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Can't find printers on mixed mode network

Posted on 2004-09-29
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Running SBS 2003 with a w2k member server.  The printers are setup on the W2k server and all client users can print with the exception of one W98 2nd edition client user.  He can logon and see folders on the server just fine, but can't see any of the printers.  

What does Win98 use to communicate to the printers.  Is it different than communicating with the server to see folders?  

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Normally W9x clients use WINS to communicate (or find) printers and servers on the network,or they use Netbios over TCP/IP.  We also have a 2003 domain with W9x clients, they are able to see the printers (actually, they only see the ports we `created for the printers). We than install the printer locally on the ports.. This is probably your best way of doing it, just install a new printer and make sure to change the port to the network printers..

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How did you create the ports and then how did you install the printers locally.  Maybe we are doing something wrong.  
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Normally if you install a network printer (that uses an ip address), you needf to create a port. After that, yu normally share the printer and it gets a name like \\servername\printshare. This is the port youi can connect to after choosing to create a network printer.

Other option is to install the printer locally, create a new ip port on the 98 machine (if this is not possible, you could try installing HP Web Jetadmin, then your able to create the port) and create it pointing to the ip address of the printer (not it's netbios name, it's ip address..). AFter that, install the drivers locally on the Win 98 machines..
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OK, I just used the UNC name and pathed to the printers.  For some reason that didn't work the first couple of times I tried it.  Strange because it could see the server and folders and files on the server.  Anyway problem solved.  
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