print server for workgroup

Posted on 2005-05-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
Hello Experts:

I need your help,

I have setup a print server on a computer running Microsoft windows 2000 for a workgroup. I have set it to be shared, and also the file and printer sharing for Microsoft networks is clicked. I am using a printer server “SMC EZ Hub 10/100”.  My problem is, when I add printer on the other two computer running 2000 and XP on the network, I will not see the printer or it will be there but it will say access denied.  

I have also ping the print server, it is Ok and also connected on the computer that the print server is connected to, and added it using the IP address, this method worked for a day and the print disappeared.  I need some help with this please.

Thank you
Question by:ctwalla
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    Usernames is the problem
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    You have to be logged into the other machines with a password that is in the password list of the 2000 unit.  Find out the username and password for each of the units that want to use the printer.  Then add them to the Username and passwords of the 2000 machine.  reboot everybody and the printer should be visible and usable to the client machines.
    If that doesn't work you might need to enabel netbios over tcp/ip if it is just so slow that you can't see it but it is there.
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    This might be a stupid question but here goes. Can the 2000 machine print to this printer?

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    Yes the 2000 machine which is setup as the print server does print.  I add the users on print server.  Also all the machines are standalone, are not networked, they share internet connections, you have to logon to each computer.  One of the printers running 2000 is working after adding the username and password, but the XP home edition is not working, what is the problem with is one.
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    probably firewall.  Is it XP home SP2?  If it is and you are behind a router/firewall before you get to the internet, disable the XP firewall in the advanced tab of the properties of the Local area Connection.

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