win7 64bit client Terminal server 2003 installing local printers in session

Posted on 2013-11-20
Last Modified: 2015-04-03
I have a local PC system that I support ( I took over from existing tech) I have no control of the 2003 32bit Server that clients machine access. (I can but not as admin, the owner/operator knows very little and yes malware and bugs and updates are not regularly fixed on it).
Have now 3 client an XP Sp3 pro and 2 windows7 64bit clients. The each have a local small laser printer.. maybe a small inkjet attached to each that is to be pulled into Terminal session when loggin onto server so that they can use its services. {Was informed that the Ancient ag commodity program (Agris) and outdated slow server would be replaced in 4 months during the height of fertilizer season. But as of today they need to work to entered the data (which they can) and print as much as possible (One of them can't) while customers are bringing products.

(AGRIS)  is dos based lets them print the reports and trades of customers that they have  entered at local workstations via a remote destop session. One machine works fine as a workstation but no ptinters are seen on the server thru the session. The PC uses a small older Hp 1200 LaserJet (has worked before in the terminal session) just not thru this new 64bit windows 7 machine. I have tried to install 32 bit drivers as well on this machine and tried installed 64bit drivers and 32bit drivers on the server so they will see each other but I have no printers showing up. Under Printer server properties the many printers that system wide access this 2003 server are listed including the 32bit drivers for this LaserJet 1200 and other printers at the two other workstations.

This has been a pain in my rear for a year on and off trying to make it work easily and simply but I cannot figure it out.  I need a fresh eye to look at the situtation and even a remote session to see where my problems lie. I am running out of time and need help with this ASAP. Please help a tech out.


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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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The HP LaserJet 1200 is available to a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit system.

On the Windows 7 System, go to Devices and Printers, Add Printer, Local, Existing connection and see the Windows Printer Update button beside Have Disk. Click on Update and allow to complete. When done, cancel out.

Now restart and add the printer locally. The HP1200 is available on my Windows 7 machine, so it should be there and add successfully. Do not print a test page if it is not connected. Once installed, hook up the printer to its network location.

Installing printers locally and then networking them is a good strategy in a situation like this.

... Thinkpads_User

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Yes the hp is installed local on the 64bit machine it prints fine through all local programs and situtations as soon as I make the RDS no printers are listed on the server to install (at least no auto detect) If I look at print server properties I see my 32bit driver or something for the laserjet 1200 listed and about 16 other ones for other printers uses across the RDS network.  Fursterating
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by:John Hurst
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I wonder if this is because the legacy system is DOS. If really DOS, then there will never be any support for it in Windows 7 64-bit. 64-bit has never and will never support DOS.

If printing is still working in the XP systems, consider downloading XP Mode from Microsoft for free and installing on the Windows 7 Pro 64-bit machine. This may allow the XP mode portion to print.

... Thinkpads_User
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hummm ok
We do have an existing win764 bit machine working this way but only the shared printers seen when on the TS on the other client (xp Pro) is seen. So not "correct" but it works now this last client pc has lost the ability to see any other shared printers while on the TS. (It can see remote systems not in this office) but that does me no good.
I have tried the registery hack to force ports on the server but that didn't help. Im not sure if my drivers names are the same either. Not entirely sure where to look.

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where do I compare the names at?
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by:John Hurst
John Hurst earned 500 total points
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Look in Devices and Printers, Printers, click on any Printer to reveal a sub menu up top.

Go to Printer Server Properties, Drivers tab and look at the Printer Drivers names installed. You could delete any apparent duplicate driver (be sure it is an older duplicate).

It may also help to remove a printer (original Printer window) and then to remove the driver here. Then restart and reinstall the printer. Removing the actual driver can sometime help a printer install behave.

... Thinkpads_User

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