[gptalk] Re: GP make printing impossible

  • From: Craig Meyer <craigmeyer8@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 13:32:56 +0200

Hi Steve
Thanks for the feedback - i was hoping there is another way as i have 
absolutely no scripts running on my network so i don't know them at all. Is it 
easy to learn them or are they quite difficult?
BTW i just got a phone call from a technician that wants to access the Control 
Panel as the domain user and cannot. Same story like my previous post. Is my 
only way out a script?

Subject: [gptalk] Re: GP make printing impossibleDate: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 
12:09:18 +0100From: Steve.Rochford@xxxxxxxxxxxx: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

A common technique is to do this with a logon script – the printer is specific 
to the user so adding it as admin won’t put it there for the next user.
Assuming you have a vbscript logon script then adding something like:
Set oNetwork=createobject(“wscript.network”)
oNetwork.addwindowsprinterconnection “\\server\printershare”
oNetwork.setdefaultprinter “\\server\printershare”
will do the job – obviously, you need to add the proper server and share name 
and you’ll need logic to determine those (could be based on user or computer or 
There’s loads of examples in the MS script centre 
If you’re running 2003 R2 then you can do it with group policies - 
 has some details. Although it’s in the Vista library it’s nothing to do with 
Vista at all!

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Craig MeyerSent: 21 September 2007 11:49To: 
gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx: [gptalk] GP make printing impossible

Hi all


I have a GP that prevent users to add a printer so obviously if i want to 
install a printer i need to log off and on as the admin. When i do that i can 
install the printer successfully but when i log back on as the user i cannot 
see the printer. How do i overcome this


BTW , what i then did was to make the user a domain admin and i could install 
the printer but obviously that is the wrong way. I also do not want to disable 
the GPO as they delete and change settings in their printer setup.


Win xp pro and Win 2003 Server

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