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    Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    Hi,

    Just started messing with this and wondered if anyone has found a switch to set the default printer.

    We've got Flash Paper installed locally which which is always the default printer on the computer.

    Also, I can't get Con2Prt to work in the computer startup script to delete existing printers. Should this work? The script works when you click it but it doesn't work in the startup script.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    Printers a re user-based so aren't connected until somebody logs on... hence a startup script won't work.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    I'm going to be implementing this over the summer, will have a look then but I'm sure someone will answer you before!

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    Update for anyone trying this.

    Its pretty simple really but it took me a while to work it out and many hours messing around with defprint and other remote printer utilities.

    All you have to do is delete the local version on Macromedia Flash Paper and install the printer on the server. Macromedia has a driver on their website so you don't need to install contribute.

    Assign the printer as normal and the printer default is assigned as the first printer assigned to the OU.

    Hope this helps although its pretty obvious really.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    Yeh, the way Windows works, any locally installed printer will always be default over a network printer.

    I believe the official line is something about local printers are always available, whereas network printers are more likely not to be.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    I'm curious as to just how much difference you get in functionality with the R2 printer management features... I did a google and search on MS for details but couldn't find much aside from sales patter.

    Anyone care to enlighten the unwashed masses... or at least me ?

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    You get a snap in that will let you assign printers to OUs.

    So, depending how good your AD structure is.

    You have seperate OUs for room R1, R2 and R3

    and you have seperate OUs teachers of specific subjects IT, Maths, English

    You can assign the Office PC for Maths, to the Maths people, and the Printers for the rooms to the Room's OU.
    If the Maths teacher logged in to his office PC, he'd get just that Printer, if he then went and logged into R3, he'd get his office printer, and the R3 printer.

    If he was teaching in R3 but wanted to print something confidential, of for later in his office, he could send it to that printer and wouldn't need to worry about it printing in the classroom.

    I'm sure there are loads of other scenarios.

    My advice if you want to find out more: Download Virtual PC/Virtual Server, and the trial version of R2, install it and take a look.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    Ah... Ok... thanks for that info..

    If I read this right the main benefit here is that you can essentially do away with a lot of the login script tomfoolery that's otherwise essential for assigning printers.

    On that basis it seems like it's not much worth the upgrade for the primary school I support given the small number of printers, but useful to know... Guess I should take some time with the trial version like you said... thanks again.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    Yeh pretty much give you a GUI to use instead of having loads of scripts.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    sounds good, but i guess it dont help still when you have to install the printer driver manually first then change the port from LPT1 to \\servername\share...

    Samsung ML-6040 - the only bane of my network printers

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    Why would you install the printer driver manually? I assume a driver issue?

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    As in the only thing they provide is a setup.exe type - not extractable as i recall, or even if it is, its just files that arent your usual driver files / dll's / etc.

    Might be able to make it silently install if thats the case, but still lots of faffing about even if i cud make it silent. Still have to configure the driver afterwards etc...

    Just a bit of a PITA... but im used to that.

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    OK i'm trying to get Print Management working..
    I've deployed the printer in PMC on a per-machine basis
    added PushPrinterConnections.exe to the startup scripts section in the same GPO
    But when I reboot the XP Box to test it - it reboots at "Running Startup scripts"

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    @tarquel: Don't you just run the setup.exe on your server to install the driver there then it will be available as a printer and you can share it i.e \\print-server\ml-6040 so the clients can connect then they will install the drivers from the driver share?

    Or is it nastier than that?

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    Re: Windows 2003 R2 Printer Management

    When installing printers on the server, I always use the add printer wizard and browse to the print driver located on the CD for the printer.

    Or if like most of our printers are HP use their JetDirect software, really easy to use!

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