Printing in the B-IT while accessing the VPN or 802.1x

The following guide constitutes a point of reference for students intending to use one of the following printers in the B-IT on their personal notebooks. One can always print using the public machines located in the a-pool or b-pool alternatively, though the case can be made that e.g. all of these machines are blocked at the moment or a certain file can only be found on a private notebook. If you find yourself in one of the situations listed, or simply want to print with your own machine for convenience's sake, this guide is for you. The printers this guide applies to are:

1. prt-pool-a-01 (HP 9050DN)
3. prt-pool-b-01 (HP 9050DN)


1.First of all you will need a valid user account in the B-IT. If you are not sure you meet this requirement, please consider to begin from start and read about account registration.

2. You will need to be able to log in to the B-IT network to access the print server which is of course delimited from the internet, so it is paramount that you are registered for PNAS (click here to read more) so you can dial in using the VPN (click here for additional info). Please note that access via 802.1x is also possible , functions identically and thus will be ignored for the remainder of this article.

Step-By-Step procedure:

1. Dial in to the VPN.

2. Authenticate with \\bitlpr, which is the printserver for the B-IT, using a windows network drive (Samba-share). The reason for this necessary, albeit at first glance weird looking instruction is that you are not logged in into the Domain when using your own machine. The print account management however needs a valid authentication of your identity so printjobs can be tracked. Proceed sequentially:

→ Open the run-dialog (using the keyboard-shortcut [Windows] + [R], or alternatively pressing 'Start' → 'Run…') and type cmd followed by [enter].

→ In the command shell, please type

net use X: \\bitlpr\authmapshare /PERSISTENT:Yes /\yourBITusername yourBITpassword

You can of course copy and paste this command, simply substitute yourBITusername and yourBITpassword with the correct values. You might as well alter the drive X: if this character was already mapped. Please note: The password will be clear-case while typing, so be sure not to expose your password!
In case you may not access the share because you are 'already logged in as another user', simply logoff/logon from and to your system, start from scratch (Step 1). Be sure not to browse \\bitlpr before executing the above stated line, e.g. with the microsoft explorer.

3. Decide which printer to use. You will need the appropriate driver for the printer model in question as listed at the beginning of this article. It will either be HP 9050DN or HP 2420DN. Unzip the driver to your harddisk, e.g. C:\temp\hp_driver and remember the folder for later use.

4. The remaining steps are depicted in .jpg for easier reference. Install the printer. Let's asume you are located in pool-b. Click Start → Printers and Faxes → Add a printer.

Your Desktop should now look like this.
Proceed with the wizard and choose to install a network printer
In the upcoming dialog you should choose and type one of the UNC paths circled in red below, each one representing one of the possible printers. Please note that you won't gain permissions to print to any other printers than the above listed in pool-a and pool-b. Printing on differing machines would result in errors in case you tried nevertheless.
At last you'll have to choose the printer driver corresponding to the printer chosen in the above steps. Hit [Browse…] and navigate to the folder where you chose to unpack the driver to. Select the appropriate .inf file and the installation should finish automatically.

Happy printing!

pnas_en/print_vpn.txt · Last modified: 2011/03/10 20:19 by thielt