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Printing from DOS within a thin client session

This assumes you are already able to print with your thin clients in Server 2003 terminal server sessions, and need to add printing for a DOS application. DOS will see the remote printer as LPT1.

  1.  Share the printer from the terminal server and give it a legal DOS name. (e.g. TEST1)
  2. Create a batch file in the user’s startup menu, startup folder. (e.g. DOSPRINT.CMD)
    NET USE LPT1: /delete
    NET USE LPT1:\\SERVERNAME\TEST1 /PERSISTENT:YES

When the user logs in the printer should now be mapped every time. This worked perfectly for users with Okitdata dot matrix printers connected to the parallel ports of ThinStation computers connecting to Windows Server 2003 over the internet.

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