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VMWare View Location-Based Printing

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Hello,

We are planning on rolling out several hundred thin clients to run VMWare View desktops.  We need to get location-based printing figured out before we can deploy.

Following the guides I have found online, this is what I have done so far.

I have installed the Group Policy editor on our View manager and registered the .dll's.  
I have entered the mappings for a printer to a single View desktop  within "Autoconnect map Additional Printers for VMWare View"
The GPO I created has been applied to my test desktop, but the printer does not appear.

The questions that pop into my mind are..

1.  Do these .dll's have to be registered on our Domain Controllers?

2.  How do I get the correct printer driver for my printer (without installing it onto our 'gold' image) and where do I put in in Windows Explorer?  

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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1. DLL needs to be registered on the computer used to configure the group policy, before you configure the group policy.

2. printer driver needs to be installed on the client eg Golden Master or Parent VM for the pool.
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by:EL_Woodward
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Thanks for the quick reply.

We have 2 domain controllers where we can configure group policy.  I have installed the group policy editor on the VMWare View manager.  The .dll's are registered on the View manager.  I was wondering if they need to be registered on the DC's also.

On our gold image, I installed the printer, then deleted it.  It was my hope that the driver would remain.  Not sure if it did or not.  I am unsure of how to install just the driver files without installing the printer
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by:EL_Woodward
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I have gotten it working, sort of.

It works if I connect to this virtual desktop via the VMWare View client that is installed on my desktop computer.  However, If i connect to this same desktop via the VMWare View client on my iPad, or through a 10Zig thin client, the printer does not appear.  If I manually run "tpautoconnect.exe" in C:\Program files\vmware\vmware tools, I get "Client Not Found".
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by:EL_Woodward
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I figured it out.  I was having AD replication issues.  Once I straightened those out, my printer appeared on both my iPad and my thin client.
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