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How to set up and automate network printing using Active Directory

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Hi, I would like to direct this question to anyone with experience configuring and automating network printing using the power of Active Directory but do not have a clue where to begin. Currently in my work environment I have (2) Windows Server 2003 Servers running print services and used as main print servers for the Company. One print server is located at one site and the other at another site within walking distance but are on the same Domain. One print server has approximately 300 print queues configured for 300 network printers and the other print server approximately 100 print queues.

Currently our users get mapped to network printers manually, someone from IT goes to the users workstation and manually maps it. We are looking to change this and would ultimately like to have the printers mapped through Active Directory or perhaps via the login script but just do not know where to begin. One of the biggest hurdles at the moment is how can we figure out what users are mapped to what printers since there was no automation set up in the first place?

Eventually in the near future we are working on using a Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 as our primary print server at the main site and having a physical server running the same OS and same image as a backup in case of an outage. For the other site, since our ESX Hosts are located at the main site, we will use a physical server running Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 as our primary print server and have a Virtual Machine running the same OS and same image as a backup in case of an outage.

Please let me know if more information is needed in order to come up with the best plan of action toward automating this no doubt huge and complex task.

Thank you.

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Take a look at this write up discussing using Group Preferences for deploying printers and printer settings:  http://www.msserveradmin.com/the-one-reason-you-should-use-group-policy-preferences/
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I haven't tried them myself, but this site has lots of login scripts, including printers:
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/logon_scripts.htm
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Thanks. That helps. Do you know of a way to run a report to find out what network printers are mapped to what users in the environment? Thanks again.
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They have a script called "EnumPrinterConnections" that should do what you're looking for.
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Thank you.
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No objections.

Thank you.
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The information was somewhat helpful.
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