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Remote Desktop Printing

I use a WIndows 2003 Server as a Remote Access terminal where offsite employees can use remote desktop to connect and get their email

I have allowed offsite printing in the configuration but I have not been able to get it to work

Is it supposed to see my offsite printers and allow me to select one to print to?

I see a generic printer which is new and I think is the one the program wants to use but when I send a print job to it nothing happens

Any hints would be appreciated

Bob
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K_WilkeCommented:
The way I view it with RDP printing, unless you have created the printers on the file server that are on the corporation network then RDP tries to create a printer that corresponds to the PC side printer(s) that are connecting via RDP.
If you want to print to the PC printers then you need to get the exact same driver as on the PC to be installed on the server.  If not then the server will try to "guess" what the driver is.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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BobMc7771Author Commented:
To confirm I understand I would

Create a printer on the network that is identical to teh PC printer the remote user will use (there will not be a physical printer on site - can I load drivers without having the printer on site to talk to ?)

When later I connect remotely I will print to my home printer and teh program will connect the dots and print to that printer?

Do the printers have to have identical names (at home and at the office?

Does this open any security risks ?

Thanks
Bob
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K_WilkeCommented:
Yes they should have identical name (or close to it).
No there should be no security risks.
Yes RDP actually will create a ts001 port printer that you will then print to.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
AFAIK, only the driver names have to match. If the drivers match then TS will create a session printer that will redirect to the output will go to your remote printer.
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BobMc7771Author Commented:
Thank you for your help - One last question

I have several HP 1320  laserjets at the office with drivers working fine

I have one at home already (name is different though)

If I change the name at home to the same as one at work - that should be it ??

Again I appreciate your patience

Bob
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
I have never had to to match the names. My experience setting up 200+ remote printers  has been that even with the exact same printer name, if the printer drivers are not seen as the same then it will not work. Installing the exact same printer drivers with the same driver names on the server and the remote computer seams to the key.



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K_WilkeCommented:
yes, my bad...name is no big deal but the driver is huge.
Especially if an HP between PCL5e and PCL 6 drivers.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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BobMc7771Author Commented:
Thank you
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
Is that no what I keep saying?
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