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 commands:

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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