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Auto Connect to Terminal Server from XP

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My goal:

I want the laptop to automatically connect to an offsite terminal server as soon as windows loads.
I want the laptop to print from a locally hosted printer.

The laptops are XP and are in a workgroup.


Terminal server is offsite on a domain in a virtual environment.  (win 2008r2 TS)



Thanks in advance
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Easiest way would be to create a connection profile (an RDP file) and then put a shortcut to the RDP file in the user's startup folder.
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Ok and what if i want something to print from the terminal locally? Is that possible?
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Sure.  The only big issue is that the server has to a driver with the same manufacturer and model number as the client.  

When you create the RDP session, there's an advanced option that you have to check to enable printer redirection.
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These laptops are burdened with performance issues so I am aiming at deploying linux distributions as opposed to using windows... any thoughts?
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It can definitely be done, but I'm not sure about the print redirection.

http://linuxaria.com/recensioni/4-linux-programs-to-open-a-remote-desktop-on-windows
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