If you are accessing a PPS Hosted system then you may require access to the drives and folders on your local computer. This enables you to save to and attach from your PC direct to your PPS system hosted on our servers. The following guide details accessing local drives on PC or Mac.
Local Drives on a PC
To gain access to your local PC folders you will first need to ensure that your PPS session is closed.
Right click on the Remote Desktop icon that you use to open PPS and click Edit.
Tip: If you do not see the option to Edit or you don't have the icon on your desktop but you connect through a pinned icon on your task bar you will not be able to pick up your local drives in PPS. You will need to download the full RDP icon to your desktop so that you can access the needed settings. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for your RDP to be resent if needed. You will need to include your PPS registration number and the connection number that you are requesting in the email.
Navigate to the Local Resources tab in the Remote Desktop Connection screen. Under the Local devices and resources section press More…
Once here, ensure that Drives is ticked and press Okay.
Navigate back to the General tab in the Remote Desktop and press Save.
Now, when you look to save from or attach files into PPS you will be able to see your local drives in any browse window.
When ‘Local Drives on your PC’ is selected at the top of this screen you will be able to see your local drives, the folders in these drives and the individual files in the folders. You can navigate through these drives to find the files on your local drives to upload or save the files required. The PC desktop, for example, is often C:\Users\”User name”\Desktop.
From here you can also access the files that are in your database on the server. If you select ‘PPS Hosted Database’ the screen will display the files that you can access in your database.
Local Drives on a Mac
To view local drives on a Mac you will first need to close your PPS session. You will now need to have a folder specifically called ‘PPS’ on your Mac in order for the local drives to be picked up in PPS. This folder can be located anywhere on the Mac, we'll use the Remote Desktop apps redirection options to point PPS to wherever you've chosen to create it. Macs require that this folder have at least one file within it for it to be picked up by the Remote Desktop connection, so ensure the 'PPS' folder has something in it before enabling the redirection in the following steps.
Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, select the PPS connection in your list of desktops and then click the Settings icon and choose Edit.
From here, go into the Folders tab and tick the box to Redirect Folders and click the + button towards the bottom of the screen to add a new redirection.
In the Browse window navigate to the PPS folder you have created and select Open at the bottom of the screen with the location selected and then select Add. Your PPS folder will now be listed as a redirected folder.
Now, when saving to or from PPS you will see the PPS folder that was added as a redirection. From here you can find the file that you want to upload or save a file from PPS to this location.
You can also access files that are in your database on the server. If you select ‘PPS Hosted Database’ the screen will display the files that you can access in your database.