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Scripting printer installs

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I need to setup about 20 laptops on our domain and would like to know how to tackle adding network printers.
We are using an image to setup the laptops (win7 Pro / 64bit).  However, I then need to set them up with each user's profile.  As part of the profile, would be printers.  We have several offices and many printers on a couple different print servers on the WAN.

Typically when I setup new laptops I just add the network printers through the typical add network printer wizard... but I am sure there is a way to add all printers quickly instead of one at a time (hoping, fingers crossed, etc..)  and then I could just go and remove any that the user does not use?

Thanks for any help or links...
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Have you considered using GPO to deploy printers?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754699.aspx
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Probably be a nice thing, but out of the scope of what I do.  Plus I know we have a mix of 2003 and 2008 servers across the company.  If I can run a script on each machine that will go out to the print server and load and install the Win7 64bit drivers for each printer- I would be a very happy camper.
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It sounds like you want it automated (no human intervention).  I have a script we used to use however it would need to be modified a little since it was written so that you selected what printers you wanted.  It would give you a starting point though.

It requires the choice.com dos program that you can find on the internet.

You need to have all the drivers on the server for this to work.
printer.txt
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by:snyperj
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No, actually I am going to be touching every machine anyway, so I can manually run it.  Hoping for something easy that I can just plug our own server name and paths and printer names into...something like that?  Like a bat file or a .vbs file.  

I just don't know how to code.- Thanks!
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What I just gave you is actually a bat file but of course EE doesn't allow upload of executables (rightly so).  All you need to do is modify it to fit your needs and then change the extension from .txt to .bat
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looks cool, but I don't know how to edit that... when I run it, it won't let me type anything... I can't pick 0 or 1 or A or B....nothing happens when I enter the key...

I know it is all your settings, but I am thinking I would get an error, no?

The .bat file just closes.
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You need to get a copy of choice.com from the NT Resource kit from Microsoft.

Place it in the same folder you have the batch file
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ok, I will try it.
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by:Adam Leinss
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Rename the attached file to end in VBS, then run it.  The user will need to be an administrator or the Point and Print Restrictions GPO needs to be disabled.
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Aleinss - did you mean to attach something?
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Adam Leinss earned 500 total points
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Yes, I did.  Me bad.  Try this instead: http://www.leinss.com/blog/?p=1209
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This worked for me.  Thanks.
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