Multiple printers being created by terminal sessions
Posted on 2007-11-13
I am running Windows Server 2003. Users connect through terminal services. My issue relates to printing.
I have a printer connected to the LPT port of a client PC. The printer is shared and advertised in the directory. Logged in locally as an Administrator on the server, I add this printer and successfully test print. So far so good.
When a user logs in through terminal services, they select this printer and print successfully. However, their action creates another instance of the printer.
For example, as an administrator if create a printer called "Xante AW1200" which is connected to a client PC called "Barb". When a user "Ingrid" prints from within a terminal sessions another printer called "Xante AW1200 on Barb (from Ingrid) in session 7" is created.
The problem is that users are confused as to which printer they should select as there may be 4 to 5 instances of the same printer showing up.
When I look at the ports assigned to these multiple printer connections, they read, for example, "TS018".
For those printers that have network cards installed, TCP/IP port assignments from the server, and sharing from the server rather than from a client PC the same issue exists.
Security on all printers is "Print" for the everyone group and full access for Administrators. I have tried granting full access to the everyone group and this doesn't solve the problem.
This issue stumps me and any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I may be delayed in responding sometimes but please bear with me as I will respond and am very keen on solving this.