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What is the best way to script printers in AD

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Hi,

We have a windows 2000 single domain Active Directory with a few hundred xp clients.

At the mo we are manually adding the network printers at the clients. What is the best way for AD to assign the printers?

Create a GPO at each OU that maps specific printers??

Thanks

Scotty
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Not exactly the answer you are looking for, but I have used the commands found here
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/2kprintcontrol.html

and put them in batch scripts. You could then call these scripts via a logon script in a GPO or link to them on an intranet page that users can double click to install the printers themselves..

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There are multiple ways to assign printers. One way is to have the one logon script (vbscript) and have it automatically assign a printer based on the membership of the computer account and/or the user and then set that to run in the default GPO for the organisation. Or you could have a seperate script for each OU by setting up a seperate GPO for each OU. Y

There are examples on how to do this here-

http://www.rlmueller.net/freecode2.htm

How to map a printer using vbscript-

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/ezine/ezine16.htm

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>>>Create a GPO at each OU that maps specific printers??

If you are using GPO for any other tasks, you can Use GPO for mapping printers.
Login Scripts will do the same thing, you have have to use Kixtart or vbs scripts, as these scrpts are capable to LDAP query the AD. and assign the Printer according to it..

What is your current position
are u using any scripts???
are u using GP for any other tasks???

regards
naren

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