I have a 2003 terminal server which is used by about 25 staff
Many of the staff have printers connected to their workstation via USB or parallel. Their local printer is set up to connect via RDP printer redirection so they can print to their own printer from TS, works as expected.
- I need them to be able to print to any room, not just the one they are in now.
- I need the printer to have a short, clear name like "Dr1Print" instead of "Canon bla bla bla on ThatPC (in session X)"
- I want all staff to have access to all printers automatically without having to add each one manually.
So i have set each workstation printer to be shared and in the directory with an appropriate name. Each user can now add whatever printer to their TS profile by adding a new printer from the directory, and it appears with a name like "Dr1Print on Dr1PC". I would prefer the name was just "Dr1Print" if possible.
I have tried using group policy preferences and this works for some printers because they have their own IP address (they are proper network printers, not USB printers that are shared) but i cannot get it to work for printers that are shared via a workstation.
Is there a way to set up one of these shared printers via GP prefs?
I hope this makes sense.