Configuring Individual Printers to Passthrough LPR Print Jobs

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SUMMARY

Beginning with Windows NT version 4.0 Service Pack 2, it is possible to configure LPD passthrough on a per-printer basis. Prior to service pack 2, the SimulatePassThrough registry entry affected all incoming LPR jobs to all printers on the server.

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Use the following steps to implement LPD passthrough on a per-printer basis:

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
  1. If you use a Windows NT 4.0-based computer, make sure that Service Pack 2 or later is installed on the computer.
  2. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  3. Locate and click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\printername\PrinterDriverData
    where printername is the name of the printer that you want to configure.
  4. Use the appropriate method for your version of Microsoft Windows.

    Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3

    On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
    Value Name: SimulatePassThrough
    Data Type: REG_DWORD
    Value Data: 1

    Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 4 or later or Windows 2000

    On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
    Value Name: LpdPrinterPassThrough
    Data Type: REG_DWORD
    Value Data: 1
  5. Quit Registry Editor.
  6. Stop and then restart the TCP/IP Print Server service and the Spooler service.
For additional information about how to use SimulatePassThrough, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
150930 LPD Server Adds and Prints Control Codes

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Article ID: 168457 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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