manually adding printers for use in terminal services session
Posted on 2005-05-04
* I have computer A (XP Pro SP2), located in location A that connects to computer B (2003 Server SP1) at location B via terminal services over a broadband internet connection (firewalled at both locations)
* Because of some client software we are using on the server, we cannot simply let windows 2003 automatically redirect the clients printers, so we have printer and lpt port redirection disabled in a group policy.
* Computer A uses a unique username on computer B (ie no other computer will connect using that name).
* There are 3 printers at location A that need to be available for the user on computer A (when connected to computer B)
1. A Dell M5200N connected on the LAN with computer A
2. An HP Officejet K80 connected via USB to computer A
3. A Dymo Labelwriter 330 turbo that is shared by computer C at location A
* All printers are installed on computer A and work properly
* Printer drivers for all printers are installed on computer B
* Registry on computer A allows sending all printer ports to computer B (probably irrelevant)
* Devices at Location A are on the 98.10.10.x subnet
* Devices at Location B are on the 97.10.10.x subnet
* I would prefer to stay away from using a VPN between the two locations because I am afraid of using too much of the already limited bandwidth
* I tried added the dell by creating a TCP/IP port (in a Terminal services session) with its IP address but test pages will not print, error that the printer is offline keeps occuring)