Server 2003 and NT Workstations – PrintingLocked
We’re having some issues with printing from NT workstations to shared
printers on a Windows Server 2003 which we’ve just installed.
All workstations are NT and they have an LPT1 HP4000 PCL6 driver installed
locally. Their logon script then maps the LPT1 port to the network printer.
Printing via this method is fine.
If they want to choose a different printer they use the Add Printer Wizard
and connect to the shared printers that way. The 2003 server has the
appropriate PCL6 NT drivers installed.
Problem 1 – More and more clients are reporting that when the try to print
to the network printer their jobs are formatted incorrectly – off centre etc.
When they check the properties of the printer it brings up A6 or something
else obscure as the paper size. Sometimes the driver reports the printer as
an HP2100 instead of an HP4000. When I check the printer details on the
server it all looks fine. Later on it works ok. The problem is intermitent.
Problem 2 – when a user checks the printers folder there are no printers
shown. They get various errors relating to the RPC server being unavailable.
They try again and the printers appear. Sometimes they will try to check
the printer properties – again they occasionally get RPC errors. Check again
and they are fine. Sometimes they can’t add a printer because the RPC server
is unavailable or too busy to answer.
Thanks for reading and for any help/suggestions offered.