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Allowing domain user's and local user's access a printer

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I have installed a new Windows 2000 Pro PC to host our main printer. Up until this point, this print server was being hosted on a Windows98 PC. I would like the printer on this PC to be accessable by absolutely ANYONE, whether a domain user or a local user (this is what was happenning on the Win98 PC).

When I installed this PC, I named it PRINTSERVER, set it as part of WORKGROUP (most of our network is part of a domain call COMP_DM) and shared the printer with full control to the Everyone group. When everyone anyone attempts to connect to this PC, it prompts for a username and password. When I enter PRINTSERVER's administrator username and password it connects and I can access the printer and print documents. As soon as I logoff, this access is forgotton and I have to browse to the printer and enter a username and password again.

I don't care how insecure this PC is. I want everyone and anyone to be able to print to this printer. Can someone please help?

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Gareth Gudger earned 320 total points
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Have you tried enabling the "Guest" account on the Windowes 2000 Pro box hosting the printer?
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by:sstephensnet
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First have you looked into a external print server like a HP jetdirect?  

Second.  Check the Security tab of the printer properties.  make sure the everyone group is listed with full control
this should take care of it.
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