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Can't printer from a virtual machine to a locally connected printer

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I've installed the printer driver for a Brother printer on both the local client computer (which can print to the printer) and on the virtual machine.  The virtual machine (running Windows XP Pro) does add the printer automatically at startup but is not able to print to the local printer.

Any help is appreciated!

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Peter
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by:RTCexpert
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If it helps both the client computer and the virtual machine are have the same OS (Windows XP Pro).

Also the printer is a Brother  MFC  440CN.

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I think in virtual pc there is a setting that will allow the virtual machine to access and use the physical ports on the host machine.
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I do have the VMware Tools installed on the virtual machine if that is what you are referring to.  I'm not aware of an option "to access and use the physical ports on the host machine.", but I might be wrong.

Do you know where this option is?

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In my vmware infrastructure client if you right click your virtual machine you have the option to edit settings. Under the settings ou can choose what USB device you want to use.
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I don't have any Serial or USB ports showing when I go to the same screen.  How do I go about getting these to show up?

When I click on the Add button, I don't see a USB option.

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What version  of the vmware are you using? We purchased the ESX version which costs a pretty penny. It may be a feature that isnt available in your version of the software
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We bought the following as well, and the below versions is what we are currently using.

VMware ESX 3.5 Update 2
VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2
VMware Virtual Desktop Manager 2.1

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The solution ended up being that I had to reinstall the VDM client with the USB redirection enabled, and then also click on Devices from within the client session and click on the device (like a printer) to enable it.
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Solved my own question.
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