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Print from an LPR client to a printer

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To print from an LPR client to a printer

  1. Install the appropriate printer driver on the client.

  2. Install Print Services for Unix on the Windows Server 2003 family print server, and then start the Line Printer Daemon (LPD) service (if not started automatically) from Services.

  3. Use the Line Printer Remote (LPR) utility on your client to connect to the logical printer on the print server. Refer to your client operating system documentation for the correct command. Typically the LPR command is in the following format:

    lpr -Sserver_name-Pqueue_name file_name


  • Both client and server must run TCP/IP, and the client must have an RFC-compliant version of LPR.

  • Some hosts do not support LPR. Refer to your operating system documentation to make sure your host does support LPR.

  • If documents sent by LPR services on a UNIX client do not print correctly on the print server, try reconfiguring the LPR software to use a lowercase control command.

  • The Lpdsvc service is independent of the Lprmon, which allows a computer running a Windows Server 2003 family operating system (and all clients who can access this computer) to print to a printer connected to a UNIX system.

  • If you send a document from a Windows XP client to another LPD-enabled target (for example, a UNIX host), the Windows XP client must run Print Services for Unix.

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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