Can't share printer without "Simple File Sharing"

Can't share printer without "Simple File Sharing"

Post by Jeff Coope » Thu, 30 Oct 2003 09:34:40

I'm a programmer but a networking isn't my strong suit. For months now I've
been sharing my printer with other PCs on my LAN. I just turned off "Simple
File Sharing" because of a project I'm working on and now the other
machine's want a password to access the resource MachineName\PRINTER.

In the printer's Security tab, the following are listed as being able to

Guest (MachineName\Guest)
Power Users (MachineName\Power Users)

I've tried adding ANONYMOUS LOGON but my Win98 machine still tries to get a
password from me ("You must supply a password tomake this connection.").
What's interesting is that it doesn't ask for a username, just a password.

What group should I give permission to print so that anyone connected to my
LAN can print. That's anyone. I don't want to start setting up user accounts
for everyone else on my machine. There must be a setting or checkbox or
something I'm missing that's preventing ANONYMOUS LOGON from doing what it
implies it does.



Can't share printer without "Simple File Sharing"

Post by Steve Wino » Thu, 30 Oct 2003 17:00:31

In article <AWDnb.10558$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

With simple file sharing disabled, you're dealing with the arcane
areas of user validation and network permissions, which really don't
work well outside of a domain.

The easiest solution is to un-share the printer, re-enable simple file
sharing, and re-share the printer. Then, everyone will be able to use
the printer.

Otherwise, the "Everyone" group is all you need. However, "Everyone"
doesn't mean everyone on the network. It means everyone who has a
local user account on the XP Pro computer that connects to the
printer. The only solution I know of is to create accounts on XP Pro
with the same user names and passwords that people use to log onto the
other computers. You can create a single user account for people who
use XP computers, since XP lets you specify a user name and password
when it attempts to access a network share.
Best Wishes,
Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

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