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    Persistent network printer connections

    Is there a way to establish a persistent connection to a network printer, for all users who log on to a Windows 2000 Professional desktop?

    This connection MUST be mapped to the LPT1: port due to limitations present in the DBASE software (DOS) that is being used.

    Currently, I've been able to establish a persistent connection for individual users by using <font color=blue>net use lpt1: "print servercal printer" /persistent:yes</font color=blue>. You'll note that the shared printer is in quotes because of the spaces in the name (not my choice... it was done long ago).
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Persistent network printer connections

    This any use?

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q154498>How to Print to Network Printer from MS-DOS-Based Programs (Q154498)</A>

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    Re: Persistent network printer connections

    Yes and no... It confirmed what I am already doing is correct... but it doesn't provide any instructions on how to apply this to all users (at once) on the system.

    It's not a big deal if this can't be done, however it would make things easier (isn't that always the way?).

    I'm upgrading a vacant workstation to W2K, and I don't really want to have to go back each time somebody wishes to use this problem causing software.

    Thanks for the link anyways...
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    Re: Persistent network printer connections

    One other link which probably doesn't add much, but...

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.jsiinc.com/subc/tip1400/rh1410.htm>JSI FAQ 1410</A>

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    Re: Persistent network printer connections

    Can you force them to start the software with a batch file that does the printer setup before starting the dBase application? Maybe force is not the right word. Make is much much easier to do it that way is really what I had in mind.

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    Re: Persistent network printer connections

    Thanks for the suggestion... I was thinking of that myself, but was hoping for a "cleaner" way of doing things.

    A co-worker of mine came up with a suggestion which we're going to try tomorrow (it was closing time... can't work overtime everynight <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>).

    I'll keep you informed.
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    Re: Persistent network printer connections

    The batch file is what we've gone with. It allows a connection to be made for everyone who launches the program.

    The idea my co-worker came up with would have worked with a straight network printer. We could have created a local port pointing to the IP Address of the printer. However, the printer required is shared on a Win95 client, along with two other printers, so that wasn't going to be easily done.

    We like this method... it's simple, and it works!

    Thanks for your help guys.
    Christopher Baldrey

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