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By ternes ·
When have approx. 250 user we are running Windows 2000 and currently experimenting with Windows XP. We have a Windows 2000 print server and approx. 50 printers through-out the building. We use images and Norton Ghost 7.0 to image the systems beforegiving to users. We are trying to find a way to write a script that can automatically install the nearst print to the user when a machine is delivered. Just looking to see if anyone has tried this before and may have some suggestions. Thank you.

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by Jim Phelps In reply to Printers

This isn't exactly what you are looking for, but it is close. It is the easiest way I have ever seen to get a printer installed to someone's computer.

In my company we use Hewlett-Packard Install Network Printer Wizard. You run the program by clicking on the menu item. You put in the IP of the printer, or you can search for the printer (it will show a complete list). Click OK to a couple of prompts, and you're done!

If you put a label on each LAN printer showing its IP address, then it will be extremely easy to know the correct IP address for the desired printer.

The only two caveats I know about:

1. External JetDirect boxes which serve more than one printer, but only one IP address.

2. User might not have rights to install a printer on his workstation.

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by ternes In reply to Printers

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Printers

How about this as a super-simple solution:

When a user logs in for the first time, send them an e-mail welcoming them to the LAN and giving them support contact information. In the e-mail include a printer section (some users need several, b&w, color, etc). Have connections to the printers they can just click on \\printserver\printername

When they click on the link, it prompts them to install the printer.

Describe the printers, location and functionality and let the users pick what they need.

Should work fine for most users.

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