Windows 2008 R2 access denied adding TCP/IP printer

I ran into a pesky add printer access denied error message recently with a server that had been upgraded from Windows 2008 to Windows 2008 R2.  In attempting to add a printer to the printer management console via the TCP/IP add printer wizard, I kept getting access denied errors.  In perusing Google for a bit I saw where others had ran into this issue and the fix had been to make sure you were executing the printer management console using the “Run as administrator” function. However, in trying this, I still was not able to get past this error message…still access denied – odd behavior especially since I had UAC disabled and was logged in as a domain administrator.

In trying a few things….this is what worked for me:

  • Open the printmanagement.msc console
  • Create the TCP/IP port first before adding the printer.  To do this, right click on the “Ports” node and add the port.
  • After creating the port, then I was able to successfully add the printer.  You will need to choose the port that you created in the step above.

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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