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How do i assign a printer on WS2003

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Hi,

Can anyone please tell me why i can't find a printer that i have shared on the server 2003, when i search for the printer on a client i can't find it?
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In the Printer Properties on the Server, did you check the setting to list in the directory? Can you find it by entering the Printer name? Both appproaches should work. .... T
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The box is ticked and on my laptop which is connected to the domain and a logged in user, when i search for network printers on the domain it doesn't show any
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When you add a printer on your client, you add as a Network printer (you knew that). In one of the dialogue boxes that come up it gives you a choice of Find or Browse (I forget the exact terms right at the momemt). Find is better than Browse (in my opinion) and is more likely to easily list the printers. Does Find list any printers and then, just not the one that you added?  .... T
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by:Lolash
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For some strange reason it won't find the printer what ever i do, this is a home setup so that i can get used to working with server 2003
i can share folders etc and map network drives no problem but when it comes to sharing a printer it just won't have it.
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Strange. Try this. When you do the Find (depending on an XP client or a Vista client) there is an option to type in the address. I just checked a couple of my client servers, and when I type:
\\servername\ and wait a bit, it lists printers. If you know the name, type \\servername\printername
Now this is just a refinement of what I tried to say earlier, but see if anything comes up in this box.

If not, do you know the IP address of the printer?  If so, in the appropriate box, type:
\\servername\192.168.1.xxx or whatever server IP.   ....  T
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Another thing to consider:  In the Printer Properties on the Server, the printer attaches itself to a port. Did you check the port to make sure the printer is attached, and if you configure the port, does it respond? It won't respond if there is an error. ... T
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My printer is not a network printer i think that has summat to do with it
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