How to allow all desktop to print to the print server?
Posted on 2013-11-04
There are 10+ desktops, 1 server in the network. This server is also the w2k3 domain controller for domain - FarmA (or FarmA.local). All desktops joined to the domain. There is a desktop, loaded with XP Professional, works as print server for 2 Epson dot-matrix printers. These 2 dot-matrix printers are connected with parallel ports to the print server. These 2 printers are very important for day-in-day-out jobs.
Suddenly, the server broke down. While waiting to order a new server hardware, we have to succumb to the situation - network without domain. Now, all the users still logging onto their desktops without changing anything. That means log on to the desktop in "domain". Suddenly, we found that on their desktops, the mapped printers for the above 2 epson printers don't work. Further checking found that from any of the desktop, we can't browse to the print server, hence, we can't mapped the printers, due to permissions.
What shall we do so as we can mapped to the print server for the 2 epson printers? The best way is not to convert all desktops to join a workgroup as doing so means have to migrate user profile to the workgroup profile. Is there a simpler way to resolve this issue?