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Hi,

I have a win2K box which I access w/o any psw as admin, that's because I don't think I set one at the install time, needing to share the printer I did so, but when I go to the other machines to add a printer and go look for the one it asks me for the password, which if there was any would have been either of two I usually use on my lan, so non chance I can have forgotten about them.

The question is how can I check if I mistakanly had set a psw, and eventually is there any other way to access the printer?

I tried to access it by run: \\ipaddress\c from the server and it gives the following error:
"unable to find the network name"
I can ping it though.

Thank you.
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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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           Well in my opinion, this password is a domain or workgroup password. Printers can not be set passwords without 3rd party sofftware. Is there a domain or workgroup? If it is a workgroup, make sure both machines has same admin accounts with same passwords.
           If you encounter unable to find, then you may have forgotten to share "c". Try following
          \\ipaddress\c$
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by:keneso
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>> \\ipaddress\c$

ooops, that's right ;)

And yes it is part of a workgroup and a domain, on both machines I have admin rights (one being a win98), I've never needed this stuff, and I basically know nothing about it, what would you suggest me to do next?
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by:jar0000
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NET USE LPT1 "\\ComputerName\printer_share" /PERSISTENT:YES /USER:administrator

Run this from the machine your want the printer mapped to.
Set the computer name and the printer share. When it prompts you for a password press enter if it refuses it then you set a password.
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Alan Huseyin Kayahan earned 1000 total points
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             Now as I understand, you have a PC which has printer installed, in a domain. And you are trying to reach it's printer from a workgroup.
              In that case, this logon password box not only appear for raching to printer, it also has to appear when you try to reach it as \\ipaddress .
              In order to reach this source without specifying any password, there must be an account, which has the same username and same password, has to exist in Local machine accounts. Lets say that your PCy , which is in workgroup and want to reach PCx has a Keneso username with 1234 password as admin. Then you should create a username Keneso with password 1234 in PCx.
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by:keneso
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Thank you both.

>>jar0000

I tried that, but it gave me a "/PERSISTENT:YES operation not found" error.
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