By Chris Summerhays – A Terminal Server is used by many organizations that want to enable multiple users to connect to a single server system. As with any server-based infrastructure, however, it can be challenging to implement basic print capabilities that are both reliable and intuitive for end users. Even if you’re doing your best to follow best practices, you might find your Terminal Server printing slow or problematic, particularly if many users are accessing it remotely over a wide-area network (WAN) connection.
To be sure, not all Terminal Server setups are the same. Typically there are two main variants:
- Print jobs are sent directly to the printer from the Terminal Server or a print server.
- After being processed by the Terminal Server, print jobs are sent back to the client computer. From there they are relayed directly to the printer or indirectly to the printer via a print server.