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    Hi, There is probably a very simple solution to this but as it's Monday morning, I don't think my brain is quite in gear yet.

    I am trying to share a printer between XP machines. I have installed the USB printer onto the teacher's PC, and shared it. I then login on a student PC, add the shared printer, and can print to it fine.

    Problem is, when I login as a student or a teacher, they can't even see the printer?

    Anybody have any ideas why this may be?

    Thanks.

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    Security permissions on the share of the printer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    Security permissions on the share of the printer?
    Within the security permissions I have added Everyone. And also the user that I am testing. This still has no effect.

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    Are these domain machines or standalones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark-Vital View Post
    Are these domain machines or standalones?
    The machines are on a domain.

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    If you log on to the teacher's PC as a student/staff user can they see and print to the printer? Is there anything policy-wise that would be preventing normal users from seeing/accessing the share on the other PC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark-Vital View Post
    If you log on to the teacher's PC as a student/staff user can they see and print to the printer? Is there anything policy-wise that would be preventing normal users from seeing/accessing the share on the other PC?
    Yes, when a teacher logs in, then can print to it fine, it's just when they login to the student PC, both teachers and students are unable to see the printer, but administrators can.

    Also, as far as I am aware, there is nothing in group policy blocking this. We have another printer setup and shared out which is working fine.

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    OK guys, I think I must be missing somethign in the question here.

    network printers (including those shared off another PC) are added on a per-user basis, so whilst you've added it under the admin profile it will also need adding in each other profile. Alternatively, install it on one profile and copy that into the default user profile, so each new profile created after that will have it.

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    Or add a vb script on login to install the printer.

    We use mandatory profiles and its the only way we can get around it.

    Code:
    Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
    WshNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\pc\printer"
    WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\pc\printer"

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    I'm with imunro01 and LiamH. This printer needs to be added to each user profile individually; adding to the admin profile on the PC isn't enough... script necessary if everyone needs it.
    Last edited by elsiegee40; 22nd November 2010 at 10:31 PM.

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    I understand where you are coming from when adding it to each user account but surely there is another explanation. We have another workstation that shares out its USB printer, and I have successfully installed it onto another PC for a completely different user to use, and it works fine. Only problem is, I installed it that long ago I can't remember exactly what I did.

    I'm not sure if it helps or not but i've been doing some research regarding this, and a few other forums say that full control for Everyone needs to be added to System32Spool and Windows Temp folders. I have obviously tried this but it doesn't resolve the issue.

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    Hmm, another way of doing it is to add the printer as a local printer on the machine. Then when it asks for port use a network share like \\pc\printer, I think that works off the top of my head

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    I might be wrong but if you map it as the local administrator account i think it stays - as i say i could be making this up. But logging in as a domain admin and connecting it will remove it on logout.

    Otherwise scripting/gpo etc is they way to go

    Toby

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    Must admit, the local install and then pointing to a network share or whatever is what I was thinking but isn't that just for a network printer, not a locally installed shared one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Must admit, the local install and then pointing to a network share or whatever is what I was thinking but isn't that just for a network printer, not a locally installed shared one?
    Well technically it is a network printer if I'm reading it right but its server is just another XP machine rather then one shared off a server with an IP print port.

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