Share a Printer on Windows Server 2008

I have a client running windows SBS 2008. They bought a new Hp LaserJet Pro M1536dnf MFP and I have been there to install and set up the printer on the server and then share it with the two users. It works well from the server. I share the printer, add it to the directory and cannot get any workstations to load the driver and install the printer.
When I add new printer from the control panel on the workstation and browse I see the printer. When I try and install on the workstations I get an error. First is says that it cannot find the print driver, I press browse and then it is looking for a 'inf' file. One workstation is a Windows 7 and one is Windows XP. Neither one will install the printer.
On the server management console under Network>Devices the printer is listed. If I go to the directory it is listed there too.
Not sure what to do. If anyone has a suggestion it will be much appreciated.
bahamasandsAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

AquatoneCommented:
Hi,

Is the printer attached to the server via USB, or through the network? If it is attached via USB, just download the drivers for the clients on the client and install manually. If you want the drivers to be kept on the PRINT$ share, you have to add them manually.
0
bahamasandsAuthor Commented:
Hello Aquatone,

Yes the printer is attached to the printer via USB. When I try to install the driver on the workstation it will try to connect to the printer and when it cannot it will not load the driver. When I browse on the printer driver installation it cannot see the printer.
After it would not work with the USB I installed the printer on the network with an IP address and it works fine. I will try tomorrow and connect back to the server with USB, now that the driver is installed it might work. I will let you know.
Not sure how to create a PRINT$ share.

Thanks for your reply.
0
AquatoneCommented:
Every printer attached to a Windows Server is automatically shared by that server, over the network. If the printer has it's own NIC and can get on the network by itself, then you're better off connecting your clients through that. Less agro.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Simplify Active Directory Administration

Administration of Active Directory does not have to be hard.  Too often what should be a simple task is made more difficult than it needs to be.The solution?  Hyena from SystemTools Software.  With ease-of-use as well as powerful importing and bulk updating capabilities.

shahravishCommented:
Are both clients x64? you can go to shared printer properties and add additional drivers for 32 and 64bit clients.
0
bahamasandsAuthor Commented:
Hello Shahravish,

When I go to the shared properties to add additional drivers it opens a browse window. Where do I find these drivers?
Right now things are working fine since the printer has a NIC, I gave the printer an IP Address on the network and installed it on the workstations that way. I have nothing but problems trying to share 3 differant printers connected to the server via USB.
I agree with Aquatone that setting up the printer on the network makes things a lot easier, but I know there as to be an easier way to share printers on a SBS Server 2008. I just cannot get it to work.
0
shahravishCommented:
Hi bahamasands,

You will need to download the drivers from the vendor's website. Or you may have it in the disc that came with it. When you get the browse option, you need to serach for the relevant forlder and install the 32bit driver (your server would be 64 bit and would have installed 64 bit drivers during install)
Once you have these loaded, you can try and add again on the clients.
0
bahamasandsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info Shahravish. The folder with the 32 bit driver should be on the Install Disk that came with the HP Printer? I will let you know.

0
shahravishCommented:
Most of the newer printers do come with bth drivers, hence it should be! If not, it is very easily available online (dependent on vendor)
0
bahamasandsAuthor Commented:
I have installed a Kyocera MFP Printer on the SBS Windows Sever 2008 and shared it,  I am now able to connect the workstations to that printer. I had the print drivers installed on the workstation prior to installing on the workstations and the share worked fine. Thanks to Aquatone and Shahravish for their help.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
SBS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.