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Problamatic Printer Share

By ChannonP ·
I am haveing troble setting a machines default printer to a shared one. I have set it localy and when logged on to the domain, (as admin) but when logging on as a normal user it says that there is no default printer set. Normal users don't have access to the printer folder and aren't set as print operators.

setting it when users log on is not an option, as they log on all over the place and I only want them to print to this printer if they are in one particular room.

Any ideas?
Cheers.

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by xcto In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

ChannonP:

Making several assumptions:

- NT servers only
- All Client?s are ?Bill?s? operating systems

Have you tried using the ?user? profile capability of NT (a logon profile)? (Standard profiles tend to reduce administration efforts.)

I believe a default printer can is assigned only on an ?NT? user level.

xcto

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by ChannonP In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

Thanks any way, I've now been told that it's problamatic due to Mandatory profiles. Any more Ideas would be greatfully recieved.

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by JackLR-UPS In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

Network printers on NT are profile specific. If you setup a network printer under an Admin profile, it will only exist on that profile. Local printers are different. If setup on Admin profile, it will be available to all profiles of the workstation. Log in as the user, then browse to the workstation or server that has the printer share. Right-click on the printer share and select "install."

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by ChannonP In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

Sorry but there are about 500 users, that use different machines all the time, so doing it for indervidual users on each machine would take forever.

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by ChannonP In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

I think I should say that these machines are in a classroom, so there are hundreds of users using any free machine.

They were set to a network printer indivdualy, but I want to pool them on one machine and print from there, so I can monitor all print jobs together.

So my question should also be about better ideas for doing this.

thanks for the help.
ChannonP

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by eea01 In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

You could use a login script to connect the user to a printer i.e a batch file using the net use command with the UNC name of the printer. However, the computer names will have to be representative of the room they are in for you to specify a specific printer.

Another option is KIX, in the NT resource. kIX is easy to use scripting too, and more powerful than a batch file.

Hope this helps

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by ChannonP In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

thanks this help a load!

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by ChannonP In reply to Problamatic Printer Share

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