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Windows 2003 Fax sharing basics

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I have recently installed a Fax modem into our Windows 2003 server.  I have tested and the fax is setup properly (I can send and receive faxes from the server) I would like all users on the network to be able to print to fax.  Can anyone point me to best practices and step-by-step of sharing this fax feature?
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Two questions regarding your reply:

1: Is it necessary to install the Fax Services on the client if you are using Windows XP Pro; does this require the Windows XP Pro CD?

2: Is it possible to add this Fax as a shared printer via login script
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         Hi menreeq
                1) Well I have never tried before without installing Fax services, also as far as i know, it installs that service automatically as you double-click fax. Yes it does require Windows XP Pro CD or i386 cabs.
                2)This link will help you for script https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_21635597.html

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MrHusy is correct.
If you have or can make the XP CD (or files) accessible on the network I have scripts that can do this automatically.

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Krompton, are you saying you can install the fax service via script or the printer via script?  I'd be interested in a way to install the fax support remotely without having to go to the computer, log off the current user, log onto admin, goto control, etc etc.

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Yes you can to both Fax service and Printer.
There must be access to the XP CD though. I copied all the disk files to a Hidden network share on a server then pointed all my computers to that share as the Source. This has the benefit of not being prompted for your OS Install disk all though times when you try to do something that needs it. As long as you have connectivity that is. :)

I'm leaving work right now but I'll check back here when I get home in about 30min. If you want the scripts I can post them then.

Later.

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That would be great. Thanks
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        Hi menreeg
            *Krompton's script should work. But I already posted you a link in which experts posted working/accepted scripts.

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Right you are MrHusy. The last couple lines I mentioned adding to a login script is what the link covered and works quite well for a printer for which a driver is already loaded or if the printer is being served on a true printer server. The only real difference is the need to install the windows Fax component on the clients. Which is the bulk of the work. If Fax Service is already installed you only need the two lines.

Besides it is great way to reconfig already deployed systems if your network needs change.

Cheers and have a great weekend!
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MrHusy answered 100% of my original questions
Krompton did add a very valuable piece to the completion of the problem with windows components script.

I suggest points allocated as follows:
75% MrHusy
25% Krompton

Let me know if there is any argument to shift the balance.
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      Hi menreeq
            In fact, your original question is the fax basics, and does not include add via login script (question in question). But the more a kind asker is satisfied, the more I am happy :). I also respect to kind experts who try to help people. So point allocation is OK for me, will be happy to share with m8 Krompton.

Thank you for being kind menreeq

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Only you the Humble Original Poster knows which answer(s) are the most valuable to you. If you feel this is the appropriate split based on your question and the resulting feedback you received I have no problem with it.

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