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The printer sharing issue in Workgroup network.

Posted on 2014-09-15
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We have a workgroup network. I tried to set up a printer, connecting to a Win7 desktop called "PRN-PC", to be a network printer so our auditor can print through it when he visits our office. I set up 'Everyone' in both the Sharing and Security to have all Full rights.
The auditor's laptop is a Win7 as well and it joins to his company domain.
On his laptop, I can see our Win7 desktop "PRN-PC" icon listed under the Network folder but when I double clicked it, it gave me an error saying 'Access denied'... As the result, I'm not able to install the printer on the laptop.

That, to me, just doesn't make any sense since I already allow "Everyone" to share and have FULL access to that printer. What could be wrong?
Please help.
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Question by:Castlewood
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I think the problem is, the computer domain and your workgroup have different names.  The 'Everyone' group would pertain to everyone in the workgroup.

Do you have a printer connected directly to the network?  You could have him print to the TCP port....
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The printer connects to a computer inside the Workgroup.
Since his computer is currently joined to his company domain, I don't think it is not feasible for me to change to de-join his company domain and join our Workgroup, just in order to print in our Workgroup printer.
What you said makes sense -- 'Everyone' means everyone in the Workgroup. But what can I do so he can easily print to our Workgroup printer??
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You could try:

Net Use LPT1 \\<ip address>\Printername /user:<*> <Password> ?

* This would be a user on the workgroup computer.  It would need to be in the format computername\username.
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Sharing files in Workgroup seems working just fine but sharing printer is not stable and reliable.
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