Printer assignment through Active Directory?

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I've setup 2 Servers as Print Servers on our network. We are moving away from the Novell servers that previously ran our printing services. I can connect to all printers, etc that all works fine. What I need help with is this:

I'd like to use Active Directory or something along those lines to assign printers to each individual. Especially on the Terminal Servers. I have 3 Terminal Servers and I've installed the printers onto the server (as an admin). I'd like to assign printers to each user and NOT have to log in as them to do it. So say I have 50 users that are logging in to a terminal server and I want them all to have a particular printer, is there a way I can automatically assign that printer to that user so that when they log in, they see it in their printer list?

Please help!
Question by:thinsley
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    hi there,

    have done this in the past but I have had to use additional software (policymaker) Using this you can assign printers based on username department or security group etc or just computer name.

    In Windows 2003 R2 MS released an addon for group policy to deploy printers which does the same thing using group policy but don't know what version of server you are using.

    There are many similar products out there that allow you do the same as policy maker but we find that to be the best - you can also do many many other things with policy maker.

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    Just on that also

    You can also just script the install of printers.

    This is a question similar to yourself and they use the net use command to do it. You would just have to create scripts for depts or whatever way your users are subdivided.

    Also if you do a search for scripting printer install you will get lots of pages back with sample scripts for installing printers.

    We just use the above software as it is real simple and graphically presented.


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    Does policy maker allow you to delete printers as well? What about assigning the default?
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    Yeah you can delete and assign the default..
    To delete the original I think must be there though as in I want to delete from server01 and install new one from server02


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