Need to attach a scanner to MultiPoint?

So have a thin client where the user normally has a fujitsu usb scanner connected to a XP workstation.  And we’d like to keep the scanner there so we can have the ease of use for the user.  But how does one connect a scanner to a thin client that is hanging off a Multipoint?


So here’s how you do this… Step one get this – http://www.remote-scan.com/installing-terminal-server.php  There’s two parts of the software  – one is for the server one is for the client.  But you don’t install it where you think you might.  The “Server” is installed on the THIN client along with the scanner driver.  Because the thin client is a Win7 embedded and I got a “plus” version there’s enough room for this driver. 



You then install the “Client” software on the MultiPoint server. 


Next you go to the thin client and figure out what firewall port that the scanner “server” is talking through.


On the thin client there’s a “help about” on this remote scanner software and inside it says what port it’s talking to. 



Go into the firewall on the thin client and poke a hole through port 6077 (and check to see if your port is the same as that).  Now do the same on the MultiPoint server.


Now launch the software on the Multipoint and it should find the Remote-scan scanner.  You have to hit edit and add the “Hostname” and save the name.


Go into your application, in this case Adobe and in the “scan to scanner” you’ll now see that you can connect to this remote scanner and it will scan just as if it was physically attached to a normal workstation.



 


This is where you need to understand what each person does and what apps they use.  Need more options go with the thin clients.  Need less options?  Go with zero clients.


One nice advantage to thin client and multipoint is that it forces you to really design a much better managed network.  No more local admin rights, no more loosey goosey permissions, you make sure you are setting up a network right.

3 Thoughts on “Need to attach a scanner to MultiPoint?

  1. Just saw this one that came thru the RSS feeds:

    http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/3041

  2. Joe Raby on January 13, 2013 at 10:53 am said:

    I have to think that just buying a network all-in-one with WSD support (cheaper than a dedicated network scanner AFAIK) has got to be a better solution. WSD support on newer OS’s means that you rarely have to load drivers because any device that claims WSD support is supposed to logo their drivers (and that means they’ll be on Windows Update). Windows 8 will just use class drivers, and WSD supports full functionality of the device – including on Windows RT. The network connection gives you the same level of flexibility IMO.

    Take, for instance, a Brother MFC-J825DW (or the EnergyStar green version, the J835). It has a letter-size scanner with duplexer on both the printer AND scanner, has a sheet feeder, has wired and wireless support with WSD, and retails for $150 or less. For the same price as one software license, you can step up to a ledger-size model.

  3. bradley on January 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm said:

    You are missing out why I need this. I already have two network scanners located in places in the office. For this position I need a scanner located at her desk.

    As consultants, don’t just look at price tags, look and listen to the needs.

    For this workstation, it may have been better to not put in a thin client but a true workstation so that a local to the workstation machine be attached.

    But here I want to move to a thin client model for these users and also need a locally attached scanner. She already has a printer and network printers and not a lot of desk space to fit that Brother. I have it at home and it’s not the workhorse of the fujitsu.

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