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Printing via remote host-attached printer?

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The Question is:

how do i print to a windows pc printer on a lan?

The Answer is :

  The OpenVMS Wizard would strongly encourage use of a printer-based
  NIC device such as an HP JetDirect; either a printer-integrated or
  an add-on network controller for the particular printer.  This will
  make an existing parallel or serial printer directly available via
  a network.  (Most new printers offer such an option, and replacing
  an existing and older printer with a newer and faster printer -- and
  particularly one with a NIC -- may be the most expeditious approach.)
  Topics (1020) and (4941) will be of interest.  Related topics include
  (1198), (1535), (1666), (1694), (2212), (2407), (2490), and likely
  other topics.
  Use of a host-attached printer increases the configuration complexity
  and the relative difficulty, and with little or no added value -- use
  of direct network access to printers is supported by most any current
  operating system, and generally far easier to configure and troubleshoot.
  (Remote served printing through another host means that you have to get
  multiple hosts to agree, to remain synchronized, and to be powered up,
  and this can potentially be a non-trivial effort.)

answer written or last revised on ( 23-APR-2003 )

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