Role of Remote Desktop feature in Windows® XP®
What is the significance of the Remote Desktop feature in Windows XP? What are the advantages that users can derive from it?
With the Remote Desktop feature in Windows XP, you could remotely control a system from another office, from home, or while traveling. This feature lets you to use the data, applications, and network resources that are on your office computer, without being in your office. Remote Desktop is the new name for the older Windows based Terminal Services Client that lets you to connect to and manage a server remotely for up to two connections, allowing you to do maintenance on the server and so on. To use the Remote Desktop connection feature in Windows XP, you need some prerequisites in your system.
The following are the features of the Remote Desktop in Windows XP:
- Redirection of network printers
- Local drive redirection
- Connection bar feature
Redirection of network printers
The Remote Desktop connection feature in Windows XP helps the user to make redirection of the network printers. This network printer redirection allows you to have network printers that are installed on the local system to be redirected in the Remote Desktop session. You could send print jobs to your network printer without having to make configuration changes, or install additional printers. This feature could be disabled from the Local Resources tab of the Remote Desktop client.
Local drive redirection
The drives on the local system could be redirected in the session so that files could easily be transferred between the local host and the remote system. The drives hold local hard disks, floppy disk drives, and mapped network drives. The drives could be displayed in My Computer as 'A on Computername' and 'C on Computername' for each redirected drive. For instance, if the local system is named 'WinXP', and drive C on the local system is redirected, the drive could be displayed in the remote session as 'C on WinXP'.
The Connection Bar feature allows you to easily minimize and maximize a full-screen Remote Desktop session. The connection bar contains a feature called pushpin and if the pushpin is turned on for the Connection Bar, it is always displayed. If this is not turned on for the Connection Bar, it is only displayed when you move the mouse to the top of the screen. The Connection Bar feature could be disabled in the Display Options section.
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