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.