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Logon script default printer

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Hi,

I have a network of about 15 computers over two floors. I need to setup default printers for the employees, only problem is that depending on where the employees work (upstairs or downstairs) the printer will need to be different as there is a printer for each level.

I have attached the current logon script logon.bat
net use z: \\SIHC-SBS-1\SHARED FILES
 
@echo off
cls
 
 
Echo.
Echo.
Echo "Removing Printers"
 
 
 
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dn /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_Mono
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dn /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_colour
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dn /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_colour
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dn /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_Mono
 
 
 
 
Echo "Adding Printers"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_Mono
 
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_colour
 
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_colour
 
 
 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /q /n \\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_Mono
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
net use z: "\\SIHC-SBS-1\Shared Files"

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by:djpazza
ID: 24394391
Two tools are avialable from Microsoft for connecting to network printer and query domain groups.  Create a group in AD called e.g Upstairs and Downstairs and put the users in the right group.  Then download:

IfMember.exe

http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/details.aspx?FamilyID=07c2f6d7-815e-4fa0-9043-4e4635ccd417&displaylang=en

Con2prt.exe

http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/6/0/260afc88-2253-45f8-9781-546cff07edd9/zak.exe

Download to a share maybe where you are running the script from.
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools

Then you can have something like this in a bat file:

@ECHO OFF


@echo off
cls
 
 
Echo.
Echo.
Echo "Removing Printers"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /f

Echo "Adding Printers"
\\edisonuksrv01\netlogon\tools\ifmember.exe "Upstairs"
if errorlevel == 1 goto :Downstairs
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_Mono"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_colour"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_colour"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_Mono"
::Downstairs
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_colour"
Echo "Setting Default Printer"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /cd "\\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_Mono"
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djpazza earned 500 total points
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Sorry typo try this:

@ECHO OFF


@echo off
cls
 
 
Echo.
Echo.
Echo "Removing Printers"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /f

Echo "Adding Printers"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\ifmember.exe "Upstairs"
if errorlevel == 1 goto :Downstairs
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_Mono"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_281_colour"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_colour"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_Mono"
::Downstairs
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /c "\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_colour"
Echo "Setting Default Printer"
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe /cd "\\Sihc-sbs-1\TOSHIBA_351_Mono"
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by:pabgm
ID: 24428056
Hi,

I have applied your code and it seems to be working yet i receive an error upon login:
\\Sihc-sbs-1\netlogon\tools\con2prt.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

Could this have something to do with it running in a 64bit enviment?
The server is SBS 2008
The clients are Windows XP Pro 32 bit.

Pablo

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by:astralcomputing
ID: 24428098
Use vb script

Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
PrinterPath = "\\COMPUTERNAME\PRINTERNAME"
PrinterDriver = "DRIVER"
WshNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection PrinterPath, PrinterDriver

Add this line to make the printer the default

WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\COMPUTERNAME\PRINTERNAME"

The "DRIVER" listed in line 3 is the one listed in the advanced tab on the print server system. "HP Laserjet 4" or "HP Laserjet 2050 PCL 6". I install all printers to a main server and install on all workstations this way.

You can use this to instantly install multiple printers. Save it as "whatever.vbs" and call it from your login script like this.

\\server\netlogon\installprinter.vbs



This works every single time and is instant.
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by:pabgm
ID: 24428671
I just noticed that when the script is running you have to press ok every time the error appears ( about 5 times) in the background the CMD window starts off with "removing printers" and then it says access denied. is this something to do with access rights?
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by:pabgm
ID: 24428673
note that my last comment is based on the original script, I have not tried your VB script yet.

Pablo.
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Expert stopped answering my questions
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by:MigrationKing
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Just to make someone else's life easier. Here is the Microsoft KB  article on GPO Network Printing using PushPrinterConnections.exe

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973878http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973878
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