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NPrinter Equivalent for Windows XP

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By Geoff Taylor

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Posted: 8 Jun 2004
 

I cannot claim credit for the use of the MS IP print method, however I have recorded the procedure that I use and know to work.

I have used the following procedure when I have a printer on an XP workstation rather than a dedicated printserver device.

(With Win98se workstations I still use NPrinter when the printer is connected to the workstation and needs to be shared.)

1 STATIC IP

Give the workstation a static IP appropriate to your environment e.g. [ 10.10.16.xxx ] (This is to make it easier and more reliable to find in step 4)

2 INSTALL MS TCP/IP PRINT SERVER SERVICE

(WinXP install disk or location needed)

Start/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs/Add-Remove Windows Components/Other Network Files and Print Services/Details/Print Services for Unix

(Re-apply SP1 if required.)

Check service is running.

3 CONFIGURE LOCAL PRINTER

Install or check the existing installation for the printer in WinXP on workstation

Change the display name to one having NO SPACES and preferably short. e.g. [ SOCIETY-EP700 ]

4 CREATE THE NDPS PRINTER AGENT

Using NWADMIN:

  1. Navigate to tree location
  2. Name the printer Agent [ SOCIETY-EP700-STAFF]
  3. NDPS Print manager [ printeragentname ]
  4. Printer type [ none ]
  5. Port Handler [ Remote LPR on IP ]
  6. IP address [ 10.10.16.xxx ]
  7. Printer Name [ SOCIETY-EP700 ]
  8. Driver selection (as required by your printer)

5 TEST ON NETWORK WORKSTATION

Geoff Taylor is the IT Manager at Carine Senior High School in Perth, Western Australia. He regularly dispenses such wisdom as this in the School Cool Solutions forums. Check it out.


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