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easiest way to Add printers automatically at logon

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I have a DC running Windows 2008 R2 Stndr. I have about 50 users different departments.

What is the easiest way to add automatic printers when users logon. I'm deploying a lot of new computers and it becomes a nightmare having to add printers manually. I have about 10 network printers that i need to add manually to each user.

I've heard that on Windows 2008 it's a lot easier than the old ways using scripts. please help.
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What OS are your clients, yes in 2008 and higher you can use group policy preferences   http://blogs.technet.com/b/grouppolicy/archive/2009/06/24/gp-preferences-set-a-default-printer.aspx

If you search for group policy preferences and printers you will see more articles.  Definitely much easier than scripts


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Mike
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80% windows 7, 20% XP
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Just make sure the XP boxes have the client side extenstions good overview here   http://www.gpoguy.com/Portals/0/Group%20Policy%20Preferences%20Overview.pdf

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Mikes right, as long as your users are in their own OU's or grouped - GPO is the best route by far.

If not, the login script can use Printui to may queues based on the login name. It's a little more work, and the login script can call an external script.

Theres a whole host of VB Scripts on here, with that focus...if you need it I'll dig out a few good links.
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Yes on the scripts. please David
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Ok. Here one that bases it on the computername - just remove the lookups based on OU if you don't need them.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Q_24646836.html

Also, heres one (take the bottom script) where tyou set the array of device, then just have it run :-)

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Visual_Basic/VB_Script/Q_24628314.html
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