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

Posted on 2006-04-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
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?


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Question by:zdigriz
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    nope I have never heard of away..

    Network+, Security+, MCSA, MCSE 2003
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    Hi zdigriz,

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


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    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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    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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    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

    Author Comment

    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:

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    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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