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Configuring Your System

Using Named Printers with Terminal Server or Citrix Metaframe by winthropdc
Posted: 10 Feb 04 (Edited 5 Jul 05)

Using Named Printers with Terminal Server or Citrix Metaframe

When setting up Microsoft Business SolutionsùGreat Plains Named Printers on a Terminal Server or Citrix Metaframe system, there are a

few considerations to keep in mind:

ò    Named Printers is machine based. This utility stores a machine ID in the DEX.INI file for each workstation, and all settings

apply to the current workstation only. In a Terminal Server environment, this means all users share the same settings because they

are all using the same workstation.
ò    Using Workstation Printers with Named Printers is not recommended, as they can change depending on which machine is used to log

in to a Terminal Server session. It is best to select only printers that are permanently visible to the Terminal Server.
ò    Printers can be set up on a user basis, which allows different users to have different configurations on the single Terminal

Server workstation.
ò    If using multiple application folders on the one Terminal Server or multiple Terminal Servers, ensure that each has its own

machine ID. You might need to manually edit the ST_MachineID setting in the DEX.INI file. You would then need to configure Named

Printers on each instance individually.

Setting Up Single Location Access
For a simple site where all users have the same printers defined, set up Named Printers as though it were a single workstation, using

System or Company class printers.

Setting Up Multiple Location Access
For the more complex site where a number of remote locations access the server, you should use user class printers so that each user

has his or her own configuration defined. However, when you use a user class printer, you must define it for all usersùwhich can be

time consuming. Usually, all the users from a single remote location will want the same configuration. Named Printers enables you to

set this up simply and quickly.

To do so, youÆll need to use Named Printers' Template Users feature. IÆll use an example to illustrate:

Suppose I have three remote locations using my Terminal Server in Sydney. The remote users are based in London, Paris, and Fargo,

North Dakota. Each remote location has 30 users.

The following steps tell you how to set up this configuration:

1. Create a new user ID for each remote location, and assign each access to a single company (which company is not important). These

user IDs will not be used to log in.

2. Select Setup -> System -> Named Printers. If this is the first time you have used Named Printers, you will be asked to set up the

machine ID. (This is normally the computer's unique network name.) You will also need to set up the default printer ID. This should

point to a printer based in Sydney. The default printer ID is automatically assigned to the System Default Printer Task.

3. From the Assign Named Printers window, click the Setup button and then click the Advanced button. Using the bottom half of the

window, enter the template user ID as the remote location user ID. Then, using the check boxes in the bottom half of the window,

assign to that remote location user ID all the users from that location. Repeat for each remote location. You now have created your

three template users.

4. From the Setup Named Printers window, create all the printer IDs needed for each location as user class printers assigned to the

template user for that location. Repeat for each remote location.

5. From the Assign Named Printers window, change the user and company to one of the template users and the assigned company. Set the

company default printer to Printer Class: User and select the default printer ID to be used for that location.

6. Assign other user class printers to other printer tasks as required. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each location.

ThatÆs it! YouÆve now completed the Named Printers setup by configuring 3 template users instead of the 90 individual users.

David Musgrave [MSFT]
Senior Development Consultant
MBS Services - Asia Pacific

Microsoft Business Solutions

Any views contained within are my personal views and
not necessarily Microsoft Business Solutions policy.
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties,
and confers no rights.  

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