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Sharing a Printer on the domain

By KingOfTheNerds ·
Hi All,

I have a few printers shared on my W2K server but every now and then i have a user come in with a laptop that is not part of our domain and want to connect to our printers.

How do i set the printers up on the W2K server to allow these people to use our printers?

Or should i just connect to the printer via IP port and don't worry about allowing offline users to connect to W2K server printers?

Thanks

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by rindi1 In reply to Sharing a Printer on the ...

If one or two of those printers have a built in network card, I'd let the users connect directly to them. It is much easier on you and also better in security terms. The Users will need the printer driver, but if those printers are simple ones like HP Laserjets 4 they can use some generic drivers. This also allows for using Other Desktop OS's than Windows, like Linux.

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by mikex In reply to Sharing a Printer on the ...

The laptop user must login into domain in order to use printers - or when you're connecting printers to the laptop you've must authetificate the laptop as a user into the domain. Use answr 1 if you have network optin with th printers

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by YetAnotherAdmin In reply to Sharing a Printer on the ...

Ok, making a couple of assumptions:

1. The laptop is picking up an IP address from your DHCP server or the user has a manual config to use.

2. You have printers connected directly to the network.

3. There either aren't many of these laptops or the users have admin rights (or both).

If the above apply, I would go with IP printing. Give the user the IP address and instructions (if they have admin rights) or do it for them (if there aren't many). Depending on the laptop and the printer, you may have to go to the printer vendors website for a utility to use IP printing but it's still the easiest method.

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