HOW TO PRINT TO A NETWORK PRINTER FROM MS-DOS-BASED PROGRAMS UNDER WINDOWS NT
(adapted from Microsoft Support Article Q154498, dated October 20, 1997).
By default, most MS-DOS-based programs print directly to either LPT1 or LPT2.
However, under Windows NT, the output is not automatically routed across
a redirector to a shared network printer unless you establish a persistent
connection using NET.EXE.
To do so, use the following syntax at a command prompt:
NET USE LPTn: \\server\printer /PERSISTENT:YES
When printing to a Novell Netware 3.12 queue, Microsoft suggests using the
following syntax instead:
NET USE LPTn: \\server\queue
If the port is redirected successfully, the following message should appear:
The command completed successfully
To disconnect persistent LPTn: connections, use the following syntax:
NET USE LPTn: /DELETE
ALTERNATE PROCEDURE FOR NOVELL NETWARE
Some Novell Netware users report that the above Microsoft commands do not
work for them, and suggest replacing them with the following Netware
To connect a networkprinter to LPTn, use the following syntax::
CAPTURE L=n Q=networkprinter NB NFF NT TI=30
To disconnect, type:
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