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Clients are Windows XP, Servers are 2003 and 2008.

Despite the option to share clipboard always being checked, occasionally the clipboard will not be shared between the two sessions. I can ctrl-c and ctrl-v both inside the remote session and inside the client, but when I try to copy from the server to the client or vice-versa, it fails.

Is there another setting in addition to the option in Remote Desktop Connection to change it?

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I've ran into this issue now and then and it's drove me crazy. Some times restarting the clipboard service seems to flush it out. I just found this interesting blog which is a good read about why this happens.

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Good read. Thanks for the help! Unfortunately I'll leave this question unanswered as I'm unable to upgrade these corporate machines beyond the XP family. – Katerberg Apr 7 '11 at 17:59

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