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logon script to automatically map printer based on group membership

Posted on 2004-08-20
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I set my AD as follow:

Users are put into global groups according to department.

Domain local group are create as a mean to provide access to printer.

Global groups are put into Domain local group in order to use the printers.

Now... any log on script that would some how map all the printers that is available to a user based on their group membership?
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Here's how I do it:

Get Kix32 from www.kixstart.org.  You can use this program to map drives, etc. for different groups.

Create a .vbs file with the following code and put it in your NETLOGON dir:
-----------begin vbs file--------------------------
Set objWSHNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")  'create network object
strConnectString = "\\server\printer"
strResult = objWSHNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection(strConnectString)
------------end vbs file---------------------------

Now, reference the vbs file in the appropriate group section of your Kix logon script.
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You can use con2prt.exe (ZAK) and ifmember.exe (Resource Kit) to map the map the corresponding printer in the logon script. Simply put the .exes into the netlogon share.
Here's a sample script:

====8<----[logon.cmd]----
:: *** Delete all mapped printers:
con2prt.exe /f
:: *** Map the printers according to group membership:
ifmember.exe %UserDomain%\Printer01Group
if not errorlevel 1 goto EndPrinter01Group
con2prt.exe /c \\PrintServer\Printer01
:EndPrinter01Group

ifmember.exe %UserDomain%\Printer02Group
if not errorlevel 1 goto EndPrinter02Group
con2prt.exe /c \\PrintServer\Printer02
:EndPrinter02Group
====8<----[logon.cmd]----

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

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

Resource Kits Free Tool Downloads: Ifmember.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/new/ifmember-o.asp
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by:SC2002Admin
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Is it possible to use just a vbs script without adding any extra script processor or executables?
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Is there anything easier than that , something that would just map all available printers the user have rights to based on Group membership?
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by:dspent
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try a program called Desktop Authority 6 available at www.scriptlogic.com.  It ain't free but it is well worth the cost.  They have a 45 day trial.
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