Windows Terminal Services Remote Printer Rights

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Hello,
   I have a customer who purchased some Dell 2335dn multifunction printers to use.  These printers were setup direct on their Terminal Server (Windows 2003) as they were all inside the local network.  One strange thing was noticed and that is that users needed the manage printer right in order to print to these printers.  That wasn't hard to work around on those printers and grant the rights.

  However, now they have the same printer out at a site that connects to the terminal server remotely.  The printer gets install correctly via terminal services, but of course can't be used because the user account does not get manage printer rights when the printer is automatically created.  If I grant the rights while the session is connected all is good.  But of course that doesn't last.  

  Has anyone heard of this before and is there a way to change the default permissions on these automatically created printer objects?  Thanks in advance.
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Is the offsite printer available from the local network? i.e, can you create a route and ping to the printer? If it's able to you can add the printer as a local printer in the TS server which could solve your problem. The other is to host the printer on a print server that will grant the rights and have the TS to redirect to the print server. (I'm not sure the second will work cos I seen this in Citrix deployment)

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Hi,
   Sorry about the late reply but thanks for the response.  Unfortunately that isn't a viable solution for me in this case.  The remote is not under my control so I can not make the appropriate firewall changes to allow the printer communication.  It has to be a auto created printer under terminal services.  If there was only away to add a group in additional to the default groups when printers are created.  I'd prefer not to add this user account to the power users group.
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Try adding the users into "Print Operators" group in your domain controller. This will however show all the printers to each users and they will have rights to print to any printer. If you have some budget, look into Thin Print solutions, http://worldwide.thinprint.com/Products/Overview/printRDPEngine/tabid/412/Default.aspx.

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Sorry for not responding.  The print operators idea did not work becasue that group is not added to a newly created printer automatically.  This is no longer an issue for me in this case, but I am accepting the solution becasue of the link you provided.  I will look to use this product in my implementations.  Thanks for the tip.

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