Local printing using terminal server 2003 suddenly stopped.

Posted on 2011-09-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Windows 2003 Terminal Server  was virtualized 60 days ago in preparation for  move to new Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server. Virtualized server has been working great but has suddenly stopped picking up default local printers of terminal server users when they login. No local printers are showing up as available printers (as sessions) in the print queue. This terminal server has been running flawlessly for three years and every user has had a local printer connected to their remote PC which has been working with the terminal server for those three years. Suddenly today - no local printing is working through the terminal server at all. The only thing that I noticed was that the registry DWORD value "FFFFFFFF" set for "FilterQueueType"  (that I had originally modified to make printing work) was "missing"  from the registry. I have know idea how that would have happened. I added it back in but no fix. Makes me wonder what else happened to the registry. Nothing else had been changed - really. How can I get local printing going again without having to restore virtualized server?
Question by:ponchoindy
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Expert Comment

ID: 36594031
Could it be that a GPO restricting the attachment of external printers to terminal server is what the issue is.

Author Comment

ID: 36596361
We checked that and even denied GPO in total just to make sure and it is not the problem. Nothing in the event log even shows that terminal server is even attempting to try and find a local printer.
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Expert Comment

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When you say local you mean local to the RDP user's system or local to the terminal Server?

i.e. usera establishes an RDP connection to the VM terminal server. Is part of the RDP includes a local user printer? And that does not get created?
Or is there a GPO that deploys per user printers and that is not processed by the VM terminal server?
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Expert Comment

ID: 36600379
Hate to state the obvious, but after adding "FFFFFFFF" I am assuming you rebooted?

How to redirect the default printer of a Terminal Services client to a Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server session

Might try forcing it......

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Virtual server continued to fall apart (MAPI failures, storage errors, etc..) Registry was somehow corrupted and could not be made to behave after numerous attempts. Had to restore TS to prior date. Still do not understand what happened and find it interesting that it appeared to all start with no local printing through terminal server. One Lesson learned: Keeping users locked down from terminal server changes (though they complain) and writing data to other servers pays off. Thanks for everyone's participation and help.
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Expert Comment

ID: 36714401
Glad you are back up and running...

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36991299
Reinstall was only solution which is what I was trying to avoid.

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