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Problems with printer vb script

mikesjn
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All,
I have this printer VB script that I have cobbled together. What I would like it to do, but cannot get it to do is skip a printer if it already finds it installed. It does add the printers correctly.
Also I would like to be able to use it to remove printers as they become obsolete or have been changed.
I am no scripter and just got it to work by luck as much as judgement, so you will have to explain and detail what you mean.

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Option explicit

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Dim oNet
Set oNet = CreateObject("Wscript.Network")

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mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN B Plain"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN B Bond"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN B Manual"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN B Letterhead"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN A Plain"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN A Bond"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN A Manual"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\4050TN A Letterhead"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\CanonPIX"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\2200DN Plain DS"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\pdf"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\2200DN Letter"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\2200DN Double"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\KM-4035-A4DoubleSided"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\KM-4035-A4"
mapprinter "\\ws-ukdatastore","\KM-4035-A3"

'-----------------------------------------------------

Function MapPrinter(PrintServer, Printer)
    Dim oPrinter, PrtServer, PrtName, Prt

    Prt       = PrintServer & Printer  'Strip backslashes from UNC names
    PrtServer = Left(Prt,InStr(3,Prt, "\") - 1)
    PrtServer = Right(Left(Prt,InStr(3,Prt, "\") - 1), Len(PrtServer) - 2)
    PrtName   = Right(Prt, Len(Prt) - Len(PrtServer) - 3)

    On Error Resume Next               'If printer or server dosen't exist, code continues execution
    Set oPrinter = GetObject("WinNT://" & oNet.UserDomain & "/" & PrtServer & "/" & PrtName)

    If (oPrinter.Name = "" OR oPrinter.Class <> "PrintQueue") Then
        Wscript.Echo("Printer " & PrintServer & Printer & " is not a valid network printer")
    Else
        oNet.AddWindowsPrinterConnection(PrintServer & Printer)
'        Wscript.Echo("Mapping printer to " & PrintServer & Printer)
    End If
End Function

'-----------------------------------------------------
*******************************************************************


Thanks

Mike
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Commented:
This loop can conditionaly add, set default, or remove printers based on current mapped printers (WSHPrinters.item):

'' Printer connections
Set WSHPrinters = WSHNetwork.EnumPrinterConnections
For LOOP_COUNTER = 0 To WSHPrinters.Count - 1 Step 2
                          '''To remove old printer maps
                          If Lcase(Left(WSHPrinters.Item(LOOP_COUNTER +1),9)) = "\\Server1" Then
                               WSHNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection WSHPrinters.Item(LOOP_COUNTER +1),True,True
                          End If

                          If Lcase(Left(WSHPrinters.Item(LOOP_COUNTER +1),9)) = "\\Server2" Then
                               WSHNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection WSHPrinters.Item(LOOP_COUNTER +1),True,True
                          End If
Next

'''Remove ALL old printers
'''Enumerate all printers first, after that you can select the printers you want by performing some string checks
''Set WSHPrinters = WSHNetwork.EnumPrinterConnections
''For LOOP_COUNTER = 0 To WSHPrinters.Count - 1 Step 2
'''To remove only networked printers use this If Statement
''    If Left(WSHPrinters.Item(LOOP_COUNTER +1),2) = "\\" Then
''      WSHNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection WSHPrinters.Item(LOOP_COUNTER +1),True,True
''    End If
'''To remove all printers incuding LOCAL printers use this statement and comment out the If Statement above
'''WSHNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection WSHPrinters.Item(LOOP_COUNTER +1),True,True
''Next
''
'''Remove a specific printer
''WSHNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\ServerOld\HP5si",True,True
''                                
'''Install Printers
''WSHNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\Server\HP5si"


The commented blocks/snipets can be used for various printer management. Hope this helps.
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Commented:
Sorry for delay, been ill for a couple of weeks and then played catchup, including dodgey ciso switch. Really have basic windows scripting. Can you show me in relation to my existing script. I cannot get to work. I either get errors or nothing when I run it.

Thanks

Mike

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Commented:
Hi,
I have been using the script below, and it works better than the original one. If you could point out any problems or enhancements. My scripting is really basic, better at bash!!

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Set objNetwork = Wscript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\HP8750_A4"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\HP8750_A3"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\4050TN B Plain"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\4050TN B Bond"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\4050TN B Manual"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\4050TN B Letterhead"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\KM-4035-A4DoubleSided"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\KM-4035-A4"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\KM-4035-A3"
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\KM-4035-A10"


objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection "\\ws-ukdatastore\CanonPIX"
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Thanks

Mike
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