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printing with Remote Desktop

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by 1click, Jul 11, 2007.

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  1. 1click

    1click Thread Starter

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    Can it be done?

    If I am logging into my machine at the office with RDP from home and working on a document, I want to be able to print the document I am working with on my home printer(where I am working from) not on the office printer. Can it be done with RDP? If so how?

    Does that make sense? I know I can print what ever I am working on to any printer the host (office machine) has installed, but the question is how to send the doc back to my printer at home.

    If not RDP will VNC do it?
    Thanx
     
  2. Rollin_Again

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    Take at look at the link below

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312135

    How to Make a Local Printer Available in a Remote Desktop Session

    The Remote Desktop feature is based on Terminal Services technology. When you use Remote Desktop, you can run programs from any other client that is running Windows XP Professional on a remote computer. When you do this, you can gain access to your Windows XP Professional-based desktop from almost any remote connection, that provides secure access to programs, files, and network resources.

    When you use Remote Desktop from a Windows XP-based client computer, many of the client's resources, such as files and printers, are available in the Remote Desktop connection. You can route printing jobs from the remote Windows XP-based desktop to a printer that is attached to your local computer. When you log the client onto the remote computer, the local printer is detected and the appropriate printer driver is installed on the remote computer.

    To make a local printer available in a Remote Desktop session: 1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
    2. Click Options in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box.
    3. Click the Local Resources tab.
    4. Click Printers in the Local Devices box.
    5. Click Connect.
    After you establish the remote connection and log on to the remote computer, the local printer that is connected to the client becomes the default printer for any programs that are running on the remote desktop. If the client has more than one printer attached to it, the default printer for the computer becomes the default printer on the remote desktop; however, all local printers are available.

    Note that when you click Connect, the settings that you specify in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box are used as the default settings for all new connections. On the General tab in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, you can save a collection of settings to a Remote Desktop file. When you do this, you can create different groups of settings for connections to different remote desktops.

    Regards,
    Rollin
     
  3. 1click

    1click Thread Starter

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    Cool!!

    Looking at the Local resources tab, I see disk drives are available too. Does that mean If I check that, I can drag and drop files back to my client HDD?
    Thanx again!
     
  4. Rollin_Again

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    Yes, you should be able to see the local drive as one of the available resources which will allow you to save files to your client PC.

    Regards,
    Rollin
     
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