SBS 2003 sharing printers with W95

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Carl Gross, May 9, 2005.

  1. Carl Gross

    Carl Gross Guest

    I have a W95 workstation that is NOT part of a SBS 2003 domain. The domain,
    however, has shared printers that I would like to have made available to the
    W95 workstation (there is a reason for not wanting to have the workstation to
    join the domain). The shared printers are hooked to print servers but the
    W95 workstations aren't able to attach that way.

    Is there a way to do this?
    Carl Gross, May 9, 2005
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  2. Carl Gross

    Eriq Neale Guest

    Do the printer shares have sharenames longer than 8 characters or have
    spaces in them? If so, the Windows 95 PCs won't see them.


    Eriq Neale, May 9, 2005
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  3. Carl Gross

    Carl Gross Guest

    No. They are 8 characters or less.

    Carl Gross, May 9, 2005
  4. Carl Gross

    aus Guest

    Hi, there is a 95 utility to print direct to print servers (via their
    IP) as I used to use it.

    You should be able to print via the SBS queue though. If you are sure
    you dont want to change the workgroup name to the Domain name (95 doesnt
    actually 'join' the domain, as you know) the try connectimng to a share
    on the print server first. Then print - this gets over the permissions
    issues with 95 as I remember.

    I do suggest you spend $10 on ebay and upgrade to 98 as this improved
    the networking abilities of 95 no end.
    aus, May 9, 2005
  5. Carl Gross

    HHarvey Guest

    try a batch file in start up folder
    net use /delete lpt1:
    net use lpt1: \\servername\sharename
    make sure the share on the server is set to provide the windows 95 drivers
    HHarvey, May 10, 2005
  6. Carl Gross

    aus Guest

    Hah! I was trying to remember that syntax - so long since I used it -
    though I remember that works well.

    The print drivers must be installed locally though on lpt1: - there is
    no reliable pulling down of drivers for 95 in my experience and with
    'net use' mapping that definitely doesnt work (as you arent actually
    installing a printer as such - just mapping a port).
    aus, May 10, 2005
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