SUMMARY: Access Solaris 2.4 printer from Windows NT PC

From: C M Murphy (
Date: Tue Apr 13 1999 - 11:51:48 CDT

My original query was:

> I've set up a postscript printer using lpadmin on a SPARC running
> Solaris 2.4. This can be easily accessed by remote Solaris and
> Windows 95 machines. However, I couldn't set up a Windows NT machine.
> I clicked on "add printer" in the printer setup, selected network
> printer and typed \\\edc as the printer address,
> exactly as I did for the Windows 95 machines. However the NT box
> claimed that it couldn't find the printer. I clicked on the icon for
> gershwin to see what printers were available and none appeared to be
> there. It seems that NT and 95 are fundamentally different but not
> being experienced in either I'm at a loss as to what to do. Sorry
> that this is a bit off-topic, but I'm hoping a manager on this forum
> might have addressed this problem before. Any help would be
> gratefully received.

The solution I used is encapsulated as follows:

1) Start->Settings->Control Panel->Network->Services if it does NOT
   exist add the service "Microsoft TCP/IP Printing

2) instead of selecting network printer choose "local printer"

3) select "LPR port" then it will prompt you for the server name and

Many thanks to:

Tim Evans
Daniel Prieto
Dan Anderson
Charlie Mengler
Mike Ghicas
Rene Petersen
Yura Pismerov
Danny Johnson
Israel Bravo
Alun P Gwynne
Stefan Voss

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