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Automagically install printer for users?

By trustfundbaby ·
I have a domain set up with the domain controller running Windows 2000 server and the 10 other computers running Windows XP.

Its a computer lab, so I have defined one lower level user/login that everyone uses to login on the individual computers. The account is configured with a mandatory profile.

Its a lab and that means the network printer is always used and abused, causing it to be replaced fairly often (we lease).

The problem for me is that when I install the new printer on the Domain controller I usually have to shut off all the other computers, change the mandatory profile to a roaming profile on the Domain Controller, then login on one of the other 10 computers as the lower level user and install the network printer on it (It finds it in Active Directory). When I log off as the user, I change the profile on the Domain controller back to mandatory, when I fire up the computers they have the printer installed.

It seems like this is a very amateurish and inefficient way of doing this, is there anyway to have a default network printer installed for a user as soon as they login on the Domain?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Automagically install pri ...

did you see these?
Cannot Set Up a Default Network Printer for All Windows XP Users
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307016
How to add printers with no user interaction in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314486

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by trustfundbaby In reply to

That 2nd link sets me on the right path, but I need a better understanding of how to use that printUI command. Any other helpful links?

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by ewgny In reply to Automagically install pri ...

Look at this site to see how to script printers
based on group membership.
you can script a printer and set it as the default based on either user or computer group membership
look at logon script #3
http://www.rlmueller.net/freecode2.htm

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by ewgny In reply to

I can also send you a pair of simple scripts
One for deleting existing printers,
and another for adding printers and setting the default.
These would be good to use if you have all of the users in an OU. you can make a group policy containing the logon script
email me at ewgny@hotmail.com

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by trustfundbaby In reply to

Ugh! I'd rather not use VBScript.
Do you have any WSH scripts that could help?

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Use con2prt.exe to automatically map printers

by cody In reply to Automagically install pri ...

Have a look at this here: http://www.thisishelpful.com/con2prt-exe-map-delete-and-set-default-printer-a1.html and you can combine it within a KIX file mentioned here too: http://www.thisishelpful.com/kix-login-script-to-map-printers-network-drives-and-setting-changes-a3.html.

Hope that helps.

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