Printer Redirection

Updated: November 5, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Policy settings in this node control printer configuration for Remote Desktop Services sessions.

The full path of this node in the Group Policy Management Console is User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Printer Redirection.

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If you are using the Local Group Policy Editor, Policies is not part of the node path.

 

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Use Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver first

This policy setting allows you to specify whether the Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver is used first to install all client printers.

If you enable or do not configure this policy setting, the RD Session Host server first tries to use the Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver to install all client printers. If for any reason the Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver cannot be used, a printer driver on the RD Session Host server that matches the client printer is used. If the RD Session Host server does not have a printer driver that matches the client printer, the client printer is not available for the Remote Desktop session.

If you disable this policy setting, the RD Session Host server tries to find a suitable printer driver to install the client printer. If the RD Session Host server does not have a printer driver that matches the client printer, the server tries to use the Remote Desktop Easy Print driver to install the client printer. If for any reason the Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver cannot be used, the client printer is not available for the Remote Desktop Services session.

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If the Do not allow client printer redirection policy setting is enabled, the Use Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver first policy setting is ignored.

At least Windows Server 2008 or Windows 7

Redirect only the default client printer

This policy setting allows you to specify whether the default client printer is the only printer redirected in Remote Desktop Services sessions.

If you enable this policy setting, only the default client printer is redirected in Remote Desktop Services sessions.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, all client printers are redirected in Remote Desktop Services sessions.

At least Windows Server 2008

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