How to Globally change printer settings

Posted on 2008-06-26
Last Modified: 2008-07-23
We run Windows 2003 servers with XP clients. Does anyone know an easy way of globally changing the printer name/printer share name on all clients that have that network printer installed, without having to go to each machine?
Question by:arunuk
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CMYScott earned 168 total points
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changing the printer name can be done on the machine that shares the printer by editing the printer properties

changing the share name - on all clients - I believe you'd have to do with a login script or possibly thru a group policy.

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QEDeh earned 166 total points
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StrifeJester earned 166 total points
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We currently use VB script to deploy our printers based on Windows Security Groups, this also makes it easy to administer rights to those printers so we don't have jobs from one end of the building ending up on the other since the groups are already created.  I have attached the first couple of lines of my script hope it helps.  This script also maps network drives based on groups as well.


' VBScript Source File -- Created with SAPIEN Technologies PrimalScript Professional 4.5


' NAME: Logon2008.vbs 


' AUTHOR: Justin Ellenbecker

' DATE  : 6/10/2008


' COMMENT: Login script with parts taken original script.

'          Less Lines and sorted to add printers based on permission groups.



Set objNetwork = CreateObject("Wscript.Network")

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Set objSysInfo = CreateObject("ADSystemInfo")

strUser = objSysInfo.UserName 

Set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://" & strUser)

groups = objUser.GetEx("memberOf")

Set objWshShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")

For Each oGroup In groups

 Set adgroup = getobject("LDAP://" & oGroup) 

 groupName =  Right(,Len(

 Select Case groupName

  Case "Printing-Group"

   objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ServerName\PrinterName 1"

   objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ServerName\PrinterName 2"

   objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ServerName\PrinterName 3"

   objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ServerName\PrinterName 4"

   objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ServerName\PrinterName 5"

   objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\ServerName\PrinterName 6"

   objNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\ServerName\PrinterName 1"

   MapDrive "O:","\\ServerName\Share"

 End Select


Sub MapDrive(letter, path)

 On Error Resume Next

 objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive letter, path

 If Err.Number <> 0 Then

  objNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive letter, True, True

  objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive letter, path 

 End If

End Sub

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