Printing in with different Workgroup Names



Rich
07-09-2005, 11:47 PM
Hi,

Can someone please help me with this?

I am running a work laptop with Windows XP and is a part of the domain.
Also I am running a home system that is part of a workgroup with a printer
connected to it. My home system is connected to a router and I have my
printer shared.
When I connect my work laptop to my home network, I cannot access the shared
printer.

I understand that both PCs have to have the same workgroup/domain name to
access the share. The problem is though, my work laptop's domain name
consists of 16 characters. When I try to change my home PC's workgroup name
to my work's domain name, it only allows me to type in 15 characters.

Is there any way I access my printer share from my work laptop without
having to change workgroup names or is there anyway we can break the 15
character limitations for workgroup names?

Thanks,

Rich

Malke
07-09-2005, 11:47 PM
Rich wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Can someone please help me with this?
>
> I am running a work laptop with Windows XP and is a part of the
> domain. Also I am running a home system that is part of a workgroup
> with a printer
> connected to it. My home system is connected to a router and I have
> my printer shared.
> When I connect my work laptop to my home network, I cannot access the
> shared printer.
>
> I understand that both PCs have to have the same workgroup/domain name
> to
> access the share. The problem is though, my work laptop's domain
> name
> consists of 16 characters. When I try to change my home PC's
> workgroup name to my work's domain name, it only allows me to type in
> 15 characters.
>
> Is there any way I access my printer share from my work laptop without
> having to change workgroup names or is there anyway we can break the
> 15 character limitations for workgroup names?
>

It is incorrect that both pc's need to have the same workgroup or domain
name. You can use your work laptop (normally connected to a domain) to
access your home workgroup's resources. Here is information from MVP
Lanwench:

Note - you don't need to change to a workgroup just to access resources
on it. You shouldn't play with your laptop's network settings at all.
Once you've logged in using your domain account (using cached
credentials), and have an IP address on the home network, you can map
drives, use printers, whatnot, very easily - one way, in a command
line:

net use x: \\computername\sharename /user:computername\username <enter>

MS KB article about the Net Use command - http://tinyurl.com/3bpnj

Malke
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Printing in with different Workgroup Names