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Terminal services Printing

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Last Modified: 2013-11-21

im having a problem getting terminal services printing working. I have a peer to peer network that has a network printer but when using TS it doesnt create it the printer for redirection.

if i connect the printer locally it works fine, but due to space this is not a possibilty

any ideas?
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MS KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/264039/en-us says that network printers are not redirected by design. Only printers that are installed as local printers (including TCP/IP port, USB and LPT printers) will be redirected.

Printers that are connected to a print server ( \\server\sharedprinter ) will not be redirected.

Maybe reconfiguring the printer as a TCP/IP printer (not via the print server) will solve your problem.

Can't you just load the network printer in your TS session?


I believe you can.  I need to know first, is this just a Remote Desktop computer?  If so, there's a better way of gaining access....VNC Server/Client [free edition works well].  Does the same thing as TS or RDP except it runs on TCP port 5900.  This is far superior.  If you don't want to do this, I need to know if it's actually a server you're running or is it another XP workstation

Is the printer a multifunction device? Printers that setup the virtual ports as DOT4 are not redirected by default. There is a way to force them to be redirected, read this:


Hope that helps.


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