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setting up network printer w/ gpo prefs

Posted on 2009-04-03
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Hi,
I would like to be able to setup a network printer using GPO Prefs.
It is asking me for a path but I am using an IP address.
I used \\IP Address\P1 but it didn't connect.
How do I do this?
Al
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unless I missed it, it looks like these ref use a print server to install printers, I am not using a print server, I print to an IP address.
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Hey,

Simply specifying the direct path to a particular IP address for the printer is not worthwhile in most cases, since a driver will be required by each workstation before the printer connection can be made.

You need to install the Print Server role to a server. You then install and make a connection to the printer on the server itself, and share it. You can then use Group Policy Preferences to push the printer out such that the connection is made to the shared printer on the server. Since the server has the driver installed, it will be able to push this driver automatically to the workstation when the connection is made.

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Thank you for the reply
I know how a print server works and how to set on up.
My question is how can I do this without a print server?
Al
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You'd do it manually. You'd have to go to each machine and manually install the driver for the printer; the connection to the printer through GPO preferences would then work correctly.

This is the reason why you use a print server; the driver deployment is automated and for anything more than a 2 PC network, this saves a lot of headaches.

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this is strainge
I must have clicked the wrong button.
I just wanted to close the question and award the points to both of you.
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