Windows Vista Thread, Deploying printers - XP/Vista compatible method in Technical; I need a method of deploying printers to users that will work for both XP and Vista.
I have vbs ...
3rd April 2008, 11:31 AM #1
Deploying printers - XP/Vista compatible method
I need a method of deploying printers to users that will work for both XP and Vista.
I have vbs user logon scripts that work for XP to connect them to printers.
The trouble is, if these scripts run when the users logs onto Vista, all they see is a blank screen with no way out of it.
I found out that if I log on as local admin and run the script manually (to see what's happening) a dialogue box appears asking the user if they want to install the printer driver. This is what's happening for the users (I think), except they don't get to see the dialogue box.
Is there a way of automatically accepting the driver installation for them so the script runs to connect their printers?
At the moment I'm investigating the Deployed Printers section in the new Vista GPOs, but not having much success.
3rd April 2008, 12:10 PM #2
Now its working
Just tried it again, and the users now get the dialogue box asking them if they want to install the printer driver.
I couldn't get it to work for the past two days, now it is - it must have been something else causing the problem.
3rd April 2008, 12:41 PM #3
There is an option in GP (under computer config - windows settings - security - local policys - user rights assignment - load and unload device drivers) to set which users are allowed to install drivers, you could try adding your users group to that.
edit: looks like you fixed it anyway, I really should refresh the page before I post
3rd April 2008, 02:39 PM #4
- Rep Power
While the above posters method may work there is actually a better solution if we are just dealing with printers. Again it will resource GP. Under user config, admin temp, control panel, printers. You want to enable point and print restrictions. Enter the fully qualified domain name where the printers will be installed from. Then there are two drop down menus. You want to change those to "not prompt for elevation". This will fix your problem.
3rd April 2008, 02:40 PM #5
Thanks. The problem came back, so it wasn't what I thought it was. I'm still working on it, building a new GPO from scratch and testing frequently to try and find the cause.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
3rd April 2008, 02:41 PM #6
I'll have a look at that too. Thanks.
Originally Posted by jkuzo
3rd April 2008, 02:44 PM #7
You can deploy printers using GPOs with Windows Server 2003 R2 or Windows Server 2008. They can be deployed per user or computer.
I've only done this at lots of sites with 2003 and XP, but not Vista (as yet).
4th April 2008, 03:55 PM #8
I've found that with GP I can deploy printers to the computer no problem, but if I use GP (either the new Vista method or a vbs script) it's a disaster. Either they can't logon or they just get no printers (just occassionally they do get them, though).
I've also found that in Vista, Admins can esaily add their own printers. But, if non-admins try to do anything with printers they get a dialogue box saying "the local spool service is not running".
This gets worse. I wanted to get this sorted before everyone get back on Monday.
4th April 2008, 04:41 PM #9
It didn't! Sorry, it had no effect on the problem. There must be another cause. Thanks anyway!
Originally Posted by jkuzo
4th April 2008, 05:40 PM #10
I think I've narrowed it down. The print spooler service on the client is probably stopping because of a driver that is incompatible with Vista. I'll have to go through all the printers on the network, getting Vista to connect to each to find it. I'll leave it until Monday.
I may be talking to myself here. Comes from spending a week locked in a school alone with just me and Vista. Edugeek has been my only friend... Must go home... See outside world...
8th April 2008, 12:49 PM #11
You're right, it might be to do with drivers themselves. On your print server if you right click a printer, choose Properties and then the Sharing Tab. By clicking the Additional Drivers button, you can see what drivers you have available for distribution.
I would also recommend you stick to using GPOs rather than scripts.
8th April 2008, 01:42 PM #12
It was the drivers. I had old drivers on our networked Toshiba copier/scanner/printer.
I've upgraded our print server to use the new Print Management console (available from Server 2003 R2), and upgraded the drivers on there.
At the moment most of our machines are XP. I've read about installing PushPrinterConnections.exe on XP clients to make them read the Vista GPOs for deployed printers. I'll look at that later; but for now, scripts work.
8th April 2008, 03:24 PM #13
vista and printers
i added a shared network printer onto a machine running windows visturd, and the server rebooted !!!
8th April 2008, 03:31 PM #14
You don't actually install PushPrinterConnections.exe. You simply set it as a logon script (the exe itself) within Active Directory. This exe then dynamically adds the printers each time a user logs on. This is a requirement for Print Management to work correctly.
Thanks to Michael from:
OverWorked (8th April 2008)
8th April 2008, 04:38 PM #15
Thanks. I hadn't read about it in too much detail! I'll note it for when I do get round to doing it.
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