using a remote printer through an RDP session

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I have a user that remotes into his desktop via a Windows RDP session. IS there a way that he can print to a printer on his PC from the RDP session?
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Commented:
If the user wants to print from the PC they are RDPing from, there is an option in RDP (Options, local resources) to enable local printers.
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SFLESCH is correct (it's called printer redirection), but there's a catch to get that to work:
in order for printer redirection to work, there has to be a matching driver installed on the remote system.

By "matching driver," I mean the name of the driver used on the client PC has to match the name of the driver on the remote server exactly (so "HP LaserJet 4" is NOT the same as "hp laserjet 4").

Also, printer redirection doesn't work well using "host-based" print drivers.  PCL-compatible drivers work best.

What model is the printer & is the driver for it installed on the server?

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I'm not sure you need to worry about the drivers. The print job should get redirected - as the name of the printer on the client will say (redirected) - to computer being accessed and rendered there.
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You do need to worry about the drivers unless you're using either the Citrix universal driver or the TS Easy Print driver from MS.  It won't print to the client's local printer unless the driver is on the server.  But, since this is a Windows 7 system, I'm pretty sure that Easy Print driver wouldn't apply: the driver for the printer needs to be installed on the remote desktop for printer redirection to work.

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Not even an assist ack? :(
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what is an assist?

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