installing network printers automatically

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Hi, We are running Win2k3 server and Xp SP2 workstations. Since we are an educational institution, we have quite a few different logon/usernames. Integrated are two network printers. My questions is what is the best way to automatically install those two network printers on each workstation and for each user without actually logging onto each workstation manually. This can be quite tedious, having more than 15 usernames.. Thank you
ASKED: November 1, 2005  9:23 PM
UPDATED: November 8, 2005  12:20 PM

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There are a couple of ways that I know of to get around this.
One, you can create a login script that uses a ‘user name’ variable where the script tests for user and attaches them to required printers. I’m not well versed on scripting but you may find resources out there that can help.

I solved the problem of various user login requirments through a program called ScriptLogic (www.scriptlogic.com) which has the ability to apply MANY settings including drive mappings, network printer assignments and security settings based on user name, group belonged to, even ip addressing (subnet, etc…). You can even run applications, service packs, and more. (I know this sounds like a plug, perhaps it is, but being a non-profit, our resources are limited and any program that helps me to be in more places at once is a boon to the services I provide!

I hope that this is helpful to you!

Gregg

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  • MrGee62
    Just a follow-up to see how you fared with the printer problem. Gregg
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