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Unable to add TCP/IP Printer to Windows 2008 Server, Access Denied

Problem Description:

When adding a direct TCP/IP printer to a Windows 2008 server you get an "Access Denied" message shortly after specifying the IP address of the printer.

Cause of the Problem:

This is normal behavior if you have not run the add printer wizard as administrator.

Windows 2008 includes improved default security, and uses administrator rights only when needed. Thus you sometimes need to specify when you want to run some tasks as administrator.

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To work around this issue go to the printers control panel applet, and right click on the "Add Printer" option in the printers list. From this point you will want to choose "Run As Administrator" and install the printer as you normally would.

You will also notice that when you run the wizard like this it will look slightly different, and provide more options.

Related Programs and Devices:
Windows Server 2008 , Windows Server 2008 SBS , Windows Vista , TCP/IP Printing

Last Updated: 11/25/2009 12:53 PM

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