Windows TS Printer Redirection Issues
Windows Remote Desktop Printer Redirection Issues
"Do not allow client printer redirection" in Group Policy Settings is enabled
Multifunction print devices may not be redirected because of COM, LPT, or USB ports
Need to upgrade remote desktop version
Printer redirection is disabled in client Remote Desktop
Printer Redirection Issues in Windows 2008
Printer redirection issue with Vista client
Printer Redirection Troubleshooting Tools
Remote Desktop (Terminal Server) Device Redirector is disabled
Redirection non-supported printer to Terminal Server
Registry may prevent printer redirection from functioning
RDP print job goes to the spooler then immediately
The default printer changes after logon TS
The TS doesn't have printer driver installed
Windows Printer Mapping Check Box is disabled
Case 1: The TS doesn't have printer driver installed. If only some printers are not redirected after connecting to remote computer, it could printer driver issue.. On the remote computer, you may see Event ID: 1111 and Description: Driver drivername required for printer printertype is unknown. The resolution is installing the printer driver directly on the remote computer. If the computer is Windows 2003 Server Service Pack 1, you may try the Fallback Driver Capability instead. The policy for this is located under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Terminal Services\Client / Server data redirection\Terminal Server Fallback Printer Driver Behavior. Note: The terminal server fallback printer driver is not included with Windows Server 2008. Although the Specify terminal server fallback printer driver behavior Group Policy setting still exists, it can only be used for computers running Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2).
Case 2: Printer redirection is disabled in client Remote Desktop. When Printer redirection fails for a computer only, you may want to check the settings on the Remote Desktop on the problematic client and make sure that the Printers check box is checked to allow redirection as shown below.
Case 3: Windows Printer Mapping Check Box is disabled. To check the status of Windows Printer Mapping, open the Remote Desktop Configuration (Terminal Services Configuration if it is Windows 2003 or previous version). Right click on RDP-Tcp and select properties.
Then select the Client Settings tab. Ensure that the Windows Printer (Windows Printer Mapping if it is Windows 2003) checkbox is not selected. If it is, that means that the Terminal Server will not allow client Printer Redirection.
Case 4: "Do not allow client printer redirection" in Group Policy Settings is enabled. Printer Redirection can also be configured through Group Policy. The policy to prevent client printer redirection is located in the following container: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services if it is windows 2003)\Remote Desktop Session Host (or Client / Server Data Redirection). The name of the policy setting is "Do not allow client printer redirection" as shown below
If this configuration is enabled, it
will prevent client printer redirection.
may prevent printer redirection from functioning.
If you have implemented the mentioned in Microsoft KB Article 268065 it will
prevent printer redirection from functioning. As per this KB if the registry
value fEnablePrintRDR is set to 0, Printer Redirection will fail even if the
Print Spooler is started on the Terminal Server. This will not register any
events. As part of your standard troubleshooting you should check whether
the following value exists: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal
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