Howto map a TCP/IP printer to a TS port on a client using RDC

Posted on 2005-05-04
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

We are running W2K3 on several servers in our datacenter.  On one of these servers we host different software for different clients.  Those clients connect from their office using a VPN-connection to our server(s).  

We have 1 client having problems to map their printer in a TS-session.  This client has a HP LaserJet 4250 connected to the network (TCP/IP), wich they use to print out documents.  When they connect to the software in our datacenter, the printer doesn't maps itself in their printerfolder on Windows XP SP2.  At the moment they cannot print.

Anyone a clue?

Question by:kosmozzed
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    Try the following:

    Map a local port (LPT) on the client side to the network path and install a printer driver to print to that local port.

    Jobs will automatically be redirected to the local printer, and the output sent to that printer will then be redirected again to the network printing device.

    net use lpt3 \\servername\printer /persistent:yes

    This maps the network printer to the local port LPT3. The user can then install the correct drivers for that printer as though the printer was installed on LPT3.

    If this is done, the printer on LPT3 is redirected when the user connects to the Terminal Services session. This also works with LPT1 and LPT2, as long as there is not a local device on either of these ports.

    or you could also install the remote desktop connection client, which is compatible with the latest version of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) protocol and is compatible with Windows 2000 terminal services.

    The RDC client is included with Microsoft Windows XP and you canalso download it from here

    Author Comment

    The remote desktop connection is already installed.  So...

    Author Comment

    When we try to map the local drives, it also doesn't work.  Very strangely, can it have something to do with permissions or with firewalling?  i don't know?

    Author Comment

    I checked it out, it was in fact our firewall blocking port 80!!!

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