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new file and print server

By jcurtiss ·
I just installed a new server on the network that will take over for our current file and print server that is aging and dying. I can recreate the shared directory structure, permissions, and network printers easily enough. My question is how can I see what users currently have for mapped drives and network printers without physically going to each pc while the user is logged on. The only way I know of is Dameware, but the IT Director forbids me to install it. We use Active Directory so I could use login scripts however I would like to keep the end users unaware that anything is going on.

Thanks in advance.

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by jc2it In reply to new file and print server

If you are naming the server the same name, then all you need is to match up the Share names with the right directories in the tree. You can do this with a registry hack pretty quickly in NT4, and I would bet it is similar in 2000 and 2003 server.

Here is the link:

There is also a Microsoft Tool that does this from 2000 server , and NT4 to 2003 server:

There is probably a tool to go from NT4 to 2000 server also, but I could not find it.

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by jc2it In reply to

You should always recreate the shares for the printers, because you are going to want to use a different driver for a new OS. This is also a great time to upgrade your printer drivers as well.

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by gary.cole In reply to new file and print server

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