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Exposing a network printer to the internet.

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I need to get a remote client printing documents to our local network printer here.  Normally we set up a VPN/RDP and use printer redirection for this, but this client is on the same subnet we are.  We've established a workaround for RDP access, but I can't figure out how to get a print driver installed on their network that will route jobs here.  

Is there a way to open a network printer to the internet?  I don't want to do this, but changing one of our subnets is not an option, and I need a solution.  Suggestion welcome.  Thanks in advance.
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I assume the printer is installed and shared on one of your Server 2003 servers. In this case, you can enable Internet Printing in Server 2003 to expose the printers to the 'net. The only problem with this is your client will need a username and password to authenticate to your server - otherwise anyone could print to your printers!

Once the option is installed and the client workstation is able to connect to port 80 on the server it is installed on, you need to visit the http://address to server/printers on the remote client workstation and find the printer. You are then given the option to make a connection, which installs the printer locally and allows the client to print to it.

Here's more detailed guides and information from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323428

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