Parallels RAS Improves and Simplifies RDP Printer Redirection Issues

RDP printer redirection is a big challenge for any IT administrator working on a Virtual Client Computing (VCC) environment. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) allows employees to use local printers with its out-of-the-box universal printing feature—without any configuration. User expectations are met quickly, resulting in fewer Service Desk calls.

rdp printer redirectionPrinting Redirection Challenges with Virtual Applications

“With Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services, printer redirection problems might be the most common issue end users encounter.”  Brien Posey.
In order for employees to use local printers, IT administrators need to install related drivers on the server, since virtual application and desktop sessions are hosted there. When an organization has numerous printers, updating drivers and keeping local printers working is incredibly time-consuming for the IT administrator.

A common workaround is for IT administrators to map client printer drivers with a driver installed on the server. While it works for certain printers, some need exact drivers.

Trying to overcome this challenge, Microsoft introduced in Remote Desktop Services a feature called Easy Print. Easy Print helps IT administrators to create a mapping for the client printer driver on the server. However, this solution presents several limitations: it won’t work when a printer needs a dedicated driver; and this solution doesn’t address all problems related to printing, as can be seen in the comments on Microsoft Technet.

rdp printer redirectionIn his “Five reasons printer redirection causes Windows printing problems in RDS” blog post, Brien Posey identifies a few reasons why local printers may fail to work.

·      Terminal Services is running on a domain controller

·      Printer redirection isn’t configured correctly

·      The printer driver is missing

·      The user doesn’t have permission to print

·      Printer redirection client requirements haven’t been met

How Parallels RAS Simplifies RDP Printer Redirection

Parallels RAS offers a variety of features that enables administrators to successfully integrate printing in almost every possible deployment scenario. By choosing the most appropriate printing configuration for their organization, IT administrators can significantly improve and simplify the user experience when it comes to printing.

Parallels RAS universal printing redirection sets printer defaults on the server side according to printer settings on a local computer or mobile device. To be universal, Parallels RAS universal printing substitutes the native printer preferences with its own, which contain a common set of configuration parameters such as page layout, paper size, collate, duplex, color, paper tray, and print quality. Read more.

With Parallels RAS, it’s possible to print from any device, from anywhere. Sign in and try it today with a 30-day free trial.


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