Access shared printer on XP system


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denis.rioux

We have an XP system setup in our domain, and there is a printer shared
on this workstation (published in Active Directory).
We have a Windows 2000 system, not in domain, that needs to access this
printer.
I try to add the printer using the Add printer wizard, select network
printer, and then put in \\servername\printername to access that
printer.
I do connect to printer using username\password prompt, BUT i don't
have the save password option when I connect, and I NEED this option.
Our XP system is locked down to any outside access, and users can only
connect to the shared printer using credentials. The user on the W2K
system is setup with the correct credentials, but why don't I get the
SAVE PASSWORD option when I try to connect to this printer.
All of our XP workstations (not in domain) do have this option.
Is there a setting in W2K to enable that SAVE PASSWORD option?
Any ideas would help.

Thanks
Denis
 
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Doug Sherman [MVP]

Maybe a login script:

net use lpt1: \\server\printshare /user:domain\user password

Doug Sherman
MCSE, MCSA, MCP+I, MVP
 
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Herb Martin

We have an XP system setup in our domain, and there is a printer shared
on this workstation (published in Active Directory).
We have a Windows 2000 system, not in domain, that needs to access this
printer.
I try to add the printer using the Add printer wizard, select network
printer, and then put in \\servername\printername to access that
printer.
I do connect to printer using username\password prompt, BUT i don't
have the save password option when I connect, and I NEED this option.
Our XP system is locked down to any outside access, and users can only
connect to the shared printer using credentials. The user on the W2K
system is setup with the correct credentials, but why don't I get the
SAVE PASSWORD option when I try to connect to this printer.
All of our XP workstations (not in domain) do have this option.

I believe this is due to the security difference between saving the
'credentials' and saving the PASSWORD. With the credentials
(likely the SID) the assumption can be the user will have to logon
and the full (authenticated) credentials will be available.
Is there a setting in W2K to enable that SAVE PASSWORD option?
Any ideas would help.

In general it is such a poor idea to save "passwords" that Microsoft
tends to avoid doing it in most features.

Doug (separate post) suggested:

net use lpt1: \\server\printshare /user:domain\user password

But I would strongly recommend this be modified to:

net use lpt1: \\server\printshare /user:domain\user *

....forcing the user to TYPE the password each time -- there are
two advanges. Besides the obvious security issue this latter
form will allow for the user changing the password from time
to time without the script needing concurrent maintenance.
 

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