I have a Windows 7 machine that has a smart card reader. I have an application running on that machine that can successfully read the contents of the card.

I have another Windows 7 machine that I use to remote into the machine that has the smart card reader. When I am using the remote connection, the application can no longer access the smart card connected to the host machine. I understand that due to Remote Desktop redirection, I can only use smart card readers attached to the client machine.

Is it possible to turn off this redirection?

  • Which remote desktop application are you using?
    – Ramhound
    Jan 29, 2013 at 20:40
  • @Ramhound I am using mstsc. I have updated the title to specify "Remote Desktop Connection" for clarification.
    – markyd13
    Jan 29, 2013 at 21:18
  • Although I was unable to do this using RDP, I was able to use a different application as a workaround. Check out link.
    – markyd13
    Jan 30, 2013 at 17:59

2 Answers 2


Unfortunately it is not possible.

I have a similar problem and was looking for a solution. What I found was a thread on social.technet.microsoft.com, where it says:

[...] It’s not possible. If you are connected through RDP, then your session is redirected to the client machine and will not see readers connected to the RDSH.


Ensure the Smart Card checkbox within the Local Resources tab is checked and RDP should pass the authentication through from the native system to the target system, using the native system's smart card reader. I currently use this method at work.


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