Best Method to connect Printer at Remote Location to Server Over Software VPN

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-10-06
I have a small branch office that I need to add to my Corporate network quickly.   My ERP system is in my location (NJ) and connected to my other sites by site to site vpn running through a Sonicwall NSA3500.  I need to get the new location (CA) up and running quickly.  Until I can get access to set up another site to site VPN I plan on installing the Sonicwall software VPN client on the remote PC's in California.  My problem is that in order to print through my ERP I must have the printer installed on my print server (Windows Server 2008) in the main NJ office.  Can anyone suggest a temporary method to share those CA printers with the NJ print server?  

Question by:DwightIVD
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    Expert Comment

    You will most likely be able to map to the printer via IP address. Make sure you have the drivers for the printer available, because you don't have a Print server (2008 server) to provide the print drivers to you.

    Author Comment

    The software VPN only links the workstation - not the whole network - and does not make the remote site visible.  There's no way to seethe remote IP's from the server over the software VPN that I am aware of.
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    Accepted Solution

    The software VPN will not allow NetBIOS broadcasts through a routed connection. You might be able to ping the device by Fully Qualified Domain Name to get the IP address:


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