USB printer not showing in Terminal server

Posted on 2004-11-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Hi all,

  I have installed a HP laserjet 1012 on an XP machine and it is directly attached to this machine.  I log into Tsweb and I cannot see the printer for some reason.  Why would this be.  The printer keeps picking up on the DOT port. I can print to the printer locally, but not over terminal server.  The user that I am logged in as has connect client printer setting selected.  What could be the problem>

Any suggestions would be great!

Kelli Skinner
Question by:kelliskinner
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    Expert Comment

    There is an option on the server end that may be preventing printers from being mapped.

    Check the following on the server:

    Start -> Run -> Type MMC
    Click Consle -> Add/Remove Snap In
    Add in the Terminal Services Configuration MMC
    Under Connections right click RDP-tcp and select Properties
    On the Client Settings Tab make sure that Windows Printer Mapping is NOT checked.

    If it is checked then no users will be able to have there local printers work in a Terminal Server session.

    Let me know,


    Author Comment

    Hi Matt,

    thanks for the Res......  That is actually not marked and other users are able to print to their printers.  It almost seems machine specific.

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    Accepted Solution

    It is probably because of the issue explained here:;en-us;q302361

    Basically, terminal services will only redirect printers that use COM, LPT or USB ports.  Since yours uses a DOT port, it does not pick this up.  However, if you follow the steps outlined in the KB which instruct you to add a reg key on you workstation, it should pick it up.

    Also, make sure you have the print driver installed on the server for that printer

    Expert Comment

    I too was having this problem, the microsoft fix worked great,
    but now the printer will not print while not in terminal services...

    if anyone has any idea, i would greastly appreciate it!


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