Terminal server printing via Easy Print universal driver

Posted on 2010-09-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I just started to work for a new customer. The setup they have is not ideal

The Domain Controller is a Windows 2003 Standard Edition
The terminal server is a Windows 2008 R2

I want to use the Easy Print universal driver for remote session but is that possible if the DC is not a Windows 2008 R2?

Have already install RDP version 7 and .NET Framework 3 SP1 on the Windows XP client but it does now work.

How can I make it work?
Question by:Gerhardpet
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
ID: 33684963
Unfortunately not, this is a new Windows Server 2008 feature

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ID: 33685479
I'm thinking there got to be a way to make it work. I found this link were a user seems to have it working but still it does not work for me 
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What if you login to the local 2008 server rather than as the domain administrator?  Do you see the GPO settings?
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I loged in as a local administrator and still don't see the GPO 2008 R2 settings
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in my research, i'm not seeing the requirement for a 2008 or 2008 R2 AD to use Easy Print.  perhaps someone has some other ideas.

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Gerhardpet earned 0 total points
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I solved the problem

Yes easy print does work with a Win 2003 DC

What I was missing is not having the Remote Desktop Session Host Server role installed on the terminal server

That is what happens when one takes over from another IT "guru" who left everything falling apart at the customers before I arrived.

Still have more mess to clean up
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ID: 33698424
that's good to know...glad you found it.

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ID: 33700272
Also in Windows 2008 R2 Server the GPO settings for printing in remote sessions is not longer in

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Terminal Services\Terminal Server\Printer Redirection

It now is under

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Printer Redirection

I thought I would share in case someone runs in to the same problem

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ID: 37084812
This explains my problem very nicely. The solution doesn't exactly help me because I was trying to get this to work for an administrative RDP connection, without the Host Service running, but at least it explains WHY it didn't work.


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