RD Easy Print preference in RDS Environments

Had an issue with a users home printer being redirected with the native Easy Print driver, even though the vendor-specific WHQL driver was installed on the server. This was causing the printout to appear in jibberish/windings/garbage. Here’s how i resolved the issue;

Configured GPO – Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Printer Redirection\Use Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver first – DISABLED

What this will do is look for any installed drivers on the server as a first-match; failing that, the redirection will fall-back to the RDS Easy print driver. In my case, the user had a Brother HL-3040CN. After updating policies and having the user test again, the correct driver was now being imposed and printing working successfully.

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