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Good SOHO USB Printer that works with RDS?

Hey Guys,

I have a client who has a 2008 R2 RDS server in place.  They work remotely without an issue but they have USB HP 1020 LJ's at their remote locations.  They are unable to print (they get an error) but they can see them when remotely connected.

I poked around and I've seen posts about that low end/old printer being a problem.

They need a basic B&W LaserJet to print remotely via RDS.

Any recommendations or is there a fix for the 1020?


Thank you.

-dave
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
The b*tch of mixed O/S environments is that the printer drivers must be an EXACT match; but, it looks like HP may be smiling on you!
Get the XP (32 bit) and Windows 7 (64 bit) versions of the "Hostbased Plug and Play Basic Driver"
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?prodNameId=439428&lang=en&cc=uk&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=439423&taskId
Install the 64 bit on the server and the appropriate version (32 or 64) on the clients and it should all start working.
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dwandererAuthor Commented:
Thanks Davis.  I tried to install the 64 bit Win7 drive on the RDS server but it asks for the printer to be plugged in before it will continue.

How do I get around it if the printers are offsite?

I can have clients install the appropriate version on their machines.  Should I have them remove their current printers before installing?

Thank you.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Most HP drivers have an option to skip or to install anyway.  Otherwise, try using the add printer wizard, tell it not to autodetect, and set it to choose LPT1 as the port.
Yes; it would be best to uninstall any old drivers you find on the clients.
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dwandererAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  That host based driver (win 7 64) that I need to install on the server doesn't do that.  It's a wizard and just gives me an option to cancel when I get to the point where it wants the USB plugged in....

Not sure what to do.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Its actually a self extracting zip file that then launches setup.  Get a copy of 7-zip ( free http://www.7-zip.org/download.html ), install it, then right-click on the download, choose 7-Zip, and extract it to a folder (the default is the name of the download).
I'd suggest doing it on a workstation, copying the folder to the server, then using the add printer wizard again.
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dwandererAuthor Commented:
The LJ 1020 does not work using the solution above.  I found others who had similar problems and I eventually fixed it by installing the LJ 1018 on both the server and the client.
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dwandererAuthor Commented:
the 1020 driver does not work.  use the 1018.
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