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    Just bear in mind the GPO Deployed Printers have no way of setting which is default, still trying to figure out how Microsoft managed to miss that out

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    It does, it works alphabetically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    It does, it works alphabetically.
    Hardly a proper solution though is it

    So if one department doesn't want the printer beginning with a as their default they're a bit stuffed really :P

    Poor design imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    It does, it works alphabetically.
    This is not good. However, if a user manaually selects their default printer, does it stay as default for the next session, or does it get reset?

    This would only be beneficial for the admin staff who don't move around. For the rest I want to set their default printer to the cheapest printer in their room every session.

    I might just stick to using scripts for this reason.

    BTW, I've worked it out now, but this is a good page from Jeremy Moskowitz.

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    Good guide that but the lack of control over default printers means I'm staying with scripts, using alphabetical order is just lame

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    ... using alphabetical order is just lame
    I've done some experimentation just now and it's not as simple as that. I think it selects the default printer from the printers initially deployed to the user. Deploying more printers afterwards doesn't change the default printer. It's up to the user to manually change it.

    I've got a test user account whose default printer is the MS XPS Document Writer, because that was there first. Changing the default is recorded in the user's profile, so it roams with them; but there's no way to set it in GP.

    I'm sticking with scripts as well.

    Another annoyance: I've got two printers I can't get to work with Vista, despite the manufacturer's stating that the native drivers are included in Vista: Epson AcuLaser 900c and HP Deskjet 1220c. If the Epson gets deployed to a user on Vista it completely stuffs up the print spooler service, preventing any printing. I've got to be careful about who it gets deployed to.

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    I too have had nothing but trouble with Vista and printer scripts

    It seems so random and i cant find the fix

    i currently use a vb script using addwindowsprinterconnection and its works 90% of the time.

    ITS DRIVING ME NUTS

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickit View Post
    It seems so random and i cant find the fix

    i currently use a vb script using addwindowsprinterconnection and its works 90% of the time.
    I had this prob before I updated the drivers. It would work occasionally.

    I wrote scripts to connect printers one at a time, rebooting between each one. It may be just one printer causing the problem. Two of the printers are supposed to have drivers built-in to Vista, but they still have problems, so I've made sure these printers will never be connected to Vista by deploying them to computers, not users.

    This approach worked for me.

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    This is driving me nuts
    i have tried all sorts now
    deploying via policies, tried user and computer and both still intermittent on the workstations

    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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