Adding printers to a mandatory profile

By tldanos ·
I have about 60 machines in a lab booting from one mandatory profile from my server(the server is running Windows Server 2000). They have different versions of Windows(XP Pro, 2000 Pro, and 9 installed on them. On \\pc60(Win XP Pro SP2) I have two printers from which the other 59 PCs "should" print to (they're hooked up via USB and set to share across the network). How can I add printers to the mandatory profile so that they can all send their prints to one of the printers on \\pc60.

Also I get the first time setup everytime I open IE version 7. How can I set that on the mandatory profile.

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batch script

by ashij In reply to Adding printers to a mand ...

Hey CB, so I found something for you, but you got to do the reading :-) If you need help, just let me know..

For the printer try this:;en-us;18**05

For the IE7 problem, here's the deal, IE is setting 2 reg keys to default value.. so all you have to do is copy paste something like this:
[pre][HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

into a .reg file and call it along with the login script (e.g.: regedit /s iefix.reg)

So, That was to give you an idea, any problem you run into, let us know.. we are here to help


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by tldanos In reply to Adding printers to a mand ...

I'm pretty lost at this point. If you could maybe give me more detailed instructions I'd be very grateful.

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Setting up printers

by paul In reply to Detail

I found the easiest way to set up printers is use the group policy.
Simply create a text file and save it as whatever.bat. Put it in the domains "sysvol", "scripts" folder.
In this file type the following:
start \\servername\printername /y

You can use it for a user logon script or as I do, put it into the "startup" script under the "computer configuration","windows settings" scripts.
Simply run "mmc" and add the group policy object editor, select the group policy for the users/computers you want to control and you should be fine.
No account restrictions, or need to change profiles.
Very handy for splitting "rooms" of computers to use specific printers.
Just create an "OU" add the computers to be included and create a "GPO" for that "OU". Edit and enforce that group policy then restart the affected computers.
First time the printer will be set up then its just there to be used.
Need to change printers just edit the whaterver.bat to your change.

As for the IE7 try altering the registry values to:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
Add them if they don't exist, should stop it happening.

Hope this helps

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