A. A. There are really two questions here. If you know a server and a printer share and you just need to print a file this can be done by copying to the print share, for example:
C:\> copy readme.1st \\morpheus\HPLaserJ
You may however need to actually use a device such as LPT1 and for this we can use the "net use" command.
C:\> net use lpt1 \\10.129.210.71\HPLaserJ \[/p:n\]
The /p:n makes the connection non-persistent.
If this fails check lpt1 is not already in use:
C:\> net use lpt1
Local name LPT1
Remote name \\10.129.210.71\HPLaserJ
Resource type Print
# Opens 0
# Connections 1
The command completed successfully.
And if you want to delete the existing connection perform the following:
C:\> net use lpt1 /d
lpt1 was deleted successfully.
You can then use lpt1: as if its a local port for command based programs.
The Windows 2000 Resource Kit also supplies CON2PRT which can be used to connect to a printer, e.g.
C:\> con2prt /c \\morpheus\HPLaserJ
Connected to printer: \\morpheus\HPLaserJ
Which actually adds the printer as a normal printer under Printers control panel applet. Using /cd sets it to the machines default printer.