ADDING A PRINTER TO ACTIVE DIRECTORY






ADDING A PRINTER TO ACTIVE DIRECTORY

Lets try easy:

PUBLISHING
PRINTER IN ACTIVE DIRECTORY

MANUALLY
PUBLISHING A PRINTER IN ACTIVE DIRECTORY

If that doesn’t work then below is hard:

Deploy
printers by using Group Policy

Print
Management
(Printmanagement.msc) can be used with Group Policy to automatically
add printer connections to a computer’s Printers and Faxes folder.

To do this,
you use the Deploy with Group Policy
dialog box to automatically add a printer connection setting to an
existing Group Policy object (GPO) in Active Directory. When Group
Policy processing runs on client computers, the printer connection
settings are applied to the users or computers associated with the GPO.
This is called deploying printer connections. Printers you deploy by
using this method appear in the Deployed Printers
object of Print Management tree when the print server they are
connected to is being monitored.

This method
of installing a
printer is useful in a laboratory, classroom, or branch office setting
where every computer in the room or office needs access to the same
printer. It is also useful in large organizations, where computers and
printers are often separated by function, workgroup, or department,
such as marketing or human resources.

A printer
connection that has
been installed by using a per-user connection is available to the user
no matter what computer the user logs on to in the network. A printer
connection that has been installed by using a per-machine connection
appears in the Printers and Faxes folder, ready for use by any user of
that computer.

Note:
Only
per-user printer
connections are supported on computers running Windows 2000.
Per-machine printer connections are supported on computers running
Windows XP or later.

To deploy
printer connections
using Group Policy, add the PushPrinterConnections.exe utility to a
machine startup script (for per-machine connections) or to a user logon
script (for per-user connections). The utility reads the printer
connection settings made in the GPO and adds the printer connection.

Important:
In
order for the
PushPrinterConnections.exe utility to work, you must update your Active
Directory schema with the Windows Server 2003 R2
changes. For more
information about these schema updates, see the
Microsoft
Web site
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?linkid=51166).

Microsoft
Web site
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?linkid=51166).

Once you
deploy printer
connection settings to a GPO, the PushPrinterConnections.exe utility
will run on the client computers upon logon or restart. The utility
reads the settings from the GPO and adds the deployed printer
connections to the users or computers to which the GPO applies. You can
reuse the GPO used to deploy per-user or per-machine printer
connections. For more information about Group Policy and Printers, see Set Group Policy for Printers
on the Microsoft Web site
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50998).

It is a good
idea to use the
same GPO for deploying the printer connection settings and the
PushPrinterConnections.exe computer startup or user logon script. This
ensures that only users (or computers) that receive the printer
connection settings will run the PushPrinterConnections.exe utility.

Important:
The
print server role must be installed and you must be a member of the Administrators
group to perform these procedures. You must also have write access to
the Group Policy object to use it to manage printers. Before you
install printers by using Group Policy, you must have a GPO for your
printer connections settings that is assigned to the appropriate users
and computers. You can use the Group Policy Object Editor or Active
Directory Users and Computers to create a GPO.

For more
information about using Group Policy, see Enterprise Management with the Group Policy
Management Console
on the Microsoft Web site
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?linkid=22814).

To install
printers to groups of users or computers by using Group Policy

1.

Open the Administrative Tools folder,
and then double-click Print Management.

2.

In the Print Management tree, under
the appropriate print server, click Printers.

3.

In the results pane, right-click the
printer you want to deploy, and then click Deploy with Group
Policy
.

4.

In the Deploy with Group
Policy
dialog box, click Browse, and then
choose a Group Policy object.

5.

Click OK.

6.

To assign the printer connection
setting to the GPO, do one or both of the following:

As a per-user setting, select the The
users that this GPO applies to (per user)
check box.

As a per-machine setting, select the The
computers that this GPO applies to (per machine)
check box.

7.

Click Add.

8.

Repeat steps 3 to 6 to add the
printer connection setting to another GPO.

9.

Click OK.

To use the
PushPrinterConnections.exe file

1.

Using Group Policy Management console
(gpmc.msc), right-click the GPO with your printer connections settings,
and then click Edit.

2.

In the Group Policy Object Editor
tree, navigate to one following locations:

If the printer connections are
deployed per-machine, go to Computer Configuration,
Windows Settings, Scripts
(Startup/Shutdown)
.

If the printer connections are
deployed per-user, go to User Configuration, Windows
Settings
, Scripts (Logon/Logoff).

3.

Right-click Startup or
Logon, and then click Properties.

4.

In the Logon Properties
or Startup Properties dialog box, click Show
Files
.

5.

Copy the PushPrinterConnections.exe
file to this location and then close the window.

6.

In the Logon Properties
or Startup Properties dialog box, click Add.

7.

Type PushPrinterConnections.exe
in the Script Name box.

8.

If you want to enable logging, type –log
in the Script Parameters
box. Log files are written to %windir%tempppcMachine.log (for
per-computer connections) and %temp%ppcUser.log (for per-user
connections) on the computer on which the policy is applied.

9.

Click OK.

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