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Custom ADM for mapping printers in Group Policy?

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I am new to scripting and creating custom adms and since I have run across the ability to map network drives without a script, I am trying to find how to do the same with printers.
My goal is to handle mapping printers strictly in group policy management without the use of a script.
Since it can be done with mapped drives, can this be accomplished for printers?
My first thoughts tell me this should be possible, but there are most likely catches with driver installations.
I hope this is possible.
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by:Eagle6990
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First off, how did you get mapped drives to work through a GPO?  I haven't seen a good one yet.

I don't know of any custom ADM template for pushing printers via GPOs but if you have Server 2003 R2 that just came out, it add support for deploying printers via GPO.  It work very nicely but you would need to upgrade your licensing to R2. (The actual upgrade of the server and domain controllers to R2 is very simple and very painless)
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Jay_Jay70 earned 1600 total points
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hmm Drive mappings we have acheived as well, but printers not yet, if you don't want to go the R2 route, then this guy has a package that convert any reg key to an ADM.....if you know what you want to hit then this might provide some guidance

http://yizhar.mvps.org/
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by:kkohl
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Eagle6990:  I won't be able to go the R2 way for a time.  As for network drive mapping without a script, this link got me going.
http://www.winguides.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=brdNewTweaks&Number=111368&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&part=

Jay_Jay70:  Thanks for the link.  After poking around some more, I decided to start trying to create my own printer adm from scratch.  That reg key to adm converter looks like a champ.

More on this soon.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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no problem, its good but limited, at least it will help you on the way, and if you feel that you would like to pass on that custom ADM when completed........:)!
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by:kkohl
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Jay, I am still working on getting it all hammered out, but the link you gave helped tremendously.
When I get one done, I will post back here.

Thanks!
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by:Jay_Jay70
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glad all is going well :)

Cheers
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