Accessing local files and folders in a remote session

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Accessing local files and folders in a remote session

You can configure Remote Desktop Connection to make your local drives available when you connect to a remote computer.

Within a Remote Desktop Connection session, your local drives appear in Windows Explorer with the following designation:

<driveletter> on <computername>

To access local drives from a command line or a run line in a remote session, type:


where driveletter is the drive letter (without a colon) of the local drive.


  • Depending on your network policies, automatic drive mapping might be disabled for some or all computers on your network. To ensure that Remote Desktop Connection is configured to map local drives, see Make your local disk drives available in a session.

  • Automatic drive mapping is not available when you are connecting to a terminal server running Windows 2000 or earlier.