NT 4.0 Server SP6a will no longer load XP drivers for network printers
Posted on 2005-05-10
I have a client with an NT 4.0 SP6a server. They have been using LPR to setup the printers locally on the NT server, making them network printers. All clients are XP SP2 (about 300).
For awhile, we had been setting these up by downloading the XP drivers for the printer and then using those on the NT server. Lately the newer drivers will not allow this type of install.
The error is of course, this driver is not made for this Operating System...makes sense.
So, we wanted to upgrade the server to 2003 but the user won't hear of it....
Since the printer has to be on the server, but XP needs the driver for itself, is there a way to make the XP machines load a driver that can be uploaded to the NT server that it will accept?
Or any other ideas?
I thought about making the XP machine use the local port LPT...but how does it take on the IP address of the printers from the NT server?