Changing Printer Ports and Terminal Server

Posted on 2007-08-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I have a client who is using a Hosted Terminal Server Solution, the hosted server is running SBS2003 and client is connecting to TS via Remote Desktop, client is running XP Professional on local machines.

In the office there is a Laser Printer that is attached to one PC and is shared so other office PC's can use. When connecting to the Terminal Server the printer maps across OK but sometimes after a period of time the printer port in Terminal Services is showing the port as Inactive TS port, even though the correct port is available from the list. And therefore I have to manual assign the printer port, causing a time delay for my client.

Does anyone know how to stop Terminal Services from changing the port to which the printer is allocated

For your information the 'Hosted Terminal Server' is a server that we rent from a larger company and is out of office in remote location.

If any further information is required then please let me know
Question by:livingst
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    Accepted Solution

    If the computer the printer is connected to is not on or connected to TS then the printer will not be available in TS.

    If I were you I would put the printer on the network, if it does not have a built in print server get one from Best Buy.  Once you do this make it a local network printer for all the workstations, and have them share printers with the TS session.  


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    Many thanks for your time, I will have a go at this solution and will let you know how i get on

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