Event ID 1109 — Remote Desktop Services Printer Redirection

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Remote Desktop Services provides printer redirection, which routes printing jobs from a server to a printer that is attached to a client computer or to a shared printer that is available to the client computer. When a user establishes a remote session with an RD Session Host server, the redirected printer will be available to applications running in the remote session.

By default, an RD Session Host server that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 first tries to use the Remote Desktop Services Easy Print driver. If the client computer does not support this driver, the RD Session Host server looks for a matching printer driver installed on the RD Session Host server. You can either install a matching printer driver on the RD Session Host server, or you can create a custom printer mapping file.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 1109
Source: Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-Printers
Version: 6.1
Message: The %1 printer could not be set as the default printer.


No further action is required

This issue can typically be ignored. This condition often occurs even though the default printer was set correctly.

Note:  This condition might appear in situations where the Remote Desktop Services client has more than one redirected printer queue and the client is doing the following:

  • Disconnecting. When the client disconnects from a Remote Desktop Services session, the RD Session Host server will remove the redirected printer queues. The RD Session Host server might not remove the redirected printer queues in the same order in which it created them. If the RD Session Host server tries to restore a redirected printer queue that has already been removed, the default printer may not be set correctly.
  • Reconnecting. When the client reconnects to a Remote Desktop Services session, the Print Spooler service on the RD Session Host server enumerates the list of printers for the session. If the Print Spooler service does not correctly enumerate the printers that are in a disconnected state, the default printer may not be set correctly.


To verify that printer redirection is working properly, establish a remote session with the RD Session Host server and check that the redirected printer is available and is functioning as expected.

Remote Desktop Services Printer Redirection

Remote Desktop Services