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MS Windows 2003 Terminal Service Default Printer keeps changing

Posted on 2004-09-15
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Operating System: MS Server 2003
Role: Member Server running Terminal Services
client os and connection: MS Windows XP Pro utilizing RDP

All my clients default printers change without user interaction. It happens every time they login into the domain through the Terminal Server.

In the past I have setup Citrix Metaframe XP and never had this issue however now I am utilizing Terminal Server without it.
How do I ensure the default printer does not change?

Thank you in advance.

dokpik
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by:karel_jespers
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The local printer settings that you define or change offline are not used by Terminal Services. you must ...
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;243942
info you can find at above link
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by:dokpik
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Does this also apply to 2003 Terminal Services?
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karel_jespers earned 250 total points
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this one is for 2003:
 Start / All Programs / Accessories / Communications / Remote Desktop Connection.
 In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog, press Options.
 Select the Local Resources tab.
 Press Printers in the Local Devices area.
 Press Connect.
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by:oBdA
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Which default printer does change? Is the client's default printer not the default printer in the TS session, and it should be?
Then check if in the user's profile (ADUC), in the "Environment" tab, the box at "Use the client's default printer as default" (or similar, not using an English version) is checked.
In addition, on the TS, open Programs\Management\Terminal Services Configuration; right-click the "TCP-rdp session" under Connections, choose Properties. Under "Client Settings", the printer setting from the user's profile could be overridden.
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by:dokpik
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This was setup during the initial setup as well as local drive mappingl; the defualt printer still changes after each session.
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by:oBdA
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Sorry, but you're not very clear here; how does the default printer change *after* a session? Which default printer changes? The one in the terminal session, or the one on the client? When does it change, and which printer is the default after the change?
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by:dokpik
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the terminal session default printer, and yes default to main client printer is selected.
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I selected "use connection settings from user settings" should fix the problem.... I will test it out.
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by:oBdA
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Is the main client printer mapped at all?
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by:dokpik
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yes
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by:karel_jespers
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under terminal service configuration:
connections
rdp-tcp properties
client settings tab
windows printer mapping must be unchecked=(not disabled)

karel
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by:dokpik
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I figured out that a local policy was contributing to the problem. Thanks oBdA and karel_jespers for you comments.

dokpik
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by:PerOve
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Hi dokpik

I have the same problem, can you specify what the solution was? What local policy did make the problem?

BRGDS
Pepper
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by:driventechs
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We have the same issue.  Does anyone have the solution?  Which local policy corrects this issue?

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by:magicalcomputing
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i have the same issue in a way similiar to the original poster.  but i have a nt4 pdc (with the user accounts) and Windows2003std that has terminal services running on it.  My users say that when they go to print, they will find that the printer that they normally set as printer default  will change (this seems to occur amongst 8 users to which 3 printers are installed on the terminal server) throughout the day.  Does anyone know the solution to this possible problem that i am having.
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by:PerOve
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This is how I solved the problem:

1. On the server you edit the RDP-protocol properties, and set the client to NOT default to client main printer.

When you set a default printer in a TS session, that printer will now always be the default printer, until you change it inside the session again.
(The error is due to the reason that Terminal Server does NOT choose default client printer....must be a bug....but seems to choose random printer or not a printer at all)

2. To let the users pick thier own printer I copied the Printers folders to their start menu, så thay can right click the printers and choose "Set to default"

Result: I am happy and my users are happy :-)
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