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Automation of Printer settings for PVS images

Scenario: A password protected printer, where the password changes every month. We had to manually enter the new password when our PVS images were rebooted, as we didnt want to update the PVS image with just a password change (we hadnt introduced DFS-R for the PVS image management so it was manual and time consuming)

Solution:

EXPORT the settings to a file for the specific printer – rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Ss /n “MYLAMEPRINTER” /a “file.dat” u

IMPORT the settings to any server that needed it – rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n “MYLAMEPRINTER” /a “file.dat” u

Add this as a startup script GPO

References:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189105

http://zacky.cleverits.com/IT/printer.htm

http://www.robvanderwoude.com/2kprintcontrol.php

http://www.unattendit.com/2009/10/17/unattended-installation-of-network-printers-using-printui-dll-for-all-users/

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