Allow students to add network printers on macbooks with windows server 2008 print server

Hello all. We are trying to get students to add a network printer on the macbooks. I can login into the windows domain and add printers with no issues. When a student logs in, they are prompted for an administrator password. Even after typing in the admin password for the student the print job never prints.  We have a windows 2008 server as our print server. All windows clients can add printers with no problem (admin or not). All of our windows machines get the printers automatically installed depending on location within the building. The script does not work on the macs. I believe we are on OS 10.  I will double check tomorrow. We can connect the macs right to a usb cable to e printer and it works. So teo questions:  how do we set permissions on the macbook to allow students to print without giving them afmin control and how do we get the printers installed under their login?  
manch03Asked:
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jrhelgesonCommented:
Are these school issued Macbooks? If so, I take it that these have been locked down?
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tsi15104Commented:
The easiest way is to get a mac server. a mac mini server would be all you need. Make a new apple domain, and join to AD via LDAP. then you can login to macs via AD, and have group policy controls over the macs including sharing printers. and for under $1000 a very cheap investment to solve some headaches.
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manch03Author Commented:
@jr  - yes - school mac books and yes locked down.  Students are not administrators.
@ts - I have thought about that, but was hoping for a quick fix...  I have some old imacs I was thinking of setting up as a mac server.  Would those work?
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AcklesCommented:
Check the specifications on Apple site & if your old iMac has Snow Leopard installed you can easily install Lion Server, but will have to get it via AppStore.
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manch03Author Commented:
I do not believe it has snow leopard - they are about 10 years old.  But still run great!  The server software is not expensive (I looked it up and it was about $49.).
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AcklesCommented:
It's the Hardware u have to look first, check apple site & then ur iMac.
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tsi15104Commented:
os 10.6 would be a great server but you need an intel based mac to run it. so if 10 year old iMacs, their probably powerPC which won't run greater than 10.5.
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AcklesCommented:
10.7 is much easier to handle for a person who has no experience with Mac Server.
My opinion.
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manch03Author Commented:
I have some new mac books - would those work?
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AcklesCommented:
Sure
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AcklesCommented:
You just have to check the processor
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AcklesCommented:
This is all what you need:
General requirements

Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
2GB of memory
OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)
7GB of available space
Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.
Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
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tsi15104Commented:
The new macbooks would work but in term of os x server I would stick with 10.6.x as it still supports the rosetta platform so if you have to deal with non native intel applications they will still work. also unless your dealing with new hardware I dont think a lot of the benefits of 10.7 will apply as you wont be able to use the gesture controls. to make life really easy you could look at moving all your pre-2009 apple devices to 10.5.8 as this was the last release that had powerPC/intel support and 10.6 was only an incremental update so would be more compatible with a 10.6 server.
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AcklesCommented:
One big thing to consider in my humble opinion is PRICE.
What if you don't get desired result?
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tsi15104Commented:
you could spend all day arguing over how much, but at the end of the day, what is in place does not work and something has to be done. investing in at least a copy of OS X server and putting it on an existing computer as a proof of concept is a small investment to make. Then if it does work you can move to a dedicated OS X server like mac mini server.
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