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Hidden printer in NT 4.0???

By peter.berger@genexsrvcs ·
I have an HP Laserjet 5p connected to a JetAdmin network box shared as, "Sales_Laserjet_5p". Everyone prints, etc. no real problems, except that when I browse the network to add people to this printer it is not visible!? I made sure that there is no "?" in the name to make it a hidden share and I checked all the printers options, but there are none to hide it from Network Neighborhood. I can connect to the printer if I type the name manually in the ports box. Any ideas of why it's hidden?

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by RogueD,MCSE In reply to Hidden printer in NT 4.0? ...

Are you running WINS or DNS? I would look to those to find the problem. Otherwise make sure the printer name is listed in the LMHOSTs file.

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We have recently switched from DHCP/WINS on the PDC (which is also the print server (yeah I know that's bad)) to DNS on a Linux system, but this is the only printer not listed in the Neighborhood, wouldn't other printers be affected by the switch too?

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We have recently switched from DHCP/WINS on the PDC (which is also the print server (yeah I know that's bad)) to DNS on a Linux system, but this is the only printer not listed in the Neighborhood, wouldn't other printers be affected by the switch too?

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by garetjax In reply to Hidden printer in NT 4.0? ...

Bergerp,

Download/install the latest JetDirect (JD)firmware for your JetDirect device. The new versions of firmware allow the JD device to register with WINS.

Also, are you spooling to your local workstations or through an NT print server? If you are printing through NT, look for the print queues (shares) on the NT print server.

Lastly, FWIW, hidden shares are created using "$" as the last character of the share name (not ?)

Good luck.

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Hidden printer in NT 4.0???

Yeah you are right..I knew that but had a brainfart when I typed it in. Thanks...but it didn't work.

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by allan In reply to Hidden printer in NT 4.0? ...

The share name needs to be less than 16 characters long.
Shorten the share name and it will be visible.

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