How do I print to my local printers from my windows VPS?

If you are processing documents directly from your Windows VPS, and want them to be printed out from your local printer, you'll need to configure your Windows VPS as follows.

Configure Remote Desktop Client

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection from your local computer.

  2. Click on Show options → Local Resources tab. Make sure that Printers checkbox is checked.

    Local Resource Tab

Set Print Spool Service to Start Automatically

 

  1. Click on Start → Run and then type services.msc and hit enter.

    Run Menu

  2. On Services page, find the Print Spooler Service, press right-click on it then select Properties.

    printer spooler service

  3. Click on Start button to start the service. Set the Startup type to Automatic, click Apply and then OK. Exit out from the Services console.

    set-printer-spooler-service-to-automatic

Redirect Printers to your Windows VPS

  1. Connect to your VPS via Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. Start → Run, type services.msc and then hit enter. On Services page, select and restart the Print Spooler Service.

    restart print spool service

  3. Sign out from your VPS. Make sure that you don’t close the RDP window by clicking x icon.

    Sign Out

  4. Login again via Remote Desktop connection, and you should see the local computer printer redirected to your VPS.


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