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Cant print from a workstation win2000 with server 2003

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Hello,

At the office we have a server with windows server 2003. And 10 workstations with win2000. One of the workstations prints on another worstation that is sharing its printers. The workstation Im trying to print shows that there is a printer visible on the configuration but when I send a doc to print there is no printer.

I had this problem occur to me last week with two other worstations and the tech told me that the policies on the server had blocked the printer function because they were over due. He changed the policy for those stations to unlimented so It wont block printing again.

I would like to know how to change the policy on the server so I can print again on the workstation.

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Hello,

The problem probably exists becasue you are limited to 10 simultaneous inbound connections on the W2K machine.
The 2 workarounds for this are

1) change the default timeout on the workstation
open command prompt on W2K machine that has the printers and type
net config server /autodisconnect:time_before_autodisconnect
where time_before_autodisconnect = number of minutes you would like, default is 15

2) have the server handle the printing

What errors are shown in event viewer when this happens?
Look at both; the workstation that can't print and the one that has the printer
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Hello,

How can I access the event viewer on the workstation....

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Right click 'My Computer' choose 'manage'
under 'system tools' you will see 'Event Viewer'
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Im looking at the workstation that cant print and te event viewer shows under aplication an event ID 1704 Origin SceCli..this event happens everytime I need to print.


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Have you had the chance to look at the other workstation's event viewer?

From your original question can you find out what this means....
"the policies on the server had blocked the printer function because they were over due"

I am still leaning towards this being the 10 connection limit but that error message has something to do about group policy
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884559/
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Hello,

Could you please tell me the meaning of the event viewer on properties of the event (origin: Scecli)

Thanks

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I have never encountered this error message and the only info I can give you is extracted from the MS link above.

If what is written in the 'symptoms' section of that link applies to you, then it looks like
group policy is not being applied to your computer.

What service pack is this Windows 2000 computer?
Right click 'My Computer > choose 'properties' > on the 'General' tab under 'System' you will see the Service Pack level.
Is it the same Service Pack level as the other computers in your environment?
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Is there a way I can send you the screen window of the event viewer so you can get what I mean. I can copy the screen on the  wordpad and send it

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Yes one of these places should allow you to do just that.
Post the url when you are finished

http://www.ee-stuff.com/
http://tinypic.com/
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