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Hi Experts,

I have a remote Windows 98 station connecting via Internet with a Windows Server 2003 running terminal services. The station uses an MS-DOS application on the host and needs to print to local LPT1 port. I know that Windows printing is not an issue, but in this case how can I do ?

( History: Before upgrading I had Windows Server 2000 and used a 3rd party software called Thinpath Plus to print locally. It worked great ! This software doesn't do the job with Server 2003, so I need an alternate solution )

Thanks.
Tony

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by:krakken
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Just install the printer driver onto the server (using Printers in control panel, File, Server Properties - Drivers tab.

The printer should then be able to connect using the Remote Desktop Client.
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by:krakken
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Wait... You want to print locally?  Just do Net Use LPT1 for the printer shared on the server.

Command:

"net use LPT1 \\server\printer"

without quotes and with your server and printer name.

this is on the LOCAL machine if that's where the app is runnign and you want to print to.
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by:agubaira
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Krakken, the printer is physically connected to the station, not the server and the app is running at the server.
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by:mcsween
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You should share the printer on the local workstation then use the "net use" command on the server.

You could use the net use command in a batch file with the next line starting the Application to get this to work "automagically"

e.g.

net use LPT1 \\workstationname\printername
c:\appfolder\appname.exe

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by:jss1199
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Hi agubaira,

But it is doubtful to work in \\workstationname format as the remote computer is connecting via the Internet and there is no DNS entry...

Scroll to the bottom of the below disucussion and use the script to grab the ip of the connecting client and map the printer....You could put this in that users logon script.

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.win2000.termserv.clients/browse_thread/thread/2def64d4b1b84145/9aa1b2661c3ef887%239aa1b2661c3ef887


Cheers!
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by:mcsween
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When you say they connect over the internet; could you clarify that statement?

Do you use VPN?
Are there firewall ports open to allow them to come in?
Do they sit behind a NAT device on the client side?
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by:agubaira
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mcsween,

They connect over the internet via Terminal Server. No VPN's, port 3389 is open on both ends and the client is not using NAT, has a public IP and dynamic DNS installed.
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by:agubaira
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I solved the problem with the latest version of ThinPath Plus for Windows 2003. It is a server and client software that allows printing to the client's local port.
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