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    Remote Desktop and printers (XP Pro SP2)

    Consider the following Remote Desktop situation.

    At one site we have a small workgroup of three XP Pro PCs, each of which has one parallel-port printer attached to it. One of the PCs has yet another printer attached, via a USB connection. There are no 'network-connected' printers (in the ethernet-connected sense).

    All of these printers are shared, so that looking in "Printers and Faxes" on any of the PCs shows
    a) the printer(s) directly attached to that machine in the usual way
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] the remaining printers in the workgroup, with "Auto" preceding the printer name (as usual)

    One of these PCs now connects via Remote Desktop to another 'remote' PC at a different location, with the option to 'redirect local printers' set.

    In the Remote Desktop's "Printer and Faxes", only the printer(s) which is/are directly attached to the local PC appear, NOT the remaining shared printers in the workgroup. The implication is that each PC using Remote Desktop can print ONLY to its directly-connected printer(s), not to any of the other shared printers in the workgroup.

    All the Microsoft documentation I can find talks about locally-connected printers OR networked printers being redirectable in the manner required; there is no mention of shared printers connected to other PCs.

    The question is: should the the other 'shared' printers appear in the Remote Desktop's "Printers and Faxes", or can they be made to?

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    If not, the only options open to me appear to be:<UL><LI>get new networkable printers<LI>get some JetDirect boxes (or equivalent), one for each printer<LI>get a networked Print Server (difficult because the the furthest distance between printers is about 8 metres)<LI>any Bright Idea which you may have![/list]Thanks

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    Re: Remote Desktop and printers (XP Pro SP2)

    Did you try on the computer Remote Desktop is connected to manually install shared printers, not using Auto option?

    Try this:

    - Disable "Automatically search for network folders and printers" option in View tab on Folder Options window (from Control Panel or from Tools in My Computer).
    - Open "Printers and Faxes" folder (from Start menu), start "Add a printer" wizard from the left pane and choose an option "A network printer or printer attached to another computer" and follow the wizard. Add all shared printers one by one.
    - Now shared printers must be available from Remote Desktop.

    Addition:
    When printer is manually installed, it uses a locally installed driver. Automatically installed printer probably uses the driver on the computer to which the printer connected to - it can cause the problem.

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    Re: Remote Desktop and printers (XP Pro SP2)

    Thank you, sir! No, I left everything to default to what Microsoft knows is best for us! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    I don't get to go to the site again until Tuesday afternoon, and I have also come across an updated version of Remote Desktop (5.2) which hides on the Windows Server 2003 SP1 CD (if you have one of these!) and is talked about on (and downloadable from) the significantly useful Daniel Petri website.

    I shall try both approaches...

    John
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