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Turning off your default printers (till you want them) (NetWare 5.1)

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By Tim Schmanski

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Posted: 19 Jan 2000
 

This applies to Client32 ver 3.2 and Client v4.7 (for NT).

For Windows 95B or later

On Windows 9x operating systems, under normal circumstances, if you login to the local workstation, but do not login to NetWare, you will be prompted to login to NetWare once by the QMS print provider and once by the NDPS print provider if you have any NetWare printers installed. There are two registry setting options that affect the login dialog box appearances on Windows 9x:

  1. If you set "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Novell\Print\ Never Login\Never Login" to a value of 1, the print provider will never bring up the NetWare login dialog. Print jobs will succeed, but you will find that the printer has gone offline. To get the print job to the printer, you must login to NetWare, and then manually turn the printer online by opening the Printers folder, right-clicking on the Printer, and toggling the Print Offline menu item to the online state.
  2. If you leave the default setting "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Novell\ Print\Never Login\UseDialupSettings" at a value of 1, the print provider will attempt to use the setting "Logon to network" of your current dialup connection. It will set the Never Login value so it corresponds to the dialup connection setting. NOTE: This functionality is only available on Windows 95B or later.

For Windows NT 4.0 (and I assume W2k)

NetWare Login Dialog Boxes Brought up by the Print Providers

On the Windows NT operating system, under normal circumstances if you login to the local workstation, but do not login to NetWare, you will be prompted to login to NetWare once by the QMS print provider and once by the NDPS print provider if you have any NetWare printers installed. There are two registry setting options to turn off these login dialog boxes on Windows NT:

  1. If you set "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Novell\Print\Delay Login\Delay Login" to a value of 1, because the print provider knows which printer ports belong to it, it will tell Windows that the printer is ours, even though we are not authenticated. Then, it will wait until an action is detected that requires authentication before popping up the NetWare login dialog box.
  2. If you set "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Novell\Print\Never Login\Never Login" to a value of 1, the print provider will never bring up the NetWare login dialog and print jobs sent prior to authenticating will fail with the error "Error writing to \\TREE\QUE.context: A write fault occurred on the network. Do you wish to retry or cancel the job?"


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