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I regularly set up Windows 2000/2003 Servers and usually with several network printers, but we came up against a problem recently on an install. We had about 15 printers running of various print servers and about 30 machines. We were able to set up the mapped drives fine using a bunch of net use x: \\server\folder 's but we couldnt work out a way of doing somthing similar with printers. IE when someone logs onto the machine it makes sure the printers are installed.

Would save me a hell of a lot of time if there was a way to do this
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Question by:Ben_Gillam
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The easiest way to do this is con2prt.exe from the NT4 Zero Administration Kit (still works fine under XP ;).
To map printers (or drives) based on group membership, you can use ifmember.exe from the W2k Resource Kit. If you don't have the Resource Kit, you can download ifmember here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/new/ifmember-o.asp

Zero Administration Kit
http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/Recommended/Featured/NTZAK.asp

To map a network printer:
con2prt.exe /c \\PrintServer\PrintShare
("/cd \\printserver\share" to install it as default printer; /f to delete all existing connections)

How to Use Con2prt.exe to Connect to a Network Printer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=181663

A script solution could then, for example, look like this:

====8<----[Logon.cmd sample]----
ifmember.exe YourDomain\Group01
:: *** ifmember returns errorlevel 1 if the user *is* group member!
if not errorlevel 1 goto EndGroup01
net use X: \\FileServer\Group01Share
con2prt.exe /c \\PrintServer\Group01Printer
:EndGroup01
:: ...
====8<----[Logon.cmd sample]----
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by:Ben_Gillam
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thanks for quick reply, I shall give this a try.
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by:Pete Long
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*****Printers*****

You are mapping an "lpt" port (Line Printer Terminal) All the rules above apply so the full command is,

net use lpt1 \\machinename\sharename\ /user:username password /Y

Zero Administration Kit
http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/Recommended/Featured/NTZAK.asp

How to Use Con2prt.exe to Connect to a Network Printer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=181663


Pete
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by:wozza_c
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Hi Ben

In my environment we put a 'Call' command in the login script that calls a file that contains the con2prt command. An example of this Call command is;

CALL "%logonserver%\netlogon\printers\%computername%.CMD

This way you can set up a file for each machine by their computername. An example of what this file contains is;

con2prt /cd \\<printserver name and path>\<Printer Name>

Note that the d in the /cd makes the printer a default printer whereas /c will just add it.

The con2prt command is available at;

http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/Recommended/Featured/NTZAK.asp

Hope that this is of some assistance.
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by:msavin
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hi
this may be what you are after

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /n \\yourprintserver\printer 1
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "printer"      

this will install whatever printers and second line will set a default

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by:chenglan
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I was using con2prt.exe but I have changed since I want more control now. You can use Windows Scripting Host and do something like this:

Set oNet = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
Set oArgs = Wscript.Arguments
printer = oArgs(0)
oNet.AddWindowsPrinterConnection printer

Then, have your login script (.cmd) call "wshFile.vbs \\server\printshare".

There are other functions for the WScript.Network Object (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/script56/html/wsobjwshnetwork.asp) that you should check out for removing or enumerating printers.

I am just starting to use this method, but it looks quite nice. The power of control is not in the functions, but in the scripting now.

Chris
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