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I installed Microsoft's Remote Desktop and connected to a PC. How can I share files between my Mac and PC?

When I use RDP on Windows, I can simply add a file to the clipboard and paste it inside the RDP window. The same thing doesn't seem to work in the mac version of RDP.

If I try to share one of my Mac's folders with the RDP computer, and then double click that drive in RDP it says:

\\tsclient\Downlo1 is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

Access is denied.

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Can you browse \\tsclient ? –  Harv Feb 8 '11 at 2:30
    
@Harv: yes, it shows me a single folder, \\tsclient\Downlo1, which when I try to access, gives the same error message. –  Senseful Feb 8 '11 at 3:07
    
sounds like a permissions error, not RDP. Are you on the same LAN? It looks like RDP is trying to access the target windows box using SMB, which is a whole ordeal in and of itself. –  Fake Name Feb 9 '11 at 6:57
    
@Dori: won't the tag [remote-desktop] be very confusing since both Apple and Microsoft have products named "Remote Desktop"? –  Senseful Feb 10 '11 at 8:14
    
there are good reasons on both sides; my own opinion is that, given that less than 1% of this site's questions are on any "Remote Desktop", there's no real need to split them. –  Dori Feb 11 '11 at 0:08

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Troubleshooting steps for the inability to copy between a Mac and PC - http://mac2.microsoft.com/help/office/14/en-us/rdc/item/2aae839c-7f91-4738-aea7-9ffb25dbfe2e?category=ff488916-8b5e-4a0c-af96-37d065645612.

I think this answer will likely fix it:

Solution: Before you start the Remote Desktop session, make the Mac disks available to the Windows-based computer.

1.On the RDC menu, click Preferences.

2.Click Drives, and then on the pop-up menu, select the option that you want.

Your disk or folder is now available so that you can access files that are on your Mac from the Windows-based computer.

If you make this change after you connect, the disk or folder that you select becomes available the next time that you connect.

3.On the Start menu, click Computer or My Computer.

The Mac disk or folder that you have made available is listed with all other disks and folders on your Windows-based computer.

Note If you can't see the Start menu, on the View menu, click Full Screen.To return to window mode later, point to the top edge of the screen until the RDC menu bar appears. On the menu bar, click View, and then clear the Full Screen check box.

4.Open the disk or folder that you want to copy from.

5.On the Start menu, click Computer or My Computer.

6.Open the disk or folder that you want to copy to.

You should now have two windows open, one for the location that you want to copy from, and one for the location that you want to copy to.

7.Drag the document that you want to copy to the location that you want.

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This fails at step 4, which doesn't let me access the Mac's contents with the error message I posted above. –  Senseful Feb 10 '11 at 4:42
    
This isn't an ideal situation, as that connection is a two-way street. Anyone on the remote machine can access your local files. –  kristina childs Feb 6 '13 at 18:48

I ran into the same issue but I was able to paste to \\tsclient\OSX\Users\Shared

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I too was able to map a folder in /Users/Shared whereas anything in /Users/<me> failed due to permissions. –  Josh Nov 6 '12 at 10:46

Clipboard RDC is a free open source cross platform utility that uses clipboard to transfer files much like we transfer text to/from servers in RDP.

Note, requires Java.

Disclaimer: I am the author

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My plan B was going to be something like this. –  boulder_ruby Jan 20 at 19:26

Another possibility is to use a dropbox (et.al.) account. Just log into the same one from both the Mac and the PC.

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Could you use the Remote Desktop connected to set up file sharing on the PC?

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This is what I do. I have a shared folder or two on my PC, and then I mount these folders on my Mac through the finder: command-K then mount "smb://WindowsComputer/SharedFolderName". This seemed much easier than trying to share the folder from my Mac and mounting it on the Windows machine. –  Viktor Haag Feb 8 '11 at 16:54

Your shared folder has a name that is too long. Try calling the share "foo," connecting to terminal services, and then accessing \\tsclient\foo.

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I tried doing this, but it gives the same error message. –  Senseful Feb 9 '11 at 19:21
    
Are you sure you're changing the share name? Access Network, and see that the share name is indeed foo. –  Harv Feb 9 '11 at 21:37

I will second the Dropbox recommendation. This is the single greatest way to keep many different machines in sync with files there is. If you save a file on your Mac, within seconds it seems, the same file is updated on your PC.

A second approach is to use LogMeIn Pro which can do this but it costs money. In my experience, the speed of LogMeIn is much faster than RDP for remotely controlling another machine.

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If you right-click on the folder on your Mac and then "Get Info", what permissions do you see?

Make sure your username (the user that initiated the RDC session) has read and write access to the folder. If that doesn't work, give "read & write" to "everyone" (be careful with this one - anyone with access to this folder will be able to modify the contents).

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