Configuring UNC output path for shared printers


The Black Ice Printer Drivers supports using UNC paths, shared network folders on shared printers, to let users to access their printed documents from the client computer through the network.



To properly configure an UNC path in a Domain, please perform the followings:


1.    The shared folder must be on a computer which is in the domain. For example: \\domainserver\output


2.    Please make sure that sufficient privileges are provided on the shared folder for the Host computer. To change permissions on a shared folder, right click on the folder and select “Share…”



If the UNC path is located on the Host computer: make sure the SYSTEM has write permissions on the shared folder, since the printer driver is printing under a SYSTEM account.



If the UNC path is located on a different computer: not on the Host, grant write permissions the host computer’s network name followed by a “$” sign on the shared folder.


For example: when the host computer name is “BIVM764ULTIMATE”, grant write permission to “BIVM764ULTIMATE$”, since the printer driver is printing under a SYSTEM account on the Host computer, and the SYSTEM account of a computer is recognized as the computer itself on the network, in a domain network environment.


The Host and the Client machine both have to be in the domain.


3.    Configure the Output directory to the shared directory on the Host, and share the printer to the client according to our Printer Sharing section.





4.    If the printer is already shared and mounted, configure the Output directory on the Host and Client computer to the shared directory.

For example: \\domainserver\output


NOTE: In both case, when you configure the Output Directory on the Host computer, please make sure, the user who is logged on to the Host, have read permissions on the UNC shared folder


For example: if test1 user is logged on to the Host, grant read permissions to test1, this is necessary for the printer driver so it can find the shared directory on the network.

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5.    Print from the client. The output document will be generated into the shared directory.


If experiencing any problem with the configuration, please make sure that the Host can access the configured shared directory through the Windows Explorer, by typing the UNC path to the address bar, for example: \\domainserver\output


If the directory cannot be accessed, it means that the sufficient rights are not provided, or the sharing is restricted on one of the computers. Please make sure that the network sharing is enabled in the Windows Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center.