How to print with a Windows 2000 laptop at Fermilab


Start with correct network setup for your laptop.If itís your laptopís first trip, you must register it at Fermilab so you can use DHCP.

Next, read precautions to keep out of trouble, particularly if you had trouble the last time you tried this.

In a nutshell


\\ †††††††††† in the Start | Run menu

and install your printer.This will work in most cases for Windows 2000, unless you are working from an account with the same username as your dzero account, but with a different password, in which case you should first open a Command Window and do

Net Use \\\netlogon /user:dzero\username

For this case, the precautions are particularly important.

If this description was a bit too telegraphic, below are a few more details and some suggestions.


Systematic approach to attaching to printing

Find out if your laptop is a member of a domain.If your computer is not a member of any domain, you can probably follow Gregís standard directions, and browse Network Neighborhood to dzero, and on to d0server3.If not, then try the Start | Run method.


If it is a domain member, you will probably be able to successfully enter \\ in the Start | Run menu, unless you have a laptop account with matching username but mismatching password.Here are some suggestions on how to set up your laptop using a domain account.


q       The Start | Run method works if you use a laptop account with a different laptop user_name than your dzero\username, or if you use alaptop user_name and password both match your dzero\username.

q       An additional step is needed if your laptop username matches your dzero\username, but the passwords differ.

When all else fails

Finally, here is how to set up a printer for your own laptop use without using the predefined printer queues (and avoiding to have to authenticate yourself to the printer server).The hazards are that this procedure might not work, that you might get bored with all the steps, that you arenít using the driver version that the system manager wants, and that you might make the system manager or your colleagues unhappy if there are unpleasant interactions with the regular printer queues.


Compiled by Jim Linnemann, MSU, December 29, 2001