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Scanner, Printer and DVD writer over a network

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Hi,

 I have an EPSON 3170 PHOTO PERFECTION scanner, A DVD rewriter and a HP Business jet colour printer all attached to a PC. This PC runs windows vista ultimate. This PC is also connected to a Lan (workgroup) that is part of a larger domain.
There are about 20 systems connected to the workgroup.
I want to set up the scanner, DVD writer and the Printer accessible by everyone from their PC's (i.e workgroup), they should be able to scan a document over a network and save it on to their pc's, also write files on their PC's using the DVD writer and use the printer.
Can someone here suggest me how I can enable this ? and what permission levels to give for users?
It would be great if it can be done without buying any softwares such as remote-scan. If there are some opensource softwares that are reliable for these kind of things too that would be highly helpful.

Thanks
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Scanner, network scanning will only be possible if your original software that came with it supports this scanning over the net. Usually only High End scanners support this and your scanner is a low to mid end scanner. You will need a third party app, and make sure it supports your scanner. Epson Perfection is a popular brand so it will be supported by some.

DVD, you can set it as a remote share, as in a read drive. You would do this with a windows share. As for it writting over the network, I wouldn't advise it and it is probably not possible since cd writter software requires speed in the transfer of the data to burn it. This might not be possible at least not in burning sense.

HP Laser Color Printer, depending on the model they are net ready, or you can buy the Jet direct option for it to neworkable. This is the best solution since the printer would be stand alone. A cheaper solution is to connect it to your network machine, and on printers properties, share it. This has the problem that it requires the machine you hook it up to be on at all times ther printer is going to be used. I would go for the Jet direct route if it is an option or maybe you already have it.
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Most scanning open source are really not that good, would require linux, and are not networkable.
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My 2 cents:

1. Create at Vista PC a network share (e.g. C:\shared) and folders (e.g. C:\Shared\John) for individual domain user with permission (full access to respective user).
2. Map the network share path (e.g. \\VistaPC\shared\John) to each user's desktop.

Printing: Share the printer to relevant domain users via Windows print sharing.

Scanning: Each user logs in at the Vista PC, scan and save the images to his assigned folder (C:\Shared\John\Scanned) and then retrieves scanned images from his desktop via the network share.

DVD Burning: Users drop files to the Vista PC via network share (e.g. \\VistaPC\shared\John\Toburn). Then login at Vista PC and burn them onto DVDs.

No additional software required.
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The point is that the said computer is assigned to an individual and thus shld not be disturbed.
I solved it by using RemoteScan software.
Thanks for your inputs.
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