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How do I get users to be able to take thier printers to a Terminal Session??

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I've been asked to setup a terminal server that users will use an app on. Some users are getting their printers across with them and some are not. Is this down to the drivers not being on the TS??  if so how do I install these (do I go through the motions of installing a local printer?)?

Thanks In advance
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Assuming that the RDP client has the "Printers" box checked under the Local Resources tab, then the problem is most likely that the driver is not installed on the terminal server. Since you have some other client printers that are being properly mapped, we can also assume that the GPO is allowing this to happen on this TS.

You don't actually need to add the printer as if it was locally connected, but rather the driver just needs to be installed. TS will automatically map the client printer when the host connects, and un-map it when the host disconnects.

There are two ways to do this. Either you can download the driver installer package from the printer manufacturer to install the driver, or manually add the driver via the File/Server Properties/Drivers/Add interface from the Printers control panel and just point it to the .inf file from the downloaded driver package.

I usually like the second solution better because it installs ONLY the driver without any extras. Only problem is that i've noticed that simply getting a handle on the .inf file packages from the manufacturers is getting harder.


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Thanks, this allows me to have a better few days off :-)
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