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.
Method 1Establish 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 2Print directly to the printer share by using the following syntax at a command prompt:
print /d:\\printserver\sharenamedrive:\path\filenameBecause 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\queueIf 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 /deleteNOTE: 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).For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
156429 Supported 16-bit Utilities and NetWare-Aware ApplicationsNetware is manufactured by Novell, Inc., a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.
Article ID: 154498 - Last Review: Feb 26, 2007 - Revision: 1