Network Printing

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 7 Feb. 1998 / Last Updated on 7 Feb. 1998]

Setting up a Printing via a Network follows very much the same procedure as accessing a Disk-resource via the network:

1) Share the Printer

On the system, to which the
printer is connected,
make sure, that in the
"File and printer sharing
for Microsoft Networks
is installed.

Check its configuration
by clicking on the button:
"File and Print Sharing"
window :
"File and Print Sharing"

Make sure to have the
checkmark on:
- I want to be able to allow others
to print to my primter(s)I
In "MyComputer", open the
folder "Printers",select
your printer and select
from the "Context-Menu":
Printer Properties:
tab: "Sharing":
Select "Shared as:
define a Sharename
(ending the sharename with
a $-sign hides the printer)
Your printer is now
a "shared Network Resource",
indicated by a "hand holding
the printer" under the printer icon.

2) Accessing the printer via the Network:

On the other systems on the network, a shared printer
is shown in the "Network Neighborhood" as an
available resource.

To install the network-printer:

In "MyComputer", open the
folder "Printers" and start:
"Add Printer"

This starts the
Add Printer

select "Next "
Select:"Network Printer",
the "Next"
Enter "Network Path"
(if you know it), better:
use "Browse" to locate
the printer and just pick
it from the list.
The system shows then the
Network-path of the printer
in UNC-format:

You can also define, if you
need to print from MS-DOS
based programs, then select
"Next" to continue.
Define the "Printer-name",
as you like to see it yourself,
and whether this printer should
be your "Default Printer",
then "Next" to continue.
when asked :
"Would you like to print a Test-Page:"

select "Yes" as recommended,

then"Finish" to continue.
You are finished:
The printer will appear in
the folder "Printers",
and the system will prompt you
to confirm, that the test-page
was printed properly.

You are now able from any application to use this printer.

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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