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Cannot share printer on Win2K3

By wessir ·
"Printer settings could not be saved. Remote connections to the print spooler are blocked by a policy on your machine." when trying to share a print server on Win2K3 web edition server. Which policy and how to change it??

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Cannot share printer on W ...

Ok, I did find a reference to this. There are new Group Policy setting for Win2k3 that govern printing. Here is what a Microsoft article says:

Securing the Print Environment
Windows Server 2003 adds new Group Policy settings that affect how clients connect to print servers on the network. Two of these policy settings are particularly useful for security.

Allow print spooler to accept client connections This Group Policy setting, which is configured on the server, determines how clients access the print server over the network. If an individual with administrative credentials creates shared printers for use by managed clients, the spooler automatically allows connections upon creation of the first shared printer. If a virtual spooler resource is created on a clustered server, the spooler likewise automatically allows connections. If no shared printers or virtual spooler resources already exist, you might need to enable this policy setting by using the Computer Management snap-in from a remote computer. To administer print services on a server running Windows Server 2003, log on to the server locally, or log on remotely through a Remote Desktop session.

Point and Print restrictions This Group Policy setting, which is configured on client computers, determines the print servers to which the client can connect. To provide a higher level of security for managed workstations, this policy setting controls a client computer?s ability to connect to and install a printer driver from specified print servers. By default, managed clients can use Point and Print only with servers that are within their forest. An administrator can use this policy to add additional servers to the list of trusted print servers. Alternatively, administrators can disable this policy to enable managed clients to connect to any accessible print server and install a printer driver from it.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to

Now, the article did NOT lists the full path in GP to either of these settings, and I don't have a Win2k3 machine with me (it being Saturday and I am at home) to look for it.
So, if you can look in GP on your Win2k3 box, look for the first entry, "Allow print spooler to accept client connections".
It would be under Computer Configurations, if I had to guess at where to start.
Good luck!

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by wessir In reply to

Yes I also ran accross this info, the setting is on the local machine under local computer policy:computer configuration:administrative templates:Printers - allow print spooler to accept client connections. I enabled it and restarted the machine but still no sharing printers - same message. Could the message be referring to some other policy that's not seemingly related to printing? Did I mention this message appears when trying to share the printer from the printer properties/

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by wessir In reply to Cannot share printer on W ...

Surely this must be a common issue??

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by wessir In reply to Cannot share printer on W ...

I also have a Win2K server where I do not have this problem so I'm pretty sure it's something new.

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by carlos.nino In reply to Cannot share printer on W ...

Could it be a ports issue in you policies?

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by wessir In reply to

I don't know, it's a default setting pretty sure. Could you be more specific?

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by voldar In reply to Cannot share printer on W ...

Windows 2003 << web edition >> server - I don't know, is this system allowing you to share printers? Just a question of a fool .

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by wessir In reply to

Yep, damn I feel stupid for not reading the product descriptions. Web edition won't share printers without a reg hack.

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