Printing From OpenVMS to PC

October 12, 2012 at 06:32:12
Specs: Windows 7
Is there a way to print from a VMS print queue to a printer locally installed on LPT1? The VMS server and PC are both on the same network, but the printer does not have a network port. If this is possible could someone please help me get it going, or give me the steps to start in the correct direction?

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October 15, 2012 at 07:10:41
I am not aware of any way to address a printer that his locally connected to a PC directly from OpenVMS. OpenVMS will not see the printer, it will only see network printers. As a potential solution, you can "print" to a file and then transfer the file to the PC for printing. Typically the setup would be to "print" the file to a Windows folder and have a print server actually print the file. Otherwise, place the printer on the network and create an OpenVMS print queue to point to the ptiner.


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October 17, 2012 at 01:07:28
With the right (server-) software on the PC side (Windows ?), You can setup a LPD/LPR queue on the VMS side.

In my aging WinXP I see in control panel "add or remove programs"->" components"->"print services for Unix": that should provide LPD support.

Other: a little search finds e.g.

Joseph Huber

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October 17, 2012 at 11:02:37
Some more links to Windows LPD service installation:

On the VMS side use @TCPIP$config to setup the LPD service.
See the VMS documentation for setting up the LPR print queue:

Joseph Huber

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