Connecting Local Drives to Your Windows 2008 Server
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Even though you don’t have access to your server’s physical CD/DVD drive, that doesn’t mean you can’t install software from a CD or DVD on your Windows® 2008 server. “How?” you might ask. You can connect your local computer’s drives to your server!
To begin, you need to create a Remote Desktop Connection to your server. If you need to brush up on that, check out this article.
Most people overlook the Options button at the bottom-right of their Remote Desktop Connection window, but it has a lot of useful tools you might not know about.
Going to the Local Resources tab lets you control Remote computer sound, Keyboard, and Local devices and sesources.
We’re interested in the Local devices and resources, where you see Printers and Clipboard:
By clicking More you can select drives on your local computer that you want to use with your server. In this case, I only selected the
E: drive, which happens to be the CD-ROM on my local machine:
Click OK to go back to the Options, and then go to the Experience tab. This lets you select your connection speed to the server, to optimize performance:
Finally, click Connect. You might receive a warning that the other computer can harm yours, but we will proceed, so click Connect again. Now log in to your server.
To verify that your drives connected to your server, go to the Start menu, and then select Computer. You should see the
C: drive for your server, as well as any drives that you connected to your server.
So there you have it! Just pop a CD into your drive, and install software to your server!
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