What is the universal printing feature for Terminal Services in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1?
The universal printing feature in Terminal Services … is the use of a fallback printer when no
This new feature can help administrators a lot. Most of the time they are not informed when a user changes printer, or what a new user has for a printer. It also helps in situations where the administrator and the client are in different time zones, and the client needs printing functionality immediately.
The new feature will buy the administrator time to find a more suitable matching driver at a later time, but not deprive the user of printing functionality during his or her first connection to the Terminal Server. For
those users who do not have heavy requirements regarding printing functionality, it could even be a permanent solution to use the fallback driver. How does it work?
Microsoft has added a new policy called 'Terminal Server Fallback Printer Driver Behavior,' which is disabled by default. If this setting is set to enabled, the fallback printer driver is enabled and the default behavior is for the Terminal Server to find a suitable printer driver. If one is not found, the client's printer is not available. You can choose to change this default behavior.
The available options are:
If this policy is set to 'disabled,' the Terminal Server fallback driver is disabled and the Terminal Server will not attempt to use the fallback driver.
The PCL driver is based on the HP DeskJet 500 driver from the Windows 2003 CD-ROM. The PS driver is based on the HP LaserJet 4/4M PS. Both drivers are black and white and only provide basic printing functionality.