So we have a mixed node set on our network with Win XP Pro, Win 7 Pro, Ubuntu 11.04, Win 2k3 Server Std, etc all within in an Active Directory Environment. We also have network printers that are shared out via servers at each site where ultimately each site has a different subnet (Site 1: 132.98.1.x/24, Site 2: 132.98.2.x/24, etc with a subnet mask if 255.255.255.0). However, the few Win 7 Pro machines we have error out when trying to connect. With our Win XP machines in site 1, there are no issues connecting to the printers at site 2. The error reads exactly as follows:
"Windows couldn't connect to the printer. Check the printer name and try again. If this is a network printer, make sure the printer is turned on, and what the printer address is correct."
Other Important Details
- Windows firewall is turned off
- The network location is set to Work for Win 7 machines
- Other network related programs (WinVNC, FTP, Etc) do work between sites
- Back-door access to remote directories does not work (ex: \\188.8.131.52\C$) in differeing subnets
- Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 is installed on ALL machines
- Connection to network printers does work within the same subnet.
- Subnets connected via Cisco routers on 192.168.1.0/24
- Routers are unrestricted between sites
My hunch is that theres an authentication issue, but not sure where to start. How can I get connected to a network printer in a different subnet with Windows 7 Professional?