When you install a network printer on a Windows 2000 Professional-based computer, that printer might be served by a print server that is not running Windows 2000. If the printer is using a non-Windows 2000 print server, you must install additional components so the client and server computers and the printer can effectively communicate and transfer the print job.

NetWare Print Servers

To use a printer that is connected to a NetWare server, you must have a client installed on your computer such as Microsoft Client Service for NetWare or Novells client, Novell Client 32. Such clients allow your computer to send print jobs to the NetWare server, which the server then relays to the printer.

For more information about working with NetWare, see Interoperability with NetWare in this book.

UNIX Print Servers

To print to a remote UNIX printer configured with Line Printer Daemon (LPD), you must first configure Windows 2000 Professional to print by using Line Printer Remote (LPR). This is done by installing Print Services for UNIX and installing and configuring a print driver to print with LPR as the printer port.

To install Print Services for UNIX

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Network and Dial-Up Connections .

  2. On the Advanced menu, click Optional Networking Components .

  3. Highlight Other Network File and Print Services , and then click Details .

  4. Select Print Services for UNIX , and then click OK .

To add an LPR port

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Printers .

  2. Double-click Add Printer , and then click Next .

  3. Click Local printer , clear the Automatically detect my printer check box, and then click Next .

  4. Click Create a new port , and then click Standard TCP/IP Port .

  5. Click Next , and then enter the following information:
    In Name or address of server providing LPD , type the Domain Name System (DNS) name or Internet Protocol (IP) address of the host for the printer you are adding.
    In Name of printer or print queue on that server , type the name of the printer as it is identified by the host, which is either the direct-connect printer itself or the UNIX computer.

  6. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish installing the TCP/IP printer.

For more information about working with UNIX, see Interoperability with UNIX in this book.

IBM Host Printers

IBM host printers are a component of Systems Network Architecture (SNA), which is a computer networking architecture developed by IBM. SNA provides a network structure for IBM mainframe, midrange, and personal computer systems. SNA defines a set of proprietary communication protocols and message formats for the exchange and management of data on IBM host networks.

To send print jobs to printers that are part of an SNA environment, use the Install Printer wizard to connect to the LPT port or print queue corresponding to the desired printer. Administrators must configure SNA hosts and printers to accept these connections before users can connect to them. For more information about configuring printers in a SNA environment, see the SNA documentation.

For more information about working with IBM, see Interoperability with IBM Host Systems in this book.

Macintosh Printers

You must have Print Server for Macintosh installed on the Windows 2000-based server that is hosting the network printer.

You also must have the port print monitor for Macintosh, Sfmmon, installed on the users computer. The AppleTalk Port Monitor, Sfmmon.dll, transmits print jobs over the network by using the AppleTalk protocol. It also lets you send jobs to AppleTalk spoolers, regardless of the print device to which the spooler is attached.