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SBS 2003: How to set the default printer for domain clients?

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Hi All,
Can anyone help me better understand how to 'push' a default network printer to domain users?  Also, is "net use lpt1: ..." in a login script the best way to get that printer to be used from a dos app that's looking for a local printer connected to lpt1?

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Terry
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As far as controlling what printers a group of users can access you can make some modifications using group policy (See the following link):

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;234270

The net use trick is about the only one I know of for dealing with legacy apps that are hard wired to point to LPT1.  I also use it to assign printers from the OU level (at least for our central printers) as our OU structure is based on departments.  If you would like some syntax examples I can provide some from my enviroment.

Hope this helps
Crow
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Along the same lines on this question, what is the minimum security level required for being able to run a net use lpt1 statement on a client machine for the purpose of mapping an AD published printer to which "everyone" has full rights?  

The ways that I tried this included running 'net use lpt1:...':
   -  from a command line while logged in as something less than a domain admin both by passing and not passing any "/USER:..." credentials
   -  same thing from a logon script, alternately using the /USER parms
   -  adding domain admins to the same user's member groups, but it failed with same "access denied" error

It would only work when I forced domain admins as the default group for that test user.

Any ideas?
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