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By fruitbrut_1979 ·
I have what I believe is a simple question, but I can't seem to find the answer. How do you add a nework printer to an NT Server? Do you have to have a static IP address? Can't you use DHCP?

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by adlerj In reply to Network Printer

You need to install the printer driver on the printer server. You will used the dhcp if you need a dynamic ip address for you Ethernet card. But in another case if you have to have a static ip address to you printer because the printer is also usedby the Unix server you will setting the ip manually to the printer with a utility tool like jetadmin.
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by dbowlin In reply to Network Printer

First I am assuming that the printer is hooked to your network by ethernet, not a parallel cable to the server.

You must first install TCP/IP printing in the services tab of the network applet in control panel.

Next is your question about DHCPor a static address. That depends on how dynamic your network's IP addresses actually are. Do you have a large enough scope for all network attached devices? Or is DHCP constantly reassigning IP addresses to meet need? If your scope is large enough you can use DHCP, if not you should try to use a static IP address to avoid problems.

With the IP address question resolved, the last step is to actually set up the printer. First print the configuration page of the printer, making sure that it includes the IP address currently cofigured to it, and some sort of name for the printer...HP printers usually have a name like NP1159863. In the add a printer dialog box, choose local printer, Add port, choose LPR port, in the next dialog put the printer IP address in the upper field, and the printer name (this should be the name of the printer, not the name of the share you want to give it)in the lower field. Click OK or close the add port dialogs and you should now see your port highlightedon the printer set up dialog. Now you should be able to continue to set up your printer as you would normally set up a local printer.

At this point you have two remaining choices, to share the printer from the server and hook your clients to theshare. Or do the exact same set up for all of your clients so that they are directly linked to the printer. The advantage of the share is centralized printer management. The advantage of the "distributed" set up is that your clients don't have therisk of getting stuck in a print cue which is experiencing problems.

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