Network Printers not showing up in the directory?

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Ben, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Hi all. I am having an issue with Windows Server 2003 and Network printers.
    I have several network printers installed on the server but when I try to add
    a network printer using the wizard, I get to the page where you hit "Find
    Now" to find printers in the directory and it just sits there and eventually
    tells me it can't find any printers.

    This was working fine before this weekend. I did not set this server up
    initially (unfortunately) as I was not working here at the time. This
    weekend I have changed the IP scheme on our network because it was causing
    problems with out VPN. We were also getting a lot of DNS issues in the Event
    Viewer and so I decided to delete all the DNS records and reinstall DNS. We
    do run AD on this server and I did not touch it at all. Could this be
    causing the issue I am now seeing?

    Any help would be much appreciated!
    Ben, Sep 4, 2006
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  2. Ben

    Ben Guest

    I get the message that the network path was not found. I got around that
    issue for the time being by just navigating to the server and connect to them
    that way.

    What I have though, I think, is a bigger issue with DNS. I had DNS and AD
    setup on our Win2k3 Server and was getting all kinds of DNS errors but for
    the most part, everything was running ok. A few slow connections here and
    there. I did not setup the server, though, as I did not work here at the
    time, so I was here working on some other stuff this last weekend and thought
    that I would just "redo" DNS was I was here.

    Since then, I am having more issues. Everything for the most part is
    working. The network is a little slower and users are complaining more about
    login times being slow and a few are having issues where they are having to
    reboot once a day.

    What I am wondering is where to go from this point. Is there hope of
    salvaging my AD and getting DNS back up and running? Or would the best
    course of action be to scrap AD and DNS and start over with both? I guess I
    didn't realize just how close AD and DNS work together. I would prefer not
    to have to redo AD but it wouldnt be the end of the world (I dont think) as
    there are only about 50 or so users...

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Ben, Sep 7, 2006
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