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A client has three locations and wants to be able to use a common DOS database application. Here's the layout. The server (Win2003 Server) is at the location where 5 other WinXP machines are located. It is served by a T1 connection. Location 2 has 2 WinXP machines and location 3 has 5 WinXP machines. I originally attempted to use Win2003 Server's VPN, but it took forever to load the DOS app (all files are resident on the server) and then it ran slower than molasses!! So I went to terminal services. That runs fast enough, but I find that, to print from the DOS app, I have to go to a command prompt and map the network printer to a LPT port (after I have set it up for sharing in the remote desktop).

This sounds like a hokey way to do it, but that's what I've been able to come up with, so far. Does anyone have a better (and possibly a more cost-efficient way) to accomplish this task?
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

Try adding a login script for the users when logging on to the Terminal Server. If it isn't a domain, you can go to
Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> System Administration --> Computer Administration and there go to the user and make sure to give a valid locatiuon for the login file.

You can make it a .bat file and in the .bat file put in the following

net use lpt1 \\Servername\printshare

Then, they automatically get the printer installed.
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by:ewtaylor
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Depending on the budget you could look at a point to point frame relay to the main HQ.
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by:centralcity
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How does a point to point frame relay work. I'm really a novice at remote networking
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