connecting a windows2000 domain enabled laptop to a win98 workgroup printer

Posted on 2004-03-26
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I’m trying to connect a printer on a Windows 98 machine to a Windows 2000 machine.  The Win2k machine is joined to a domain, while the 98 machine is joined to the default “WORKGROUP”.  I need to be able to access the 98 machines printer without joining it to the laptop’s domain.  I have network connectivity between both machines (ping tests pass).  I cannot access the 98 machine using its hostname or ip (\\hostname.. \\ip).  Access level is shared on the 98 machine with file and printer sharing enabled.  I can however access the 98 machine and it’s printer while logged into the local machine account on the 2000 machine.  There are no user accounts set up on the 98 machine, and since access level is shared, not user, I didn’t think this should matter.  I can’t seem to access it while logged into the domain as the user.  “No logon servers available to service request” message appears.  Is there anyway to make this 98 machine visible to the 2k machine without joining the 98 machine to the domain of the 2k machine?
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sirbounty earned 450 total points
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Try logging on to the W2k machine
Click Start->Run->CMD

Assuming the windows98 machine has an IP of and a printer shared as prn98 (98 user account Ted), type:

NET USE LPT1: \\\prn98 /user:\Ted <enter>

Does that work?

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we are trying; will update when we know.  thanks

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There is no user accounts on the 98 machine. any other idea??
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Sorry the user left for the day can we try some more on Monday? The user will be back in his office around 12:30 est. Thought we had more time tonight.
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I'll be on and off during that time...

I"m pressing memory here working with 98, and leaning more towards this all being a futile attempt.
I'll do some more research here and let you know what I find...

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thanks!! It is appreciated.

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eddkhamou earned 50 total points
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You should be able to see the workgroup in My Network Places on the 2000 machine no matter if you are connected to the domain or not.

Make sure that netbios over tcp/ip is enabled in the tcp/ip properties for the adapter that you are using.

Good Luck


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Thanks for all your help I do not know what fixed it when we called the user back today he stated it "had just started working" so we are leaving it at that.

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