Assigning network printer to all users on one system

Posted on 2004-11-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have a department with many Windows 2000 computers on a domain, and the users are all on roaming profiles.  There are two stations devoted to a single user.  On those two stations, I would like the users to get assigned an extra printer, which is located nearby.

Is there a way to assign a network printer to any domain user that logs onto either of those systems?  It does not need to be the default printer.  I just want any user who's on those systems to have the option of the nearby printer.
Question by:sloth10k
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello Sloth10k,

    Yes its possible! What you need to do is, install the network printer as a local printer on the machine as an admin, which would be available to any user who logs on to that machine. Here is what you need to do:

    - Log on to the machine in question as a local adminstrator
    - Map one of the available LPT ports (a LPT port where no device is attached eg; LPT1) to the network printer using the following command: "net use LPTx \\PrintServerName\PrinterName /persistent:yes" (without the quotes)
    - Now start theAdd printer wizard, by clicking on Start -> Control Panel -> printers and Faxes and add a printer, when prompted choose "local printer" and uncheck the box that says automatically detect my printer. When prompted for which port, choose the port you had definied in the previous step (eg; LPT1) and continue installing the drivers.
    - Print a test page
    - Log off as an admin and re log on as a user, you should find this printer available to you and should be able to print to it.

    Thanks and Good Luck!


    Author Comment

    I had to add the net use statement to a login script, but that worked like a charm.  Thanks for the help.

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