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School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>I'm looking for proprietary software that allows me to install network
>printers for all users of a Windows XP Pro workstation.  This came up
>when I was imaging some new machines.  We have a Windows domain, and
>currently each user has to add printers after their profile is created. 
>I've been playing with some scripts, but potentially have use for other
>features that print management software would provide. Thanks for any
>assistance. 

There are a few free options using Active Directory.
1) Create a login script using con2prt.exe (exe needs to be dropped in the
windows directory), and deploy the script using Group Policy.  There are
also other methods for creating a script, like VB.  Everyone has their
favorite. 
2) Use Group Policy Preferences (Server 2008 or Vista or 7 workstation
with server 2008 tools installed) to deploy the printer.  You can do this
as either a user policy or a computer policy.  Logically you would want to
do this as a computer policy but for some strange reason you can't create
a computer policy preference linking you to a printer's network share (if
you are using a print server).  You can do this with a user policy though
(?).  But on a computer policy preference you can link to a local port or
an IP port.

Melissa Hayden-Raley
IT Technician
Milton Town School District
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