VMWare allows you to redirect the virtual machine's LPT port output to a file on the host (Linux) machine. If the lpt redirect file is a fifo, and I run
lpr -P queue < fifo, I can successfully send one job from the Windows machine whether it's VPN'd in or not. It looks to me like lpr stops reading from the pipe when it gets an EOF.
Since this is the smartest group of people I know (flattery never hurts, eh?), does anyone have any ideas on how to make this persistent? I suck at Unix IPC.