XP Professional workstations sharing printer is not working

Posted on 2004-11-02
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have a Windows 2000 server running Active Directory, and the workstations are Windows XP Professionals.  I have a Brother Laser printer attached to one XP Pro machine and shared for anyone to print to.  So I go on to another XP Pro machine and when I search for it, I see it on the network under the workstations name and the shared printer's name.  When I double click on it to attach to it, it gives me an error of 'Policy is not allowing you to attach to this printer'

I do not have any customer GPO or any other policies running in this network. Just the default installation of everything.  What do I need to look at to get a locally attached printer on one PC to be shared to another PC?
Question by:dagatorman
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    Expert Comment

    Try to publish this printer in active directory.

    HOW TO: Configure Internet Printing in Windows Server 2003;en-us;323428

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    Expert Comment

    Make sure everyone has permissions on the printer... Else it will not work...

    Author Comment

    I do not want to use IIS and Internet Printing for maintenance reasons. I don't want to have to keep up to date with IIS.

    And to answer rhandels comment, everyone group has full control to the printer.
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    Is this the local everyone group of this machine or the domain everyone group??

    Some other things to try (just for testing purposes). What happens if you try to install the printer on another XP machine using an administrative account?? And waht happens if you log on to the machine with the domain admin account?? Are you able to share the printer then??
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    The machine which share the printer must be joined to the domain. Publish (if not done) the printer in Active directory, adding the necessary drivers for all Operating systems you needd.

    Verify point and print in Group policy, for users:

    System/USER/Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Printers/Point and Print Restrictions

    See here if you have restriction to point and print.

    Now, the user who want to add the printer we'll have to go Start/Search/For printer and he/she will double click the printer and that's all the installation. When the printer's drivers on the workstation who host the printer are upgraded, will be automatically upgraded on all other workstations.

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