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Grant access to Power Users to create new print queue in a W2k3 printserver

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I want to give Customer support Group access to add and create new print queue in a W2k3 printserver without logon to the server.
I have tried the following but still not working
1. Add them to Power Users
2. Grant full access on Spool Folder to Power Users

Is any Idea ?

 
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Unless someone else has some really bright ideas, I cannot think of any way that anyone can create a print queue on a server if they're not logged on to that server. Creating a print queue effectively involves installing a driver, which is a lot more complicated than just creating a new folder. It would not even work if you copied all driver files and folders for the printer, as various registry entries have to be made to make it work.

I assume it is possible to create a VB script that will do all the work, but that is certainly way beyond my ability.
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there is away but it is require Admin right and I don't want give them admin rights.

>              On your PC, click Start > Run and type \\your printserver name

•      Double click on Printers and Faxes

•      Click on Add a printer

•      Click Next on Welcome to the Add Printer Wizard screen

•      Select Create a new port.

•      Select standard TCP/IP port  from type of port menu and click next

•      Click Next

•      Enter the printer DNS host name (e.g. XXXXXX) in the Printer Name or IP Address field and click Next

•      Use the default setting and click next and finish

•      Select have disk bottom and locate the correct driver in \\your printserver name\printer driver and click next

•      Type a name for the printer

•      Share the printer using the same name and click on next

•      Describe the location of the printer and click next

•      Print test page to confirm that the printer is installed properly and click next then finish




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That way, you are just installing another driver - complete with queue. And yes, they will need admin rights on the server.
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I don't want to give them admin rights, Is any other way?
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Not that I'm aware of.

However, why does the queue have to be added to the server? If your printers support IP (directly or via a print server), each user can print directly to it, and does not need access to the server. In essence, the same scenario that you went through on the server can be done on the user's PC. That should solve the problem - as long as they have admin rights to their own PC. If you want, you can even set up one of their PCs as a server - but again they'll need admin rights to that.

Or am I missing something?
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I am not talking about users access, but I am talking about give permission to power users in the print server to add print queue without give them admin rights or access to the server
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So we're back to square one: I don't think it can be done. That's why I suggested setting up a local printer. You did not explain why that will not solve your problem.

Why exactly do you want power users to create drivers on the server?
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Because all printers I have is network printers and should be installed in the printserver not in users local pc
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There is no technical reason why the local PCs could not print directly to a networked printer (connected either via a built-in network card, or an external print server). All you need is to install the driver, using a Standard TCP/IP Port to talk to the printer or print server - the same as you do on the server.

There are of course other reasons (managerial control, ease of propagating drivers to users, etc) for wanting to go via a server. However, Microsoft seem to have decided (for other good reasons) that a user cannot install a printer on a server unless s/he has administrator priviliges.
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