Thursday, January 21, 2010

Client to Server Print Driver Mapping RDP

Thursday, January 21, 2010 Posted by Andre Broers
Client to Server Print Driver Mapping

To address this, it's possible for you to correlate the names of printer drivers on your server with the names of printer drivers on your users' clients. For example, you can tell the server that the client print driver “Hewlett Packard LaserJet 5P” is the same as the server print driver “HP LaserJet 5P.” Keep in mind that you only need to do this if (1) you are using client printer mappings and (2) your clients are not running Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

In order to enable printer driver mapping, you need to place a file on your Terminal Server that contains the pairs of client and server driver names. In previous versions of Terminal Server, this was done via a mapping file called “ wtsuprn.inf ” located in the %systemroot%system32 folder. However, this file does not exist by default in Windows Server 2003, and Windows does not look for it.

To create a mapping file in Windows 2003, you must add two registry values:

Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSet

ControlTerminal ServerWdsrdpwd

Type: REG_SZ

Value: PrinterMappingINFName

Data: Name of the .INF file that contains printer driver name mappings. (For example, c:winntinfprintsubs.inf)

Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSet

ControlTerminal ServerWdsrdpwd

Type: REG_SZ

Value: PrinterMappingINFSection

Data: Name of the section in the .INF file that contains the actual mappings. (For example: Printers)

Once you've finished adding your registry entries you should restart the spooler service or reboot the Terminal Server to allow these changes to take effect. After you add the new registry values, you'll need to create an .INF file that includes the driver names you want to use for client-side to server-side mappings. You file will look something like this:


;This file contains Mappings for Client driver to Server driver printer connections


;"Client Printer Driver Name" = " Server Printer Drive Name"

"Hewlett Packard LaserJet 5P" = "HP LaserJet 5P"

You can create this file with Notepad and save it within an .INF filename extension in the %SystemRoot%System32 directory. Using this example, you would specify the printsubs.inf file name that you just created in the PrinterMappingINFName registry value and "Printers" in the PrinterMappingINFSection registry value.

The printer driver names you place in this file are case sensitive and space sensitive. Basically, everything between the quotation marks must match the printer name exactly . As with many .INF files, the leading semicolon (;) indicates that the line is a comment and should be ignored. When you use this file, be aware that you can have more than one client printer mapped to a single server print driver.

Creating a printer driver mapping file is more of an art than a science. Fortunately, the some very kind people run a website called . This site has downloadable printer mapping files that you can use in your environment.

Once you get your mapping file created, you'll need to make sure that it exists on every Terminal Server where you want these printer driver mappings to be applied. Keep in mind that this mapping file merely tells the server which of its already installed drivers correlate to client printer drivers . You'll also need to install the actual printer drivers on your Terminal Server when you use this file.

If your .INF mapping file contains any syntax errors (other than a misspelled driver name inside the quotes), you may receive the following messages in the event log:

Event 1110: "Error processing ntprint.inf. If the file on the system is corrupt, you can restore it from the installation media.

This message is misleading since it refers to “ntprint.inf ” and not your custom filename. This error usually means that the custom .INF file that the system is processing has errors in it. The most common error is that you will create a custom mapping file with no entries in it. You new .INF file must have at least one mapping in its printer name mapping section and the lines containing your mappings must not start with a semicolon. If the custom .INF file has a blank name-mapping section, you'll receive the Event 1110 errors in the event log.