Printer Redirection and Easy Print


Easy Print is a feature implemented in Windows Server 2008, and developed further for Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2.  It eliminates the need of specific print drivers for most redirected printers on Terminal Servers.

Easy Print is implemented through Group Policy, or Local Group Policy (gpedit.msc) and is found in “Computer Policy->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Remote Desktop Services->Remote Desktop Session Host->Printer Rediction”. The setting is called “Use Remote Desktop services printer driver first”. There is no configuration involved in enabling this setting.

In my case, Easy Print may have eliminated issues resulting in printer redirection not working on a Windows 2008R2 RDS server serving as home office solution

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. The issue was specifically users not getting their local printers redirected to the server, thus not being able to print locally.

Several errors with Event ID 1103 was present in the Event Log on the TS server. The error message was: “An internal communication error occurred. Redirected printing will no longer function for a single user session.“.

More information on Event ID 1103 here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc727392%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

More information on Easy Print here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2009/09/28/using-remote-desktop-easy-print-in-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx