script to change default printer, W2k3 Server

Posted on 2007-12-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I need a script to run when each user logs in that will map their printer and ignore the printer that the TS session specifies. How do I do this?
Question by:pkromer
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by:Cláudio Rodrigues
ID: 20399788
First of all, are they on the same LAN as the TS? If not you need to remember you will not be able to map anything on their local computer as SMB does not work over RDP.
Secondly, if you really need to do that you must disable RDP printing first. Did you do that?
And finally why do you need to do that? What is the exact reason for not using TS the way it is designed for?

Claudio Rodrigues

Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Terminal Services

Author Comment

ID: 20399852
There are two of 20 people who are not on the local LAN, they work from home and rdp in.

I have not disabled rdp printing. Where is that done?

The reason for all this is that every time a user logs in, depending on the order that others log in, the server assigns them a different printer. For example, if user 1 normally uses a share set up on user 2's client, but user 2 is not logged in, then user 1 gets whatever printer the server decides to give it. I admit, I haven't looked into it to set it up as proper as it should be, but it occurred to me that the simplest, most solid thing would be to tell the server to use user 1's client printer whenever user 1 logs in. It seems like the printer setup keeps getting whacked over time, no matter how I try to tighten it up. I just wanted to take the server out of the loop and specify myself who gets which printer.

Is that not a good thing to do?

Author Comment

ID: 20400392
I figured it out...

if "%username%"=="UserOneName" (
  rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "\\user1s_pc\printerx"
if "%username%"=="UserTwoName" (
  rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "\\user2s_pc\printerz"


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Expert Comment

by:Cláudio Rodrigues
ID: 20400437
Well I still do not understand what you are trying to do.
If you share a LOCAL printer on the USER PC, this printer/share will never change and will be there as long as the machine is on.
But if you share a printer that was created on the TS session then the story is different as that printer name changes every time the user logs in and if he is not logged on to the TS other users cannot print to that printer. This is what is a bad practice on TS. You are not supposed to share the printers created by the TS itself. Is this what you are trying to do?

Claudio Rodrigues

Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Terminal Services

Author Comment

ID: 20400525
No, I think I wanted to do the opposite of what you said. I do NOT want to share the printers created by TS, in fact I don't want them at all. I wanted to tell TS which printer goes with which user. That snippet does the trick, named as a bat file and run as a logon script. I am all ears though to hear why I shouldn't be doing this :-)

Accepted Solution

pkromer earned 0 total points
ID: 20567413
I ended up creating a script, shown above, which will specify exactly which printer a user will use, and this script runs on login. No matter which printer the TS session thinks is default, this script overwrites it for each and every session, giving me full control over which printer gets used by whom. Thanks very much for the effort in trying to remedy my problem.

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