Windows NT Printing
When adding a printer and running the "Add Printer Wizard", one or more local ports can be selected to make a print pool. The print devices on each port must be of the same type. Check the "Enable printer pooling" checkbox. Printer share names may be up to 12 characters. When the printer is shared, operating systems that can use the printer may be selected. Printer drivers for these operating systems are loaded. If NT workstation or another NT server will access the share, the drivers do not need to be loaded again for those machines.
- NT - A print driver may be downloaded when a driver is not available on the client.
- Win95 - Uses NT Server service to send print jobs.
- Win3.1 (16 bit) - Uses MS network client redirector to send print jobs.
- DOS - Also uses MS network client redirector to send print jobs.
- UNIX - Uses LPD daemon program.
- NetWare - File and print services for NetWare must be installed on the NT server.
- Macintosh - Services for Macintosh must be installed on the NT server.
Printer drivers for the following operating systems are provided by default to be automatically downloaded to clients:
- Windows 95
- NT 3.51
- NT 4.0
To use the LPR protocol the Microsoft "TCP/IP Printing" service must be installed from the control panel network applet. A local printer port corresponding to the print device is created. Use the "Add Port" button to create an LPR port and enter the IP address of the printer.
GSNW must be installed to print to NetWare printers. Changing NT server print properties that are tied to NetWare printers does not change the NetWare printer properties for clients connecting directly to the NetWare server.
Services for Macintosh must be installed on the NT server to print to Macintosh PostScript printers. Services for Macintosh supports the required protocols.
DLC printers from IBM may be created in continuous mode preventing other connections.
Ways to Print
- Use Application
- Drag a file on the printer icon.
Getting to the Printers Applet
- Start, Settings
- Start, Settings, Control Panel
- My Computer
Menu Selections when right clicking on a printer/Selecting File in the Printers Applet
The items with * below are additional items when Selecting File in the Printers Applet.
- Pause Printers
- Set As Default
- Document Defaults
- Purge Print Documents - Tabs:
- Page Setup Tab
- Advanced Tab - Paper output, Graphic resolution, and Document options.
- *Server Properties - Tabs:
- Forms - Print device forms.
- Advanced - Log errors, warnings, and information checkboxes. "Beep on Errors" checkbox. "Notify when remote documents are printed" checkbox.
- Create Shortcut
- No Access
- Print - Can manage the user's own documents by pausing, resuming, deleting, and restarting the print job.
- Manage documents - Can control document settings and control other user's documents.
- Full Control - Can change printer access (permissions), properties, and manage documents and their permissions.
For each printer, printer properties may be defined. To open the printer properties dialog box, right click on the printer. The following tabs are on the printer properties dialog box:
- Comment - Information.
- Location - Location information.
- Driver - Drop down list for specifying the print driver.
- New Driver - Used to update a driver or install a new one.
- Separator Page
- Print Processor - Should not require change, but is used to select the data type used by the printer.
- Print Test Page
- Availability - The hours the printer is available.
- Priority - 1-99
- Spooling print documents - Spool the job before printing, or start printing while the job is spooling.
- Print directly to the printer
- Hold mismatched documents
- Print spooled documents first
- Keep documents after they have printed
- Sharing - Can specify alternate drivers to be loaded for other platforms.
- Auditing - Used to audit print events.
- Ownership - Allows a user to take ownership of the printer
The success or failure of the following print events can be audited:
- Change Permissions
- Take Ownership
- Full Control
The event viewer can be used to see these events. Audited print events are in the system and security log.
Print Server Properties Tabs?
- Advanced - Used to specify an alternate spool file location