Allowing users to access network printers without joining a domian

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I have a real estate office with employees that have brought over their personal computers from other domains.  I have been using a lengthy process of copying profiles and adding the machines into the new domain, and then adding an estudio 4511 printer as the default printer.  the users only need internet access and print functions, but without being on the domain I cannot setup a reliable printer.  On all of the windows xp pro machines the lengthy process works fine, but with the xp home machines, and laptops which come and go I cannot use this process.  How do I set these xp home and laptops up so they always have unrestriced access to this printer?  Maybe there is an easier way to add users to the domain without trying to find the proper profile(some have 5-6)?
Question by:jreed59
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    Assisted Solution

    How is the printer connected.. Networked or Shared?

    If its networked.. assign it a static IP and then just have your users add the printer using the ip.

    Author Comment

    It is networked, but has a network address of \\ntserver\toshiba color copier pcl5c. So the only way I have been able to add it is through this route and it always asks for an authorized username and password, which is fine except after a laptop has left the office(wireless network) and sometimes the xp home machine it shows that the printer is not available(gives a bogus message that the print spooler is not running) but by deleting and reinstalling with this process it works....??  I can try the IP again, but that was the first solution I attempted and it would not find it.
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    Accepted Solution

    Try adding the "Anonymous Logon" built-in user thru the Security tab of the printer.

    Author Comment

    I'll try this tomorrow, thanks.

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