Setting Up Serial Cable Interfaces with Terminal Services

If you use a Terminal Services environment in your practice, you can connect your serial-cable–based equipment to your local computer even if ExamWRITER is running on a remote computer. To interact with serial-cable–based equipment through Terminal Services, your local serial port must be available during a terminal server session.

  • Depending on the policies of your network, local serial port mapping may be disabled for some or all remote connections.
  • A security warning may ask if you want to connect your local disk drives, local ports, or smart card to the remote computer. To enable one or more of these connections, select the appropriate checkboxes. If you do not enable these connections, a remote connection is still established, but these resources are not available to the remote computer.
  • For the following procedure, Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 6 or later must be installed on the local computer. For information about Remote Desktop Connection, see Microsoft’s website.
  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Programs or All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories.
  4. Select Remote Desktop Connection.

    The Remote Desktop Connection window opens.

  5. Click Options.

    The Remote Desktop Connection window expands to show more options.

  6. Click the Local Resources tab.
  7. Click More in the Local devices and resources box.
  8. Select the Serial ports checkbox.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click the General tab.
  11. Click Save in the Connection settings box.

    The serial port information you set up becomes the default setting for all Remote Desktop connections on this computer and is saved in a file called Default.rdp.

  12. Follow the instructions in the appropriate topic in Connecting to Diagnostic Equipment to set up and use your equipment interfaces.