I'm having a very confusing problem that maybe some has some helpful pointers for me.
The server is running Windows 2000 Server (SP3) and consists of 5 Workstations running Windows 2000 Professional. Connected to the LAN is a HP Jetdirect 175x Print Server and an HP1200 Laserjet printer. I setup the Printer under the W2K domain structure (By Adding a Printer and publishing it under the directory) and it seemed to work fine initially. It was setup with a static IP address and printing was obtainable from all Workstations and Server. Suddenly the Workstations are unable to use the Printer, they show it's status as Unavailable and cannot access it. I tried going to the Server and printing a test page from it. It worked fine. So I tried to troubleshoot the Printer by deleting it from the workstations and trying to add them again. The workstations can SEE the Printer but cannot connect to it or add the printer either. I tried pinging the IP address from each workstation, each time getting a reply and proper acknowledgement. I'm very confused on what the problem could be. Would anyone please have any tips or hints on what to try or look for next?