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Remote desktop and local printers

Posted on 2011-09-27
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Have a 2008 R2 RDP Server, it works great However i have one user who connects from an XP machine and the system will not find his local printer, he has a HP 2300 printer connected via parallel cable to his box. I have loaded both 32 & 64 Bit Drivers on the RDP server as well as updated his remote connection client.

any hints t force his local printer to show up on the RDP server?
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by:TheCleaner
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Check the system event viewer logs.  If it talks about a driver not found try this:

On his PC share out the printer.  Then on the RDP server attach to the printer and print a test page.

Then have him RDP into the server and see if it shows up then.  It should, but if not check the logs again.

If it does, then simply delete the "shared printer" you added originally and unshare it on the client PC.
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by:Donald Stewart
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Try the fix-it or registry edit here


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302361
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by:BMI-IT
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the fix-it does not work under 64bt 2008 r2, Ill look at the reg edit later and post back
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by:Donald Stewart
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Run the fix-it on the XP client
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by:TheCleaner
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If it is connected via parallel cable it should be an LPT port, and thus not applicable on the reg edit/fix.  Unless I'm missing something here.
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by:Donald Stewart
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The title of the KB is misleading, but the regedit works.
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by:BCipollone
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Make sure the Drivers on both the XP box and the server match 100%.  This means not only the driver version and type but also the name of the driver.  Capitals are important.
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by:David_Ingledew
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does the same happen with a USB device? just wondering if it's the RDP connection or device at fault.
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by:BMI-IT
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Hello, never tried a USB attachment as the printer isnt USB, WILL TRY THE FIX IT AGAIN
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by:BMI-IT
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still no joy on this issue,, Its looking like a older printer will not work as im not seeing this issue with newer local printers getting redirected.
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by:TheCleaner
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Did you try my idea in the first reply about sharing out the printer, etc?  I've found that works well...note when I said "see if it shows up..." I mean see if the redirected console printer shows up, not the SHARED printer.
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hello,

none of the ideas worked correctly, I ended up buying a newer uptodate printer that connects via USB and it works
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My own fixed fixed it
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