Friday 3 October 2014

Tip: Copying Large Files from Remote Desktop Sessions

I just had the problem of having to grab a large file from a Windows remote desktop session.  The usual cut-remote-paste-local magic wasn't going to manage the file size.  It turns out that RDP maps "\\TSCLIENT\" on the remote server to your local PC.  You can therefore use robocopy to bring the large file over locally using the restart mode in case of problems. 

For example to grab "big" from the current folder on the remote box to the c:\tmp folder locally run this:

robocopy /z /eta .  \\TSCLIENT\C\tmp "big"

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