Adding printers on an SBS 2003 R2 network after a user logs in for the first time

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
when setting up SBS 2003 R2, you set up printers on the server then a user logs in for the first time and they get the printers that are set up already. then over time, you remove a printer and more importantly, add other printers.  is there an sbs  / easy way to get the new printer accessible to each user or is it a manual process to add it from the directory on each machine / each account on each machine?
Question by:babaganoosh
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    You can use logon script or even VB script. Do a search on EE about scripts to add printer.
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    You can create a logon script and set it up via GPO to run at logon, this can be a VB Script or a Batch File.

    To do this a vb script add the following to a text file and save it as Printer.vbs

    Set objWSHNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
    strConnectString = "\\Server\PrinterName1"
    strResult = objWSHNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection(strConnectString)

    Or you could do it with a batch file add the following to a .bat

    Dim net
    Set net = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
    net.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\Server\PrinterName1"
    net.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\Server\PrinterName2"

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    startup batch file:  net use \\servername\printer share name /persistent:yes

       for example:   net use \\server\printer  /persistent:yes
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    by:Andrew Davis
    do it via vb script, as a logon script. have a look at for info on logonscripts.

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