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Print in RDP to local printer

By leeswen ·
I am remotely connect to my computer to a server in another states, I am locally in domain A whereby we print from our desktop to the local printer. I need to be able to print to my local printer when I work in the remote side RDP enviroment. I have tick local resources - printer to be connect as well in the RDP, however I cant find my local printer in the enviroment. Please advice how can I print?

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Use Internet Printing

by bhatnagar_nitin In reply to Print in RDP to local pri ...

These days IPP or better call Internet Printing Protocol is in use whereby you can print document to any printer on the net. Try Print Me Internet Printing drivers. Google it on net and you will find many of them.

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Make sure your local printer is supported.

by pchatelle In reply to Print in RDP to local pri ...

The title sound obvious right? Well let me be more specific; the printer you are using locally needs to have drivers installed on the terminal server that you are using. If only it were that simple, the drivers need to specifically be of the Mini-Driver type, when installed on the Server and the Client everything thing works without any effort. Meaning your local printer will be automatically added and remove from your printer terminal server selections when you connect and disconnect. If you can't find the mini-drivers, get a different printer, seriously it will save you time (and time is money). The dell 1700 laser printer (i think lexmark makes it)is a $199 printer, has mini-drivers, but I am sure there are many others. Oh and I am using XP Pro SP2 as a client.

Hope this helps.

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Make sure the printer is installed

by Dontknowwhatimdoing In reply to Print in RDP to local pri ...

on the host computer. If you use Remote Desktop Connection, and I'm assuming you do, click on the Options Button then the Local Resources tab and make sure the Printers checkbox is checked. Remember, though the printer driver must be on the host computer as well.

Hope this helps.

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Printing in RDP 3 things I found

by cameront In reply to Print in RDP to local pri ...

I have a situation where I have 3 remote desktops being used as POS being accessed from different sites. There are 3 things I have found while setting up the remote sites for printer porting for RDP.
1. With HP (2420) printers sometimes the driver is not campatable with the hardware and as such RDP will not forward the driver. If I used the next driver (2410) below the printers model number the printer would then be ported to the remote. Install the driver on the Remote PC and then install on client PC. Restart.
2. Some drivers (docket printer) do not support porting the printer to RDP so I was able to use Generic Text driver to over come this.
3. If your printer is connected by USB then RDP will not forward the port. To overcome this

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\AddIns\RDPDR
3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
4. Type FilterQueueType, and then press ENTER.
5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
6. Type FFFFFFFF, and then click OK.
This enables all ports on the client to be redirected.

To work around this problem on a client computer that has a multifunction print device, change the port that the multifunction print device uses from DOT4 to an LPT port.

For example, to configure a multifunction print device to use an LPT port on a Windows XP-based computer, follow these steps: 1. InControl Panel, openPrinters and Faxes.
2. Right-click the local printer that is not redirected, and then click Properties.
3. Click the Ports tab, click an LPT port, and then click Apply.

The printer should now appear next to that port.
4. Close the Printer Properties window, and then reconnect by using Remote Desktop.
Important When a multifunction printer is using a standard LPT port instead of the DOT4 port, it loses its multifunction capabilities, such as scanning, faxing, or copying. To regain the multifunction capabilities, the print device must use the DOT4 port.


I have had to use all but the last fix to get my printers working with RDP.

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Option 3 with a Vista client...

by RoninV In reply to Printing in RDP 3 things ...

We have Win2k Servers that we connect to, via VPN/RDP. Have been having some difficulties printing to a local printer (Dell 1110) attached to a Vista machine (via usb). When connected, the Dell is not available as a print option, though the appropriate boxes are checked in the RDP window. Looks like Option 3 might be the way to go. I'll check back in with the results.

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Remote Desktop Printing

by cricure In reply to Print in RDP to local pri ...

The most easy way is to purchase a commercial solution,
the cheaper one is TSPrint which works great http://www.terminalworks.com

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