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By jsarinana ·
On a Windows 2000 Prof. how would I install my network printers to allow everyone that logs into this computer to have access to installed printers ? in other words install the network printers just once and allow multiple users to use the printers.
I just installed W2K on this computer. I logged into it as a Administrator of the network and added my network printers. I then try to logon as another Domain user onto this computer with Super User access or Administration access to the computer and I do not see the printers installed. I also added user user/domain but still do not have printers.

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by ctmoore1998 In reply to Printers for all local us ...

2000 will only carry over locally installed printer to each 'user' of the system. If the printer is a network printer then it has to be added for each user's profile on the workstation.

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by jsarinana In reply to Printers for all local us ...
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by /dev/null In reply to Printers for all local us ...

You know, less than a month ago I would have said what I've thought throughout my entire experience with NT and Win2K: You can't setup connections to a network printer on a per-machine basis. I was asked by my boss to find a way because he just couldn't believe it couldn't be done. Well, guess what, he was right.... Technical goodies below:


Auto creation of printers on PCs no matter who authenticates - add the printer connection 'per machine' meaning it is a network connected printer that appears in the printers list no matter who interactively logs on that machine. Command to use (command is VERY case sensitive and note some of the NON spaces after the /n):
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ga /n\\server\printershare
(replace: server with your server name and printershare with the share name of your printer)
For the help contents: rundll32 printui.dll,PrintuiEntry /?

The above comes from
MS KB 189105 - How to Add Printers with No User Interaction in Windows - http://tinyurl.com/5nib

The syntax can be very confusing at first and MS's examples didn't always work the way I thought they would work. The example listed above worked the best for me.

Please note that while this worked for me, if you need to remove the printer you must be and Admin and you must use the printui.dll interface. You cannot remove the printer by deleting it from the GUI.

Regards!

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by /dev/null In reply to Printers for all local us ...

I should add that I believe this only works on Win2K and XP. Sorry NT folks.

I do seem to remember another option; it doesn't actually install the printer, but makes it a little easier for your users to do it. It works kind-of silly and I don'tthink many sys admins would use it, but I thought I post it anyway.

Using the PrintHood folder in the user's profile:
Any file or object you put in the printhood folder will appear when you open up the printers applet (not the print/printer dialog box though). If a shortcut to a printer is contained in the user's profile under printhood, it will not be in the list of printer that the user can select from an application. However, it does aid them if they want to add the printer, since all they'd have to do is open the printers applet and double-click the shortcut and wait to be prompted.

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by jsarinana In reply to Printers for all local us ...
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by John Boy In reply to Printers for all local us ...

This cam also be done using the add printer applet in w2k. Choose add new printer, choose local printer. It will come back with message saying no local printers were found. Click OK to continue. Rather than choose use LPT1, choose add port at the bottom of the screen, from the drop down box choose either local port (if the printer is on a print server - read another workstation- and shared) or choose tcpip if the network printer has its own ip address.

Add the address

1. for local port type:

\\name of printe server\shared printer name

click OK and it will install the port and then ask for the printer driver location. Install as normal

2. For IP printers type the ip address of the network printer and click ok. It will ask forthe drivers and install as normal.

If either method fails it is because of an incorrect pathway/ip address only.

These printers are 'locally' installed and available to anyone who logs onto this machine.

Hope this helps

John Atkins

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by jsarinana In reply to Printers for all local us ...

Sorry Bonham, I meant to give the points also you have good info. My mistake.

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