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Active Directory and Printer Mapping.

Posted on 2003-03-10
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Hello, I am running a windows 2000 printer server and all my clients are on windows 2000 as well.  Can I use active directory to delete all of the client's current printer maps and at the same time, replace the maps with ones I choose.  This would need to be a one time deal as the clients should then be able to add other printers later.  If this is possible, please spell out in detail how I accomplish this (I am very new to active directory).  Thanks!
Question by:sgolemon

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yes. but you can't do that using the active directory.  You'll need a script to do this.  Here's what you do:

In the top level OU in which you have all your departments you set a group policy to use a login script (if you don't konw how to do this, just send a follow-up question).  The script should be something like this:

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'Next sentence catches errors, in case your script fails you don't want to give your users an error

On Error Resume Next
'Add FRONT Printer
PrinterPath = "\\MyServer\FrontPrinter"
PrinterDriver = "Name of Print Driver"
WshNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection PrinterPath, PrinterDriver    
PrinterPath = "\\MyServer\BackPrinter"
PrinterDriver = "Name of this Print Driver"
WshNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection PrinterPath, PrinterDriver

'Set default printer
WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\MyServer\FrontPrinter"      

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Now, this won't delete your user's current printer shares, but you can take a look at the WSH reference at


on how to do this (it's somewhere in the primer I think, basically, you'll need to enumerate the pritner shares on the machine and disconnect them).

Also, keep in mind taht in the script, the Printer driver name must be entered EXACTLY as typed in your printer settings, you can find the name of the driver by right clicking on the printer going to Properties and then under the Advanced Tab.

Hope this helps.


Author Comment

ID: 8115391
I must be doing something wrong.  The script isn't mapping the printer.  When I try to manually run the script at a cmd prompt I recieve "unrecognized command" errors.  I should be saving this script as a .bat right?

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should be a .vbs

also to run it you need to use the cscript command
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ID: 8401767
Write me directly. I have a program to do this for you.

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