Automatic Printer Mapping

Dynamic printer deployment with ThinPrint AutoConnect

ThinPrint AutoConnect is an integral element of ThinPrint Engine and Desktop Agent. The component is installed as a Windows service on the computers on which the applications are running, i.e. on terminal servers, workstations, or on virtual desktops. ThinPrint AutoConnect enables automated printer mapping and ensures that users accessing virtual or physical desktops always have the required printers at their disposal.

Dynamic Printer Matrix is AutoConnect’s name translation table and allows the IT administration to automate which client printers are mapped, as well as with which templates they should be connected to. Printers can be auto-deployed based on user or group names from Active Directory, the names of the printer or print group, client or host names, client IP addresses, IP ranges or IP groups.

When compared with the Dynamic Printer Matrix, the Map Additional Printers table can be used to connect any network printers (shares on the print server), even if you don’t have ThinPrint Clients or a print server with ThinPrint Engine in use.

Automatic printer mapping with ThinPrint AutoConnect

How AutoConnect maps your printers
To auto-deplay printers, AutoConnect works through the name translation table from top to bottom. If all criteria in a row for the first printer are matched, AutoConnect searches for the corresponding share (column target printer) and connects to this printer share. When an employee logs on to a remote computer, the service checks the printer list and printer properties of the client printers and provides them to the user in the session.


  • Automatic printer assignment: Save time and effort when creating and assigning printers.
  • Always the right printer: All employees automatically get access to the right printer, at any location and from any device.
  • Smooth auto-deployment of printers for any scenario: The name translation table makes deploying network printers and local printers depending on clients, users, locations or connections so much easier.
  • Printer Self Service for users: The IT department can set with AutoConnect whether users are allowed to manage their printers themselves by means of Printer Self Service.
  • Easy setup: ThinPrint AutoConnect can be conveniently configured in the MMC or for large environments by group policies.
Perfect printer mapping with ThinPrint

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