Print on hotel printer after using to RDP to client computer at office.

we run server 2016 essentials on a computer named WseServer.

One of my coworkers, Jane, works from her home in Oregon. She uses RDP to access a  windows 7 client computer here in Ohio.

Naturally, she wants to print things on her Oregon Brother MFC-7630n printer which is connected to her home computer.

To do this, I was required to install a virtual  MFC-7630n on the Ohio client.  

That worked fine, but it leads me to a question.  What happens if she travels to 4 hotels which have different printers ?  I don't want to have to install 4 different drivers  especially if she checks into the hotel at midnight.

Isn't there some way to configure the client and server to use TS Easy Print, so that she can use an XPS driver that will work at every hotel?

Please note, Earlier attempts to install the MFC on WseServer did not work because the "print server" function is on the client, not the Windows Server 2016 machine.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The only way to get this to work, somewhat reliably is to upgrade to windows 10 (on both ends) and use Type-4 drivers.

*Most* good printers have type-4 drivers now, and windows 10 has many "in-box" so they'll just work. If the hotel does have a printer that doesn't have a type-4 driver in-box or on WU then things still may go astray.


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rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I want to test your idea but I am not sure I understand it.

Our office domain has a Windows 10 pro 64 bit computer named Client123. Currently Client123 has only one printer driver named "HP 1st floor". It is a tcp/ip connection to an old HP Laserjet.

At home I have a windows 10 pro 64 bit computer named Laptop234.
Let us pretend Laptop234  is currently connected to a HP LaserJet Pro M402dne.  This is a recent printer so I presume it can handle a type-4 driver.

I think you are saying that Laptop234 could connect to Client123 and print without any further configuration.  
Furthermore, I think you would expect the that session, I presume the Client123 would still have just one printer driver named "HP 1st floor (redirected 1)".

Do I understand you correctly?

One of the reasons I am confused is there are several reasonable driver downloads for the M402dne.

1) the HP website recommends
HP LJ Pro M402-M403 n, m, dn, dne Printer Series PCL 6 V3 Full Solution      Windows 10 : 64-bit      75.1 MB      

2)HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL6 (64-bit)

3)HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PostScript (64-bit)

I sort of think I should download item 2 or 3 onto Client123?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
#1 is a type 3 driver.
#2 is probably your best bet, but there isn't enough info to be sure.

If the while point of testing is to see how this would work "in the field" then no, you would not download or install the driver on client123. Or you'd have to do that for every new printer that laptop234 encountered.

First, RDP and just see if you can print without doing anything. Windows may have a type + driver already working. If not  install #2 on the laptop and retest. If #2 is a type 4 driver then installing it on the client should be unnecessary.
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
Son of a gun -- windows 10 did the trick.  

My laptop234 actually has a very old brother hl-l2380dw Type 1 driver.

When I connected to Client123 Windows 10 automatically added a l2380dw driver to Client123.  And, it worked without any further configuration.

Just for comparison you should know that yesterday I tried the same test except I went to client456 which is a Windows 7 pro.  After over an hour of monkeying around, i never got it to work.  I even posted an EE question,  
So, for this function, windows 10 is far better than windows 7.

So, I am going to close the question and award you full points  Of course, this is still not ideal because a lot of our clients are still windows 7, but  a partial solution is better than nothing.

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