netsh printers server

Microsoft Windows 2000 advanced server
July 2, 2010 at 05:52:40
Specs: Windows XP
I have the same problem as described below in some old posts on this site (from 2005), and am having the exact same problem. While the solution proposed sounds like it would work, I am, however, not at all familiar with the 'netsh' command. Would someone please explain how to implement it and what the syntax is?

Note that it is not that a single printer drops off every now and then. The problem is that ALL the printers will disappear from the server at the same time. Rebooting the server has so far been the only way to get them to reappear.

Thanks.
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I'm having a problem with my network printers. They are on a Win 2k server and from time to time they will "disappear" from the printers list. I do the netsh stop and start and they reappear. I was wondering if there's a more permanant fix for this issue.

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set the "netsh stop and start" to run a couple of times a day at set intervals as a system task then.


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#1
July 2, 2010 at 07:35:31
"I have the same problem as described below in some old posts on this site (from 2005),"

Copy the url of those posts and paste them in this topic.

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For my limited experience with a 5 computer network with Win 98SE / 2000 / XP on them, that I helped out with, if the computers are connected via network cables, problems that can cause other computers on the network to disappear are usually directly related to there being

- an end connectors on the cables connection problem. Make sure all end connectors latch into the ports they plug into, and that the cable sheath has not been pulled out of the end connector. If the plastic lever that makes the end connector latch in the port is fatigued or broken, such that it cannot latch in a port, or if the cable sheath is no longer in the end connector (or never was in it due to sloppy workmanship), the end connector can be replaced easily with a new end connector if you have the crimping tool to install that properly.
If the end connector is fine, will latch into most ports but not a few others, the other ports are damaged - the plastic lip the connector end conncetor latches to has been broken off. If it's in a network card in a slot, replace the network card.

- mis-wired cables.

I have seen that some cheap pre made network cables DO NOT have the wires connected to the end connectors properly - the same thing could happen with custom made cables. The wires inside the cable are matched pairs - each pair is twisted around one another, which greatly reduces the electric and electronic emissions they can pick up from their surroundings. The insulation colors of the wires indicates which wires are in each twisted pair - e.g. solid red, red with a white stripe; green, green with a white stripe, etc.
Since the end connectors are clear plastic, you can see which wires are at what position at each connector. The pairs of wires are supposed to be beside one another, e.g. solid color 1, color 1 with a stripe; solid color 2, color 2 with a stripe, etc. Mis-wired cables do NOT have all the pairs of wires properly beside each other, and in that case, they will work anyway if all the wires are connected on both ends, BUT those cables are more likely to pick up electric and electronic emissions (interference) from their surroundings, the longer the cable the worse the problem is. In that case, both end connectors should be replaced and have the wires installed properly.


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#2
July 2, 2010 at 07:49:07
Thanks for the reply. Perhaps I need to explain the problem a little more. It is not that a single printer drops off every now and then. The problem is that ALL the printers will disappear from the server at the same time. Rebooting the server has so far been the only way to get them to reappear.

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#3
July 2, 2010 at 08:26:05
We need more info.

I know little about server operating systems, none of those 5 computers had that, but many things are common to all networks.

E.g.

Is this a single server computer connected to several printers, or is the server connected to one or more computers as well as several printers ?
How are the server and the printers, or the server and other computers connected together ?
Via network cables, wirelessly, direct USB or parallel printer cables, etc.?


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#4
July 2, 2010 at 14:27:00
It is a single network server, connected to about 5 printers and 15 desktop computers. The computers are running XP Pro or Vista. everything is connected via network cables, through a router/hub.
anything else you need?

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#5
July 2, 2010 at 14:33:09
here is the link to the original post, which I mentioned above:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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