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How to connect windows 7 or windows 8 pc printer during an RDP session to a windows 2003 terminal server

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Hi There,

I have a windows 2003 Terminal server that i rdp into.  I now want to connect my local printer which is a laserjet printer.  I am running windows 7 pro 64bit for my pc.  I selected in resources to attach printers before connecting to the RDP session and the only thing it maps is my Adobe Writer pdf printer.  My hp laserjet printer doesn't attach.  Why is this and how do i fix it.

thank you
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How is your local printer connected? Via USB or network?
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by:Nick Rhode
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The server you RDP into does not have the driver installed so it cannot replicate back.  What I do is download the driver for your printer to the RDP server.  Do a setup of a dummy printer and select the driver you downloaded.  Once the printer is setup just delete it.  Now that the driver is installed on the server.  Leave your RDP session and rejoin.

Just to clarify: you would not download the driver for windows 7 or 8 to the 2003 server.  You would download the 2003 driver because you are temporarily installing on the server.
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Ok Let me try that Nick.  The printer is connected via ethernet cable at home.
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by:snipa911
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I tried adding the driver and this didn't work.  It still didn't add my local printer.  Roshan does it matter if my printer is attached via usb or via ethernet?
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Did you only add the 32bit driver or both 32 and 64?
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I put the windows 2003 server driver for my hp laserjet P3005dn printer.  I didn't load 2003 64bit as the server is not 64bit
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What I mean is when you install the 32bit driver on the printer.  You can go into the printer properties > Sharing Tab > additional drivers.  put a check in 64bit and load the 64bit driver.
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Ok I followed your instructions and installed both the 32bit and 64bit windows server 2003 printer driver on my windows 2003 server but when i connect through rdp from my windows 7 pro 64bit pc it still only adds my adobe writer pdf printer.  What else could it be that its not adding the hp laserjet p3005dn printer?
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Ok I was able to solve this problem by following Nick's advice but with one other thing.  The name of the driver has to be identical on both the windows 2003 server as well as the client's pc.  Thats the key.
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