share local printer on domain?

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August 9, 2012 at 18:46:06
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
Is it possible to share a local printer between two computers on a domain? I understand file and printer sharing has to be turned on and both computers must belong to the same workgroup. There is only two options: make this computer part of a domain or make this computer part of a workgroup. It's either one or the other. If workgroup is selected, then the computers aren't on the company network; if domain is selected, the printer can't be shared because workgroup grays out. Is there any way round this? I don't think having to reboot the computers everytime you want to share a local printer or join the domain at large makes sense.

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#1
August 10, 2012 at 07:16:38
It should be.

I've never used Vista but the following will work on XP and should on Windows 7 and Vista too.

The printer has to be "shared" on the the PC it's physically connected to before you can connect to it from another PC.

In order for PC 2 to map to the printer connected to PC 1, you need to know PC 1's IP address.

Once you have that info, you start the add printer wizard on PC 2and choose to add a 'Local Printer' (uncheck the box beside "automatically detect and install...." and hit 'Next'. On the window choose "Create a new port" and opt for the "Standard TCP/IP port" and hit 'Next'. Enter the IP address of PC 1 and continue through the wizard adding the correct drivers (have the CD in hand before you start) and it should work.

Since both computers are already in the same domain, you shouldn't be messing with whether the PC's are in a domain or a workgroup and I don't understand how you got there as it's not part of connecting to a printer.

Just for future reference, a netowrk capable printer is a lot easier to work with. You can buy "print server" devices that provide network connectivity if your printer doesn't have a network interface built into it.

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#2
August 11, 2012 at 06:42:45
We tried to share the printer using the steps you provided. When we went to print from PC2, nothing printed and the system reported a printing error occured. What could have went wrong? These are two computers are on a corporate network; that's why a domain is involved. We work in the same area and the nearest network printer is some walk from where we are. So, we got a USB printer and hooked it up to one PC and thought we could share the printer with the other PC. If sharing doesn't work, would hooking up the printer to a USB hub work for sharing? What we're doing now is we each have a USB cable that we plug, unplug whenever one of us wants to print.

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#3
August 11, 2012 at 07:21:54
nothing printed and the system reported a printing error occured. What could have went wrong?

That could be many things including bad drivers for the printer. I'd reinstall and make sure you're using the most recent, correct, drivers.

Since this is a corporate domain, talk to your IT department. I'm sure they could invest in a small "print server" device, they're relatively inexpensive, and you could connect it to the network that way.

I still think you should be able to share it once it's connected to one computer, but again, you may need the ITdepartment's help.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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