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  • printer keeps disconnecting after restart on a network

    hi.

    I got win server 2003 which is a dc.
    a p.c with xp pro is a member of the domain.
    2 laptops: one with xp home and the other with vista home pruimum, both versions cannot connect to a domain.
    i'v got a hp printer connected to the pc ( which on a dc) and shered.

    the server and the pc prints fine, no pro there.
    the two laptops cannot find the printer with a normal search of printer but when i use unc name for the printer i can see it' connect and printe fine.
    the problem is and that's my guess here that beacuse the laptops are not part of the domain every time i restart them i lost the connection to the printer and have to use unc name again to reconnect them.
    any solution exept replacing the os on my laptops?
    Thanx
    asi
    MCP, MCSA 2003, MCSE 2003

  • #2
    Re: printer keeps disconnecting after restart on a network

    First thing that comes to mind just add startup batch to reestablish the link ?
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    • #3
      Re: printer keeps disconnecting after restart on a network

      XP Home does NOT have the ability to connect to a Domain. You will need XP Pro.
      Don't know about Vista Premium (yet).
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      • #4
        Re: printer keeps disconnecting after restart on a network

        I had to deal with something like this at my office.

        The issue of course is that the Home versions can't join the domain so in turn they can't authenticate.

        However, like you've been doing, you can use a domain user's credentials to authenticate and then print.

        The way I dealt with this at work was to create a script the would authenticate as a domain user whenever it was connected to the network at the office. That way it was transparent to the user.

        popeye67's suggestion of a logon script I think would be best. If you need help with the script let us know.
        Regards,
        Jeremy

        Network Consultant/Engineer
        Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
        www.gma-cpa.com

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