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Print to a Shared Windows Printer
Authored by: djarsky on Jan 26, '09 06:16:12PM

The trick to get this to work is to set the Workgroup name for the Workgroup or Domain that your printer is in. You can set that name in one of two places, depending if you have 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.4 (Tiger) and below.

For 10.4 and below, you will need to open Directory Access in your Utilities folder. For 10.5, they have moved that option. You'll want to open the Network panel in System Preferences, click on your active network device (Ethernet or Airport) and click Advanced. Once there, select the WINS tab and enter your Workgroup or Domain.

This resolves the authentication issue because when you try to print and are challenged with the user authentication dialog, the server on the other end is *expecting* the format "domain\username" -- but dialog box is not explicit in telling you to use that format. Having completed the Workgroup/Domain field from the above paragraph resolves this often-missed step, so simply entering your username will now work.

Good luck!

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Print to a Shared Windows Printer
Authored by: djarsky on Jan 26, '09 06:20:13PM
Be sure to see this hint too on making the WINS info stick. There's a bug in the location manager that won't allow edits to the Automatic location. A quick duplication and renaming fixes the issue.

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