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Local printing for small business connected via PCAnywhere

What is the best solution to allow clients to print to local printers while connected to remote systems via PCAnywhere? Windows 7 64-bit is not compatible with most print drivers using this kind of configuration. Google Cloud Print, PrinterShare and Cloud Print for Windows have proved to be unsatisfactory as a solution. The above mentioned need an output file to print versus printing from within the applications themselves. Any suggestions for something reasonable and relatively non-complex?

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Try terminal services from microsoft, you caan make it to connect to your client's local printers.

Remote clients print on their printers or remote printers?

Or have them print to file and email it for later printing,

Let me know what u think.
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Thanks for the reply. How about with systems running XP and 7/64 only? No server OS (no broker/gateway). Looking for a lot cheaper solution  - PCAnywhere already installed and utilized.

I am afraid u have to make changes to ur config at some point, but here is a link to pcanywhere doc , at page 100 it explains remote printing :

Have a look and let me know.
Oh btw, terminal services works also on xp and win7, that is if its ok to have only one client simultanously...
The problems is Windows 7 / 64-bit printer drivers and PCAnywhere:

If a client remotes into an office system, they can't redirect print to a newer printer (64 bit).

Several users need to telecommute at the same time - TS is not an option. The only solution that is needed here is a more flexible remote printing setup within applications (if possible).

"The only solution that is needed here is a more flexible remote printing setup within applications (if possible)."

Thats not an easy thing to acheive, which is why market learders like google have problems. You could try "roll your own" intermediate solutions, so install the XPS writer, or something like PDF995 so that the applications print to an intermediate file, manually transfer the file and print it locally.

Whats key to acheiving this is connectivity, and you havn't described how the users connect into the network to access PC Anywhere, do they have a VPN or a PC Anyhwere web gateway?

Does PC Anywhere allow multiple connections to the same remote machine at the same time? I thought it was one-2-one, and if so Remote Desktop would be fine, provided the machines they are connecting to are Windows/7 Profesional or higher. The TS client can be installed on any Windows appart from perhaps Home Basic. Users can VPN in access all network resources, and their printers would be mapped across.

Other one-2-one solutions available such as "" or "" which both handle printing but I am not sure how they handle 32/64 bit printer drivers. There is also "" which you can install on your own server.
g4ugm, thanks for your reply.

The PCAnywhere access is configured via port level at the office router. Each external user has their own port/IP to allow simultaneous connect to their own system in the office. PCAnywhere is one to one and is a requirement since there are older third party applications that require session zero (foreground application) support.  TS will not allow that. Some of the systems are XP also. Like I said, they have already purchased and installed PCAnywhere 12.5 and just need a remote printing solution. It appears that each application will have to output to PDF and then print the file to a Google Cloud Print remote printer (via Cloud Print for Windows). My question is just for remote printing options using this setup, not a complete revamp of the remote access.

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The solution has to utilize PCAnywhere. Not a new VPN setup. They do not have a spare system to use as a VPN server nor do they want a user system deployed in this role. They have paid for and like PCAnywhere already. Until the next technology refresh, they are not spending anymore money or changing remote access for now. Just looking for different remote printing options, not any other change. A Wintel server OS will be rolled out next time which will eliminate PCAnywhere totally as far a remote access solution.

Basic Google Cloud Printing is free. Cloud Print for Windows client is $20 per system. Configuring a dedicated VPN server will cost a new system plus setup labor. Was just asking if anyone knew of a one step remote cloud print option versus the current 2 step method.
"Was just asking if anyone knew of a one step remote cloud print option versus the current 2 step method. "

As I said above you need a two step process because you don't have direct connectivity between the clients and server. Sorry...
Thanks. So, there are no better alternatives besides Google Cloud Print?
I have done a bit more research, but at the moment the only other solutions I can find are printer specific such as the HP and Kodak featues built into their printers or mobile apps for printing from iphone or android.

It also looks as if you install Cloud Print for Windows on both the users PC's then they can print directly from one system to the other, but thats now $40 per user.

Can you explain in a little more detail how you were going to print with just a single Cloud Print client installed?  If you are producing a file as output, then why not just transfer that back with PC Anywhere and print locally?

You can the Microsoft XPS document print driver or one of the free PDF printer drivers to get a document thats easily transfered and printed?
The connection through PCAnywhere only requires a Cloud Printing single license per system (home) because you can create the output file on the office PC and transfer it back to the system at home. There is no need to remote print when in the office.
So why do you need a cloud licence at home? Isn't the printer local to the PC at home? If you install the Microsoft XPS print driver you get an XPS file you can transfer home and print locally...
Why would we need to spend $40 per user?
Try one of these other free cloud print solutions :