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Posted on 2004-10-20
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Hi.. We have a Windows 2000 server and xp workstations.  We all logon to the server using unique usernames.  I have setup 2 networked printers.  These are installed onto the server and shared out from there as a resource.  

Now here comes the problem.. What is the right proceduce to follow so that the users have these printers.  The only way I know is to go into each user (or get them to to it) and go START, PRINTERS and FAXES, ADD NETWORK PRINTER, find in directory etc..  

The main problem with that is when you log off and log back in again you might have lost one of the printers.  So basically what i'm tring to say (you can tell this is my first post can't you!) is added network printers don't stay put.  And you have to add them again.

Now am I making that really hard or is there an easier way?

I don't know if installed networked printers are part of a users profile?

We have roaming profiles turned on.. just in case that's important.

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Question by:Paula_Sewell
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by:jimmyndvdr
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Hi Paula_Sewell,
Hmmm - Have you checked the roaming profiles permissions to make sure they are updating properly - easiest way is to logon as an admin and add the printer and then log off

Cheers!
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by:TannerMan
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Palua,

Well, your right in your methods. If you hardwire a printer into your server and you setup and share that printer as, say, hplj4050 then you go to each client and add a network printer of \\MyServerNAme\hplj4050 then your done. But you say they are disappearing? That is interesting. Always and forever, or only on occassion

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cooljai1 earned 500 total points
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Why not add the printers to the login script so that they get connected everytime the user logs in?
Try this link
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/2kprintcontrol.html
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by:lifetech
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Try turning roaming profiles off - just as a test.
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by:Paula_Sewell
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Cheers guys for the advice.  I will try these things.  I am only at that particular site once a week.

Cheers again for the excelent advice
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by:Paula_Sewell
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Thanks for your help guys but I have solved it with a logon script that maps the printers everytime they login
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