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Scenario: We have recently installed a NEW W2K3 SBS server (new domain) onto our existing NT 4 LAN. We are NOT going to migrate applications, but some of the database information only will be copied.
During our early testing phases, we have been able to login into the W2K3 SBS server via a 10/100 switch attached XP LapTop, and from this laptop can also navigate to the existing NT 4 domain. In addition, from the laptop, we can print on ANY of the NT shared printservers, regardless as to whether or not they are attached to a W/98 workstation, or XP workstation.
When we login in AT the new W2K3 SBS server itself, and attempt to attach to a shared printer (or install a printer) which is one of the existing NT print servers, we receive a message similar to the following:"Before you can use the printer -x-, it must be installed. Do you want Windows to set up the printer and continue this operation?". Clicking Yes generates the following error message: "The server on which the printer resides does not have a suitable -x- driver installed. Click on OK if you want to install the driver". Clicking OK allows you to browse to the location of the driver but, when you select it to install, the following is displayed: "Printer driver setup error: The printer driver is not compatible. Installation failed". We have searched the HP website, and found an upgraded driver for one of our printers (LaserJet 1300) but not for the Deskjet 5650's. We have gone so far as to install the newest LJ 1300 driver onto the SBS server (local LPT1 printer), but the results are the same. . While in true production mode, we will not require printing while LOGGED INTO (and AT) the new SBS server itself as user Admin, for our conversion phase this is a step that we would like to be able to perform.

Valid suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance....Dave K.
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Hi dkalling,

SBS doesn't play nicely with other Windows domains. Ms built it so it can't form any trusts with other Domains.
I'd suggest that you create a new printer server (setup the TCP/IP port, etc) on the SBS server and share the printer from there. It won't have any adverse effect on the current setup.
Unless SBS is sharing the printer, it won't be able to use the other domain's shares.

Sad but true.
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