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    Adding Printer for all users

    on w2k workstations when a network printer is added it's only available for the user currently logged on.
    How do you add a printer so it's available to anybody using that PC?
    I've found out how to add it to default user so new users will pick up all printers added so far but thats no good for adding new printers for existing users.

    Strikes me this should be dead simple but d****d if I can find out how.

    any help appreciated

    thanks

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    Re: Adding Printer for all users

    What permissions have you applied to the everyone group? What type of network printer (jet direct cards via tcp/ip or a printer share?) Print server?

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    Re: Adding Printer for all users

    these are print queues on an NT server, printers are all on IP connection. Printers are totally open, so any user can print to any printer. As long as user installs shared printer as themselves there is no problem. Problem is if 4 people share a w2k PC we have to install the printer 4 times, once under each users ID which is a pain.

    Under 98 install a printer and it is there for anybody using the PC I would like to do the same in w2k

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    Re: Adding Printer for all users

    Do you have an NT domain with 2K workstations - what is your network setup?
    You could place the printer in a login script.
    Check out Kixstart
    (just place the users in a group)

    IF (InGroup("prn_grp") = 1)
    AddPrinterConnection ("PrtSrvprn_1")
    SetDefaultPrinter ("PrtSrvprn_1")
    ELSE
    AddPrinterConnection ("PrtSrvprn_2")
    SetDefaultPrinter ("PrtSrvprn_2")
    ENDIF

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    Re: Adding Printer for all users

    yes it's an NT domain with (some) w2k workstations.
    Don't want to get into setting user groups and changing login scripts just for printers it would get way too complicated (we've got 3000+ users and 250-300 network printers).
    Just want to add a printer once to each w/s

    thanks

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    Re: Adding Printer for all users

    The only other thing I can think of is to install it under administrator account as a local printer (not networked) then go to the printer properties | Ports tab | Add Port -- highlight local port | New port and enter the path to the network printer.
    You have 3000 computers so this would not work. If you do imaging then you could have added printers locally during the configuration process. Other then that my mind goes back to a login script...

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