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Remote Desktop Printing

We have a Windows 7 desktop that connect to via RDP from a Windows XP machine.

On the XP machine, we have the option checked to access the printers and the RDP connection works perfectly.

The XP machine has a Brother MFC color laser connected to it via USB.

How do we setup the RDP connection so we can print from the Windows 7 RDP machine to the local XP printer?
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Kent FichtnerInformation Technology Systems SupervisorCommented:
Is the XP machine on the same network?  If so you could always do a share on the XP computer for the USB printer and then find it on the Windows 7 computer.
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workgaCommented:
Also if you enable the local devices and resourses under remote desktop option should bring the printer as a virtual device into windows 7.
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gta2011Author Commented:
workga: Yes, it is enable--printer box is checked.

Where would I find virtual devices?
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workgaCommented:
devices and printers under the start menu
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gta2011Author Commented:
All I see are devices and printers and faxes?
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workgaCommented:
and do you have any devices in there?  something that have in brackets (redirected).  If you don't then the solution by: Amerilabkfichtner would be easier for you.
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gta2011Author Commented:
Does the Windows 7 computer need the Brother MFC driver?  It is a rather new printer?
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gta2011Author Commented:
They are both in WORKGROUP but can not see one another, so his option would not work.
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workgaCommented:
you have to enable file print and sharring, also if windows 7 is 64 bit you will need to add in additional drivers
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John JenningsOwnerCommented:
gta2011,

What you're trying to accomplish is quite simple. You want to print to the Brother printer that is connected to the physical XP machine you are using to initiate the RDP connection to the Windows 7 machine, right?

What you do is:

1. Open Remote Desktop Connection on the XP machine
2. Click the Options drop-down in the bottom left hand corner
3. Click the 'Local Resources' tab, and then
4. Ccheck the 'Printers' box under the 'Local Devices and Resources' section

If you need additional instruction, you can refer to this Microsoft KB article:
KB312135
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gta2011Author Commented:
JohnThePro:

I did that and it still doesn't work.

I know it should work automatically as I did it with another network/Windows 7/Windows XP machine without issue.

I just can't figure out which is to blame: network, 7 machine, or XP machine.
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John JenningsOwnerCommented:
Do you have x64 version of Windows 7?

It's possible you need to install that printer driver on the windows 7 machine. I've had issues with RDP printer translation like that before, and it's usually because of drivers.

Brothers Support Site - English(US)

I'd start there if you haven't already.
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gta2011Author Commented:
Windows 7 is x32.
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John JenningsOwnerCommented:
So then you'll need to install the same driver that is installed in the XP machine. Everything about the driver must be the same between the two since the architectures match.
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gta2011Author Commented:
Good point.  But the Brother driver install stops at the point that it wants to detect a USB/network printer.  So how do I force the Brother driver onto the 7 machine?
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John JenningsOwnerCommented:
It's an exe, right? To install the driver?

I'd use 7-zip to extract the contents of the exe, and locate the driver file.

Then, in the Windows 7 machine, I would run 'printmanagement.msc' from the Run... box.

From Print Management, you can install a new driver directly.
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