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Installing Printers

Posted on 2003-12-01
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Help, is there a way of installing printers automatically when a user logs in, that knows where the nearest printer is?
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Hi dbaker1201,
Mapping Drives and Printers From Command

*****Drives*****

These command can be executed from either command line, Batch File OR Login Scripts

This command maps a drive "Z:\" to a shared directory on a server called "Server1"

net use z: \\server1\sharename\

If you need permissions to use this network resource toy can also enter the username and password. (See Security Below)

net use z: \\server1\sharename\ /user:username password

The above commands will work untill a user loggs out or the machine is rebooted, to make the mapping permanent you need to use a "Persistent switch"

net use z: \\server1\sharename\ /user:username password /Y

*****Printers*****

The Syntax is the same but this time 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


*****Security*****

If you do need to use  username and password, this has obvious security implications, Consider using NSIS
http://nsis.sourceforge.net/site/Download.6.0.html

For instructions on its use see http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_20710867.html

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dbaker1201,
opps misread the last part - sorry
PL
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Hello this question has been open a while please take the time to come back and clean it up.

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