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How do you manage printers @ field sites?

I am curious how others approach managing printers in the field.

Overview:
We have roughly 150 sites in North America. Each of these sites will contain no less than 3 printers per site. Our way of managing printers on site is to spin up a desktop with a Windows OS, direct map printers to the box, then share the printers off of there. Benefits for doing this is our ability to keep a standard set of drivers per printer and ease of mapping on an end users machine for our support center. Downside is that we have hardware we need to support, Windows OS we need to patch, and licensing costs.

My question is, what are some of the things you are doing for remote print management in the field? How do you deal with printer mapping on end user machines?

thanks!
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SRCL
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Brian PlunkettCommented:
We have 5 offices 4 are remote.  For the printers at the remote sites since they are small from 2-7 people.  
1. We installed the drivers on the Domain Controller at each site.
2. Gave each printer a static IP address.  
3. Once you install the printers on the Domain Controller you share them.  
4. After that the users can get to the machine by opening computer or This PC and in the command bar type \\name of the DC once you hit enter the printers will show up.  They just double click the printer and it will install the driver.

You can use any server you have on site.  We only have DC's at remote sites.
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SRCLAuthor Commented:
Thanks Brian. Substitute a domain controller with a print server and thats what our environment looks like.

Curious what other options there might be.
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