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Phantom Printers on Windows 2000 Server

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Dear All

I am having an issue with numerous Phantom Printers on a Windows 2000 Server.

I have set-up several printers on a Printer server and shared the printers and they all seem to work fine (All HP apart from 3 Ricoh Photocopiers).

I have turned off ipx, and apple on all printers, we are running an IP network.

But when I remote onto the server (from a Windows XP Pro SP2 computer, logged in as my username) and go into Printers, I see several phantom printers with the name of my workstation, and seession1 at the end of each?

Can anyone please explain why?

Is the server network crawling for printers when I connect?

I did set-up the printers as Administrator on the server.

Thanks
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The auto discovery is set on
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Go to Explorer>Tools>Folder Options>View and unticking Automatically Search for Network Folders and Printers
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Thanks for the replys.

I have done this on my client PC (and rebooted) and it still throws these printers onto the server when I remote to it.

Any other ideas please?
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These printers are added automatically allowing you to print to your remote computer during a remote desktop session. They should "disappear" when you disconnect. 2 other places to look to prevent this are;
1) on the remote desktop connection client, before connecting choose "options", then "local resources", and uncheck "printers". It will remember this setting for next time.
2) the above can be over-ridden on the server. Open Terminal Services Configuration from Administrative tools. Click on "Connections" in the left window, and then right click on "RDP-Tcp" in the right window and choose properties. In the window that opens choose the "Client Settings" tab. If "use connection settings from user settings" is checked, the above should be sufficient. If not  uncheck that box as well as "connect client printers at logon".

Perhaps that will resolve.
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Thanks lloydabberton,
--Rob
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