Printer redirection and drive redirection don't work in a Terminal Server session

This article helps fixes the printer redirection failures and hard drive redirection failures because of incorrect registry settings.

Original KB number:   2492632

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  1. You install the Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services role on a Windows Server computer.
  2. You enable printer redirection and\or hard drive redirection on the computer.
  3. You connect to the server by using the Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) utility from a client machine.

In this scenario, printers and hard drives on the client machine aren't redirected into the Terminal Server session or Remote desktop session.

Cause

The issue is caused if the values of both registry entries below are set to 0:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\Wds\rdpwd\fEnablePrintRDR

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\Wds\rdpwd\fEnableRDR

Resolution

Set these values to 1.