Problem setting default printer for users in Windows 7 using local port
Posted on 2011-03-02
Our school is moving to Windows 7 during the Summer holidays and we are currently working though several issues before we can go live. At the moment our main problem is with printing.
In our current XP estate we add the printers to the machines using local ports connecting to our print server (so for example on the client PC we create a local port \\printserver\Classroom1Printer and give it the appropriate driver). In general across the school each ICT suite has its own printing facilities so the students never setup printers themselves they just use what we setup for them. This works perfectly fine under XP.
When we go through the same process on Windows 7 adding a local printer port to connect to the server it works fine if your logged on with an admin account but not for any other accounts. Printing from a non admin account the print job appears in the print queue on the client machine but with an error message and on the server the print job appears then disappears in the print queue every couple of seconds constantly 'spooling'
Due to the school environment were in we can't really allow the kids to setup their printers on a per user basis as you would normally do so we really need to resolve this issue.
I would imagine that its some kind of permission/rights issue since it works fine as an admin (and still works fine for Windows XP users) but I'm stumped at the moment and haven't been able to find anything much on the net.
Any help would be hugely appreciated!