Can't print from dos
Posted on 2012-04-11
We have network with 2008R2 server, and are still using an old dos program that we must print from. By using the net use command we have been printing fine to a Microline dot matrix and two Brother 1440's although the 1440's had to had to be routed through an XP workstation because server 2008 doesn't support them. We recently upgraded one printer to an HP laserjet which is supported.
What changed is that I took the newer printer off the workstation and connected to the server via USB and shared from there. It installed fine, and I re-installed it on the workstations and set it up with the net use command. Prior to moving it, the other workstations were able to print to it from the dos program. All workstations are running XP pro, 32 bit, the server is 64 bit.
HP recommended newest drivers and an installation sequence, which I followed, for mixed 32 - 64 bit environments.
We can print to it from any Windows program on any workstation. However, only one workstation will print to it out of dos using the net use command, the others are not connecting from dos, although they are configured the same, as near as I can tell. I'm missing something.
I've compared the workstation configurations in the dos program. I even used the logon that works, to try to print on different machines, but it only prints from the one machine, so it appears to be specific to the machine and not the program.
I did notice that the printing machine has the older dotnet 1.1 installed and another doesn't. Maybe dos printing requires the older dotnet??
I can use a dos print command to print from any workstation, but I think that is still just a Windows function. (print /d:\\printserver\printer c:\path\file)
I'm not finding any answers at MS support. Any dos gurus out there?