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In the process of moving to virtualized environment. Current status:
Win2008R2 - domain controller, DNS, DHCP server, print server are all virtualized

Printing from workstations or servers runs as expected. Printing from thin clients to all other print devices is fine except HP1300 (3 of them) and one HP1320

2 Presentation 4.0 Servers Windows 2003 - all printers printing as expected with the exception of HP1300n that take about 2 to 3 minutes to complete a simple one page word document. Using the HP Universal printer driver for PCL6 as a shared printer from the 2008 server. Imported new print server into Citrix.

New virtual XenApp servers scheduled to be built next week but I need printing from the old Citrix servers until that point

HP website indicates the UPD driver is supported in this environment. What am I missing?
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by:Carl Webster
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Do you have a Citrix policy that sets the clients to print directly or indirectly?

Connect directly to network print server if possible
Always connect indirectly as a client printer

Test those two settings.

http://forums.citrix.com/message.jspa?messageID=1497519
http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/1362
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by:kingsville
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Policy set to - Connect directly to network print server if possible.

we have not had this problem until the installation and move to 2008 server. Driver issue possibly?
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by:kingsville
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Also re-shared printer from original 2003 server that was working (using HP1320 PCL6 driver). Connected to printer in user's session and experienced the same delay in printing. This never occurred before prior to move to new server environment
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by:Carl Webster
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I use the Citrix UPD only unless I am forced to use a specific print driver.
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by:kingsville
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Is there a way I can set these printers only to use the Citrix UPD as a  test. All other printers are running exactly as expected and there are no time delays whatsoever. I would just like to fix these that are causing the issue
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by:Carl Webster
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Create a new Citrix policy and apply it only to a specific server, IP address range or users/groups.  Set the policy to use UPD only and not install native drivers.
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by:kingsville
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How do I only include the HP 1300 printers? Seems like doing the above will install UPD for all printers that user will connect with. I will run as a test but I would like to isolate only the model printers causing the issue
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by:Carl Webster
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Try using the Session Printers policy setting.  I have never needed to filter down to a specific printer version before.
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by:kingsville
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Is there a time period before these the policy is availabe. Client logs in and still gets origianl settings. can I force it somehow?
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by:Carl Webster
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A logon "should" force the new/updated Citrix policy to be retrieved.
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by:kingsville
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I have tried several times and it has not taken effect
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by:Carl Webster
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The run the Citrix Resultant Policy and see what it says.
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by:kingsville
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Where do I find that? We are in the process of moving to XenApp 6.5 in the next coupel of weeks. If this cannot be resolved., users will have to live with it until the new servers come online and if the issue remains will be forced to resolve it at that time
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by:joharder
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I've had one of these printers for years now (I just can't kill it!) and have used it with Citrix UPD without issue.  

Try using the HP Universal PCL5, not 6.  
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Tried PCL5 - caused printing issues for a cheque run and other print issues. Set the priinters back to PCL6 UPD until another solution is suggested OR XenApp server build in completed and tested and can be deployed
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by:Herman D'Hondt
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
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by:kingsville
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No further suggestions were submitted for us to try. We will be moving to new XenAPP servers on Monday and the servers that were causing the issue are being retired. I agree you can close out the question on behalf of kingsville

Thank you
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