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I have a problem.
 
First I will explain our network setup.
 
We have several printers in our network.
They are located on several places in the building.
We have about 100 profiles.
And we want each computer to have it's own printer link.
 
Every user may work with any PC in the whole building.. And when he
want's to print, it has to come out of the printer at his nearest
location..
 
The user may not choose it's printer itself..
But every computer in the building must have it's printer pre-set
 
But the problem we have now.. Is that every user has to install his own
printer.. And it will travel with him around.. So if he is on floor 4 the
print will come out on floor 1.. (example)
 
How can this be solved???
 
please send a carbon copy to cryppy@hotmail.com
 
thanks in advance
M. Wirken
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Question by:cryppy
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by:revenant072597
ID: 1562579
Umm, what networking operating system is running at the client?
I know for a fact that with NT Workstation 4.0, this isn't a problem... we are doing that now.

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by:holmer
ID: 1562580
If you are using WinNT Workstation 4.0 as clients and WinNT Server 4.0 as server there is a easy solution to this problem.
Just use the policy editor on the NT server. Make a template where you can choose the printer which will be set as default printer for everyone who use this computer or computer group. And then adjust this value for every computer in the policy editor.
But if you are not using NT as clients then I don't know.

>>Revenant: Are you doing like this ?

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by:cryppy
ID: 1562581
For Revenant :
We do run with nt 4.0 (workstation for the clients and server for the server..)

For Holmer :
But This policy thing that you suggests... Could you explain it a bit more??
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jmj050997 earned 200 total points
ID: 1562582
1) Use KiXtart for your login SCRIPT:
http://netnet.net/~swilson/kix.html
Even if you don't want to implement the following answer, I recommend you have a look at KiXtart. All NT admin love it!

- PUT KIX32.EXE in your NETLOGON directory
- In the original batch login script add
KIX32.EXE SCRIPT.KIX

2) On each workstation, add a registry key like this
HKLM\Software\YourCompany\PrinterLocation REG_SZ UNC_Of nearest printer

3) In the SCRIPT.KIX kiXtart login script use the following functions:

$printer=ReadValue("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\YourCompany\PrinterLocation)
AddPrinterConnection( $printer )

That's it! May be you will have to fool around a bit more because I didn't test what I wrote there, but the idea is here. You can also test for errors. Just have a look at the KIXTART documentation. There are samples.

Don't expect me to answer to comments you may add because I leave in vacation today ... and I won't be back until August 18th.

jmj

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