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Adding common universal print drivers to Windows 7 Virtual Desktop base image

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We are deployin Windows 7 Enterprise virtual desktops using VMware View 5.1. These are LinkedClones that are snapshots of a master image. We need to install the universal print drivers from the most common printer vendors.

What is the best way to install the 64-bit drivers for all vendors without installin ght software packages? we want to keep the master image as light as possible.
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Question by:jsnrby
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either use thin print unviersal printer driver for your printers after testing, or install your printer drivers you require.

but always update master image.
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Thanks, we cant use ThinPrint because it doesnt work with ProfileUnity.

These are 64-bit Windows 7 virtual desktops, and the print servers are mostly 32-bit for old XP clients with a few 64-bit 2008 print servers.

We're having issues installing the print drivers from the print servers, which I assume is because the drivers are for 32-bit XP.

What would be best practice to address this issue?

Thanks,

Jason
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do you not have any 64 bit printer drivers for the older printers?
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by:jsnrby
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We're not in control of the print servers so we would have to request the local admins apply the 64-bit drivers.

Would this be required for Windows 7, or could Windows 7 use the 32-bit drivers?
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you will need the like for like drivers.
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You could deploy the needed printer drivers to the clients using Windows Group Policy, which would leave your master image intack:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754699.aspx
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