When you use the RDS solution or any other solution based on the RDP protocol, you also benefit from the redirection of resources (drives redirection, smart card readers redirection, ...), as well as the redirection of printers.
Nevertheless, this also has disadvantages.
Finally, know that there are several ways to manage these redirections of resources and/or devices.
But be aware that there is a priority that Windows will respect :
At the end of the tutorial, you will also find informations about printer redirection :
Note : GPOs have priority over the rest.
To begin, we recommend that you create a new OU on your Active Directory server.
Name it for example : RDS
Move your RDS session host servers to this new RDS folder.
Confirm the movement of the object.
Our RDS session host server is now part of our organizational unit of the same name.
Then, open the "Group Policy Management" program.
In "Forest ... -> Domains -> [your domain name]", right click on the "RDS" folder and click on "Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here".
Note : if you have not created an organizational unit, you can edit the "Default Domain Policy" policy.
Named this GPO object : RDS GPO.
Right click "Edit" on this new object.
Then, go to : User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host.
In this folder, you will find group policies to manage including :
For the "User Configuration" section, the printer redirection policies will be limited :
Note that if you use the same path via "Computer Configuration", you will have more policies (including these 2 policies).
The number of policies for "Device and Resource Redirection" will also be limited for the user configuration, you will be able to :
If you go through the computer configuration, you will see that you will have access to 5 policies instead of 2 :
Path : Computer configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Printer Redirection.
For device and resource redirection available for the computer configuration, you will be able to :
Although this is possible, it will not be possible if you have a lot of users, because these options are available in the properties of each user.
In addition, you will only have 3 options :
In other words, our printer "HP DeskJet 3630 series" (with the green icon) in our case.
Although it's recommended to manage these resource redirections via group policies (for ease, speed and security), here's how to do it from your RDS server.
For this, you will have to open the server manager and go to the properties of each collection.
To do this, go to : Remote Desktop Services -> Collections -> [Your collection name] -> Tasks -> Edit Properties.
Then, in the "Client Settings" section, you can enable or disable the redirection of :
You will also be able to :
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