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work around for drivers and terminal services windows 2003 R2

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Windows Server 2003Microsoft Server OS
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Hello There,

I have been trying to discover a way in which I could get a remote server to communicate with my computers printer properly.

Basically what is going on is that I have to connect to another computer via remote connection using terminal services.  I was told at one point that I should be able to print from the printer that was on my client computer (at home) information that I got off the windows 2003 server.

The problem, of course, is that they had on their computer an HP laserjet 500 printer and I have a Lexmark pinnacle 901 pro attached to my client computer.  I also have an Epson Stylus R1800 but in both cases I know neither of these drivers are installed on the windows server 2003.

I actually called both Lexmark and Epson up in regards to possible drivers that would work on their 2003R2 server and in both cases they told me that unfortunately they had nothing like this for the printers I happened to have.  Lexmarks told me if I wanted to by their higher end printers that supported terminal services but not the ones I currently owned.

Anyway to cut to the chase Epson Level 2 technition suggested that maybe it would be possible to set up a print server on the client side that somehow could transfer the printer driver information from the client printer to the 2003 R2 Server which could be a substitute for having to install the proper driver for the priinter on the service since the manufacturer's of both of these printer models don't make a driver that supports terminal services or windows 2003 server.

So the bottom line is does this scenario make sense in regards to a print server being a work around to the unavailable driver for windows 2003 issue.  If so I can contact some companies that make print servers or ip bridges and see if they have something that can circumvent the problems of manufacturers not providing drivers that can run particular printers on their servers via terminal services.

Also if you know of any other bridging work arounds that may be possible let me know as I think this would be my last resort short of having to go to the office where the printer is to do my print outs directly from their server.

Another thing I was thinking is if there was some way for their server to recognize my usb port that is plugged into the client computer (i.e. some way I could map my USB flash stick to their server to allow me to save a file onto my flash drive via their server)

I know I could most probably email a file to myself via the email client I have access to on their server but I know this would not be a good thing since I am dealing with sensitive information and since their email is not encrypted I don't think I can take this route.

Thanks for any suggestions you may be able to provide to me in regards to this.

Sincerely,

Bo
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