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I just finished setting up VPN for an office of accountants.  Is there a way to use a local printer if they are RDPing into their computers from off site?  In otherwords if they need to print something is there a way to direct the doc, etc back to the local printer on the remote site?
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Yes, local printer redirect is available in RDP, as long as you are happy that data is leaving your network.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312135
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RDP has a client and a server. The client is the PC the user interacts with (using keyboard and mouse) to get connected to the server. The user can print to printers connected to the client and/or to the server. Enable local printers in the RDP connection.
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Thx ill try these suggestions
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I'm able to see some of the printer but not the printer I need.  I'm trying to print to a local printer installed via a USB Cable.  I see everything execpt that printer. The printer is an HP Officejet H470.
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The printer's driver must be available on the server. Add the printer's driver on the server and try again. Check server's Windows Application Log for any useful entries such as Warnings/Errors when connecting the client to the server.
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ok so for example if I want to print from a home PC via VPN and remote Desktop, I must install the driver on the server?
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If you have a H470 connected to the home PC you must install the H470 driver on the server.
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Just an FYI I found that if I installed the printer on the remote machine is works better.
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If you installed the printer on the server, that automatically installs the driver too (on the server). And that's what I suggested you to do (install the driver on the server).
But, since you installed the printer, other users accessing that server will be able to print on that printer (unless you restricted permissions). That might be a problem if a user prints a sensitive document on a printer belonging to another user which is located miles far away.
Anyway, glad it works as you expected. Have a nice day!
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