Desktop Agent scenarios

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Below are three examples showing how ThinPrint Desktop Agent can be used.

Scenario 1: Workstation environments with print servers

You have one or more ThinPrint Servers on which ThinPrint Engine is installed. Employees work on workstations (office PCs). Shared printers on the print server should be connected. From Desktop Agent you need two components: AutoConnect (for automatic printer mapping) and TP Output Gateway (ThinPrint’s virtual printer driver). AutoConnect is configured using Group Policies in the Active Directory.

In this scenario, you install the AutoConnect and TP Output Gateway components from Desktop Agent (Illus. below).

Desktop Agent installation on workstations (example)

Desktop Agent installation on workstations (example)

Scenario 2: Virtual desktop environments with print servers

Here, employees work on virtual desktops. Print jobs should be transmitted via RDP or ICA.  From Desktop Agent you need the AutoConnect, Virtual Channel Gateway and TP Output Gateway components. AutoConnect is configured using Group Policies in the Active Directory.

Desktop Agent is installed on the virtual desktop (Illus. below). So printers that are connected locally to their workstations (e.g. those of home users) can also be inte­grated.

 Desktop Agent installation in virtual desktop environments with print servers (example)

Desktop Agent installation in virtual desktop environments with print servers (example)

Scenario 3: Environments with virtual desktops and terminal servers

In Terminal server environments (without a central print server), you can use the Ses­sion-in-Session component with Desktop Agent. This means that from the worksta­tion a session can be started to a virtual desktop, and from there another session to a terminal server or a further virtual desktop. With Session in Session, users have access to the printers of their workstation (network printers or local printers), even in the second session.

This is possible if the ThinPrint Engine is installed on the terminal server (Illus. below).

Desktop Agent installation in environments with multiple desktop sessions (example)

Desktop Agent installation in environments with multiple desktop sessions (example)

You install Desktop Agent on the virtual desktops and you can immediately use the Session-in-Session component, without configuration. In this situation, printing from the session on the terminal server or the second desktop (previous Illustration) is carried out on network printers or on printers connected locally to the workstation.

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