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How do I connect local printers - PORT/NETWORK printers while using Windows Terminal Server

Posted on 2008-10-11
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Hey guys,

We recently bought a US based Server 2003 and we are logging into this Terminal Server thru RDC. Most of our client PCs are Windows XP based. We have 2 printers connected localy - one is a PORT one and the other is a network printer.

While using Terminal Server - I tried installing both the printers and I could, but unfortunately they don't seem to be working. I have asked many IT support techs but they say "You cannot print on your local printer if you're on the Terminal Server" - which I deny. There has to be a way to make these printers work Remotely.

Please assist me in this.
Thanks for your great help!
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you need to get the admin to install the drivers for the local printer first,
then when you connect you will have to tick the option to be able to print locally.
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The printers are already connect & installed locally. Also, before connecting to the RDC, the option for Printers is ticked. It still didn't detect the printer. So, I thought of installing it directly on the server coz its a network printer. Still no luck.
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you need to install the drivers onto the terminal server - you must do this logged in as admin
when lookin at the printers, there is the option - file, server properties, drivers, add.
Add the drivers for your printer.
then when the user connects the server will be able to assign the driver.
I would expect that there are event log errors related to not be able to load the drivers when you connect
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by:GirishT
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I as admin have already installed the driver & printers onto the terminal server. While giving print command it goes thru but it doesnt process to the printer.
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Guys, please advise me on this. I am still waiting.
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