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Printer problem with network printer attached to file server.

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We've got a shared network printer, a Brother HL-5140, attached to the network file server via a USB hookup. The Win Server 2003 file server has a static IP address. We've been able to connect to this printer using the <\\Server IP address\printer name> in the add printer utility of our Windows XP Professional PCs. The problem is that we can set up the printer on the PCs and use it fine that day, but when we come in the next day the printer is unavailable and when we try to display the properties we get the "Printer properties cannot be displayed. The print spooler service is not running" error message. We can blow away the printer and set it up again using the above procedure and it works fine again for that day, but the next day the same thing - no joy.
We've checked all print spooler services and they are all running. We've updated the Brother printer driver on the file server as well, but that doesn't seem to have solved the problem. Any ideas? Thanks.
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by:dekkar
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are you all a member of a domain? or is it a workgroup?
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by:IanTh
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usb devices can go to sleep
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Dekkar: It is set up as a domain.
IanTh: That got my attention, but don't know what you mean by USB devices can go to sleep.
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by:nickt25
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it sound like  you have the print spooler disable
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781034%28WS.10%29.aspx

when you install the printer the installer star the print spool
once you restar it it cameback To stop
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Option Explicit
Dim objPrinters, objShell, objNetwork, strUNCPrinter1, strUNCPrinter2
 
ON ERROR RESUME NEXT
 
Set objPrinters = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
 
 
Save the script as a .vbs file and add to the
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
This will map the printer every time a user logs onto the machine.

Greg
strUNCPrinter1 = "\\server\printer1"
strUNCPrinter2 = "\\server\printer2"

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection strUNCPrinter1
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection strUNCPrinter2

objNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter strUNCPrinter1
 
WScript.Quit
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Someone recommended reinstalling/updating the print driver. That seems to have done the trick.
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