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Windows 2003 Small Business Cannot Connect To Shared Client Printer

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I have a server with Windows 2003 Small Business Server on it. One of my clients has a shared printer on it, which the server can see in the directory, but yet it is still unable to connect to it.

I tried installing Netbios on both, but that did not help.

I tried to connect to it via the direct name i.e. \\computer\printer, but that did not help.

If I try and browse, I can see the computer, but not the printer, even though the browser isn't supposed to show any computers without shared printers on them, but that did not help.

The client connects to the server and access folders and programs there no problem.

Another client on the domain can connect to and install the printer. So it's probably not a firewall printer on the client side.

The server can connect to other shared printers on the domain, so it's probably not a firewall problem on the server side.

There are no third party firewalls installed on anything, and the Windows firewall does have the printer and file sharing exclusion activated, and exceptions are allowed, on all computers.

I tried to uninstall and reinstallt he printer, but that did not help.

The clients are all Windows XP.

I tried to uninstall the printer, and connect with a parallel port rather than USB, and that did not help.

I have rebooted the client many times, but that did not help.

So what else coukld it possibly be, and how do i fix it???

Thanks, it's driving me absolutely nuts!!!

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