Adding a network printer silently

Hello All,
I am looking for a way to add network printers to numerous computers with the use of either the K2000 or 1000. Currently the method that we use is to create a logon script that adds a specific network printer to a subnet based on the subnet that the specific computer resides in. One issue we had with that is that when it came to printing, the printer driver would not be ready by the time the user needs to print. Currently, we are re-mapping IPv4 subnets to free up IPs before making the transition to 6, so group computers and then adding them to a network printer via the same subnet would not work.

Any help would be appreciated! We have around 19 printers and 10 labs. This is for Higher Education purposes. 

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  • Is group policy an option? - chucksteel 3 years ago
  • It would have to be something with local group policy, since we are not an active directory school. We currently put the printer script that we have been using in the following path : Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon / Logoff) > Logon - mkhan01 3 years ago

Answers (1)

Posted by: anonymous_9363 3 years ago
Red Belt
Printers need to be handled in two parts: you add the driver to the machine, then add a connection for the user. The driver part can be done as admin only (obviously).

The Microsoft SDK (who knows what they're calling it this week but it used to be called the Platform SDK) has a bunch of scripts to handle all of the necessary parts, including adding ports for TCP/IP printers, etc., etc.

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