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Managing Network Printers via Registry

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We have a small-medium sized network (120 PCs). We also have 16 different output devices using 4 different printer drivers. Managing, and/or installing and removing printers one PC at a time is a horrific and error prone task. Attempts to export/import registry keys has only been moderately successful.

Has anyone the inside info on just how printer info (setups, drivers,etc.) is maintained in the registry?

IMHB: the registry is the biggest pain in the butt since DOS!
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Maybe this is a dumb question: Have you set up "group policies?" This, along with appropriate hardware .ini files and "remote registry services" can uniformly maintain all PC hardware updates on the network. The W95 Resource Kit has some (skimpy) how-to info for pulling it off ... Microsoft's internet site also has setup tips on this subject. A three-PC peer-to-peer ethernet LAN is adequate for testing the new .ini files.
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