Accessing Shared Printer on Workgroup

Posted on 2007-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a workgroup set up with a server on the workgroup. The server is sharing a printer. If I go \\server\printer i have to authenticate to the server and then i can print, but if a user reboots, they have to re-authenticate to the printer or they get an access-denied when trying to print to it. I have allowed 'anonymous' and 'everyone' full access to the printer.

how can i get the authentication to stick?
Question by:jaysonfranklin
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    Accepted Solution

    Create a user account on the server for each user trying to access the printer.  The password for each user must be the same as the one that he/she uses on his/her computer.
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    First, Is the server running a server os or a client os?  If it is a server os I would recommend setting the computers up on a domain instead of a workgroup but if it is running a client os:

    Add each user (identical name of user on workstation computers) to the local admin group of the print server.  You will probably have to create the user on the server, first.  Supply the same password as on the workstation, if there isn't one - set one up.

    You should no longer get an access denied and you should be able to print.
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    Author Comment

    you guys can have the points on the account of a good try... but adding an account on the server that is the same as on each work station doesnt solve my problem. remember, i didnt want to have to keep re-authenticating everytime they used the printer, no matter if they are authenticating with the 'same' user\pass. they still have to authenticate. anyway, i mapped a drive and told it to 'reconnect at login' so it automagicly authenticates and the user doesnt have to do it each time.

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