Leveraging Local Resources

With Microsoft 2003 Terminal Services Microsoft now provides a much more impressive list of redirected local resources to a terminal session. With 2003 Terminal Services and an RDP client version 5.1 or later, you now have the ability to provide the user not only access to local and network drives and printers, but also COM ports and audio redirection. Users can now again enjoy something as simple as a new mail notification sound all the way up to viewing a multimedia presentation all via a terminal server session.

Although audio redirection is nice and another step closer to making a terminal server session experience rival running the application locally a perhaps more useful addition to 2003 Terminal Services is COM port redirection. The most requested use of this is being able to synch a Palm Pilot to applications running via Terminal Services. Prior to 2003 Terminal Services an administrator was usually unable to deploy Outlook to a fair number of users because the users had to be able to sync to their Palm Pilot. This is no longer the case. Although audio and COM port redirection are nice, Windows 2003 Terminal Services have been really improved in the area of local and network drive and printer access. Windows 2003 Terminal Services can now automatically map all of a user's local and network drives and printers. The user now has full access to all their local and network drives and printers without you having to do anything in the background to set it up.

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