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Windows server 2008 and LPT printing

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I have installed new printers onto a 2008 server (currently they are on a 2003 server) and they all work great from windows.

We also have a dos programme and we currently map printers using net use lpt2 \\servername\printername  which is working fine.

I have tried to map this way with the new printer share but originally I got "Access Denied" and upon doing some research I found out I had to give access to the spool folder in server 2008. I can now go into a command prompt and do dir>lpt2 and it will print. However printing from within the dos app is still failing.

Is there anything else I need to do to enable this?
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The info below might be useful for you.

I think this thread solves your problem. Key step is to use printer pooling instead of net use.

2) Open Printer properties (in Vista, open as Administrator)

3) Turn on "printer pooling" (under Ports tab)

4) In addition to whatever is already selected (for example, USB), also select "LPT1:"

5) Click apply

If that doesn;t work, a workaround exists by using Printfil printfil.com/english.htm to print from your DOS app.

Source: http://serverfault.com/questions/179246/error-printing-from-16-bit-applications-in-windows-2008-server
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i have tried that with no luck. Don't really want to use a 3rd party software so hopefully somebody knows a way.

I have heard that disabling smb2 could do something.
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Understand your concern, but I think only third party utility will help.

"Under Windows Seven/2008 64bit you can run DOS programs in the DOSBOX emulator.

DOSBox Mega Build 6" release with bugfixes (http://home.arcor.de/h-a-l-9000/) supports direct printing and redirecting reports from DOS application.

You can download it directly from
http://www.dosprn.com/special/DOSBox_Megabuild6-win32-installer.exe"

Source: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/5533cfbc-22fd-403f-92a7-c50fd353f3b9/win-server-2008-and-dos-print-redirection

If you have security concern, I will suggest running your 16 bit apps in a visualized server 2008 environment.
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