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printing on remote access

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Last Modified: 2013-11-21

I have a serer in germany that my people do a lot of work from but they cant print here. Is there a way that they can print all their docs here the the UK but doing work on terminal services?
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If you go to the local resources tab in the Remote Desktop Connection options there is a section called local devices.  If you get your users to check the box next to printers then when they logon they will see the printers from there local machine within the terminal services session.  I believe this setting is also globally configurable through group policy.

Hope this Helps,
(This assumes you are using RDP connections to the server?)



Yes we are using remote desktop. What i am looking to do is to remote onto the server and be able to print at my end. I have made sure in remote desktop that local printers are selected. I have installed the printer drivers of my current server and loaded it on the server but from there i a not really sure what to do,

Can you help?
Steve KnightIT Consultancy

Alternative;y. if this server is on your own private WAN or network-to-network VPN link then no need to use printing through RDP even -- if the printers on your network are PINgable from the server you could just set them up (or get them setup) as local printers on the server and the users could select them as their default printer when the logon.  If there are firewalls in the way you just need to open port 9100 for HP type printing or port 515 for LPR type printing.



Hi, Unfortunitly i have no VPN setup so it has to be RDP for now. I can see all thier local printers and can print to thier servers but the problem is that i would like to print on my printer and not the local printer at the other end. I was told to load the drivers on the server and i should be on my way but not really sure what to do?
Steve KnightIT Consultancy

OK so how do you get to this server at the moment, is it over the internet through to their external address the other end?  Aside from using RDP printing it is possible you could open a hole in your firewall so the specific address of the German site could connect through port 9100 or 515 using a port forward on your end to the specific printer.  This all depends on your network kit, permissions to open ports unencrypted over the internet and control over outgoing from the firewall the other end.

Ultimately to use remote printing through RDP the printer generall has to be a local printer on the PC, generally parallel port and installed using a driver that is there already on the Term server -- you can sometimes drop down to a standard driver such as HP Laserjet 4 to do this.

Here is a Q I answered in part on the remote printing through RDP with a link to an MS article which give you some details:

Assuming you have the printer set up locally, and have the printers check box selected in local resources, after you TS into the server check the system log. There will be an event from TermServDevices about your printer. If the server requires a driver often as not it will tell you exactly what it needs. Just go into Printers/Faxes | file | Server Properties | Drivers | Add and add the driver. Reconnect the TS session and your printer will be available.

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all were great answers - thank you. jmattard your response was exactly what i was looking for and woks fine. Thank you
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