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How to allow redirected printing work on a domain?

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My server is Win Server 2012. My server was setup on a Workgroup. I then made my server the domain controller and setup a domain. I have computer around the country logging into this server through Remote Desktop. When my server was just a workgroup, they could print to their local computer (redirected). Ever since we setup my server as a domain controller, they can't print to their local printer. When they go to print, they see their local computer (redirected), but when the click Print, nothing happens. I made sure when they log into RDP that the local resources are all checked. Nothing on their end was changed. Is there some security setting blocking redirected printing that is installed with the domain controller? Thanks in advance!!!
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If you are using the server as a remote desktop machine, it should definitely *NOT* be a domain controller. And, in fact, it should have the RDSH role installed (which does not play well with the ADDS role.)  If you don't have the RDSH role installed and have not licensed your server and users/devices for RDS, you are out of licensing compliance and your issue is much larger than just remote printing.

Get your server set up as an RDSH server, get licensed, and remote printing will work as expected.
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My server is setup as a domain controller. I have both RDSH and ADDS roles installed.
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As I said, you will have problems with both roles installed. There are no good workarounds.
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So you are telling me there is no way i can get redirected printing to work as is?
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Not as-is as far as I know. Since you have 2012, that has 1+2 virtualization rights. In most environments where a DC is desired, you'd make one VM a DC and the other the RDSH server. Then you wouldn't have the roles collocated and would avoid the many problems that creates.
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No. That is for VDI which is an entirely different sort of beast.
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So what do I need to do to make this work?
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As I said before, if it were me, I'd set up a hyper-v server with two VMs. One as a DC and one for RDSH.
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I remember what you said before. But how do I do that?
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Which part has you confused? It isn't like I can write out the entire process customized for your network and knowledge level, all custom tailored just for you. If you need that level of support, you should look into hiring a local consultant/specialist.
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You don't have to get irritated and standoffish in your replies!
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Question unanswered.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for brasiman's comment #a39856393

for the following reason:

All I got was sarcasm and no answer.
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There was not sarcasm, and I did answer. You asked how to implement a complex solution and I asked where you were stuck, and suggested if you weren't comfortable or couldn't get more specific that hiring outside local help might be appropriate.
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Comment 39854289 was the appropriate answer for the initial question asked. Everything else was creeping away from the initial question and while advice was given on an appropriate topology, it wasn't actually answering the initial question any longer, but was an attempt to help the OP make a migration plan.

-Cliff
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