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Connect to a printer on a Macintosh server

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To connect to a printer on a Macintosh server

  1. Open Printers and Faxes.

  2. Double-click Add Printer to start the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.

  3. Click Local printer attached to this computer, and then click Next.

  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish setting up the printer by selecting a printer port, selecting the manufacturer and model of your printer, and typing a name for your printer.

    When the wizard prompts you to select the printer port, click Create a new port. From the drop-down list, click AppleTalk Printing Device, and then click Next.

    When you're prompted for available AppleTalk printing devices, select a zone and a printer, and then click OK.

    When you're asked whether you want to capture the printer, you normally click Yes; see the notes following this procedure.


  • To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  • Capturing the printer is the recommended procedure, because a captured printer accepts print jobs only from print server computers running a Windows Server 2003 family operating system. This provides the administrator complete control over the printer. However, if the printer is also being used by a Macintosh server, you cannot capture the printer.

  • Because AppleTalk does not support client user names or passwords, Macintosh clients cannot identify themselves on a Windows Server 2003 family network, and the print server cannot impose user-level security on them. If a Macintosh client is physically able to send a job to the printer, it has implicit permission. However, an administrator can set user-level permission for all Macintosh print clients as a group.

  • Print Server for Macintosh is not available on the 64-bit versions of the Windows operating systems.

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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