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I am in the process of setting up a windows 2000 enviromment. I have one printer server, and hundreds of users, with several printers. I have configured the printers okay. How do I set each users default printer up to point to one of the configured ones, so that each user that is logging on does not have to find and install a default printer???
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Fletchs earned 800 total points
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Here is what I do,
you could use con2prt.exe from the nt zak kit, whichs maps network printers automatically
f.ex.
con2prt /cd \\server\printer1
would map printer1 on server and set it as default...

then you can just use AD policies or login scripts to run the scripts.

f.ex. create a group policy for each printer and assign a security group to the policy (remove the authenticated users) with assign policy permissions..  then all you have to do is add users to a group and the next time they logon they will get the printer..

I've also seen this done with vb scripts if you know that..  but con2prt works great for me.

hope this helps,
Olafur Isaksson
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Okay it try it. Say you have a student and 2 computer labs. Is it possible to configure the printer at a computer level? So that if student logs in from lab1 their default printer is printer1. However if they log in from a computer in lab2, their default printer is printer2??
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Yeah, you can also add computers to the security groups..  then its the computer that gets the apply policy on the group policy that runs the con2prt command...

Fletchs
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Thanks for the quick response - what's the nt zak kit?
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thats the NT 4.0 Zero administration kit..  con2prt comes with that, and con2prt works fine in w2k.
you can download it here,
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/zak/zak.exe

if you expand that then you'll find con2prt under tools if I remember correctly.

Fletch
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