Remote printing through SBS2008 workplace

I am trying to print to a printer at the remote location when connected through workplace. I am assuming that this is the same has printing through remote desktop services when connected through a VPN. I would need to install just the printer driver on the PC that the remote PC is connected to. This should then show up as a printer on the remote PC.

However I recall that there is an issue with remote printing if the printer doesn't support PCL drivers

I would appreciate any help with this matter
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Davis McCarnConnect With a Mentor OwnerCommented:
Here is the XP driver:
Here is the 7 driver:

Luckilly, they are the same version so it should work fine.  And, as I already said, your only possible gotcha is that it may be slow to print.  Set the user's default to econo mode or 300DPI and you'll reduce the print file size by a factor of 4, or more.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
If you have a mixed O/S environment (32 and 64 bit), you need an exact match of the driver version for both the remote and the server or it won't work.  Beyond that, the danger of GDI or raster printers lies in the fact that they can be major resource hogs and be very slow to print remotely.  If it is only one such printer, go ahead and try it.
agieryicAuthor Commented:
Basically, the PC that has the HP "LaserJet 1217nfw" attached locally via USB is the remote PC. That PC is running Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

I believe there is an issue printing remotely unless the printer uses a PCL driver. I'm not sure.

The PC in the primary office and in the SBS2008 server domain is running 32bit version of Windows XP Pro

the user is connecting to his Office PC (XP Pro 32bit) from his home PC ( Windows 7 Pro 64bit) and wants to print a document from the office PC to his home office printer

I know I can print using LogMeIn Pro - but I don't want to set that up since we have SBS2008 workplace

We will eventually be replacing the office PC with a new Windows 7 Pro PC in the near future. If you think this is to much of an issue currently, we can print using OWA from the remote PC. the end user can live with this for now.
agieryicAuthor Commented:
I will give this a try. Thanks for your help
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