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Re: [Muscle] Driver for remote card reader
From: Iain MacDonnell (muscledseven.org)
Date: Thu Oct 26 2006 - 11:29:14 CDT
Peter Koch wrote on 10/26/06 09:10 AM:
> Douglas E. Engert wrote:
>> PCSC, (but I don't think it is in PCSC-lite), has the capability
>> to make connections over the network. The Microsoft Remote Desktop
>> Connection knows how share smart card readers along with disks,
>> printers and serial ports I think hte RDC is using PCSC. Useful for
>> smart card login.
> This sounds interesting. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with RDC.
> Does that mean that one windows workstation can use the smartcard
> reader of another workstation via the RDC-protocoll? If yes,
> how do I do this?
> Remote-Desktop sounds like "One machine is sharing its desktop to
> another machine". Assume machine A has a smartcard reader and machine
> B has not. I would like to install a driver on machine B that allows
> applications on machine B to talk to a virtual smartcard reader on B
> which will forward all commands to the real reader on A.
> Now if A shares its desktop with B, the only thing a user at B can
> do is to start applications on A. No application on B can talk to
> the reader on A. Or am I confusing things?
I think so. RDC allows you to remotely access a desktop session that's
running on B, while you're sitting at A. A will be running its own
desktop session, and the desktop from B will be displayed inside a
window, or it could be made to occupy the full screen. There typically
wouldn't be a user sitting at B will this is happening. If B is a
running a personal version of Windows, like XP, it'll only allow one
desktop session to be accessed from one place at a time - when the
remote connection is made, the desktop session will be detached from
the local console (it'll go back to showing a login screen). If B is
running a server-class OS like Windows 2003, with Terminal Services,
it can support many simultaneous remote desktop sessions, all accessed
from different clients.
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