In some environments, particularly in larger networks, many network administrators prefer to set up centralized printing with a Microsoft Windows NT* server so that each user prints through the file server. Each user prints to a shared printer on a file server, and that file server prints to a print server. This enables the administrators to couple the power of Windows NT with the printing performance and location flexibility of a print server.
NetportExpress 10/100 print servers support shared printing through a Windows NT server. In reality, any Windows* system capable of sharing a printer (such as a Windows 95 workstation) can act as the central system in this setup, but a Windows NT server is the most commonly used system. Conceptually, this is similar to having the Windows NT server perform standard Windows resource sharing and then print directly from the file server to the NetportExpress print server. No special software needs to be installed on the workstations in this configuration.
Windows NT* Shared Printing-Step By Step
Step 1: Configure the Print Server
- Start NetPort® Manager.
- Select the print server.
- Click the Config Wizard button.
- Click Next twice.
- Click Microsoft Printing and Next.
- Enter the workgroup/Domain name for the print server (on most small networks this will be WORKGROUP), then click Next.
- For the 3-port print server, click Parallel Port 1 and then click Next.
- Enter a share name for the port; you can use a simple name like PORT1 or a descriptive name like HP_5SI(default is PR_LPT1).
- Click Next twice and click Finish.
The print server will now reboot.
Step 2: Print from the Windows NT* Server
- Insert the NetportExpress print server CD into the CD-ROM drive of the PC. (If a setup program does not automatically start, run SETUP.EXE from the root directory of the CD.)
- Click Add Printer to install the wizard on this PC. Follow the on-screen prompts and select the check box to run the Add Printer Wizard at the end of setup.
- Click Next when the wizard appears.
- Leave "Directly to a NetportExpress print server" selected and click Next.
- Select the print server and printer port to which you want to print. Click Next.
- Select the printer make and model from the supplied list and click Next.
- Follow the rest of the on-screen instructions and print a test page.
- Right-click on the newly created printer and select Sharing.
- Enable sharing and give the printer a name, like SHAREDHP and press OK.
Step 3: Print from User Workstation
- From My Computer, select Printers.
- Start the Add Printer wizard and select the Windows NT* server and network share name specified in step 9 of the preceding task (i.e., \\NT40server\SHAREDHP).
- Complete the printer installation and print a test page.
- Repeat steps 1-3 on each additional workstation.
This applies to: