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    Unhappy Windows 7 Printer Problems

    We have recently decided to start the upgrade process and roll out Windows 7 Enterprise. Win 7 is currently installed on my machine and a few others for testing. Our printers are deployed using a batch file as different people need different printers. The batch file works correctly on XP and should on Win 7. When I run the script it asks if I want to install the driver, for which I press yes. However the printer then does not appear? Which confuses me, our print server is running server 2003 R2 incase this makes a difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by achesterman View Post
    We have recently decided to start the upgrade process and roll out Windows 7 Enterprise. Win 7 is currently installed on my machine and a few others for testing. Our printers are deployed using a batch file as different people need different printers. The batch file works correctly on XP and should on Win 7. When I run the script it asks if I want to install the driver, for which I press yes. However the printer then does not appear? Which confuses me, our print server is running server 2003 R2 incase this makes a difference
    Can you post the script? Might be something silly in it.

    Steve

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    DONT install them with the bacth file... do with out... then it should be there.. Windows 7 has a little bug :-(

    Doing it manually worked for me

    Good luck and let me know how you get on

    Lewis

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    DONT install them with the bacth file... do with out... then it should be there.. Windows 7 has a little bug :-(

    Doing it manually worked for me

    Good luck and let me know how you get on

    Lewis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Can you post the script? Might be something silly in it.

    Steve
    Hi Steve.. script is below
    echo off

    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /f

    rem Connects Staff to their personalised printer script
    \\uk.gdst\sysvol\uk.gdst\executables\ifmember.exe "RHS-SEC-Staff"
    if not errorlevel 1 goto Student
    call \\uk-rhs-file1\printerscripts\%username%.bat
    Goto End

    :Student
    \\uk.gdst\sysvol\uk.gdst\executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\hl2150n-libary
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\8560DN-ict
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\8560N-Sixth
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\5350DN-IT1
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\HL5250dn-IT2
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\8560N-IT3



    rem Connects DT students to the relevant printers
    \\uk.gdst\sysvol\uk.gdst\executables\ifmember.exe "RHS-SEC-DT-Users"
    if not errorlevel 1 goto Boarder
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\7400dn-a3
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\8560n-dt
    \\uk.gdst\sysvol\uk.gdst\executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\C801-DT
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\8560N-IT3

    :Boarder
    rem Connects Boarders to the relevant printers
    \\uk.gdst\sysvol\uk.gdst\executables\ifmember.exe "RHS-SEC-Gloucester-House-Boarders"
    if not errorlevel 1 goto Art
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\8500n-gloucester

    :Art
    rem connects Art students to the relevant printer
    \\uk.gdst\sysvol\uk.gdst\executables\ifmember.exe "RHS-SEC-Art-Users"
    if not errorlevel 1 goto Exam
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\8560n-art

    :Exam
    rem Connects Exam Users to the relevant printers
    \\uk.gdst\sysvol\uk.gdst\executables\ifmember.exe "RHS-SEC-Exam-Users"
    if not errorlevel 1 goto End
    \\uk.gdst\SYSVOL\uk.gdst\Executables\con2prt.exe /c \\uk-rhs-apps1\7400dn-a3




    :End

    I will try using a GPO now to deploy the printers, however I really dont want to go down this route if possible!

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    Try hotfix KB982728, and disable point and print restrictions in local policy of each computer (comp config/admin templates/printers)

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    Might be worth looking into GP Preferences to replace the batch files, works like a dream

    I never liked the GPO printer mapping method but Preferences is a lot more powerful

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    I second that, move to GPP printers, they are actually very reliable now.

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    I would strongly recommend using GPO now for printer assignment under a windows 7 / server 2008 r2 environment. I use this in a live environment with no issues. Like yourself, I have printers in different locations and based on PC and "Teacher / Student" need to offer different printers. Thus GPO is really the only sensible or manageable way to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Might be worth looking into GP Preferences to replace the batch files, works like a dream

    I never liked the GPO printer mapping method but Preferences is a lot more powerful

    i third that. works great after you allow driver installations.

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    Thumbs up

    Thanks for all your replys, I managed to solve it in the end, disabling point & print solved it

    Dont really want to move to GPO printers yet as we are still in the early testing phase, but now the printers are working I can roll out to a few members of staff.

    Thansk once again for all your help!

    Ash

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    I seriously suggest you get it trialling then, because Microsoft have finally fixed printing through GPOs!

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    I deploy since a full school year all my printers via GPO. There is no issue what so ever with the system, even the driver deployment works nicely.

    I do however, only have Windows 7 64 Bit clients... so it "should" work out the box of course.

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    To People using GPP: Do you have to have a 2008 or higher DC for GPP to work reliably or is a 2003 R2 DC enough?

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    I could only say about 2008 R2, as that is what i have tried, tested and implemented.

    As far as i know 2003 R2 for example is (XP Gen), soooooo in that case It's gpo for printing is probably stripped down. That being said, I know it was used before me. Maybe deploy a IT Office printer using it and see how much it breaks things

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