Product Documentation

Default print operations

Jun 18, 2013

By default, if you do not configure any policy rules, XenDesktop printing behavior is as follows:

  • The Universal Print Server is disabled.
  • All printers configured on the user device are created automatically at the beginning of each session.

    This behavior is equivalent to configuring the Citrix policy setting Auto-create client printers with the Auto-create all client printers option.

  • XenDesktop routes all print jobs queued to printers locally attached to user devices as client print jobs (that is, over the ICA channel and through the user device).
  • XenDesktop routes all print jobs queued to network printers directly from Server OS machines. If XenDesktop cannot route the jobs over the network, it will route them through the user device as a redirected client print job.

    This behavior is equivalent to disabling the Citrix policy setting Direct connection to print servers.

  • XenDesktop attempts to store printing properties, a combination of the user’s printing preferences and printing device-specific settings, on the user device. If the client does not support this operation, XenDesktop stores printing properties in user profiles on the Server OS machine.

    This behavior is equivalent to configuring the Citrix policy setting Printer properties retention with the Held in profile only if not saved on client option.

  • XenDesktop uses the Windows version of the printer driver if it is available on the Server OS machine. If the printer driver is not available, XenDesktop attempts to install the driver from the Windows operating system. If the driver is not available in Windows, it uses a Citrix Universal print driver.

    This behavior is equivalent to enabling the Citrix policy setting Automatic installation of in-box printer drivers and configuring the Universal printing setting with the Use universal printing only if requested driver is unavailable.

    Enabling Automatic installation of in-box printer drivers might result in the installation of a large number of native printer drivers.

Note: If you are unsure about what the shipping defaults are for printing, display them by creating a new policy and setting all printing policy rules to Enabled. The option that appears is the default.