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    This has been happening for ages and ages, but it's only just started annoying me.
    With Roaming Profiles, it seems that all things roam except
    • network printers
    • the Outlook account setup
    In the first case, the network printers have to be added on the new PC, and in the second, the Exchange account has to be added pointing to the user's mailbox.
    Is this behaviour to be expected?
    Is there any straightforward way I can get network printers and Outlook to roam with the user (preferably not involving Group Policy, which I hate; Logon Scripts I love (because they are BATch files!))...
    Thanks!

    Later... for the printers I could probably again use CON2PRT (from the Windows 2000 Resource Kit), which always used to work fine - is there a newer program which does the same thing?
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='762783' date='02-Mar-2009 06:46'][/quote]

    Can't you use NET SHARE for the printers?

    Unfortunately for Outlook the profiles are stored in the registry. See Overview of Outlook e-mail profiles - Outlook - Microsoft Office Online for more details. You could try using the Office 2003 Save My Settings Wizard.

    Also, see Roaming Profiles and Multiple Users. It is somewhat dated but may still be useful.

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    Thanks, Joe!
    [quote name='joeperez' post='762812' date='02-Mar-2009 15:07']Can't you use NET SHARE for the printers?[/quote]
    I think the answer is probably no, for two reasons
    1) the printers are defined on the file server, and NET SHARE seems to have no provision for 'other machine' sharing
    2) there's no option to set a particular printer to be the default printer
    Preumably that's why some bod in Microsoft thought it worth writing CON2PRT?

    RUNDLL32 PRINTUI does much the same as CON2PRT, but it's a bit more agricultural (think Texas A&M!)...

    To the Outlook problem, I say Phooey...
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='762834' date='02-Mar-2009 09:47'][/quote]

    Does How to Alter Behavior of Printers That Roam with Roaming Profiles help?

    Some of the links at set up printers in windows roaming profile - Live Search may be helpful.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='762858' date='02-Mar-2009 17:00'][/quote]

    Thanks, Joe, but logic dictates that even though the users may change PCs, the printers need to be 'tied' to the PCs not to users.

    It would be wonderful if someone had written a program which implements Outlook "roaming profiles"...
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='762891' date='02-Mar-2009 14:18'][/quote]

    Printers may be physically tied to PCs but the installation and use of printers is definitely tied to a user. Certain users may be restricted from using a printer regardless of its location. Do you not want the printers to roam with the user profile?

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    No, the printer roaming is really restricted to defining which laser printer is closest to their current PC, and thus will be their Default printer - in most instances they will have all our four printers added, Of course there are exceptions...!
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='762985' date='03-Mar-2009 00:53']Joe

    No, the printer roaming is really restricted to defining which laser printer is closest to their current PC, and thus will be their Default printer - in most instances they will have all our four printers added, Of course there are exceptions...![/quote]

    Why not consider acquiring print servers and putting your printers on the network directly with their own static IP number and then giving rights and privileges to those who are allowed to use whichever printer you want them to use?

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    [quote name='skitterbug' post='763031' date='03-Mar-2009 13:02']Why not consider acquiring print servers and putting your printers on the network directly with their own static IP number and then giving rights and privileges to those who are allowed to use whichever printer you want them to use?[/quote]
    They are already networked with fixed IP addresses - it is just a matter of minimising user effort in setting them up again if they move PCs. Most users would look at Add Printer with some horror!
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='762783' date='02-Mar-2009 12:46']With Roaming Profiles, it seems that all things roam except
    • network printers
    • the Outlook account setup
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    Not quite true: there is an interesting sample chapter from the "Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Resource Kit Documentation" called Configuring Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection with an exceptionally useful table at the end which could have been called "What Roams in a Roaming Profile"...
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