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How to allow non-domain members to print to network shared printer?

In our building we currently have two subnets, one for internal staff and another for our contractors. The contractors are not members of the domain but would like to print to our network printers. Currently they are connected directly via IP but this is causing issues with spooling and it is delaying many of our print jobs. Is there a way to automate authenticating them to the domain (without joining their computers to the domain) to allow them to print to the network shared printers so they can take advantage of the print server's spooling?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Try "net use \\server\ printer /user:username password"

Or Start \\server\printer /user:username password
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Sorry hit the wrong button. Create a batch file for them that have one of those lines above with a local user on the print server or or use a domain account. Place the bat file on their computer and tell them to click on the batch file to give them access to the printers while they are in the office.
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danielevans83Author Commented:
Unfortunately any extra steps for them isn't going to be used. It's hard enough getting them to enter in their department ID when they print. I'll need some form of automation.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Put the batch file in at Start up which will start the batch file everytime the logon.
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danielevans83Author Commented:
Those commands you mentioned continually give me access denied messages, even when using a domain admin login.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Are you using domain\username for the username?
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lamaslanyCommented:
You could use the credential manager.  

Via the GUI:

Open the User Accouts dialog
Click on Advanced
Click on Manage Passwords
Click on Add


Or you can use a shortcut and run:  rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr

If you have trouble remembering that one (I know I do!) you can jump to the user accounts dialog running:  control userpasswords2

Once the user, or you if you have to do it on their behalf, have cached the credentials to the print server it should re-use them until they delete them from the Stored User Names and Passwords list.
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lamaslanyCommented:
PS:  The above should work for Windows XP and Vista clients.  You didn't mention the client OS.
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danielevans83Author Commented:
this in a startup script allows them to print, thanks alot!
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