Network printer shows in AD directory and clients with server printer name and not shared name

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello experts,

I have a Windows 2008 R2 domain server where I have a dozen of printers configured. The clients are XP sp3 computers.

Say, I have a printer in the server named "2FL-HP3600N-IP157" and the shared name is "2_WEST_HP_COLOR"

When I go through the Add Printer wizard, I reach the "find now" part where it lists the printers in the directory. Here are my issues:

1- The network printer directory does not show the "friendly" share names I created
2- When the printer is added, it also uses the non-friendly name (2FL-HP3600N-IP157)

How can I fix the above?
Question by:xperttech
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    Accepted Solution

    I think this is by design. the shared name is never used as the printer name on the client. if you have a printer named "Laserjet Black" and you share this printer as LJBLACK then after adding the printer the printer is named "Laserjet Black on servername". So I don't think you can change this.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Adam Brown
    You can change it by modifying the printer properties and changing the name that shows on the General tab. The share name is used to connect to the printer, but the printer name shown in the Printer Properties screen is what is used when the printer is listed in AD and in the Printers list on client computers.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for your answers!

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