>>XP Pro can join a domain, but XP Home can't.
> They're all XP Pro machines.
>>Sharing a printer in a domain
>>environment is far more complicated than "simple file sharing" (which also
>>includes printers), or even user-level sharing (both are available on an
>>XP Pro box.
> I realise that. I've had a Samba based domain set up before, and didn't
> want that level of complication. But the printer share seems to be hit
> and miss in a simple workgroup setup. I got the idea from somewhere that
> XP Pro shares worked better in a domain. Windows networking certainly has
> it's idiosyncrasies.
>>Have you posted in one of the Windows groups? There are many
>>and answers are plentiful.
> No I haven't. Thought that the linux gurus would be a good place to
> start, even if it is somewhat off topic. I'll give one of them a try,
If security isn't an issue, try enabling the guest account. Since
security probably is an issue, create user accounts on the print server
that exactly match each user account on the other XP boxes that will
need to print. The usernames and passwords must be identical. Share the
printer and set the permissions to "Everyone - Print". Open any folder
and go to tools -> folder options and make sure "Use Simple File
Sharing" is NOT checked. On the other computers, log the users out and
back in. Network access may require a password - it does on Server 2003
- unless you make a security setting change to remove this requirement.
To install the printer the easy way on the clients, go to the "Run"
dialog, type \\servername. When the window opens, right-click the
printer and select "connect" (or whatver) from the context menu.