Printing over VPN

Posted on 2006-03-29
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Presently I have a customer using a lan connection into my server but is restricted on the use of the LAN and is controlled by the Static IP assigned, they have a printer via the LAN to be accessable via Static IP.  They are moving over to utilize ADSL and will connect remotely via VPN using Secure ID, which removed the LAN completely.  There are 6 PC's on the ADSL and will connect to the VPN for access to systems (Server).  The problem now is Printing!  When they connect via VPN and choose to print the only printer noted is the local printer associated via the LPT1 (It seems that USB printers are not available over VPN).  The company does not want to attach a local printer to each PC for printing.  Can I setup the system so that all 6 users can print from the VPN to a local printer over the ADSL which now is DHCP?  The users require unusually large prints and to purchase large printers is very expensive and they would like to utilize the one printer that they have.  
Question by:nkwhftw
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    by:Tony Massa
    You can configure a "local" TCP/IP printer for each user
    Add the printer to a "Print Server" and have the users just browse the "Print Server" for it.

    Just add a printer from the "Add Printer Wizard" and choose a TCP/IP port, and just enter the IP address, and type of printer and you're good.

    Hope this helps

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    The problem is that at the location mentioned, they only have ADSL and sign on to the remote location via VPN.  The users have only DHCP at the ADSL.  We are wondering if we build the 6 users into a local network allowing the user to assign a local IP on the network.  This would require the user to save items into a local file on their PC and when they signed of the ADSL they could then do printing over the local network.  Do you think that is possible????
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    How is their printer connected?  Is it connected via the LAN with an IP address?  Is it connected via USB on a PC in their LAN?

    You will either configure the printer as a TCP/IP printer, or as a shared printer connected to a computer in their office.  Either way, it doesn't matter what IP address the other PCs in the office are.

    I am not registering the problem correctly, I guess.

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