HOW TO: Transfer File in RDP

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How to Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files to Your Windows Server

Transferring files to your new Windows Server can be a problem when you are first setting everything up. Plesk, FTP or network file sharing may not be ready to use, or your internet service provider may block those web ports. This is where files are transferred via the program Remote Desktop Connection! You can redirect the hard drive of your workstations and when you are logged in it will appear.

Opening The Program

All Windows operating systems are included in this program. You can press the “Start” button to search for “Remote Desktop Connection,” and a green arrow computer should be come up. This is the program we’re going to use.

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Open “Remote Desktop Connection”


Configuring The Program

Here are the steps to configure the program to redirect your local workstation’s C drive.

  1. Input your server’s IP address in the “Computer” field.
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    Input your server’s IP address


  2. Select the “Local Resources” tab.
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    Select “Local Resource”


  3. Select the “More” button
  4. Expand the “Drives” section
  5. Select the “Local Disk C:” (and any other drives).
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    Select “Local Disk C:”


  6. Click “Connect”

Note:You can also select the “General” tab and then “Save” to save these settings.

Accessing Your Files


Once you are connected to the server, you can follow the steps below to access the files.

  1. Login to the server using the new settings
  2. Open “File Explorer”
  3. Select “This PC” or “Computer”
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    Select “C on Window10”


  4. Double-click “C on [Your Local Workstation]”

Now you should be able to see all your documents on your local workstation! Keep in mind when transferring files through this method, there is a file size limit of 2 GB. Transfer speeds may also be a bit slower.

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