Printing from 64-bit Windows 7 to a 32-bit XP or Windows 2003 print server

I’ve run into some issues configuring my 64-bit Windows 7 system so it can print to the printers attached to computers running 32-bit Windows XP or Windows 2003. I’ve run into 2 issues:

  • The driver downloads on the 32-bit system do not contain the 64-bit drivers to download to Windows 7.
  • The 64-bit driver downloads from many of the printer manufacturers come encapsulated in a 64-bit executable file that install the driver while detecting the local printer. These don’t work unless the printer is attached locally. When the driver is encapsulated in 64-bit executable, it can’t be installed on the 32-bit print server.

This is a procedure that has often worked for me when installing network printers and the normal install doesn’t work properly.

  • Open “Devices and Printers.”
  • Select “Add a printer”.
  • Choose “Add Local Printer”.
  • Select “Create a New Port” and set the drop down selection to “Local Port”.
  • Click Next.
  • Windows will display a small dialogue box asking for a “port name”.
    Key in: \\computer_name\printer_name

    • computer_name is the name (or ip address) of the network computer with the printer attached.
    • printer_name is the share name of the printer on the network computer.
  • Click OK.
  • Windows will show a list of printer manufacturers and models. Select your printer manufacturer and the printer model from the list. If your specific printer isn’t shown, you can click on “Windows Update” to obtain the latest list of printers or “Have Disk” and browse to the folder where you have the unpacked drivers for your printer.

    If you still can’t find the driver, but one from a similar model is listed, you can try it.

This procedure should also allow you to print to any Windows Print Server where the Windows 7 64-bit drivers have not previously been installed. This procedure does depend on the ability to obtain a driver for 64-bit Windows 7.

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Browser and wiki workflow independence with Liferay the open source “SharePoint”

July 4th, 2009; today is the US independence day. This has put me in a reflective mood. As I was thinking about the current projects that I’m working on, I thought about this…

SharePoint 2007 is a great improvement over its ancestors: SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2001. The capabilities in document management make the old shared file systems obsolete. This is especially true for Microsoft Office products that integrate with SharePoint. I’m waiting for SharePoint 2010 to hopefully resolve some of the issues that the blog and wiki tools have. In the meantime, we have wiki and blog requirements that need to be met. In our search for a top flight wiki that was easy to learn and use by users; we discovered Liferay. continue reading » »

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Why virtual machines should be the 1st choice to run your systems

Lately, I’ve been on phone calls with several companies to discuss whether they should run their applications on virtual machines or physical machines. Typically, some user or software person has been told the plan is to run their application on a virtual machine. They believe their application is “so special” and will not work properly if it runs on a virtual machine. In general, the concerns are:

  • Vendor Support
  • Performance

To be frank, when possible, I don’t tell users if the machine is virtual or physical. I’m not hiding this, but I don’t volunteer non-relevant information. Part of planning an application has to do continue reading » »

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Software licensing in a “cloudy and virtualized” world

“Cloud Computing” is being called the “next big thing”. In 2008, Gartner Group identified “Cloud Computing” as one of the top ten disruptive technologies. I’m sure there is going to be a lot of FUD spread about what the “cloud” can and can’t be used for; however, I’m confident that over the next 5 to 10 years the reality of “Cloud computing” will set in.

It appears that a “perfect storm” of events are “brewing” at the same time: Social Media, Web 2.0 and smart phones. I believe these forces will drive the delivery of application services to the cloud. What is clear, to me, is that “cloud computing” will use hardware virtualization as its foundation. Hardware virtualization turns a physical machine into a virtual machine, which resides on a physical machine. However, the virtual machine can be moved around. If the system requires more resources than what is currently assigned to it, then more resources can be added to ensure the system meets your customer’s service level agreement. One question in my mind is: are the underlying software licensing mechanisms keeping pace with these changes? continue reading » »

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What I hope gets “fixed” in SharePoint 2010

There are some limitations in WSS 3.0/SharePoint 2007 that are hurting the adoption of SharePoint 2007 at my company. I’m sure that this is pretty common. Many users are familiar with WordPress and Foswiki/TWiki. My users are looking for easy to use editors, plug-ins, and themes that they can use on their team sites and “my sites”. With the “Revolution” in Social media and Web 2.0 users are familiar with open source web tools that allow rich-text editing and replaceable editors. They complain bitterly about editing their content, blog or a wiki inside SharePoint. continue reading » »

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