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Err Msg: Could Not Connect to the Printer: The Printer Name Is Invalid

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You cannot use the server name in Print Manager to browse print servers.For example, if you want to browse the server "PrintServer" from PrintManager, if you click Printer, click Connect to Printer, type \\PrintServer in the Connect toPrinter dialog box, and then press ENTER, the following errormessage is displayed:
Could not connect to the printer: The printer name is invalid.

Windows NT 3.1, 3.5, 4.0

To browse print servers, double-click on the domains in the SharedPrinters box. When you double-click the servers, you will see the printers. Also, the complete UNC path(\\PrintServer\Printer) will connect to the printer.

Windows 2000

Printers should be published in Active Directory, and then the directory can be searched.
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Article ID: 100362 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 09:30:19 - Revision: 2.2

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1, Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

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