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I am running Terminal Server 2000.  I have two questions:

1.  Does the Terminal Server have a time out setting?  I keep getting booted out of the session even if it is just idle for a few minutes.
2.  I have a USB printer on my local computer (hp laserjet 1020).  Can I print to it?  I know that if it was an LPT printer then it would just map the printer for me, but I cannot seem to get it to work and I think it is because it is a USB connection.
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1) Terminal services does have time out periods. These can be set in 2 places. a) on the "sessions" tab of the user's profile in active directory, and b) in Terminal services configuration console on the terminal server. Click on the server name, in the right hand widow right click on RDP-Tcp and choose properties, then the sessions tab. Setting here will override the AD profile
2) USB printing may require a registry change. Check the following items regarding TS printing:
To set up printing with remote desktop:
-On the users workstation when they start the remote desktop connection client, click the options button, and then go to the local resources tab. Check the box for printers and save.
-the drivers for the printer have to be installed on the computer to which you are connecting, assuming they are not native to the operating system. Do not install the printer on the computer to which you are connecting but rather; on the "server" computer, open printers and faxes, on the menu bar go to file, server properties, add, and point to the diver .inf file. You will have to download the drivers first to a temporary folder. If you do this remotely, you should log off and back on before trying to print
-if still having problems, again on the computer to which you are connecting, go to printers and faxes, on the menu bar go to file, server properties, ports. Look at the port type. If it is a Dot4, you will need to use the following Microsoft fix: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q302361
-if it is an option, often connecting the printer to another local computer and sharing it, then connecting to the share rather than having it attached locally, often resolves the problem. If you are using a VPN client this is not always possible, due to routing issues.
-if you are using a USB printer, though it usually works (some multi-function units do not), Microsoft does not officially support USB printing through remote desktop sessions. Vista is supposed to resolve this, though it doesn't help you now.
-avoid PCL6 drivers with terminal services
-Microsoft has released an updated version of the Remote desktop Connection (ver 6) which should be more compatible with USB printers. Certainly offers more USB options, assuming these are compatible with existing O/S's.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=26F11F0C-0D18-4306-ABCF-D4F18C8F5DF9&displaylang=en
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by:suzanne2003
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Thank you very much.  You are always very helpful!!
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Very welcome.
Thank you Suzanne
--Rob
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