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Can you update printer drivers on local workstations? From one location?

Posted on 2007-11-19
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Hi,
I have a small network of 50 users and SBS server, clients are running Win XP. All of those clients have local printer queues installed and I would like to find out if there is a way to update them all at the same time without having them placed on the server. THey are local now, is there any centralized way of updating them.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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ibozc,

If the printers are networked (ie, attached via Ethernet Cable, not USB) and are installed on the SBS as local printers using the Add Printer Wizard in SBS's Server Management console, then just updating the driver on SBS will push it out to the workstations, as long as the printers aren't also installed on the workstations themselves (ie, they were originally pushed out by SBS automatically).

So, at this point you just need to delete all printers from the workstations, get them installed properly on SBS and they will get shared correctly to the workstations again.

Jeff
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by:ibozc
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Now, for the time being the quoues are installed locally on the workstations and point to the IPs of the printers. WHat I want to know if there is an easy way to manage those local queues on those workstations from a central location without having to install them on SBS. THanks.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Well, you can open a queue from any computer on the network if the printer is shared.  But if the printers have IP addresses, then you really should just install them on the SBS as I stated.  SBS is designed to handle this... so why wouldn't you want to use it in the manner in which it was designed?

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Well, we experienced server performance issues, because our business is very printing heavy.. so i would need just a print server to have it running, but the question i have is this, by the way of login script or VB can I make some changes to local printers? Like changing registry settings etc.
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It wouldn't make sense to modify login scripts or use VB just for updating drivers now and again.  Instead, why don't you use HP's Jetadmin?  It will manage both HP and non-HP printers for you and it's free:
http://www.hp.com/sbso/tpm/software.html

Jeff
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