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21Oct/101

Printer goes offline after successful print job

If your printer in Windows Server keeps going offline even if its status says 'Ready' and you know its online try disabling SNMP on the Server.

Right click the printer and choose Properties.  Under the Ports tab click Configure Port... and uncheck SNMP Status Enabled.

21Oct/100

Printers and Faxes freezing in Server 2003 SBS

I couldn't print to a network printer shared through Server 2003 SBS.  I tried restarting the Print Spooler on the Server but that ended up freezing the Printers and Faxes window.   I tried clearing out the print queue by emptying the following folder:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Spool\Printers
You will have to stop the Print Spooler to delete the files

To fix this I deleted the TCP/IP port in the registry:

HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Print\Monitors

Look for the corresponding IP address.  Always backup the registry before modifying anything.