Network printer change automation

Posted on 2014-08-25
Last Modified: 2014-08-25
Hi Experts,

I have a client who currently has network printers hosted on a Windows 2008 R2 printer servers. All clients connects to these printers and the OS client is Windows 7.

Because all these network printers reside on same VLAN where servers are hosted, we have decided to create a new VLAN and move all network printers from the original VLAN to new VLAN. I have created a new scope on the DHCP servers, and reservations to place all network printers.

Now, my question is, once I change the IP of each network printer to use new IP, users will lost connectivity to all printers, and IT service desk need to manually configure all new printers for each desktop or laptop.

Is there a way to automate the client tasks of reconfigure each printer for all workstations and users in a single AD site?

perhaps a GPO or a powershell cmdlet?

Our environment as per below

Client OS: Windows 7
Domain /Forest functional level: Windows 2003
Print server OS: Windows 2008 R2

Your feedback is really appreciated
Question by:Jerry Seinfield
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    Accepted Solution

    If the clients are connected to the printers through the print server they should automatically pull down the IP change after they have been set.

    If they have manually added the printer by TCP/IP port then you will need to modify them on each machine

    Author Comment

    by:Jerry Seinfield
    so, basically I do not need any GPO or poweshell script to allow users to connect to same printers but with a different IP address?

    what if I move the network printers to a different print server?if that is the case, how can automate the process to reconfigure all printers for all workstations?
    LVL 35

    Expert Comment

    by:Joseph Daly
    If the printers stay on the same print server and the users installed them through the print server then yes the IP address should automatically update.

    If you were to move the printers to a new server then you would need to remap all of the printers. I would probably suggest GPP for this to remove the old printers and install the new ones.

    Author Comment

    by:Jerry Seinfield
    Thanks Joseph, can you please provide me with a GPO step-by-step to remove the old printers and install the new ones and remap all of the printers?

    Please be aware the GPO will be linked to a specific site in the domain

    Author Comment

    by:Jerry Seinfield
    Any updates on my last question?

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