"RPC server is unavailable" during Windows XP Print
Posted on 2004-08-14
We are using a Windows XP machine as a server to a number of Windows XP clients. The server's resources include a printer which works correctly from all clients but one.
The problem client is different from the rest because it is to have access to the server's printer only. As a result, there are no entries in the client's "User Accounts/Manage My Network Passwords". (The other clients do have an entry for the server machine here).
When we try to print from the problem client, we get the error: "The RPC server is unavailable." I have searched both here and in the Microsoft knowledge base without success.
The problem client is unusual in one other respect as well. Clicking "My Network Places/Entire Network/<server name> produces a password challenge, where it doesn't on the other machines. In other words, the problem client can't even *see* the shareable resources on the server.
The shared printer has all permissions enabled for the "Everyone" user.
Thank you for your assistance.