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I have out dated print driver on one of my servers.   If I update this print driver on the server will the workstation automatically install it because of an already established connection to the printer or do I have manuaully delete and add the printer again?
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If it's a domain and the printers are domain shared printers and the connection from workstations to printers was done using Active directory, the drivers will be updated.

You can usually see this in event log.
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by:BobRosas
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I did not know you could add printer through Active Directory.   Can you get me started?
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When you share a printer, there's a checkbox that say "List in the Directory". You may share the printer using a freiendly name, giving it a friendly location and a friendly comment (all these will help user find a suitable printer in Active Directory).

Now, to install the printer, the user of the domain doesn't have to be administrator. The user must use Start/Search/For printers, choose the local domain from the drop-down dialog box, the choose/install a printer by double clicking on it. These printer are installed using the drivers from the server and the drivers are updated every time a user print and the drivers on the servers was updated.
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by:BobRosas
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crissand,   You have taught me something I did not know.   However I have two network printers already installed with the "list in directory" check box "checked".   (Although I did not know that this was what it was used for).    I tried to add a printer per your instructions - but those printers with the "list in directory" option checked do not show up AD.

???
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You can't find the printer using Search/For printers? That's not good. Any use connected to the domain can usually search for domain printers unless the group policy forbid that. See in Machine/Administrative Template/Printers part of the policy. See also Users/Administrative Template/Control Pane/Printers.
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Okay crissand....  I'm sorry I can search for a printer if I put a criteria in the find computer fields.  I was going to browse and it took me to an AD MMC and displayed the domain OU’s.     Should I be able to see printers in AD using a MMC?

I really appricate your help!  Thanks!
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To find domain printers open from Administrative Tools, Active Directory Users and Computers, right click on your domain and choose Find. From the drop-down list which shows Users, Contact and Groups choose printers. In the right drop-down list you have the domain already selected. Press Find Now button and you must see the list of domain printers. The finding is very fast, it's interogating the Global Catalog. If you don't have a Global Catalog in your site (network) you have to give that role to a domain controller.

Now, the dialog you see in Active Directory Users and Computers is the same like Search/For printers dialog, but is better focused to the domain.
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