Microsoft KB Archive/251309

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Article ID: 251309

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q251309


This article describes how to enable line printer remote (LPR) printing on Macintosh clients.


When you troubleshoot Services for Macintosh (SFM) printing issues, it is sometimes helpful, for testing purposes, to bypass the Windows NT print queue and print directly to the print device by using LPR printing. You can configure your Windows NT Server 4.0-based or your Windows 2000 Server-based computer to be the Line Printer Daemon (LPD) server, and then send print jobs directly from the Macintosh client to the LPD server by using LPR printing, eliminating the need to use Print Services for Macintosh.

Macintosh clients that are running AppleShare client version 3.7 or later are able to connect to SFM volumes located on a Windows NT Server 4.0-based or Windows 2000 Server-based computer over Apple File Protocol/Internet Protocol (AFP/IP). However, note that this functionality is not available for printers.

If you use LPR printing in addition to AFP/IP on your Macintosh clients, you can eliminate Appletalk traffic on your network, improving network performance by reducing the amount of broadcasts. Note that when you use LPR printing on a Macintosh client, the printer is not advertised in the Macintosh Chooser.

NOTE: Macintosh operating system version 8.1 or later is required for this functionality.

To Enable LPR Printing

  1. Start the "Desktop Printer Utility" program, which is included with the Macintosh operating system version 8.1 or later. This program can be located by clicking the Apple Extras folder and then by clicking the Apple LaserWriter Software folder.
  2. After you verify that "LaserWriter 8" is displayed on the With menu, click Printer (LPR), and then click OK.
  3. Click Change, locate and then click the printer you are configuring the print queue for, and then click Select.

NOTE: The top portion of this dialog box is used to configure the printer type, and the bottom portion is used to select the printer. The printer list includes all available printer description files that are installed on your computer. If the list does not contain a description file for the printer you are configuring, see your system administrator for additional description files.

  1. Click Change on the bottom-right area of your screen, type the Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) address of the printer listed at the bottom portion of your screen in the Printer Address dialog box, type the appropriate print queue name in the Queue dialog box, and then click OK.
  2. On the File menu, click Save As to save the print queue file on the desktop, and then assign a meaningful name to the print queue file that you can recognize later.

The print dialog included with the Macintosh operating system version 8.1 or later contains a drop-down list that permits you to select which of the configured printers, AppleTalk or LPR, you want to use. The Macintosh Chooser can be used to select AppleTalk printers only.

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