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Is it possible to access the remote files (on Windows Server 2003) from my computer (running Windows XP) using remote desktop? Googling for "file transfer via remote desktop" showed me how the opposite can be done (i.e., access local files from the remote computer), but this is hardly usable for me (for many reasons, especially I'm missing there all the file management tools I installed locally).

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“Clipboard RDC” is an open source cross platform utility that uses clipboard to transfer files much like we transfer text to/from servers in RDP. Go give it a try at http://gauravkumar37.github.com/clipboard-rdc

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It is QUITE possible. Windows XP Mode actually uses the same feature. Fire up Remote Desktop Connection. Then select Options/Local Resources/More. Check the "Drive" box. Listed underneath are all your local drives. Check the ones you want. They will now show up as network drives when you remote connect.

Before you connect though, go back to the "General" tab and click "Save as." Save the RDP file and now you can just click that to fire up your settings and automatically connect everytime.

See also:

http://haacked.com/archive/2010/05/17/remote-desktop-file-copy.aspx

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This is 100% correct. –  KCotreau Jul 1 '11 at 12:07
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Be forewarned: Performance is terrible, at least it has been every time I've used it, even on a LAN. –  afrazier Jul 1 '11 at 13:04
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Now I remember why I never used this option. Copy speeds is going to be pretty bad, even over a LAN. –  surfasb Jul 1 '11 at 22:22
    
Fire up Remote Desktop Connection. - You mean mstsc.exe? Then select Options - There are no options, just tabs named General, Display, Local Resources, etc. Listed underneath are all your local drives. - they are not. I've got just the 4 checkboxes (disk drives, printers, serial ports, smart cards), no detailed selection. Anyway... this publishes my files to the remote computer, but I want it the other way round. –  maaartinus Jul 2 '11 at 2:30
    
@maaartinus: I don't get it. If you just want the 2003 files to show up on your XP machines, why use RDP not just use a network share/vpn? I thought you wanted RDP to access your host machine files using the client's tools? –  surfasb Jul 2 '11 at 2:49
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