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We are getting ready to roll out new version of our Terminal Server.  It is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Service Pack 1.  The system is able to pickup all the printers that are installed native on the client's machine and it will print if the job is sent to an IP Networked printer but fail to print if the job is sent to a local (i.e. USB connected) printer.  All the printers are showing the Printer Model as: Remote Desktop Easy Print and I verified that the Local Group Policy for "Use Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver first" is enabled on the server.¿  We are trying to see if it is possible to not have to install a software printer server like UniPrint (which is on our current Terminal Server).

¿Is there a solution to resolve this issue?
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Do you have the correct printer drivers installed on the TS?
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It is my understanding that the TS just captures the drivers that are on the remote client.  Especially since it is able to print without problem to all of our network connected printers that are not "installed locally" on the TS.
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The TS still needs the driver installed.  

You can install the printer to the TS and then delete the printer. That will install the driver. This is especially necessary if the computer is a 32 bit system and the server is a 64 bit since the driver is different.
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I found that if I "share" the local printer and added it to the TS that way I could print, but the "redirected" local printer still is of no use.
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Your description makes me think even more that it is a driver (missing?) issue.

When you print to a shared printer you are actually using the printer and driver that is on the machine that is sharing it.

When you redirect the printer, as through RDS, then you are essentially saying the printer is connected to the system you are connecting to so that system needs to have the proper driver installed for it to work.
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