Branch office printing performance through terminal server
Posted on 2013-12-13
My company has migrated to a Terminal Server based system (Server 2008 R2 64bit) to improve application response and performance over our WAN links. Cable Internet with Site to site VPN. The application performance increase for the branches is well liked, but the branch users do not like the increase in delay when printing, especially with PDFs.
All Branch users connect to the terminal server at my main office and their sessions map printers shared from a printer server also at the main office. The printing then goes to the branches from the print server.
Is there a better configuration or way to handle branch printing in a terminal server environment? If I shared the printers from separate print servers at the branches and either connected the users sessions to those, or locally installed the printers with printer redirection through RDP help? I wouldn't expect much difference since the data still is going over the WAN links.
Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.