I set up a few HP LaserJet printers by IP address, using the Microsoft drivers. The installation was smooth and trouble-free.
However, Windows cannot print. It seems that some of the default permissions are not working.
I eventually found an error in the PrintService event log:
"The document Print Document, owned by Administrator, failed to print on printer HP 4250. Try to print the document again, or restart the print spooler.
Data type: RAW. Size of the spool file in bytes: 193874. Number of bytes printed: 0. Total number of pages in the document: 1. Number of pages printed: 0. Client computer: \\SERVER. Win32 error code returned by the print processor: 5. Access is denied."
This is a fresh standalone out-of-the-box installation without a single piece of non-MS software installed, and only one admin and one user account.
I removed and re-installed one of the printers and rebooted, without any success.
I'm not enjoying my Server 2012 experience very much yet...