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I need to make sure users can print off their local printers while in Terminal Services. Is there a way I can make sure these printers attach without relying on the RDP client? The TS is offsite.
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by:chqshaitan
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Hi,

I am not quite sure what you mean by " Is there a way I can make sure these printers attach without relying on the RDP client?".

Do you want to be able to print to the printers without logging into terminal services first? or do you want to force terminal services to always allow remote printing?
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by:mattconroy
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From the Terminal Server Server
1) Open Administrative Tools and choose Terminal Services Configuration
2) Highlight Connections in the left pane
3) Right click RDP-Tcp in the right pane and choose properties
4) Click the tab for Client Settings
5) Under Connection uncheck Use connection settings from user settings
6) Make sure that Connect client printers at logon is checked
7) Click Apply
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by:chqshaitan
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Yea, as Matt says that is the way to force any rdp client connecting to the server automatically sharing the printer.
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by:Cláudio Rodrigues
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I guess we all need to understand exactly what you are trying to achieve. Printing in TS must be done properly and taken very seriously otherwise you end up for sure with a very unstable TS.
Give us more details and we will help.

Cláudio Rodrigues
Microsoft MVP - Remote Desktop Services
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by:Nathaniel_ScrivNET
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@Matt,

That was the setting I was looking for, but when I did it and then unchecked the printer connection on the RDP Client, it did not force it.
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Cláudio Rodrigues earned 500 total points
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It will NOT force. If the client decides not to use printing, does NOT matter what you set on the server. The server setting just guarantees it will be used IF the client decides to use it. Simple as that.
The only solution I can see for you is to create an RDP connection and save it as a .RDP file (you can open it with Notepad). In this case the setting for mapping the printers will be there, no matter what the user sets on the interface.

Cláudio Rodrigues
Microsoft MVP - Remote Desktop Services
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