client machine Printer sharing problems on Windows Server 2003

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Hi i am running a windows server 2003 with active directory. We have 20 client computers connected to the server, 1 network printer attached to a prin server., and one shared printer attached to a client machine. Problem i want the shared printer that ia attached to the machime, to be shared to the other 19 machines. i loged on as the administrator on all the machines and have shared the printer to thoese machines workes fine and ok. When the administrator loges of ,and other users logs on and they go to the printer folder there is no printers attached to the machines. Log back on as the administrator and the printer is in the printer folders. Log on a user, then go to printer folder and add new printer and attache the share printer, prints ok, logs back of, logs on again and the printer is in the printers folder. i want to attach the printer to the machines and not the users (we have over 400 users, which are under the age of 10) as the administrator i cant sit there and attach the printer to every user. There must be a way for the printer to be attached to the machines. I havent had this problem befor, i have always shared a printer attached to machines, then gone to other machine and attached that shared printer to those machine, then other users can log on see the printer. And i have always done this in a workgroup and a domain. i am running server 2003 active directory and xp pro client machines
ASKED: March 4, 2008  3:06 PM
UPDATED: March 4, 2008  6:33 PM

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Winodws XP and Windows NT workstation (and probably Vista) are limited to a maximum of 10 inbound connections from other computers. You can’t connect more than 10 together via a share, including printers.

You’ll likely want to share this printer off the server instead. If the printer isn’t network capable there are devices that run between $50 and $100 that will convert a LPT/USB printer to a network capable printer. I know <a href=”http://www.dlink.com/products/category.asp?cid=10&sec=1″>dlink </a>makes some, and there are others as well.

It sounds like you are sharing the devices on the workstation, but I can’t be sure, If you are connecting the printer to the Server (and the share the clients are connecting to is on the server) then you may be running low on CALS, or try restarting the print spooler service.

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  • Nmeddick
    Network printers are profile based so these will not be reconnected to other users logging into the same PC. On the contrary, local printers are available to all users who log in. The easiest way to do this is to create a login script and add it to your group policy. You can add a line such as this to the login script; rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /b "Test Printer" /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf /r "IP_157.57.50.98" /m "HP Laserjet 4000 Series PCL" /Z Where the IP address is the address of the server, followed by the printer name. This will map the network printer for each user that logs on. You can also use con2prt which is a windows Resource kit tool to do the same job.
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  • Buddyfarr
    instead of sharing the printer off of a workstation get a low end lpt to network jetdirect box, (they also make them for usb to network). that way it will have an IP address and you can set it up as a networked printer on the server.
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