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Assigning NEtwork Printers

By npcleere ·
I am a teacher who is incharge of the IT facilities at our school. We have 40 teachers and 350 students. Recently we installed Windows 2000 Server and 30 XP PRO PCs. We have 2 network printers (JetDirect). As you can see, each PC would have many users. What I need to achieve is that when each user logs onto a client PC the printers are available. At present if I setup a printer share on a local PC (logged on as administrator), the printer is not visible when I log on as a user. Your suggestions would be most welcome. Thank you

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Assigning NEtwork Printer ...

Login as the local administrator on the local pc (not in the domain).
When you create a pc on the local pc it becomes automactically available to all users that login (local and domain).


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by npcleere In reply to

Thanks for your response. It was very helpful.

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by Don Christner In reply to Assigning NEtwork Printer ...

The easiest way to have the printer available to all that log on is as follows. At each PC, select Start|Settings|Printers and Faxes. Then select Add Printer, when adding this printer install it as if it were connected to the PC (ie, LPT1). After the printer is installed as if it's local, then go into the printer properties, then the ports tab and change the port from LPT1 to it's JetDirect port.

Now because it was installed as if it were local, it will be available to all that log on. Note: it will not work until you change the printer port from LPT1 to the JetDirect address. Installing it as a local printer tricks the OS into thinking all should be able to access it since it's local.


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by npcleere In reply to

Thanks for your response you explained it very well - and it worked!.

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