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RDP Printing Performance

Posted on 2013-06-11
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I have 2 offices. Office A is head office, connectivity of 10MB EFM. Office B connects to a Windows 2008 R2 terminal server located at Office A to run their apps. Office B connectivity is FTTC, 20 Mb download, 10Mb upload. Office B has 4 employee's running RDP client to Office A. They are having serious printing issues, such as 15 seconds for word as an example to bring up print preview and a further 15 seconds for it to come out. They have both USB and IP printers on their local network so are taking their printers into their RDP session with them. Both the HP photosmart (the usb one) and the IP One are the same. I know the photosmart are not designed to work within 2008 terminal servers but I would expect the other one to be fine. All drivers have been removed from the terminal server and they are using EasyPrint to handle the jobs.

I have tried to drop the experience on their RDP client to all manner of connection speeds and still have the same at 56k modem setting speed. I have edited the printer settings to get the print to print direct rather than to spool...all to no avail,

Is there anything else I can try and it really is unusable for printing.

Many thanks.
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Your issue is that those printers are GDI which means they are so dumb they only know how to print rows of dots.  The drivers literally build an image of the page in memory and then send the dots to the printer.  This results in massive spool files and you are seeing that it takes a long time to send as much as 81MB per page, assuming 600DPI and color.
You can try reducing the quality (i.e. 300DPI) which will cut it to 20MB; but, the better answer is to buy true PCL printers which reduce it to about 2.5KB per page.
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