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Assign shared printer to RDP users or give printer setup rights to SBS 2011 Premium users

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We want to allow Remote desktop users the right to attach to a printer shared by a PC that is on the local network (domain-attached PC).  Ideally, we would like to have this assigned to the user when they logon - no user intervention needed.  If that isn't possible, we want the users to be able to use the control panel to add a network printer.

Here is the setup:
SBS 2011 Premium on a dual-cpu, quad-core Xeon E5620 HP Proliant with 32 GB RAM
Host OS "HYPERV" - 2008R2 with Hyper-V only
VM OS "GUEST1" - 2008R2 SBS w/Exchange2010  [3 cores, 10GB RAM]
VM OS "GUEST2" - 2008R2 W/SQL and RDP  [4 cores, 18GB RAM]

Windows 7 Pro computer (on LAN with server) with USB-attached, workgroup printer that shares the printer to everyone in the domain
Remote users log into the GUEST2 VM.  This VM has LAN and logical access to the Win7 Pro computer that shares the printer.
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You can create a GPO to add a shared printer.
Open Group Policy Editor (In your Domain Controller)
Create a new GPO
Computer Configurations --> Preferences --> Control Panel Settings --> Printers
Add a new Shared Printer

Make sure VM OS "Guest2" is added in the security filtering.

Check out this guide for setting up Shared Printer as default printer (I'm assuming you want the printer to be the default printer in this setup)
http://blogs.technet.com/b/grouppolicy/archive/2009/06/24/gp-preferences-set-a-default-printer.aspx
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This answer certainly answers the question.
I used the word assign which probably implies "make default".  I was more looking for publish where the user would have a choice of making it the default.  I may have to resubmit this question with the right wording.
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