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  • \ or / for local printers?

    When we setup printers on workstations, we set them with local ports (eg \\printserver\printer)
    Ive always used \ as thats whats used for UNC paths, but / seems to work on Xp as well, although Im not sure about it as it doesnt show in Xp as a proper networked printer then, and this morning I had a problem where a job would spool for 2 minutes before printing with / , yet printed in seconds with \

    However theres a technician here who insists on using \ as he just copies it from the printer administration site. Ive told him not to but I know he still does it. Is there a compelling, proper reason I can tell him why not to use / ?

    Sorry for all the slashes

  • #2
    Re: \ or / for local printers?

    I've never used '/' to setup printers so can't say.


    • #3
      Re: \ or / for local printers?

      / is not a proper use for the UNC path context.
      in some cases, windoes tries to translate / to \ and thats why it works sometimes, and take a lot longer.

      if you go directly by protocol, UNC supports only \ and the / part is only an addition of the operating system.
      Yaniv Feldman
      Microsoft Security Regional Director
      Microsoft Management Expert


      • #4
        Re: \ or / for local printers?

        Thanks, thats what I thought
        He's agreed to stop doing it now after I told him its not the correct way