Losing access to lpt1
Posted on 1998-07-14
I have a client who has NT 4.0 workstations and a Novell 3.12 server with several print queues. They are using the Novell Intranetware client. The workstations are also part of an NT domain. Some of the workstations have a local printer. They have a DOS app that will only print to lpt1. I can use a net use lpt1 command to redirect to the network printers. However, when I issue a net use lpt1 /delete to switch printing to the local printer I lose access to lpt1. I get a message that the device prn is not available.
I have found that if I issue a net stop spooler and a net start spooler command I regain access to lpt1. However, it appears that the users must be domain admins to start and stop spooler. I have tried using policy/user rights for both the individual workstations and the domain to give them this right. However, I can give all rights and they still cannot start and stop the service.