Printing from XP to a netware printer

Posted on 2004-04-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-07

We run netware 5.0.  Some people at our branches have to print stuff out to other branches.  No problem in 98 setting up printers to go to different buildings, works fine.  Now, I am setting up some XP machines for these people.  I have to map a drive in order to install the printer.  Once it is not mapped I get access denied.  These same people have no problem printing with 98 to these other printers.  The permissions for the netware print queues seem to be fine.  Am I missing something??
Question by:kjbbnk

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You need to issue the CAPTURE command to connect the NetWare print queue to a specific port using XP.
You should not need any file system rights.

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how about the Novell-supplied Client32 v.4.90 SP1a for Windows NT/2K/XP

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You are not authenticating until you try to map the drive.  Are you using the crapware client that comes with Windows?  Are you using IPX?

Once authenticated by using a decent client (as recommended by DSPoole) you should be able to "see" the printers as NDS objects in your "my network places."  You should select the queue object rather than the printer object, and will have to install the printer driver separately.  There should be no need to issue the CAPTURE command.  If you need to print from a DOS app, select that as an option when installing the printer; don't try to CAPTURE.
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Yes, we are using the crapware client. And yes I guess that means we are using IPX :(  We only put the crapware client on our XPs because we no longer will be using Novell within a year, so that is 100-some odd less machines we have to take the client off of.  Everything seemed 10x slower when we put the good client on so we just went with crapware for the time being.  

I can get to the netware stuff through my network places.  I click on my network places, entire network, netware or compatible network. When I select the queue object I get Operation could not be completed: access denied.

Help, I am very novell stupid.  The alternative would be to map a drive to the branch they need to print to, but in the long run we have other users who print to all 13 or 14 of our branches and we'd run out of drive mappings.

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OK so I installed the novell client and now it appears the printers are fine.   I suppose I could just install the client on whatever machines are put out from now until our printing goes through a windows print server instead of novell.  I just like having everything consistent. argh!  Still would prefer to use crapware client if there is any possibility of that working!!
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'Everything seemed 10x slower when we put the good client on so we just went with crapware for the time being.'

well, when you did install the NetWare Client - you did do a CUSTOM install, right?  And you selected only ONE protocol, right?  And you didn't select ALL the services you didn't need, right?

When I install the client, everything get's 10x FASTER - because I install it c-o-r-r-e-c-t-l-y

'We only put the crapware client on our XPs because we no longer will be using Novell within a year'

well, then your ENTIRE network will be crapware.

'Still would prefer to use crapware client if there is any possibility of that working!!'

What part of "Microsoft IS crapware and DOESN'T work" are you having difficulty with? ;)


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If Your using the crapware client, use only ip-printing on non ndps printers.
The best way is to use for the moment only public ip-printers, if this is not possible, use direct print via ip ea nono for queued printing!.

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