8.1 Attaching to a Network Printer

A printer driver for each type of printer must be installed on the workstations.

Users can set up network printing on a workstation by specifying the name of the printer in any of the following programs:

The following can automate printer connections so that the computer connects to network printers each time a user log in:

8.1.1 Setting Up Network Printing through the Windows Add Printer Wizard

  1. Click Start > Settings > Printers.

  2. Double-click Add Printer and follow the onscreen instructions.

  3. When prompted, click Network Printer Server and select a printer you want to use from the Shared Printers box.

    • For NetWare 4 or later networks, double-click Novell Directory Services and find the context for the printer. Then select a Printer object from the list.

    • For NetWare 3 and bindery networks, double-click NetWare Servers. Then double-click the name of the server that supports the queues you want to use and select the queue.

  4. (Conditional) If a dialog box prompts you to install a driver for the printer, click OK and install it.

    1. Select the name of the printer from the Driver box, then click OK.

    2. Type the path to the printer driver, then click OK.

  5. Run an application and select the network printer when you print.

8.1.2 Specifying Capture Settings with Windows Printing

Windows does not require captured printer ports to print to a network printer. Windows can use print devices that are associated with network printers. This allows applications to print directly to a network printer.

  • The CAPTURE utility does not affect Windows printer devices.

  • Captures are global. If you capture a printer port, the port is available for network printing from anywhere in Windows.

Use the Capture Settings dialog box to specify printer settings for print captures created with Windows. This can be useful if you want to use a DOS or Windows 3.x application that relies on print captures and you can't put the capture in a login script.

To access the Capture Setting dialog box:

  1. Right-click the Red N icon on the status bar.

  2. Click Novell Capture Printer Port.

  3. Type the correct information in the dialog box.

  4. Click Settings.

These settings apply only to printer ports that are captured from Windows. Printer ports that are captured in a login script or from the command line do not use these settings.

These settings do not apply to printers that appear in the Windows Printers folder.

Changing the printer settings for a specific captured printer port does not change the default printer settings.