Can not make local printer available in a remote desktop session


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Michael Vestel

Subject: Can not make local printer available in a remote desktop session

I’d like to make my local printer available in a remote desktop session.

I’ve followed these instructions
To make your local printer available in a session
1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, click Options.
2. On the Local Resources tab, under Local devices, click Printers.
3. Click Connect.
Notes Depending on the policies of your network, local printer mapping might
be disabled for some or all remote connections. However, you can print to
network printers.

But I still only see my PDF printer and image write available in the remote
session.

To be clear, I’m remote desktop connected to a computer and want to be able
to print locally.

According the note: “Depending on the policies of your network, local
printer mapping might be disabled for some or all remote connections.â€

So I want to figure out why its not working so I can ask my administrators
to make changes to let me do this. Please let me know how to trouble shoot
this. What are the first things to check to see where its hanging up.

I run Windows XP

The printer is hp LaserJet 1320 PS.

Printer is installed on the Printer port (LPT1), NOT USB. Local Devices and
Resources that are brought to the session are:
Printers, smart cards, serial ports and all the drives and the clipboard,
everything.

I installed the printer onto both computers and tested successfully. So
both drivers are working when its hooked up to the computer.

I installed it on LPT1 on both.

Michael Vestel
 
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Sooner Al [MVP]

There are group policies that may govern this.

Disclaimer... I don't work in an AD/server environment so...

To look at the Group Policies run gpedit.msc on the Remote Desktop
host/client machine and navigate to the "Local Computer Policy | Computer
Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Terminal
Services | Sessions"
policies.

There are also policies that apply on a user basis no matter what machine
they happen to log onto.

To look at the Group Policies run gpedit.msc on the Remote Desktop
host/client machine and navigate to the "Local Computer Policy | User
Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Terminal
Services | Sessions"
policies.

Additionally look at this spread sheet that maps group policies to registry
settings.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...9b-3328-4350-ade1-c0d9289f09ef&DisplayLang=en

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Michael Vestel

I do not have

Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates |
Windows Components | Terminal Services | Sessions

I have
Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates |
Windows Components |

under Windows Components | are two folders:
Windows Media Player and Windows Update

what can i do?
 
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Sooner Al [MVP]

On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 04:45:40 -0500, Sooner Al [MVP] wrote:

CORRECTION...

The policy paths should read "Local Computer Policy | Computer
Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Terminal
Services".

....and...

"Local Computer Policy | User
Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Terminal
Services".

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Michael Vestel

My admin is not sure what to change and thus I’m trying to tell them, so I'm
hopeful to find someone to help who knows what to do. Sorry but pushing it to
them did not work :)

The following paths DO NOT exist on my computers (either)

"Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates |
Windows Components | Terminal Services".
.....and...

"Local Computer Policy | User Configuration | Administrative Templates |
Windows Components | Terminal Services".

The following do:

"Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates |
Windows Components | Windows Media Player".

"Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates |
Windows Components | Windows Update".

.....and...

"Local Computer Policy | User Configuration | Administrative Templates |
Windows Components | Windows Media Player ".

There are no Terminal Services available to me…under windows components


The desire is complicated, and I think confused...Here is a clearer
description I hope:

Home computer has Laserjet1320 attached. I’m sitting home, logged into Work
computer via remote desktop.

I want to print a document I’m looking at that resides on the work computer
I’ve accessed via remote desktop from home computer. I want to print it to my
laserjet connected to my home computer so I can pick it up off the printer
I’m sitting at.

I have no problem printing to printers connected to my work computer and
picking it up later, but that is not my goal here.

How do I control the permissions to let me do this. I’ve done the things
listed previously, like hooked the printer up to both computers and locally
printed to be sure the drivers are available and working on both machines.
I’ve made them available via the remote desktop dialog that says to let me
have access to the printers. (E.g. under local resources tab in the remote
desktop connection, I’ve clicked checkbox next to printers in the Local
devices and resources section)
 
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Sooner Al [MVP]

What kind of server are you connecting to? I still think its a server side
issue with group policies.

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Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows – Desktop User Experience)

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