How to scan over remote desktop connection

In this post I present you TerminalWorks TSScan.

There are free alternatives how you can use your local scanner on the remote machine, like Microsoft RemoteFX USB Redirection, but this eases the setup for regular users significantly.

With TSScan you can use your local scanner that is installed to your windows machine to scan in the applications that you run on the remote machine to which you are connected with a remote desktop connection.

To be able to scan over remote desktop you need to download the server and the client package from their website and install it to your machines


TSScan Client package needs to be installed to the machine where your scanner is installed, and the TSScan Server file needs to be installed on the remote machine to which you are connecting to with remote desktop.

After you install the TSScan Server to you remote machine you will get a TSScan application shortcut, on your desktop and in your Start Menu,  which when you start should give you a drop down menu with the selection of the scanners that are installed on your local machine.


You should also be able to see either TSScan or the name of your local scanner directly in the scanner selection of the applications you use on the server, if they have image acquire option.

The supported Operating Systems for TSScan Server are Windows 2008 R2 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
The supported Operating Systems for TSScan Client are Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Embedded

You can also use TerminalWorks TSPrint solution to use your locally installed printers on the remote machine over remote desktop.





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4 thoughts on “How to scan over remote desktop connection”

  1. Hello!
    First of all thanks for detailed article. I’m not a beginner but I googled this post and that’s why I tried this solution. Unfortunately it does not run for me since we use special scan software that is looking for WIA interface in order to scan from.
    And I was unable to pair it with TS Scan utility.
    Anyway, Scanner for Remote Desktop, (offered by Nina Denial) worked like a charm, in my case.
    Also the main importance is that virtual WIA scanners are locked to your session in multi-user environment (like in our case).
    So, just want to thank all of you once again.

    Scanner for Remote Desktop link:

  2. I recommend RemoteScan – which is now owned by Dell. RemoteScan has been around since 2003, and is an extremely stable product. RemoteScan is an enterprise ready product and works out of the box, but also has some cool customizations for fast scan speeds. It works with WIA, TWAIN, and all virtual platforms.

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