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I want to use a Windows & workstation as a print server and allow ANY pc to connect to it without bring prompted

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We have 2 networks with two different VLANS. I have a large printer on one network that I want to share with users on the other network. Level 3 switches are not allowed so I want to plug in a Windows 7 workstation to the USB port on the printer and use that as a small print server. The printer will be on network 192.x.x.x and the server will be on network 10.x.x.x  I am hoping to have it configured so that users on 10.x.x.x can easily add the printer I share on the workstation without being prompted. They way I have it set now, users are prompted for a login and password when they connect to the shared printer. The WIndows & workstation/Print server is a member of a workgroup, not a domain. Is there a way for members of the domain on network 10.x.x.x to connect to the shared printer on my small printer server without being prompted for a login??
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There is the group policy called Package Point and Print, but this won't help you as the Windows 7 print server needs to be in the same forest as the computers which need to map its printer.

Also, note that Windows 7 has a maximum of 20 inbound SMB connections... so if you have more than 20 clients mapped to that workstation/printer, you will experience random printing problems with your user population.

The correct way to resolve this is to use a router and firewall and allow communication from a specific server on the 10.x network to talk to the specific printer on the 192.x network. This way you can still maintain the network separation for all the other devices, and since the server on the 10.x network will be part of the same forest as the users, you will solve the driver problem too.
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