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By pedro.willis ·
I have just read your latest "Windows 2000 tips at Techrepublic".
I am a little confused as it states ~

By default, Active Directory includes any printer shared on an active domain member. In some cases, however, you might want to include
printers hosted by stand-alone computers.

I may be missing something but how do you publish a printer on a stand-alone computer, i.e. it is not connected to the network??

yours confusedly


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didn't read the article, But! thats a really good question. How does one publish a printer in Active Directory on a stand-alone computer?

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by CG IT In reply to

well as answer # 3 says a stand alone isn't a member of a domain, but if the printer is shared out with access by everyone, how can that object be published in Active Directory if the object isn't controlled by Active Directory? I can see mapping a shared printer on a stand alone computer connected to the network in which a domain is also a part of, but I can't see how active directory can control that object.

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by TechKid In reply to PUBLISH PRINTERS IN ACTIV ...

Install printer.

open users & computers

Right click an OU>new>printer>\\computername\printershare

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by TechKid In reply to

where the **** did the smiley come from???

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by BlitzSonik In reply to PUBLISH PRINTERS IN ACTIV ...

A stand-alone computer is not necessarily one that is disconnected from the network but instead, one that is NOT a member of the domain.

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by haileyan In reply to PUBLISH PRINTERS IN ACTIV ...

By stand alone I think they mean that the printer is simply directly connected to a local computer. The printer does not have a NIC installed.

But it is possible. Let say you have a PC that is not a member of the domain and you want to publish it's printer in Active Directory.

First this computer must be on the network. Second the computer must be shared and available to everyone.

I will assume you have another server that is your print server for network connected printers. On this server you need to map another LPT port to the stand alone computers printer. On the server make sure you have an LPT2 port if not add it.

Add a local printer with the correct driver for the stand alone printer. (It does not matter that it is not connected to LPT2 right now, we are going to fix that next.) Share it like you would any other printer on this server.

Run the following command on the server:
net use lpt2: \\standalonepc\sharename /persistent:yes

What this does is redirect any print jobs that the server receives for LPT2 to the shared printer on your stand alone printer.

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