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Any suggestions on local non USB, Non Bidirectional printers for use on clients for Windows 2003 Terminal Server

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I am in the process of setting up a Windows 2003 Terminal Server network for home users and a remote office, both will access via VPN. I've got the basics of client side printing sorted out but there are some limitations in W2003TS, namely it does not support bidirectional printing nor USB port printing which rules out about 90% of current printers. Can anyone recommend a low cost (preferably ink jet or laser) printer that will work on com or LPT port in non-bidirectional mode. I'm in the UK so printers that are available here would be best.

Many thanks

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nalanbar earned 500 total points
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Hmmm. I am using USB printers in my terminal server evironment.
It has worked for me as long as I manuall install the printer on the client, and make sure the server has the printer drivers, by installing a fake, non-existant printer with the same driver (I always get the executables from the manufacturers website for both the server and client, I don't use the cd.) It then copies the drivers to the system folder, I delete the printer from the printer folder, but the drivers stay in the system folder, and Viola! it works... The big problem is that it won't work with the HP photosmart or PSC lines of printers. I setup a brother USB printer for one of my directors to use with her laptop at home, and it wirked just fine. It was a middle or the road brother USB laser printer, but I can't seem to remember the model number.
Sounds kind of dumb, but make sure that in the remote desktop session properties you have the "shared items: printers" checked.
If that doesn't help enough, go ahead and post as much, and I will be more than happy to elaborate on what I just said.
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by:RadicalSoftwareSolutions
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I think the problem I was having was with the Dell All-in-one software. The terminal server could see the printer fine and appeared to connect to the client's printer but nothing actually printed. Now I suspect that's more to do with the package software than the actual driver.

I looked on the W2003 help file and voila they say that USB printers and bidirectional parallel printers aren't supported! So I went and purchased an HP1015 which works superbly, pretty quick and fairly inexpensive.

Thank you for your help
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by:HANNESP
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I am trying to print on a HP 3740 USB deskjet printer from terminal server. I have followed your advice and installed the internet driver ("3740_enu_win2k_xpinfu.exe") on the server. Locally, the printing works fine.
When I print from the server, the job is well redirected to the local printer but there, jobs hang and remain in the queue. When I look to the printer icon, windows displays: "Printer ready. 0 documents"; in the queue although in the queue the documents are still there with non zero size.
If I uncheck the "enable bidirectional support", documents are deleted from the queue without printing.
The printer is installed locally on a "USB002 virtual printer port for USB".

Thanks for help...
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