How to Turn off Printer Redirection for Remote Desktop Sessions on a Hyper-V Server Host

If you use Remote Desktop Services to connect to your Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Host, one of the best practices tasks that you can do is to turn off printer redirection. Printer Redirection is the feature that allows a local printer to be mapped on a remote machine, and allows printing across the network or Internet. Sometimes, badly written drivers can cause issues on the remote host when redirection is permitted, causing major issues on the server, and potentially causing downtime.

Therefore, it is best to turn off this redirection as a precaution. This process can be performed on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

  1. Open an Administrative Command Prompt, and Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).


  2. In the Console, navigate to Add/Remove Snap-in


  3. Select and add the Group Policy Object snap-in.


  4. Click Finish to apply the Snap-in to the Local Computer.


  5. Click OK, to close the Snap-In window.


  6. Expand the Snap-in to Console Root/Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Remote Desktop Services/Remote Desktop Session Host/Printer Redirection


  7. Double Click on “Do not allow client printer redirection” and Enable the setting. Click Apply, then OK.


  8. Log off the session to apply the setting.

8 thoughts on “How to Turn off Printer Redirection for Remote Desktop Sessions on a Hyper-V Server Host”

  1. Thank You for this post.
    A lot of settings in Windows 2012 is very different, it is one of them.
    Terminal services configuration is gone, and this is convenient solution.

  2. A debt of gratitude is in order regarding the first simple clarification to control this arrangement without introducing the complete RDS.

  3. yes but what if i want to allow it for people that are not onsite but just disable it for people that are local the the server and printer.

    1. What scenario would this be required? For local users, you can just set the default printer to a local network printer, which will not interfere with this setting at all.

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