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Old 10-20-2009, 04:30 AM   #1
markus pfeifer
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hi all!

we've got a customer, that wants to print over RDP from remote to a locally
connected AIO printer. the printer is not capable of printing over the TS00x
port - driver issue.

now we found, that it's possible to print directly to the unc-path of the
printer when it's shared over the network.

problem now is, that the customer is accessing the RDP session through a
website while being not connected via VPN or something like that.

tried to map the printer via \\tsclient\<printershare\, but I only can see
the local drives, if I select them for being shared to the remote system. the
printer is not visible.

in general - is this possible what I'm trying to do?
if yes, what am I doing wrong?

thanks folks,
markus

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Old 10-20-2009, 04:30 AM   #2
markus pfeifer
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Default RE: access local printer via \\tsclient\<printer>

forgot something:

when I try to connect to the printer in a command prompt with

net print \\tsclient\<printershare>

I get network path not found.

The printer is there because

net print \\<clientname\<printershare>

works.


thanks,
markus




"markus pfeifer" wrote:

> hi all!
>
> we've got a customer, that wants to print over RDP from remote to a locally
> connected AIO printer. the printer is not capable of printing over the TS00x
> port - driver issue.
>
> now we found, that it's possible to print directly to the unc-path of the
> printer when it's shared over the network.
>
> problem now is, that the customer is accessing the RDP session through a
> website while being not connected via VPN or something like that.
>
> tried to map the printer via \\tsclient\<printershare\, but I only can see
> the local drives, if I select them for being shared to the remote system. the
> printer is not visible.
>
> in general - is this possible what I'm trying to do?
> if yes, what am I doing wrong?
>
> thanks folks,
> markus

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Old 10-21-2009, 12:30 AM   #3
Jordan
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Default Re: access local printer via \\tsclient\<printer>

There is a way to get the client printing ability without jumping thru a
bunch of hoops. What I do is tell the client to also install the driver for
the lowest compatible version of their printer that ships with Windows. For
instance, most HP Deskjet models will still print with the standard Deskjet
driver and same for Laserjet and All in One printers. It is also very easy
for the client to setup.

Tell them on their computer setup a new printer on the same port as the AIO
and just use the basic HP All in One printer or even the Laserjet driver
should work fine. Now when they connect to the TS it will be able to map a
printer for them automatically. Of course they won't get all the highest
resolutions that their printer is capable of, but the basic drivers have
very low overhead so printing might even be faster.



"markus pfeifer" <markuspfeifer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F523409-A00B-4303-AD13-59CD91A13F6C@microsoft.com...
> forgot something:
>
> when I try to connect to the printer in a command prompt with
>
> net print \\tsclient\<printershare>
>
> I get network path not found.
>
> The printer is there because
>
> net print \\<clientname\<printershare>
>
> works.
>
>
> thanks,
> markus
>
>
>
>
> "markus pfeifer" wrote:
>
>> hi all!
>>
>> we've got a customer, that wants to print over RDP from remote to a
>> locally
>> connected AIO printer. the printer is not capable of printing over the
>> TS00x
>> port - driver issue.
>>
>> now we found, that it's possible to print directly to the unc-path of the
>> printer when it's shared over the network.
>>
>> problem now is, that the customer is accessing the RDP session through a
>> website while being not connected via VPN or something like that.
>>
>> tried to map the printer via \\tsclient\<printershare\, but I only can
>> see
>> the local drives, if I select them for being shared to the remote system.
>> the
>> printer is not visible.
>>
>> in general - is this possible what I'm trying to do?
>> if yes, what am I doing wrong?
>>
>> thanks folks,
>> markus

>




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Old 10-21-2009, 01:30 AM   #4
Markus Pfeifer
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Default Re: access local printer via \\tsclient\<printer>

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The problem with this is, that this would work for HP, but not Lexmark,
respectively Dell AIO printers. As far as I've read about it, the HP AIOs
- at least most of them - understand PCL (3). The Lexmark doesn't.

Am I wrong with this?


The only way to get the Lexmark / Dell AIO work over RDP is to print over
the network share. Anything else will result in a timeout issue :-( ...

Talked already to Lexmark 3rd level support.

While having no direct connection over VPN the only way is anything
encapsulated within RDP.



What I'm just thinking of - have any of you tried to make easy print
driver work within XP? Ok, it's a little bit ridiculous idea, but as MS
announced bringing RDC 7 to XP, the idea is maybe not as far away as it
looks on the first view.

Cheers,
Markus



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