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Copier driver deployment from server?

We have Business Server 2003 and I'm wondering if there's a way to automatically deploy a copier driver to people's computers. Please advise if there's another way, too.
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Hutch_77Commented:
Is it direct IP printing or is it Print server.  Yes there is if you are using a print server.  I don't know a way for IP printing in 03 but someone else might.
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
It is just IP printing.
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jonahzonaCommented:
You can run a .bat script through Group Policy that will add the printer.

Here is the script that will add the IP printer:

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /n "\\printerpath"

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Save it as a .bat and apply it to your Login scripts.
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
Sweet! I will give that a try and let you know.

Thanks
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jonahzonaCommented:
Because of your other post I am updating this.

My script will only work if it is installing a SHARED printer. The printer path has to be something like

\\maincomputer\hpprinter

I don't think you can add a printer through its IP address with this configuration because it will need to install drivers, which this will not do.
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
How about driver distribution...? What exactly does the batch file do? Will it prompt them to install and ask for driver location?
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jonahzonaCommented:
Driver location is unnecessary when installing a SHARED printer. The computer on which the printer is shared holds the driver in which the jobs are spooled through.

Like I said, this only works when installing on a shared printer. Plus, installing the printer once and then sharing it will be much less of a headache for you, and you are able to set properties, defaults and security for that printer. On top of not having to install the driver on every machine.
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jonahzonaCommented:
Just in case that last post wasn't totally clear, the driver IS installed on the computer that is SHARING the printer. Just not the rest of the clients. All of the rest would access the printer as a shared printer.
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I forgot to mention I'm going to change it from IP to shared. So, will they be prompted? Or, will it just do it in the background automatically? Basically asking what they will see and when they will see it (we have people who vpn off-site, too).
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jonahzonaCommented:
No. When you share the printer it might ask you to add additional drivers for other users, but all of that is stored on the computer sharing the printer.

Keep in mind - there is one downside. If that computer goes down or loses its connection to the printer, everyone will lose their connection as well. There is always plus and minuses.

I would recommend installing the printer on a server. Those usually don't have a lot of downtime and are maintained well.

I would set it up and run some tests before you go network wide. Let me know if you have any issues.
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jonahzonaCommented:
No. When you share the printer it might ask you to add additional drivers for other users, but all of that is stored on the computer sharing the printer.

Keep in mind - there is one downside. If that computer goes down or loses its connection to the printer, everyone will lose their connection as well. There is always plus and minuses.

I would recommend installing the printer on a server. Those usually don't have a lot of downtime and are maintained well.

I would set it up and run some tests before you go network wide. Let me know if you have any issues.
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
My question was in regard to the client computers. The printer will be shared from a server. Please refer to the [client] questions I asked at 12:13pm. Thanks for your help.
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jonahzonaCommented:
"So, will they be prompted? Or, will it just do it in the background automatically? Basically asking what they will see and when they will see it (we have people who vpn off-site, too)."

Do you mean prompted to install the printer? If you run that .bat script at login, no. The script will run and add the printer.

If you want to make that printer the default printer, add to the script this:

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /n "\\printerpath" /y

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This will then make the printer you just added the default printer.
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
Great, thanks. I will let you know how it worked in the next couple days... Appreciate the help.
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David_IngledewCommented:
Just to add, the old queues will remain - to remove the printui can be used with....

rundll32 printui.dll PrintUIEntry /dn /n\\machine\printer

the /d removes them instead....
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
How about if I want to remove it by PORT? Since it was previously networked by IP and not by a server/ printer name?

Last question.. :D
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AmoayedAuthor Commented:
Oh and the driver did not install automatically when I did a share and used the install batch... FYI
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David_IngledewCommented:
The port will remain "registered", would removing all local printers help. Think there is an option for that...
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