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Printing policy settings

Jun 13, 2017

The Printing section contains policy settings for managing client printing.

Client printer redirection

This setting controls whether client printers are mapped to a server when a user logs on to a session.

By default, client printer mapping is allowed. If this setting is disabled, the PDF printer for the session is not auto-created.

Related policy settings: auto-create client printers

Default printer

This setting specifies how the default printer on the user device is established in a session.

By default, the user's current printer is used as the default printer for the session.

To use the current Remote Desktop Services or Windows user profile setting for the default printer, select Do not adjust the user's default printer. If you choose this option, the default printer is not saved in the profile and it does not change according to other session or client properties. The default printer in a session will be the first printer auto-created in the session, which is either:
  • The first printer added locally to the Windows server in Control Panel > Devices and Printers.
  • The first auto-created printer, if there are no printers added locally to the server.

You can use this option to present users with the nearest printer through profile settings (known as proximity printing).

Printer assignments

This setting provides an alternative to the Default printer and Session printers settings. Use the individual Default printer and Session printers settings to configure behaviors for a site, large group, or organizational unit. Use the Printer assignments setting to assign a large group of printers to multiple users.

This setting specifies how the default printer on the listed user devices is established in a session.

By default, the user's current printer is used as the default printer for the session.

It also specifies the network printers to be auto-created in a session for each user device. By default, no printers are specified.

  • When setting the default printer value:

    To use the current default printer for the user device, select Do not adjust.

    To use the current Remote Desktop Services or Windows user profile setting for the default printer, select Do no adjust. If you choose this option, the default printer is not saved in the profile and it does not change according to other session or client properties. The default printer in a session will be the first printer auto-created in the session, which is either:

    • The first printer added locally to the Windows server in Control Panel > Devices and Printers.
    • The first auto-created printer, if there are no printers added locally to the server.
  • When setting the session printers value: to add printers, type the UNC path of the printer you want to auto-create. After adding the printer, you can apply customized settings for the current session at every logon.

Printer auto-creation event log preference

This setting specifies the events that are logged during the printer auto-creation process. You can choose to log no errors or warnings, only errors, or errors and warnings.

By default, errors and warnings are logged.

An example of a warning is an event in which a printer’s native driver could not be installed and the Universal print driver is installed instead. To use the Universal print driver in this scenario, configure the Universal print driver usage setting to Use universal printing only or Use universal printing only if requested driver is unavailable.

Session printers

This setting specifies the network printers to be auto-created in a session.

By default, no printers are specified.

To add printers, type the UNC path of the printer you want to auto-create. After adding the printer, you can apply customized settings for the current session at every logon.

Wait for printers to be created (server desktop)

This setting allows or prevents a delay in connecting to a session so that server desktop printers can be auto-created.

By default, a connection delay does not occur.