Trying to get a server-based UNIX app to print across a VPN connection to a printer on a Windows 2000 Pro laptop....
Posted on 2006-11-15
We’ve got an application called SafeTrace running on the one and only UNIX server on this network; the other 5 servers are all Windows 2000 Servers.
To allow remote users to print to their local printer from the SafeTrace application.
The remote users are roaming around the county in RV’s. To connect to the company's network, users have Windows 2000 Pro laptops with a Verizon wireless WAN card. Once they establish a connection to the Internet with the Verizon wireless card, they then connect to the company’s network using a VPN connection. Once connected, they then use a terminal emulation app on the laptops to connect to the SafeTrace app. This is all working just fine.
SafeTrace only prints to IP addresses from what I’m being told. So, what we need to do is get SafeTrace to be able to print to a printer across the VPN connection. Here’s the ipconfig info:
Laptop’s Ethernet NIC static IP address: 10.10.11.216
Local printer’s static IP address: 10.10.11 215
Verizon Wireless WAN IP Address: 188.8.131.52
VPN-assigned IP address on the laptop: 10.10.10.108
Local printer’s (JetDirect) IP address: 10.10.11 215
The printer is connected to a JetDirect box and the JetDirect is connected to the laptop via an Ethernet connection through a switch.
Is anyone familiar with this type of scenario and can you suggest a solution that will allow the users to print from SafeTrace application? So far, the only potential solution I’m researching now is ThinPrint. But I have no idea if it will work or if I even need to bother with a third-party solution. Thanks for any help.