Problems sharing printer across Active Directory

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Dave, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Let me preface this by stating that I am not the primary sysadmin that set up
    this network so there are some things that I haven't been able to check yet
    but I thought I'd post this here to get started. The office uses a SBS 2003
    server with an AD domain (they use Exchange).

    That being said, I have a user, let's call him G, that is having problems
    accessing C's computer across the network for printing purposes (non-network
    printer attached to a computer). C's computer is not joined to the domain.
    However, C's local username/password are the same as her AD username/password
    so apparently her credentials get passed through to AD and she is able to use
    Exchange. G's computer is joined to the domain and when he logs in he uses
    his local username/password, which is also the same as his AD account. The
    printer connected to C's computer is being shared out to the guest account.
    G cannot print to C's printer. Another issue is that G sometimes cannot
    browse the network.

    Should simply joining C's computer to the domain solve this issue? What are
    the implications of the domain users not specifically logging on to the
    domain?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
    Dave, Jun 26, 2007
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  2. Dave

    SBS Rocker Guest

    First of all why are some of your machines on the domain and others are not?
    Using a local machine name that is exactly the same as a domain user account
    doen not mean you are being authenticated in AD. Why do people who's
    computer accounts exist in AD log on with their local machine account? Why
    is this printer connected to the SBS server and shared there?
     
    SBS Rocker, Jun 26, 2007
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  3. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I have no idea why it's set up that way. It doesn't make sense to me,
    either.

    For clarification, the printer is not connected to the server itself. It is
    attached to a computer that is not on the domain. From what I can tell the
    office uses workgroups and the only reason AD is running is because Exchange
    requires it. Yes, ideally, everything should just be joined to the domain
    but the reality is it's not that way.

    I'll have a better picture of what's going on when I visit the client
    tomorrow.

    Thanks,

    Dave
     
    Dave, Jun 26, 2007
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  4. Dave

    SBS Rocker Guest

    Makes no sense to me either why you would purchase SBS server and not take
    advantage of it's capabilities. If all they need SBS for was for Exchange
    then could have just bought Exchange. You need to get those comptuers into
    the SBS domain and add that printer to the SBS server where you can simplify
    administration.
     
    SBS Rocker, Jun 26, 2007
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