slow printing on Remote Desktop Host connections

Posted on 2013-09-18
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Last Modified: 2013-09-19
We recently built a RDS server and virtualized it with a Hosting Service. It is connecting to another virtualized server holding our data.
Both machines are Windows 2008R2.
The problem we are having is very slow printing performance. It takes up to 70 seconds to start printing after the print button has been clicked. The printing is slow on all programs.
Our bandwidth at the Host is 87mb while the bandwidth of their clients is 10mb.
I have activated Easy Print on the Host server.

Any thoughts?
Question by:TcAnthony
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by:Uptime Legal Systems
ID: 39504254
You may want to try installing the printer driver on the server to increase printing speed.  You'll need to match the driver name exactly (or you'll have to do a tricky workaround) in order to get it to connect using the driver and not easy print.

Sometimes the easy print driver spools the print jobs into much larger files than using the matching driver (which causes increased download times) and will decrease the time loading the printer in software programs.

Author Comment

ID: 39504587
An update. Network printers are much slower than local printers. Also seems much slower on PDFs than any other document. We print PDF invoices and they are painful to print.

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Uptime Legal Systems earned 2000 total points
ID: 39504954
Do these printers have a PS driver option for printing?  PDF jobs are spooled lower in size for PS drivers (in most cases)

Author Comment

ID: 39505609
Are you asking if the driver is PS instead of PCL?

Author Comment

ID: 39505692
It appears they are PCL right now. I changed them to HPs universal drivers and shut off spooling and checked "print directly to printer".
We will test this morning.
Thanks for your reply.

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