource list. Make sure we enable more than one of above or if possible all of them so we could do a quick test and narrow down the issue.
Data Gathering: In all instances, collecting either MPS Reports with the General, Internet and Networking, Business Networks and Server Components diagnostics, or a Performance-oriented MSDT manifest must be done. Additional data required may include the following:
Troubleshooting / Resolution: There are a number of things to check:
Check the following group policies using GPEDIT.MSC from the run command and verify settings for the device you are trying to redirect: