TS Client Printer



The client installs a local HP 5110 printer (USB
connection). Client connects to the TServer fine and the
environment settings are configured to default to the
client's local printer. However, the TS session doesn't
find the client's local printer.

I understand that the driver for the HP printer needs to
be same on the TS and clinet end in order to work.
However, The TS is Windows 2000 and the client is XP, so
when I DL the driver from HP, I have to install the OS
specific driver. Is it the same driver? I don't think
so, because it is still not locating the local printer.

My question is: Can I install the driver on the TS, and
then copy the driver .cab file to the xp machine? I was
told that I do not have to install the printer on the TS,
because only the driver needs to match. Any help is
greatly appreciated.

Vera Noest [MVP]

The golden rule is to *never* install 3th party printer drivers on
a Terminal Server. Many of them are not (completely) TS-compatible
and can result in a crashing printer spooler or a blue screen on
your TS. The 5110 is *not* on HPs own list of TS-supported

HP LaserJet Printers and Terminal Servers - Overview

HP InkJet Printers and Terminal Servers - Compatibility

HP DeskJet 895, 970, 990, 5550, and 6120 Series Printers and W2K

The way to go is to map the printer driver name on the client to
the name of a native driver on the server.

239088 - Windows 2000 Terminal Services Server Logs Events 1111,
1105, and 1106

Daniel King

Hey thank you for the info. I really appreciate it.
Come to find out, I learned a few other things. Maybe
you can tell me if they are true:

1. USB printers do not work over TS.Only LTP1 is supported
2. Multifunction Printers do not use standard print
drivers...they use multifunction print emulations that
are not supported in TS.

Thanks once again...

Vera Noest [MVP]

USB printers *are* supported under W2K TS. The USB port is
redirected by default, no problems there. BUT: some USB printers
(especially multi-function printers) create a port called DOT4.
You can still get those printers to redirect, but then you will
have to make a change in the registry of the client. Check:

302361 - Printers That Use Ports That Do Not Begin With COM, LPT,
or USB Are Not Redirected in a Remote Desktop or Terminal Services

Multi-function printer can be used to print text, when you map
them to a native driver. The multi-functionality will then be
lost, though.

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