print /d with an ip address

Is it possible to use an ip address in place of a server name in the print command with the /d option.  When I tried, I kept getting and unable to initialize device error.
jbeckstromAsked:
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Christopher McKayConnect With a Mentor Microsoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Actually, you need to make one workstation your print server.

What version(s) of Windows are you running? And what brand of printer?

(As an example)

HP uses jet direct software to control network printers.
then the workstation becomes the print server by running the jet direct software.
You may be able to see the printer information by typing the IP address of the printer into a browser address bar.

Either way, you should be able to go to the printer manufacturer website and download their software to connect to the printer and become the print server for that printer.

If you post the brand and model of printer and your preferred OS, I can assist you in finding the software.

Hope this helps!

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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
When you send a print job, it is typically controlled by the print server.
You need to send your print job to the server that controls your network printer.
example:

print filename.txt /d:\\serverip\printersharename

The above command will work for you. Replace serverip with the server IP address,(or server name) and the printer share name with the printer you wish to print to.

Hope this helps!

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jbeckstromAuthor Commented:
That's kind of what I thought.  Currently, we do NOT have a windows print server.  Print queues are managed by Novell.  Network people are working to migrate the printers to IP and had hoped could talk directly to them instead of referencing the Novell queue.  If wanted Novell out of the picture, would network people have to setup a windows print server and then we would have to access them by name?
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Ack, just re-read your question.... the answer: yes, you need to make one windows computer the print server, then share the printer and access it by printer name.

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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Thanks for the points!

I'm glad I was able to assist.

Cheers!

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