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Printing via Remote Desktop / Terminal Services to a Host-Based non-PCL printer

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Hi Experts!

Have you found (and reliably used) a software or "universal driver" solution for printing to non-PCL, host-based printers via Terminal Services?  

Got a company with a bunch of sales people connecting to a Terminal Server, who usually have home-grade, host-based, non-PCL printers that they'd like to print to.  

Historically, the company purchased better printers for the salespeople and sent them to their homes, but moving forward, I'd like to stop that practice, and maybe address it by having a single driver on the server, which will emulate and print to whatever printers they might have.

I'm building a quote for a complete network overhaul / face lift if you may, and I'd like to include a solution to address this.  The new setup will include SBS 2008, complemented by a Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server.  

Links, ideas or known solutions to this sort of an issue would be much appreciated!  
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HP does have an UPD that support quite a number of HP printers for both office and homes.

http://h20338.www2.hp.com/Hpsub/cache/344305-0-0-225-121.html

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Think Dell A something or other printer series, HP Laserjet P1006, laserjet 1000, Canon, Lexmark, Epson InkJet printers, HP Photosmart, etc...  

Sorry comnuts but you missed the point.
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Hi, a product that is well known are ThinPrint. Also partners like VmWare are buying technolgy from ThinPrint. I'm using thinprint to control print bandwith, and also universal print driver.

/AJ

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Sounds doable... are there any alternatives you know of?  I've seen thinprint and I think I hit a brick wall when licensing came up... this is for a small business with about 8-12 sales people connecting remotely via RDP to Terminal Server.
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In terminal server there are 4 options that i will recommend to fix universal print drivers.

1: Use 2008 Terminal Server instead, they have commed with TS 2008
2: Use 2003 Terminal Server with citrix and Citrix Universal Driver
3: Use 2003 Terminal Server with ThinPrint
4: Use 2003 Terminal Server with vendor universal driver. Like HP universal driver, canon universal driver and Lexmark Universal driver.


/AJ
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