Printing through Terminal Services to a local printer

By Canadian_guy ·
When trying to print to a local printer through Terminal Services, does the O/S have to match? For example, will I be able to set up printing to the local printer if the TS server is Windows 2000 Server and the remote workstation is running Windows XP Pro?

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No, but you need

by curlergirl In reply to Printing through Terminal ...

the correct drivers installed on the server. You don't actually have to have a printer of that type installed on the server, as long as the drivers are installed. If it's not a common printer that has drivers already present in the Win2K OS, What I usually do is install a "local" printer and then delete it, so that the drivers remain installed but there isn't any non-existent printer showing up in the Printers window.

Hope this helps!

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She is Correct

by mtully In reply to No, but you need

But you don't need to install the printer and then delete it you can open printer and faxes go to file server properties drivers and add it there. Once you make the connection it will appear in the TS.

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I am using ...

by Working IT In reply to She is Correct

I am using the Terminal Server Printer Driver Redirection Wizard. You can find that at the end of the page.

I asked the user to login to the Terminal Server. Then I will run the Wizard to install the print driver on the server. Next time the user login. The printer will be ready for use.

Note: I am having problem with the HP OfficeJet (multi-function) printer. Brother MFC printers are working fine. And also, W2K Terminal Server doesn't support network printer on the client PC.

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Printers not using LPT or COM port

by curlergirl In reply to I am using ...

Printers that use a non-standard port, including USB and network printers, can be mapped. However, you have to do a regedit on the client machine to allow this. Here's an MSKB article that addresses the non-standard ports and also the problem with multifunction devices.

In my experience, performing the regedit solves any problems with both network and USB printers. I haven't tried the solution for the multi-function printer situation.

Hope this helps!

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just my luck...

by Canadian_guy In reply to Printers not using LPT or ...

I should have guessed setting up an HP All-in-One would be more tricky, because that is exactly what I need to do. I will refer to all of your suggestions as I work through my dillema.

I appreciate everyones input.

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Works for me

by shidav In reply to Printers not using LPT or ...

I had the same problem with HP AIO LaserJet 3380 printer, which "refuse" to redirect via connecting XP pro station (using RDP) to a Terminal Server 2003. Following the instructions solved it and everything works smoothly.

Many Tnx curlergirl

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Brother MFC

by tod.b In reply to I am using ...

So I'm using a Windows 2000 Pro workstation. With a Brother MFC connected to the lan via the machine's ethernet port. I do most of my work on a XP Pro machine which I remote to. I'm trying to make the XP Pro machine view my local printer here. I have the drivers installed on the remote machine, and am having no luck at all. The printer does not show up on the remote machine. Can anyone help?


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by smiththo2001 In reply to Brother MFC

To get the OfficeJet All-in-One to work in Terminal Services you have to use a substitute driver. The OfficeJet drivers are not compatible with Server 2003.
Here is the link to the document:

It's titled "HP Printers supported in Citrix" but it applies to TS as well.

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by shasca In reply to I am using ...

Down the page on this link is a printer wizard designed for terminal server printing. Try it out and let us know the results

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by kielax In reply to No, but you need

Yes, as somebody else already noted, there is no reason to install the printer itself and then delete it. Some good instructions for doing this can be found here:

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