How to Print to Network Printer from MS-DOS-Based Programs

For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 314499 .


This article describes how to print to a network printer from an MS-DOS- based program in Windows. By default, most MS-DOS-based programs print directly to either LPT1 or LPT2. However, the output is not automatically routed across a redirector to a print share unless you use one of the following methods.

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Method 1

Establish a persistent connection using NET.EXE. To do so, use the following syntax at a command prompt:
net use lptx: \\printserver\sharename /persistent:yes

Method 2

Print directly to the printer share by using the following syntax at a command prompt:
print /d:\\printserver\sharenamedrive:\path\filename
Because Novell NetWare's CAPTURE command is not supported in Windows NT 4.0, use the following command to map the LPT port to a Novell NetWare printer queue:
net use lptx \\server\queue
If the LPT port is redirected successfully, the following message should appear:
The command completed successfully.
To disconnect persistent LPTx connections, use the following syntax:
net use lptx /delete
NOTE: When attempting to use the CAPTURE command, the may receive the following error message (The error message may vary depending on the version of NetWare):
CAPTURE-4.01-923: An unexpected error has occurred: 255 (00FF).
(SPOOL.C: [426])
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
156429 Supported 16-bit Utilities and NetWare-Aware Applications
Netware is manufactured by Novell, Inc., a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

ID článku: 154498 - Poslední kontrola: 26. 2. 2007 - Revize: 1

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