RDP, Windows server 2003, and unique folders per user login

September 14, 2012 at 13:25:53
Specs: Windows 2003 Server
Our old Point Of Sale software system was running fine on a Windows Server 2003 (basic), with WYSE thin clients coming in through RDP and logging in with their individual credentials, and then using a shared app on the server. Easy, happy life.

A new Point Of Sale software system is being considered, but their tech support have no experience with Windows Server 2003/RDP and so far have had all their clients use desktop Windows Vista or Windows 7 PCs to connect.

The main problem is that each connection needs to have access to the local C drive. On every local C drive is a folder they create called GSTNET, where the temp files for each session (and login) are stored. On a Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC, the Point of Sale vendor said this hasn't been a problem for them.

So, on our Windows 2003 server, I created a GSTNET folder on the C drive and then installed the company's sandbox demo. Every "new" RDP connection corrupted the contents of the GSTNET folder for every previous RDP connection since they were all accessing the same folder.

Is there a way to make a private "C" drive for each RDP connection so that they all have that GSTNET folder just for their access?

Thanks in advance for any help.


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September 14, 2012 at 13:42:21
You should not consider any software that has to have "c:" as a location. The requirmement means the programmers didn't understand how to properly program.

In 2003 we called it terminal services. Each user should have a home folder. In our case this is f: You should be able to install and run the software from that location.

You should also have server policies in place that deny access to system drive. Users should be on a different drive or partition. Otherwise they can trash your server.

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September 14, 2012 at 13:45:34
Agreed. If they can't even get the basic of basics right, what guarantee do you have they'll get the difficult stuff right?

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