Solved

WebBrowser ActiveX will not print in Windows Server 2008

Posted on 2010-11-10
1
1,019 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
We run a Microsoft Access application on a Windows Server 2008 R2 box.
One particular form is used for printing HTML-coded documents. This features a webbrowser activex control.
The control's navigate method will load the page correctly. When calling the print method, nothing actually prints out:
Me.WebBrowser1.Object.ExecWB 6, 2, 0, 0

The URL are in the trusted sites zone, protected mode is turned off. "Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe" is enabled, as is "Run ActiveX controls and plugins"
I tried it on a sample html document with a very simple structure:
<html>
<body>
<h1>test print</h1>
</body>
</html>
If I open the document in a regular browser window, it prints no problem, so clearly the server environment is imposing a security restriction on the the ActiveX control.
It is not only the ExecWB method that is failing. If I right-click in the window using the context-sensitive menu, and select Print, it will give me the dialog box to print, but when clicking "Print" nothing comes out the printer.

Any suggestions to turn off this security on my ActiveX control? Is there an alternative ActiveX control that people know of that doesn't incur the same lock-down in Windows Server 2008?

This behaviour only happens in Windows Server 2008 R2. The form works correctly on all desktops and Windows 2003 server boxes (where the IE group policy lock-down isn't so secure).

thanks for any advice
0
Comment
Question by:Billy_London
1 Comment
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
Billy_London earned 0 total points
ID: 34119171
microsoft investigated and advised turning off UAC.
this does resolve the issue, although it sounds like a sledgehammer approach.
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

As cyber crime continues to grow in both numbers and sophistication, a troubling trend of optimization has emerged over the last year.
Ransomware is a malware that is again in the list of security  concerns. Not only for companies, but also for Government security and  even at personal use. IT departments should be aware and have the right  knowledge to how to fight it.
This tutorial will show how to configure a single USB drive with a separate folder for each day of the week. This will allow each of the backups to be kept separate preventing the previous day’s backup from being overwritten. The USB drive must be s…
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…

685 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question