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Disable Client-Side Printer Rendering

Administrators can also use Group Policy to prevent printer rendering from occurring on client computers. By default, when an application running on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer sends a job to a printer hosted on a print server, the job is rendered on the client computer before it is sent to the print server. The following policy setting controls print job rendering behavior on Windows 7 and Windows Vista computers:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Printers\Always Render Print Jobs On The Server

When printing through to printers hosted on a print server, this policy determines whether the print spooler on the client will process print jobs itself or will pass them on to the server to do the work. This policy setting only affects printing to a Windows print server.

If you enable this policy setting on a client computer, the client spooler will not process print jobs before sending them to the print server. This decreases the workload on the client at the expense of increasing the load on the server.

If you disable this policy setting on a client computer, the client itself will process print jobs into printer device commands. These commands will then be sent to the print server, and the server will simply pass the commands to the printer. This increases the workload of the client while decreasing the load on the server. If you do not enable this policy setting, the behavior is the same as disabling it.

Keep the following considerations in mind when using this policy:

  • This policy does not determine whether offline printing will be available to the client. The client print spooler can always queue print jobs when not connected to the print server. On reconnecting to the server, the client will submit any pending print jobs.
  • Some printer drivers require a custom print processor. In some cases, the custom print processor might not be installed on the client computer, such as when the print server does not support transferring print processors during Point and Print. In the case of a print processor mismatch, the client spooler will always send jobs to the print server for rendering. Disabling the preceding policy setting does not override this behavior.
  • In cases in which the client print driver does not match the server print driver (mismatched connection), the client will always process the print job regardless of the setting of this policy.
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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Printing
  2. Enhancements to Printing in Windows 7
  3. Printing Enhancements Previously Introduced in Windows Vista
  4. Additional Printing Enhancements in Windows 7
  5. How Printing Works in Windows 7
  6. Understanding XPS
  7. Understanding the Windows Printing Subsystem
  8. Understanding Printer Driver Isolation
  9. Understanding the Print Management Console
  10. Enhancements to the Print Management Console in Windows 7
  11. The Print Management Console
  12. Adding and Removing Print Servers
  13. Configuring Default Security for Print Servers
  14. Adding Printers Using the Network Printer Installation Wizard
  15. Creating and Using Printer Filters
  16. Creating and Using Driver Filters
  17. Managing Printers Using Print Management
  18. Configuring Properties of Printers
  19. Publishing Printers in AD DS
  20. Managing Printer Drivers
  21. Configuring Printer Driver Isolation Mode
  22. Configuring Printer Driver Isolation Mode Using the Print Management Console
  23. Configuring Printer Driver Isolation Mode Using Group Policy
  24. Troubleshooting Driver Isolation
  25. Exporting and Importing Print Server Configurations
  26. Printer Export Files
  27. Performing Bulk Actions Using Print Management
  28. Client-Side Management of Printers
  29. Installing Printers Using the Add Printers Wizard
  30. Searching for Printers
  31. Installing Printers Using Point and Print
  32. Using Devices And Printers
  33. Using the Color Management CPL
  34. Managing Client-Side Printer Experience Using Group Policy
  35. Configuring the Add Printer Wizard
  36. Disable Client-Side Printer Rendering
  37. Configuring Package Point and Print Restrictions
  38. Extending Point and Print Using Windows Update
  39. Deploying Printers Using Group Policy
  40. Preparing to Deploy Printers
  41. Deploying a Printer Connection
  42. Limitations of Deploying Printers Using Group Policy
  43. Migrating Print Servers
  44. Migrate Print Servers Using Print Management
  45. Migrating Print Servers Using PrintBRM
  46. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Printers
  47. Configuring E-Mail Notifications
  48. Configuring Print Server Notifications
  49. Configuring Script Actions
  50. Configuring Detailed Event Logging