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How do I transfer files to my virtual desktop?

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How do I transfer files to my Virtual Desktop?
In general, most of our Virtual Desktop users simply need to install a piece of software (like ForEx software or similar), and can simply use the web-browser on the Virtual Desktop to go to the download page of that software vendor, and download the installation package directly to the Virtual Desktop, and then install it.

If you have files on your PC you need to transfer to the Virtual Desktop, then you have two options:

OptionA: Using the "local resources" function of your RDP client
  • RDP supports the ability for you to make a hard drive on your local computer be accessible from the computer you're RDP'ing into.
  • Before connecting via RDP, open your RDP client (mstsc.exe), and click the LOCAL RESOURCES tab. 
  • Then click the MORE button under the LOCAL DEVICES AND RESOURCES area. 
  • From the DRIVES option, select the hard drive on your computer you wish to make available to your virtual desktop/server, and click ok/apply as needed to save the changes.
  • Then connect with that RDP client as normal.  Once you've connected, on your virtual desktop/server   under the COMPUTER or MY COMPUTER or Windows Explorer, you should now see your PC's shared drive listed with your virtual desktop/server's other drive. 
  • For example, if your PC is named "bobsPC" and you shared your Z: drive, when you looked on your virtual desktop/server's list of drives after RDP'ing to it, you should now see two hard drives labeled like this:
    • C: (this would be the virtual desktop/server's primary hard drive)
    • Z: on bobsPC: (this is the Z: drive on bobsPC that you just shared over the RDP connection)
    • You can simply navigate that Z drive like a normal drive, and copy files from Z: (your PC) to C: (your virtual desktop/server).
    Note that file transfer in this method will be slightly slower, but it's also generally considered easier for less experienced users.

OptionB: Install an FTP server on your virtual desktop/server
  • you will need to install an FTP or SSH server on your Virtual Desktop, and then transfer the files via FTP or SSH from a FTP client or SSH client on your PC.  If you're not comfortable installing FTP server on your virtual desktop/server, 3Essentials will gladly install the IIS FTP server included within Windows on your Virtual Desktop at no additional charge if you wish.  Simply submit a support request, ask for us to set up an FTP server, and reference this KB article.

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