How to make printer default in terminal server ( TS ) / remote desktop server ( RDS )


If you are wanting to use your printer on a Terminal Server (TS) or Remote Desktop Server (RDS), ensure you have allowed your connection to redirect your printers or they will not been seen on the remote server.

To set your remote session default printer, please ensure that if you want a local printer to be the default printer on the server, it must be set to the DEFAULT printer on your computer.

To select a default printer

  1. Open Devices and Printers by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers.

  2. Right-click the printer you want to use, and then click Set as default printer. (You’ll see a check mark on the printer’s icon signifying that it’s now your default printer.)

If you are running a Thin Client device, you will need to either have a VPN setup or the printer needs to have its port and IP address open to the internet.
Setting default printers on Thin clients, (unless there is an OS or is capable of seeing the local printer in its OS), is a little more complex and not discussed here.

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Forward or redirect problem on exchange 2007/2010 not working

When trying to do a redirect on a mailbox externally, it was not processing the email.
Internal was fine.

Apparently forwarding / redirects to external domain names is disabled by default in Exchange 2007 and 2010.

To change this setting, open the Exchange Management Console, and drill down to the Organization Configuration -> Hub Transport.  Under the Remote Domains tab, open the Default domain.


Then, on the format tab, check the “Allow automatic forward” box.


Alternatively, from the Exchange Management Shell (PowerShell rocks!), this will do the trick:

set-remotedomain -identity Default -AutoForwardEnabled $true