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FrankCHUA
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Connect WINDOWS PRINTER

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Is it possible connect a windows shared printer in WTware?
We use print server for accounting purpose.

Can I connect a shared printer in a server o pc to my WTware thinclient?

Example:
\\myprintServer\laser

The printers in print server are shared via smb/cifs.

Is it possible?

Thanks.
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1. Run mstsc.exe on any windows machine.
2. Log into server with required user.
3. Connect shared printer \\myprintServer\laser
4. Print.

Does it work?

The same steps with wtware. No need to connect printer to thinclient. Connect it to server inside RDP session. Server sends print task directly to printer.
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Yes... I know.
Please... Think in these cases:

i) What about only Chrome Kiosk in order to access web applications and they need print reports through shared smb printers center in print server.
Yes... WTware is mainly for RDP... :D but in certain situations a Web Kiosk is fantastic.

ii) Before, I worked with Wyse, SunRays... (all rdp thin clients). They usually mount smb printers in thinclient, then connect via rdp and printer is redirected. How do you consider more easy... Having every station with a printer configured via its configuration file (mac) or make server login script to get every rdp session printers configured?

What do you think?

Thanks in regard.

Fantastic work made with WTware. I like it!
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i) No. We need printer drivers to print from Chrome. Earlier Google Cloud Print worked, but even Google failed to maintain printer drivers and abandon Cloud Print.

ii) I think sending printer traffic to thin client and then resend to printer is worse than sending traffic directly to printer.

This line works:

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rdp_printer=HP LaserJet 400 MFP M425dn:tcp 192.168.1.50:9100
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Thanks.

By the way... about rdp_printer param.
How can assing diferent names for printers using same driver in order users can distinguish every printer?

For instance:
rdp_printer=HP LaserJet 400 MFP M425dn:tcp:192.168.1.50:9100;HP LaserJet 400 MFP M425dn:tcp:192.168.1.51:9100;HP LaserJet 400 MFP M425dn:tcp:192.168.1.52:9100;

All three printers are shown with same name and users are confused.

Any option to name different printers with same driver?

Thanks in regard.
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Seems we can assign different names. Noone asked so it was not done before. Please try 6.0.62 wtware version. Syntax:

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rdp_printer=HP LaserJet 400 MFP M425dn[First printer]:tcp:192.168.1.50:9100;HP LaserJet 400 MFP M425dn[Second printer]:tcp:192.168.1.51:9100;HP LaserJet 400 MFP M425dn[It is a printer too]:tcp:192.168.1.52:9100
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Re: Connect WINDOWS PRINTER

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Perfect! It works!

Now we can connect rdp printers with same drivers and different names!

This is important if you use several printers with same driver.
Also if you use "easy print" for avoid installing printer drivers in RDS servers. Then you should use the same driver "Remote Desktop Easy Print" for all printers.
Now we can have printers with identical driver and distinct name.
:D
Thanks!
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