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I've been tasked with giving users in our main office the ability to print to our other buildings. Right now the external offices connect via Citrix to access our database and files, but I'm assuming I want to leave Citrix out of this. The external offices already have a static ip address for the cable internet connection and the printer is connected to the router in that external office.
I'm having a difficult time finding solutions online. What do I need? Print Servers at the external locations? Some sort of VPN voodoo? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. This is an all windows environment, all workstations are XP and the servers at the main office are Windows Server 2000 (for Citrix) and Server 2003 for everything else.
Probably the best solution is to create a VPN between the main office and external office and add the printer from the remote office as a network printer with a TCP\IP standard point. Just remember that for this to work easily all of the IP's need to be on the same subnet.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
What I did to enable this was installed the printer at each external office as a network printer (via ethernet cable to the router). Then I went into the router settings and set up port forwarding for Port 9100 to go to the printer's IP address.
From my main office I used the Add Printer Wizard, selected Local Printer, created a TCP/IP port, and put in the static IP address for the external office. I had to have the drivers at the main office to install them easily. This works fine now.