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Remotely manage printers

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To remotely manage printers

  1. Double-click My Network Places, and then locate the print server for the printers you want to manage.

  2. Double-click the print server, double-click the Printer folder icon on that server, and then click a printer.


    • To facilitate stronger network security, remote printer management is not available by default. To enable remote printer management, in Group Policy, you must enable the Allow Print Spooler to Accept Client Connections policy. For more information, see Related Topics.

  3. Change the print server, printer, or printing preference settings as required.


  • You can change printer settings only if you have Manage Printers permission.

  • If you are having trouble finding your printer and you are logged on to a Windows Server 2003 family domain, you can find your printer by clicking Start, pointing to Search, and then clicking Printers.

  • You can also drag the Printers and Faxes folder of any print server (or specific printers from any Printers and Faxes folder) to the Printers and Faxes folder on your computer. This is an easy way to manage any printer without having to search for it.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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