Add Printer - Local Port "Access is Denied"

I am trying to add a local port using the following port name: "\\POS-2-2013\HP LaserJet P2015 PCL6 - POS-2-2013"

And keep getting Access is Denied.

I have even logged on to our server as the Administrator... and keep getting the same thing.

Screen Shot
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Is there another printer assigned to that port already?
bkrenzinAuthor Commented:
No... there are no ports named:

 \\POS-2-2013\HP LaserJet P2015 PCL6 - POS-2-2013
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try adding by IP address. Does that work? I have used this approach.
10 Tips to Protect Your Business from Ransomware

Did you know that ransomware is the most widespread, destructive malware in the world today? It accounts for 39% of all security breaches, with ransomware gangsters projected to make $11.5B in profits from online extortion by 2019.

☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
This is a permissions error with the local spooler

Assuming Win7-Win7 peer-to-peer sharing ...

Does  \\POS-2-2013 have printer sharing enabled and is there an account on there with the same name and password as the local account you are trying to print from?

Otherwise what is the networking setup?

There are some issues with spooler permissions reported with Windows 7 clients and Windows 2008 R2 server using Local Port settings like this.
bkrenzinAuthor Commented:
I was finally able to get the port added by using Print Management.  However, even in Print Management i was unable to Add Port .... I had to use Add Printer.

Add Printer from Print Management seems to use a Network Printer Installation Wizard that differs from anything that is found in Printers and Devices.
bkrenzinAuthor Commented:

So... the printer is now added... however when I send a test page from my PC to the printer on POS-2-2013 .... it gets "lost".

I presume that this is a symptom of the spooler permission issues that you indicated above.

I have worked with the share and NTFS permissions of the C:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS on POS-2-2013.

Changing Advanced Sharing  by checking "Share this Folder" and granting everyone full Control
and NTFS by adding "NETWORK" and granting NETWORK full Control.

The network environment that we have here is SBS 2013 Domain and Win7 Clients.
bkrenzinAuthor Commented:
OK... so I finally figured out what the deal was. And as usual... it was an easy fix.

The printer was set up to Print Directly To Printer and not spool.

As soon as I changed the spool setting on the printer on POS-2-2013.... I was able to add the printer as a local port on all other network computers.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Result - Makes perfect sense, I'd wrongly assumed you were already printing to the spooler.
Glad you got it sorted out. Cheers!
bkrenzinAuthor Commented:
Because it is the solution to the problem that I was experiencing.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 7

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.