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Connect another user to a redirected printer - RDS Server

Posted on 2013-01-07
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Howdy,
We have some users in different locations that connect to a RDS (2008 R2) server in a hosting center.  The primary user has a local usb printer that gets redirected and she can print to it correctly.  Is there a way for other users (at different locations) to be able to print to this printer?
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I believe the only way a user on RDS can use another user's printer is to be added to the "print operators" group (or local admins). Then they can see *all* other redirected printers (I don't believe there's a way to just show a specific printer - at least not a simple way).

You _could_ (theoretically) write a script to check their session ID and remove all printers that don't have the same session ID, once logged in, except for that one USB printer, if you're a fan of VBScript. I am sure there would be another way to do it, too but that would work.
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Sorry, there's more I should say. I answered your direct question above, rather than offering a solution which makes more sense.

You are *far* better off simply making the printer in questions a "local" printer on the RDS box, even if this means simply buying a USB-Network connector, so the existing USB printer can be networked). Then set the printer as *local* printer (add a TCP port - do not install it as a network printer, as networked devices are user based, while local devices are machine based) and share it to all users.

This will allow all users on the RDS to use the printer, easily, without using EasyPrint or having to use other users redirected printers.

If the printer in question is not in the same network segment, you would need to make a tunnel (vpn, mpls, whatever you can) to connect the two up. Make sure it's a stable tunnel, though - not user initiated / software based. I suppose you could use Web Printing to get to it, remotely but I don't think that's a great option.
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