Auto install networked printer on new computers

Setting up a new copier in the office next week.  Will network it with a static IP.   Windows 2008 R2 environment.  What do I do on the server side of things so the new copier will auto install on each computer I setup on the domain? (group policy?)  What about computers that are already on the domain, will gpupdate/force work?
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Andy BartkiewiczNetwork AnalystCommented:
Setup printer/copier on print server, then you can use group policy to run a batch file. Batch file should look like this "start \\printServer\printerName"
mkramer777Author Commented:
Where do I run the script in group policy? Can you give step-by-step instructions on how to add that to group policy? First time doing something like this.
mkramer777Author Commented:
Sorry, I meant to say why do I add the script in group policy
Much depends on your setup.

Do you use a server as a print server where this printer is added?
You can use GPO and user login script in conjunction with pushprinterconnection.exe  (32bit if you have a mix of 32 and 64 bit systems) file
If this printer requires its own drivers, you would also need to have a startup script with the same file.

Then using the print server you would deploy this printer once to a server GPO and once to a user GPO.
The server GPO will run under system and will deploy the driver the printer server has in \\printservername\print$
the user GPO since the driver is install will attach the printer.

using Group policy preferences, you can control/set printer as default if needed.

It is available on the windows 2008 R2 disk.... if you use the 32bit version it will deploy the requisite drivers no matter which OS is running, i.e. the 64 bit system will load the 64 bit drivers, the 32 bit will load the 32 bit drivers.
the issue if you use the 64 bit version and you have a 32 bit system in the environment that is being added, a 32 bit system can not run a 64 bit application. and the printer deployment on this system will fail.

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