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How do I deploy a fax driver via GPO

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We have a Toshiba that we can now fax from at the device but I want to deploy the fax driver to our users through the GPO. I have added the fax driver to our printer server but am not sure how to deploy it now. I have deployed printers by GPO before but not a fax. For printers I find the IP address, give a share name, a few other things and I have printer on the print server, deploying it to the appropriate OU is easy. But not sure of the process for the fax drive.

This will not be deployed using fax services on the print server.
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There are different implementations.
Some fax services are using drivers like print drivers, which are deployed in the same way than print drivers. Means you have a central fax server and the clients just print to it like a printer, and the "printout" is stored in the servers printer queue and then send via a fx device.
Other implementations need a piece of software which has to be isntalled on the clients, which can be distributed using the native GPO software distribution, if this is a msi file.

Another option is to use the microsoft fax server functionality, means one server acts as fax server with your hardware and the clients uses the windows meachnism to print on this "shared" fax device, what is shared like a shared printer.

So, it depends a little bit from the way, how your fax device exposes itself to the network.
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We will be using the fax board built into a Toshiba e-Studio. I found that the fax drive was listed with the printers on the print server and I could deploy it from there. Piece of cake.
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