How do I prevent user local printers from showing up on the admin account with Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services?

We're running Windows 2003 Terminal Services and allow users to access their local printers.  No problem there.

But the administrator accounts always show *every* local printer from all active user sessions.  I never want to see them, it just makes it likely to send a job to a end users printer by mistake (which I've already done once or twice by accident).  I just want to see my local printers just as the regular users do.

Is there a way of blocking local user printers from showing up on the admin account?

Thanks!

- Chris
zdigrizAsked:
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Klint_turneyCommented:
nope I have never heard of away..

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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi zdigriz,

what policy settings do you have set that affect the users and not the admin?

Cheers!
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zdigrizAuthor Commented:
Jay70,

The users are our clients and are pretty tightly locked down.  About all they can do is run our proprietary applications and copy/save to their My Documents folder.  I'd have to ask our sysadmin for specific policies in place.

Are you asking for a specific reason or something I can ask him to look for in particular?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
im just trying to see if there is a policy set that effects the users and locks down their printers, but doesnt hit the admin, im just not sure of where it sits....
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bilbusCommented:
goto permisions and remove your self from the printer. You wont see it. i use this to hide printers from users on a terminal server.

I use this usualy for IP printers, but it may work with redirected printers. (not sure if the permisions are perminent with redirected printers, but its worth a try)

Remove your username, not domain admin, that way it will show up if you need to make a change.

If you have a network printer and its on a internal network or within the corp vpn you should use a IP printer. I dislike redirected printers
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zdigrizAuthor Commented:
Thanks, all.

Jay70: I think you might be reading my question in reverse.  I don't want to prevent the user from seeing & using their printer, just from showing up under the admin accounts.  From other research, I know this is the default behavior for both Power Users (why!!!) and administrators.

Bilbus: I'll give that a try.  But as you mention, I'm also a little doubtful those settings will be retained between session for redirected printers.  And of course as I'm checking right now, not a single user is attached to the server with a redirected printer.

For anyone else coming across this thread, I've also learned about several 3rd party print management utilities that resolve a number of TS printing problems.  In particular, they address the need to have individual drivers for every specific printer installed directly on the server.  Here's the link to a great article:

http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=62
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zdigrizAuthor Commented:
It doesn't appear this is possible.  Our solution was to provide non-admin accounts for user who need access in addition to their admin accounts.
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