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Terminal Server printing to local site without VPN

Posted on 2011-03-15
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we have a terminal server with users logining on it from serval site.
everytime we add a site (even small) we need to create a site to site VPN (only for printing basically)
we tried to allow the creation of remote printer at user logon, but it creates issues because of the number of users and number of site.
Is there a way to send the print to a distant printer (behind a fixed IP) without the need for a VPN?
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Question by:havette
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by:connectex
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You can have one or more printers on the remote system. They do not have to be local printers. Printer redirection should auto-create the remote printers when the system creates a terminal server session. This is assuming there's a matching driver installed on the terminal server system. Depending on the version of Windows OS, remote printers may or may not be shown to other sessions.
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by:havette
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we disabled the printer redirection since we have ~50 remote users and with all the installed drivers on their own computers, the print spooler kept caching.
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by:connectex
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Without printer redirection your sunk.
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by:havette
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crap...

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by:havette
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I wish I could have open some port on the firewall or install some remote printing software on the TS and make it happen.
Any other idea? (tired to create VPNs between devices of different brands...)
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You could try using IPP, LPD, or port 9100 but I think you'll be adding more overhead for printing and possibly opening yourself up to attacks. I've setup terminal services since Citrix WinFrame. Most of the installations I do now days are small as I only support SMBs. But I've never even disabled printer redirection before.
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by:havette
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Ok, will try it again then. Thank for your reactivity
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