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Win2K server and printers.

By cliftonp ·
I do hope that someone is able to help me.
System = Win2k server, Win2k workstations, 1 domain, 3 rooms each with a 2 port print server each with a laser and an inkjet connected to the print servers (netgear) all work fine. The problem is that we are a large sm school and have aprox 1000 users roaming between all 3 rooms. How can I set up the printers to only print to the printerd in the room they inhabit regadless of who logs on. ie. if a user logs on in room 18 he can only print to the printers in 18. And the same in the other rooms. Sorry this is so long.

If you can help I will be your slave for ever, well for a time anyway.

Peter

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by robert_a_mocarski In reply to Win2K server and printers ...

If you are using TCP/IP on your network and have hard coded IP addresses, you can write a script that runs during logon and reads the IP address. Depending upon the IP address, you can map the correct print queues when the user logs in.

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by charlie In reply to Win2K server and printers ...

simply create a simple prompt at login to identify room location and make the print queue assignments from there. or another way is use multihoming.

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by Shepster In reply to Win2K server and printers ...

Another possibility, which I haven't tried, but would, in theory, work. You have hardware print servers connected to the printers, are you using a central server as a distribution point for print jobs? If you install the printers on a server and configure them for sharing, take away the print privilege from ?everyone? on the printers (make sure you don?t deny this permission, just remove the check or remove ?everyone? from the user list). With Win2k's active directory, you can set permissions on a share for a user account OR a machine name. I would create a security group for each room such as ?Room 17; Room 18; Room 19? and add the respective computers to their rooms group. Add the group to the share for the appropriate printer and set it to allow printing. If a student attempts to connect to a printer in a different room, it should respond with an error message. As I said, I have never tried this, but in theory it should work. These could be useful groups for more than just printing, that is up to you and your security needs.

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by petemcc In reply to Win2K server and printers ...

You should be able to do something with group policies, if you are AD integrated.
This MS article "Using Group Policies to Control Printers in Active Directory" covers AD and printer policies:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q234/2/70.ASP

The policies "Computer Location" along with the companion "Pre-populate printer search location text" may fill your requirements

Look at "Allow Printers to be published to the Directory" as well.

Pete

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by Drack69 In reply to Win2K server and printers ...

One thing you could try is......

First create separate script files for each printer. Then.......

Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). Add the Local Computer Policy (on the W2K Pro computers) then expand the "Computer Configuration" node, then the "Windows Setting" Node. Then select "Scripts" Then over on the Right plane double click Startup. Then click the add button and add the script you created to map the printer in whatever room you are currently in.

I could also set up separate OU's for each room and then add the computer accounts to those OU's and then set up GPO's to map the printers and assign them only to the OU that is sharing a room with the PC's This way would require less Administration effort.

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