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Is it O.K. that WHS now has a printer installed? RRS feed

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  • Looks like the latest Windows Update installed a "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" printer on the server. Is that going to cause a problem? Should it be deleted?
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:03 PM

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  • Hi,

    It's up to you. M/S appear to be installing this on every product recently, it won't do any harm or interfere with WHS, but it also won't perform any useful service unless you intend viewing XPS documents on your server.

    Colin


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    • Marked as answer by Bobsie Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:25 PM
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:21 PM
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  • Its default behavior for terminal server to redirect client printers to the remote session - so that you can print to your local printer from within that session.

    You can login to the Windows Home Server desktop and perform following steps to disable this for the future:

    1. In Start menu click Control Panel/Administrative Tools.
    2. Open Terminal Services Configuration.
    3. Right click RDP-TCP and select Properties.
    4. On Client Settings tab click the checkbox to disable Windows Printer Mapping and LPT Port Mapping.
    5. Click OK and confirm the message.

    This will stop the propagation of client printers from server side generally.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    • Marked as answer by Bobsie Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:25 AM
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 12:34 AM
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  • Hi,

    It's up to you. M/S appear to be installing this on every product recently, it won't do any harm or interfere with WHS, but it also won't perform any useful service unless you intend viewing XPS documents on your server.

    Colin


    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    • Marked as answer by Bobsie Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:25 PM
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:21 PM
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  • Hi,
    this printer driver usually comes from a Remote Desktop Session, if the printer driver is installed on the client.
    Default setting is to install the client printers on the server, but only those drivers will be installed, which are existing on the server. The others leave an error in the server event log.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 11:07 PM
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  • So, Olaf, you're saying that this printer gets installed due to the fact that you did a RDC to the WHS while you had the printer installed on the client? Very interesting. Hard to understand why Microsoft would do this, but it's good to know that this is the reason. Thanks.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 12:24 AM
  • Its default behavior for terminal server to redirect client printers to the remote session - so that you can print to your local printer from within that session.

    You can login to the Windows Home Server desktop and perform following steps to disable this for the future:

    1. In Start menu click Control Panel/Administrative Tools.
    2. Open Terminal Services Configuration.
    3. Right click RDP-TCP and select Properties.
    4. On Client Settings tab click the checkbox to disable Windows Printer Mapping and LPT Port Mapping.
    5. Click OK and confirm the message.

    This will stop the propagation of client printers from server side generally.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    • Marked as answer by Bobsie Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:25 AM
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 12:34 AM
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  • Hi,
    XPS Document Writer is an Microsoft update on any system which has .NET 3.0 or later installed. It would only be related to an RDP session if for some reason, you had specifically requested the XPS facility on a Client.

    Colin

    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 7:08 PM
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  • Hi Colin,
    at least on each of my Vista clients the XPS printer is installed by default (not sure ath the moment, if this comes from Vista or from Office 2007).
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:00 PM
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