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Local Printers not showing up on Remote Desktop

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None of our users can get the local printers to show up when they are using Remote Desktop to connect to the server. We all have the Printers check box checked under Local Resources. Things like the Quickbooks PDF Converter from the local machines printers are showing up fine.

I can say on my machine that I am using a multi function USB printer that is connected using the USB port.

Thanks for any help, we really need to get this going ASAP.
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Question by:tawapa
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by:dfxdeimos
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Can you provide a litle more detail, such as:

What OS the server is running?
What OS the clients are running?
Has this ever worked before in your environment?

Thank you.
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ryansoto earned 250 total points
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You probably need to load the right drivers for the printers on the terminal server.
Loading drivers is bad though - most drivers written are junk.
Check the system event log and if you have errors referring to missing drivers then thats the problem
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by:jtdebeer
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Hi,

Check your settings under Terminal Server Configuration.
Right Click the RDP Connection and go to properties
There is a Client Settings Tab.

Settings here overrides the settings for the user control.

It could also be a GPO setting that prohibits users from connecting local printers.
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by:michaelgoldsmith
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Agree with 'ryansoto' - You need to have the local printer drivers installed on the TS. You can do this from the printer folder, right-click any open area and select print server, then just add the drivers (don't actually install the printer) and that will solve your issue. Some "home" printers are not meant to work with TS, so you may have to replace some users home printers.
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by:tawapa
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Ok, I can see that you are both correct, it is that the drivers are not installed. The printer I am using is an HP OfficeJet 6200, and when I try to add it through the Properties in Faxes & Printers, it is not listed as an available driver. I also tried to just do the generic OfficeJet on there and it did not work. I am still getting the same error.

Am I missing something? I tried to download the drivers from the HP Website and it just gives me an exe file that fails installation.

Thanks.
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by:michaelgoldsmith
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You should be able to find those drivers on the original CD. However, some printers are not supported on server-side systems.
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by:ryansoto
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You need to download the .exe form hp then it will unzip the driver files to a folder.  Thats where you need to point the 'add print drivers' from
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