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Printing from non-domain computer

Posted on 2004-04-13
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I am trying to configure a Windows XP laptop that is not a member of our domain, to be able to print to our printers.

I can do start - run - \\servername  but it will ask for authentication at this point. I can put in my credentials and access it no problem, but since this is a laptop and this person will be disconnecting everynight and need to have the printer the next day, I dont want to have to keep adding the printer back on everyday.

Is there a setting that will allow for non-domain workstations access to domain printers.

At this point I have the everyone group that can print and also allow for anonymous logon to access for printing as well,but no matter what way I try to attach to the printer it asks for username and password.

TIA
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by:Gareth Gudger
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Yes as long as it is XP Pro and not XP Home you can save the authentication info in Network password lists and wont be prompted to provide that info each time. Can not be home though.
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by:AMWINS
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Does that allow for any other access to any wheres in the domain or just to the \\servername that you connected to

Also is there a way that if you do select keep password in list that when it comes time to not need access to that anymore is there a way to take away the permission.
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Gareth Gudger earned 150 total points
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Yes the difference between XP Home and Pro is that when you connect to a share and put in the user and password you also get the added option of "Save Password". You will then be able to access anything on that server that the username has access too without any future prompting.

Also you will notice in the users section in Pro that is has an extra link for "Manage my network passwords" unlike Home. Basically this is where you can manage them (ie the one you used above)

You will need to do a password for every computer you access but once prompted for user/pass once it will retain it if you check it.

It kind of sucked that XP Home didnt do this. I guess another marketing ploy.
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by:Gareth Gudger
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I know my answer was for sure on this. :)
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by:AMWINS
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I will award you the points for the idea, but that was actaully not the path that I took.

This is what happened, we had a group in my office(non-employee's) that needed access to print. They had access to out network connection but could not authenticate to anything.

What I ended up doin was just allowing them for TCP/IP printing, this had failed before because they were running vpn when trying to establish the tcp/ip. It all worked out in the end with out having to enter any domain credentials.

Thanks for you input though.
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by:Gareth Gudger
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oh ok....the other way does work though.
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