Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How To Add A Printer Driver To Terminal Server

Many printer drivers include additional software we don't want to have running in our Terminal Server environments. For most printers, you can install the drivers without having to install the software. I say most instances because a few vendors will package everything up into a single executable install and you won't be able to navigate to the INF file needed to install the driver.

  1. Go to Start > Run and type in MMC
  2. Go to File  > Add/Remove Snap-ins
  3. Add Print Management (If you do not see this, you'll need to install the Print and Document Services Role)
  4. Click Add the local server
  5. Click Finish
  6. Click OK 
  7. From the tree to the right, expand Print Management >  Print Servers > servername 
  8. Right-click on Drivers and choose Add Driver
  9. Choose 64- or 32-bit drivers (which ever is appropriate for your environment)
  10. When prompted to choose a driver, click Have Disk and navigate to the INF file provided by the manufacturer.

This has been validated on the following operating systems:

Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2

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