Microsoft – Printing – Internet – Windows 2003 – Error (The printer name is invalid)

Microsoft – Printing – Internet – Windows 2003 – Error (The printer name is invalid)

Followed “HOW TO: Configure Internet Printing in Windows Server 2003″guide available on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323428.  But, when I launch IE and attempted to connect to the printer using these steps:

  1. In the IE Address Bar, entered http://print-server/printer
  2. Under “Print Action”, selected “Connect”

But, no joy, kept getting this error message:

Printer Installation Failed
The printer name is invalid.

To fix:

  1. Add the Print Server’s URL to the “Local Intranet Zone” and ensure that “Enable Protected Mode” is off
  2. Or add the Print Server’s URL to the “Trusted Zone” and ensure that “Enable Protected Mode” is off

Add the Print Server’s URL to the Local Intranet Zone and ensure that “Enable Protected Mode” is off

  1. Launch IE
  2. Click on the menu items Tools/Internet Options
  3. Select the “Security” Tab
  4. In the Zone’s section, choose “Local Intranet”
  5. Click on the “Sites” tab
  6. In the “Local Internet” window, Add the web site’s URL and ensure that “Require Server verification (https:)” is not checked
  7. Click on “Close” to exit the “Local Intranet” window
  8. Un-check the “Enable Protected Mode” option

Add the Print Server’s URL to the “Trusted” Zone and ensure that “Enable Protected Mode” is off

  1. Launch IE
  2. Click on the menu items Tools/Internet Options
  3. Select the “Security” Tab
  4. In the Zone’s section, choose “Trusted”
  5. Click on the “Sites” tab
  6. In the “Trusted” window, Add the web site’s URL and ensure that “Require Server verification (https:)” is not checked
  7. Click on “Close” to exit the “Trusted” window
  8. Un-check the “Enable Protected Mode” option

References:

  1. “HOW TO: Configure Internet Printing in Windows Server 2003”
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323428
  2. Internet printing in Win 2003 from a Vista client
    http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/internet-printing-win-2003-vista-client-t3138902.html

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