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I have a print server/terminal server that has 2 HP 4250's connected to it in different departments. One printer has a 10.1.1.xxx address and the other has a 10.1.0.xxx address. The last couple of days, one of the HP's has been taking on the port of the other which causes users not to be able to print. The even log shows an Event ID of 1106, which would seem to be an RDP printer error that it couldn't load in a remote session. Has anyone seen this or know what could cause a networked printer using a local TCP/IP port to grab the port for another printer?

Thank you in advance.
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Have you given each of them static IP addresses?  Do that at the printer themselves, and the server shouldn't mix them up.

Also, are their names sufficiently dissimilar?  I.E. don't name them XXXCompanyHP4250p1 and XXXCompanyHP4250p2, try something more like P1HP4250XXXCompany and P2HP4250XXXCompany.  I've seen some older windows servers confuse printers if the first 8 - 16 characters are the same.

Hope that helps.
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Yes, the printer's themselves have static IP's and are, in my opinion, very dissimilar in naming. This is the first time this has happened so I'm rather confused. I presumed that the printer, programmed with an IP and Terminal with the same, shouldn't switch them.
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Nope, they shouldn't switch like that given the parameters you've stated. ... Odd . ....Only times I've had this happen static IPs and dissimilar names resolved it, so you're past my personal experience with this issue. ....

Let me do some research and see what I can find.  In the meantime if any other expert has anything to offer, please do so.

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