Print to local network from remote server via RDP

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
RDP
Remote Printing
I am connecting to a Win2003 server machine via RDP.
I need to be able to print to my local (networked) printers.
I am currently using a NET USE shell hack consisting of multiple printer profiles, some shared, some not etc. It works, but is hardly easy to maintain and is far from elegant.
Thank you in advance for your help.


Software/Hardware used:
Win XP Vista, 7 and RDP multiple versions

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When you open the RDP client – click options – Local resources tab.

You can select to have the local printers made available to the RDP session

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  • Mcconnel
    Thanks for the review, but that solution does not work. Printers plugged in via local ports to the RDP client (USB Etc) will work with that option. Networked printers visible to the RDP client will not be usable. Any other ideas?
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  • Labnuke99
    You need to have the drivers installed on that remote computer for the network printers attached to your local computer. When you come in using the MS terminal services client, the server session should automatically connect to the client's printers - provided the drivers are installed on the server. You can look at the server event logs to see that client printers are not being mapped. This is due to the driver not being installed on the remote RDP server. Once the driver is installed, the printer may be deleted. The drivers are kept installed even after the printer is removed. You can check the terminal server settings also for printer mapping. # Open Terminal Services Configuration. # In the console tree, click Connections. # In the details pane, right-click the connection for which you want to configure client device mappings, and then click Properties. # On the Client Settings tab, under Disable the following, select the appropriate check boxes: * Drive mapping to disable client-drive mapping. By default, Drive mapping is enabled (cleared). * Windows printer mapping to disable client Windows printer mapping. By default, Windows printer mapping is enabled (cleared). When enabled, clients can map Windows printers, and all client printer queues reconnect at logon. However, when both LPT and COM port mappings are disabled, you will be unable to manually add printers. When Windows printer mapping is disabled (checked), clients are unable to map Windows printers and client printer queues are not reconnected at logon. However, you will be able to manually reconnect printers if LPT port mapping or COM port mapping is enabled (cleared). * LPT port mapping to disable client LPT port mapping. By default, LPT port mapping is enabled (cleared). When enabled, client LPT ports are mapped for printing and are available in the port list of the Add Printer wizard. You need to manually create the printer to the LPT port using the Add Printer wizard. When LPT port mapping is disabled (checked), client LPT ports are not automatically mapped. You will be unable to manually create printers using LPT ports. * COM port mapping to disable client COM port mapping. By default, COM port mapping is disabled (cleared). When enabled, client COM ports are mapped for printing and are available in the port list of the Add Printer wizard. You will need to manually create the printer to the COM port using the Add Printer wizard. When COM port mapping is disabled (checked), client COM ports are not automatically mapped. You will be unable to manually create printers using COM ports. * Clipboard mapping to disable client clipboard mapping. By default, Clipboard mapping is enabled (cleared). * Audio mapping to disable client audio mapping. By default, Audio mapping is disabled (checked). Note * To open Terminal Services Configuration, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Terminal Services Configuration.
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