Mapping USB Storage Media into RDP Sessions

How to configure USB Storage mapping so that users can access USB storage media attached to the IGEL LX Client within RDP sessions?

Solution

The mapping of USB storage devices is possible for "usb mass storage class" devices. The storage of smartphones and digital cameras is usually accessed via the MTP protocol. Mobile device access via MTP is available with IGEL Linux 10.04.100 or higher; for more information see the how-to Using Mobile Device Access.

Basic Configuration of the Client

setup_usb_storage_hotplug

Within the IGEL Setup or an UMS profile you basically need to configure these parameters:

If the option Private drive letter is disabled, only one mapped drive is shown in the session. In this drive the contents of each USB storage device will be shown within a folder carrying the name of the respective drive label as soon as the medium is plugged in.

Additional Parameters to Check

Assigning a Drive Letter within the Session (Optional)

Configuration on the Server Side

On the server side, e.g. with Windows Server 2008R2, a user in the group "Users" with access to the terminal server will have the mapping default. This is true for a newly installed server. But the mapping can be prevented by changing the policies:

Do not allow drive redirection

Specifies whether to prevent the mapping of client drives in a Remote Desktop Services session (drive redirection).

By default, an RD Session Host server maps client drives automatically upon connection. Mapped drives appear in the session folder tree in Windows Explorer or Computer in the format [driveletter] on [computername]. You can use this setting to override this behavior."

Source: https://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee791794%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

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