Copy options

Each time you copy an item to a client, you can select the location and owner of the copied file, the network bandwidth used, and what to do in case of failure or duplicate files.

Place items in

There are several preset destinations available in the Place Items In pop-up menu, including the Applications folder. If you don’t see the destination you want, you can specify a full pathname.

If an item already exists

If an item with the same name as the item you’re copying already exists at the destination, you can:

  • Replace the existing item

  • Replace the existing item if the existing item is older

  • Rename the existing item

  • Rename the item being copied

  • Always ask which of the above options you want to use

Set item ownership to

By default, the copied files inherit the owner and group of the enclosing destination folder. However, you can:

  • Preserve the current owner

  • Set the owner to the current user

  • Specify user and group

If a problem occurs

If a single client fails to get the copied file, the copy operation continues for all participating clients. However, you can choose to cancel the entire copy operation if one participating client reports a failure. This option is also available in the Install Packages dialog.

After copying

You can open a copied item immediately after it’s copied. If you select this option, the file opens with the app that created it.


You can encrypt the data that’s sent across the network. If you select the “Encrypt network data” option, you exchange performance for security. This option is also available in the Install Packages dialog.

Network usage

File copying is done at the maximum sustainable rate for the network, so Remote Desktop uses all the resources at its disposal to quickly and efficiently finish the copy. Depending on what else is being done on the network, you may want to explicitly limit the copy data transfer rate. You can set an approximate maximum data rate in kilobytes per second for file copies. This option is also available in the Install Packages dialog.