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Windows 7: Sharing Printers when Firewall is OFF (Corporate GPO)

30 Mar 2012   #1
data1025

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 
Sharing Printers when Firewall is OFF (Corporate GPO)

Hello everyone,

I am looking for the "correct" way to share printers using a Windows 7 Professional installation when a group policy turns off the firewall.

When I attempt to share a printer and apply the settings, I get an error that the operation could not be completed. I did some basic research and found it how to turn ON the Windows Firewall. Once done, I am able to save the printer settings. I then run gpupdate /force to get the firewall back "off" so it appears "red" in the firewall settings gui (control panel > windows firewall).

I keep thinking I am overdoing something. Is this really the professional way to have to do this?

This post is a precursor to a larger problem I am having... I am trying to share some HP printers via this Win 7 Pro computer. When an XP computer attempts to print, the print job never completes and stays "Printing".

Is there any documentation on sharing printers in Win 7 (on a domain) with XP computers? All their firewalls are off.

Thanks for any help. I've been beating my head against the wall with this.


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30 Mar 2012   #2
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Is Group Policy disabling the firewall PROFILES (Domain, Public, Private) or disabling the firewall SERVICE? Note the latter is not supported, and for good reason - it breaks stuff. Given the behavior you're seeing (red X in the firewall MMC), I'm believe the service is disabled.
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31 Mar 2012   #3
data1025

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security - Domain Profile Settings - Firewall State = OFF

Everything else under that heading is "not configured".

Under another GPO, there is one option set for Network/Network Connections/Windows/Firewall/Domain Profile called "Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections" = DISABLED
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31 Mar 2012   #4
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

What's the state of the Windows Firewall service in services.msc?
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04 Apr 2012   #5
data1025

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Windows Firewall is Started and set to Automatically start.
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04 Apr 2012   #6
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

OK, so at least we are sure that is working. What type of printer are you sharing (local, TCP port, etc) and what is the exact error message? If you have a screenshot of it, that would be quite useful.
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20 Apr 2012   #7
data1025

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Attached is the screen shot. Sorry for the delay in responding. This is when adding a new printer (to share) or just sharing an existing printer.


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21 Apr 2012   #8
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Very interesting - that error code equals "EPT_S_NOT_REGISTERED". So, I wonder if (when the firewall is enabled) the print ports are blocked in both directions, or someone has locked down RPC in both directions???
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02 May 2012   #9
data1025

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

I can see and print to the shared printer from another computer after I turn off the firewall again (after the initial step of sharing the printer), so could anything still be blocked if that's the case?
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