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Sharing a USB Printer from a Windows 7 Machine over a SBS 2008 network

Hi All,

I am trying to share a USB printer, Model Brother HL2040, from a windows 7 machine over a network. All machines installed on the network are Windows 7. I have the correct driver install for the printer and setup the printer as shared over the network. I have file and printer sharing, network discovery and port 445 open on the firewall. We also have a SBS 2008 server that is trying to share it via a login script and GPO. We have a very similar GPO setup for another printer so I would assume the gpo itself is correct due to the fact the only thing that changed is the printer name.

Even if I manually try to add the printer from another Windows 7 workstation (same setup in regards to firewall) I can't connect to it. I can see it in the list of network printers when I try the wizard but can't connect to it. The other weird thing is I can't browse to the computer \\computername. It just gives me the lovely generic "Windows cannot access \\computername". When I diagnose it, windows recommends to open up port 445 which I have done on all computers in the network.

Is there something else that needs to be configured?

Thanks,

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RLComputing
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RLComputing
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RLComputingAuthor Commented:
I am able to broswe to the computers now. I enabled UDP ports 137,138,445 and TCP ports 137, 445 in the firewall.
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DeanGuilberryCommented:
if you can see the printer in the browser right click on it and choose connect. This sometimes lets me connect when the add printer routine wont work.
hope this helps
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dgenerosaCommented:
Are you running any 3rd party antivirus/firewall?  Both trend and symantec have additional firewalls you may have to open up.
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brimac21Commented:
Are the computers joined to a domain and if not are they all in the same workgroup? I had a similar problem with one of my clients (who did not have a domain controller) and it turned out the Win7 PC sharing the printer was not in the same workgroup and once I put it on the same as all the rest we could then see, add, and print to the printer in question.
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RLComputingAuthor Commented:
Just opening those ports did the trick. I rebooted and the GPO's kicked down. Thanks!
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