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    Install Scanner Drivers (without admin)

    Hi all,

    Does anyone have a way to allow a student user (without admin rights) to install a scanner driver on a Windows XP PC?
    The scanner in question is a Canon Scan LiDE 100 (USB) and we have a Server 2003 infrastructure.
    I know it can be done using Server 2008 however we are a RM School so thatís out of the picture.
    Iíve also had a shot at using Win Install LE and kicking that out to the PCs but with no luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    Does anyone have a way to allow a student user (without admin rights) to install a scanner driver on a Windows XP PC?
    You could set up a PC decicated just to scanning:

    Epson, canon or HP for A4 flatebd scanner?
    Network Scanning

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    You could set up a PC decicated just to scanning:

    Epson, canon or HP for A4 flatebd scanner?
    Network Scanning

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    Hi David,

    We've tried that however the Art people are after allowing students to quickly scan their work (without logging on/off).
    Thanks for the link on Network scanning though - I'll take a look

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    We've tried that however the Art people are after allowing students to quickly scan their work (without logging on/off).
    Sorry, just in case you didn't check that first post listed: that's what both those posts are about. Simply get a dedicated PC (an old / ultra small Windows XP Home machine is just fine (do remember you will still need a (£3-ish) CAL if you plan to have it use your network)), plug in a cheap USB scanner, have the PC connect to a network drive and set up the scanning software so it scans straight to that drive. The PC doesn't even need a screen. For art, it might be worth spending a bit more on the scanner (£100 rather than £30) so you get something with decent colour reproduction.

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    Apologies for my formatting, this is my first ever reply.

    I've the same problem but with a Hp Scanjet G2710. I've made a CC4 package that deploys OK but, as you've found, pupils can't just connect the scanner and go. You need to be an admin for that...

    However, if anyone plugs in a Scanjet 3400c it works straight away.

    I wonder what is the difference between drivers that come with XP and those that are subsequently added?

    ...and yes, we've tried the approach where you dedicate a machine, or two, to be the scanning PC. However, in the Art dept they have scissors and they cut the cable-ties and move the kit around and then moan that it doesn't work.

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    Sorry this is speculative but

    Can't non admin users install published installs via GPO?

    If you can get an MSI of the scanner drivers you could publish it under their users GPO. (Providing you allow them to access add and remove) You may be able to configure elivated privages within the gpo?

    You may be able to do something with client side extensions as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    Sorry this is speculative but

    Can't non admin users install published installs via GPO?

    If you can get an MSI of the scanner drivers you could publish it under their users GPO. (Providing you allow them to access add and remove) You may be able to configure elivated privages within the gpo?

    You may be able to do something with client side extensions as well.
    We're a little locked down on options being RM CC4 (Server 2003) and considering our current network instabilities I don't think the NM would go along with something like that (good idea though).

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    You can create an MSI that pre-installs the drivers using DIFxApp so they are picked up automatically by the plug-and-play wizard when the device is plugged in, no admin rights required. I've done this several times and have written an article in the wiki to help you get started.

    After that, it's just a case of deploying the MSI to workstations. It's very easy on CC3, no different from installing any other MSI, so I presume there is a similar procedure for CC4.

    Have a go at creating the MSI, but if you get stuck, I could probably make one for you. Canon drivers are relatively easy to work with in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    You can create an MSI that pre-installs the drivers using DIFxApp so they are picked up automatically by the plug-and-play wizard when the device is plugged in, no admin rights required. I've done this several times and have written an article in the wiki to help you get started.

    After that, it's just a case of deploying the MSI to workstations. It's very easy on CC3, no different from installing any other MSI, so I presume there is a similar procedure for CC4.

    Have a go at creating the MSI, but if you get stuck, I could probably make one for you. Canon drivers are relatively easy to work with in my experience.
    Wow now that does look good - thanks for the link.
    Will give that a go on Monday (if the School is accualy open)
    Cheers!

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    soz, I've never seen an RM network. I've only had second user accounts from pupils from other schools. Sounds annoying though. M$ plus RM problems (eeeeps)

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