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Securely Transfer Files to Your Windows Server Using Remote Desktop

Learn how to share files from your computer with your server using the options in Remote Desktop.

You can transfer files to your server using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) however this method is insecure since FTP passwords are sent in plain text. In order to use FTP, you must also configure the FTP service, create FTP users, allow FTP through firewalls, etc. which may involve multiple steps. Instead, you can transfer files securely through the Remote Desktop session with minimal configuration.

Step 1
Launch Remote Desktop Connection program on your computer but do not click the connect button yet. Instead, click the Options button. Launch Remote Desktop and click the Options button
Launch Remote Desktop and click the Options button
Step 2
Select the Local Resources tab. Click the Local Resources tab
Click the Local Resources tab
Step 3
Click the More button.
Click the More button
Click the More button
Step 4
Expand the Drives list by clicking the + button and check the box next to the drive(s) on your PC that contain(s) the files you want to transfer to the server. Click the OK button when finished.
Check the boxes next to the drives to share and click OK
Check the boxes next to the drives to share and click OK
Step 5
Then click the connect button as you normally would supplying your username and password to log on to the server.

Open up Windows Explorer or My Computer and you will your computer's drive(s) listed along with the server's drives. You can now copy and paste or drag and drop files from your PC to the drives on your server. View the shared drive in Windows Explorer on the server
View the shared drive in Windows Explorer on the server