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Make a smart card available in a session

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To make a smart card available in a session

  1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, click Options.

  2. On the Local Resources tab, Under Local devices, click Smart card.


    • The option to enable smart card redirection is not displayed unless a smart card is present and the service is enabled.

  3. Click Connect.


  • To open Remote Desktop Connection, click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

  • Depending on the policies of your network, smart card redirection might be disabled for some or all remote connections.

  • You might see a Remote Desktop Connection Security Warning, which asks whether you want to connect your local disk drives, local ports, or smart card to the remote computer. To enable one or more of these connections, check the appropriate check boxes. If you choose not to enable these connections, a Remote Desktop Connection is still established, but these resources are not available to the remote computer.

  • When you click Connect, the information you enter in Options becomes the default setting for all Remote Desktop connections and is saved in a file called Default.rdp.

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Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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