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Installing network printers using group policy,

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I need to install printers using group policy to different labs in the easiest way, the printers are network printers on a print server, each lab machiens are in a seperate OU and the students user accoutns are in a different OU, I want the student to have the printer that resides in each lab to be installed for her when ever she logs in that lab, however if she moves to another lab she should get teh other's lab printer install to her. (Windows 2003 server R2)
Any help is greatly appreciated,

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by:igor-1965
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Check this out: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_21947288.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+gpo+network+printer

You will have to create two different scripts / GPO for each lab OU.

Hope it will help.
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by:romari
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My problem is not with the script, I use a very simple .bat file that reads as:
start \\print-server\printer-name

The problem is that when we setup the GP as a startup script for the computers in the labs it doesn't work (it works if its a local group policy and the path is stored locally) but if the group policy is set from the domain at OU level it doesn't install any printer and nothing shows in the event viewer, which makes me think its an authentication issue since there are no users logged in when the PC boots.

It has to be a startup script, we cant use login script cause users have to have different printers setup for them in different labs.

So my question is can printers be setup using group policy at OU level as start up scripts? and how?

Thanks,
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I believe the printers in Windows are being set per user rather than per computer. So general answer for your question probably is "no, the network printers cannot be added at a computer startup script".
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by:romari
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doesnt' seem right to me, so how is it supposed to be setup in my case? as a local policy for each computer? as if I set it up as a local policy for computer startup script it works fine, but from teh domain it doesn't based on OU.
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I personally think the startup scripts is not the way to go but you could choose whatever you feel comfortable with (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_21525447.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+lab+login+network+printer+script)

With respect to login script and GPO here is a very short and basic overview: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/gp/group_policy_logon_scripts.htm

It's not a first question on this site about network printers and Labs. I like this one: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Microsoft_Network/Q_21578673.html

In case if you have a naming convention for the Labs computers it's quite trivial to write a SINGLE login script that will be assigning the shared network printers to the users while they are login in the particular Labs.
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We ended up creating a local policy for all the machines in the labs with the script to setup teh specified printer in each lab, we did it once but after that its working the way we needed it to, i.e. each studnet logs to a lab will find only the printer in that lab setup.
Thanks for your help.
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