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three seperate networks all in the same building - wanting to share one network printer

we have three companies in one building. Each company has their own Windows server: (2) Microsoft Small Biz 2003 Servers, and (1) Server Stndard 2003 server.

Each server acts as the DHCP/DNS server for it's unique network.

Is it possible to have all three networks be able to print to a shared network printer/plotter?

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You would need to create domain trusts between the domains.
The printer will obviously need to be installed in one of the domains so the other 2 will need to have access.  To have access a trust needs to be put in place
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Yes, this is possible for as long as the printer (whether it be shared through a pc on the network or the printer is connected to a print server) is accessible on the network.  It doesn't even need an Active Directory to do so.

Meaning, if the printer is shared through a PC and the PC is pingable from all the 3 networks, then it is possible for all to print on this printer. This is the same if it is a network printer or connected to a print server.  If it is pingable, there is no reason why you can't print on the printer.  There are different configurations needed for shared and network printer when adding it to a computer on the network.

The scenario becomes different if your option is not just to print but to make it available as an Internet printer.  Then, Active Directory is needed.
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Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 was based on Windows XP and was released in four editions: Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter. It also had derivative versions for clusters, storage and Microsoft’s Small Business Server. Important upgrades included integrating Internet Information Services (IIS), improvements to Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP), and the migration to Automated System Recovery (ASR).

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