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Chapter 5.5. Sharing Printers > Sharing Print Resources

Sharing Print Resources

From the earliest days of Microsoft Networking, printers have been shared in a very similar way to files. In MS Net, the physical port (LPT1 , LPT2, or COM1, COM2) where the printer was connected was shared with an alias name, in exactly the same way that folders were shared. When the user wanted to connect to a printer, they connected a local printer name on their computer (LPTx but notCOMx) to the universal naming convention (UNC) name for the shared printer at the server. In early versions of Windows, the logical printers that Windows understood were tied to a name such as LPT 1 or COM1—Windows did not understand the idea of a a purely network printer.

Windows NT 3.1 was the first to have logical printers that could be bound to a UNC name rather than an LPTx style printer name.


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