Net Use LPT1 as restricted user
Posted on 2005-05-17
Ok. Basically I have an XP Pro box on an NT4 domain. I'm trying to setup a user to use an old 16-bit scoring application that requires a printer on LPT1. I am on a situation where having a local printer is not optional, so what I do is C:\>NET USE LPT1 \\SERVER\SHARE to bind the UNC path to LPT1. Then I actually add the printer on LPT1 and install the drivers to it appears to be a real local printer. I can print to the printer from the 16-bit application fine. Problem solved.
I need to do this as a domain user. Not a power user, not an Administrator; just regular old user. The problem is that apparently regular users cannot C:\>NET USE LPT1 \\SERVER\SHARE; probably a security restriction because its binding it to physical hardware I assume. Is there a way to explicitly define permissions for a regular user to C:\>NET USE LPT1 \\SERVER\SHARE? I would imagine it has something to do with changing the permissions on LPT1 but I can't seem to find a setting anywhere.
Mad props to whoever can figure out how to do this.