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I have a printer connected to my windows 2012 server and would like to share it so that other devices can print and scan from it using an lpr port

Is this possible?

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Additional information might get an answer. Make/Model of device for example. –  Dave M Feb 15 '13 at 13:42
    
Its a Epson SX218. But i dont see why the brand/model matter. I assumed i needed to find someway in windows to share it. –  s093294 Feb 15 '13 at 14:18
    
The scan from it and using an [DOS] LPR port will get quite interesting. –  Hennes Feb 15 '13 at 16:04
    
If thats not possible, what other options are there to share a scanner over network ? –  s093294 Feb 15 '13 at 16:13
    
No idea on the scanning. For the printing part I posted an answer which I assume will work on server 2008. I have no server 2008 to test it on though, but win7 and vista are probably close enough. –  Hennes Feb 15 '13 at 16:25

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Ignoring the scan part and that DOS printing should die one of these day. (Preferably when you get a chance to migrate away from win95 and win98 age applications), this is how you set up a LPR port.

Go to [start] [Control panel] and select "Devices and printers"
Then right click on the local printer you want to share and select properties.

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Click on ports, then on add ports. (Note this will not work on all printers).

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Select "Standard TCP/IP port" and click on the [New port] button.

Click [Next] and add the name of the printer. (If you do not have a proper DNS name you can work around it by using an IP, or just add the printers MAC to the DHCP reservations and save yourself a lot of trouble in the future).

Next choose a printer name. "E.g. Finance_hp_4000_LPR".
Click [Next]

On the next screen use "Custom setting" rather then the "standard generic network card"
Procotol: Select LPR,
LPR settings: Select Input LP1.
Click on [OK], [Mext], [Finish], [Close] and [Apply]

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