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    hi there,
    quite some time I was searching regarding this issue :
    Mapping specific printer ( out of 30 of them) to a particular Domain group ( out of 20 of them );
    The scenario is to have specific group of users ( sorted by location ) to be able to print to the printer near by and NOT everywhere.
    Through print server and group policy there is a possibility to do this but only for one printer on user/computer basis. - in Windows server 2003 R2.

    In windows 2008R2 in the same place through Print Manag.window there is a possibility (there is a tab:Users) to map that printer to the specific group.

    Is there any way I can achieve this in Windows 2003 ?

    thanks very much,
    cheers,

  • #2
    Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

    You have the possibility of "location aware" searching for printers -- will give you some tips

    Relies on good subnetting, though
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    • #3
      Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

      thanks Ossian,
      that's not about it..

      I want to map it from my Print Manag.console as shown in the pic,
      specific printer to the specific Domain group ; ( otherwise if I leave them with 'location aware',they might print in the next building )
      this is doable from w2k8 but I have no idea about it in w3k or at least through any 3rd part software
      ?

      Last edited by Rems; 19th February 2011, 16:44.

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      • #4
        Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

        You can build a login script that maps the right printer to the user or computer.
        gerth

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        • #5
          Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

          Well,Gerth,this is something ,
          where,who and how much any idea ?

          Originally posted by gerth View Post
          You can build a login script that maps the right printer to the user or computer.

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          • #6
            Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

            Hi,

            can you provide the following info

            Sites: How many sites, if they are geographically different
            In which site your Print Servers are located.
            Are your printers published in AD
            What is your client OS?
            Thanks & Regards
            v-2nas

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            • #7
              Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

              In kix the script can be something like:

              ;this is for xp and 2003 ts, modify to fit your needs
              SELECT
              CASE @DOS = "5.1" $clientname = @WKSTA
              CASE @DOS = "5.2" $clientname = %CLIENTNAME%
              ENDSELECT

              IF OPEN (1, "\\share\printers.INI", 2) = 0
              $Y = 0
              $x = READLINE (1)
              WHILE @Error = 0
              IF INSTR($X, $clientname)
              $Y = $Y + 1
              $X = Split($X, "= ")
              $PRT = $X[1]
              IF ADDPRINTERCONNECTION ($PRT) = 0
              IF $Y = 1
              SETDEFAULTPRINTER ($PRT)
              ENDIF
              ;ELSE
              ;MessageBox("Printer $PRT is not connected", "title", 1)
              ENDIF
              ENDIF
              $x = READLINE (1)
              LOOP
              CLOSE(1)
              IF $PRT = ""
              ;MessageBox("no printer", "title", 1)
              ENDIF
              ENDIF

              and then the printer.ini will look like:

              computername1 = \\server\printer1
              computername1 = \\server\printer2
              computername2 = \\server\printer2
              computername3 = \\server\printer1
              gerth

              MCITP sa, ea & va, [email protected]

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              • #8
                Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

                Originally posted by v-2nas View Post
                Hi,

                can you provide the following info

                Sites: How many sites, if they are geographically different
                In which site your Print Servers are located.
                Are your printers published in AD
                What is your client OS?

                Sites :3 ; geographically different
                For the time being I have 3 print servers with majority node set,and a script to map(typing)every user with particular printer.Due to management decision I have to cut 2 servers and to make it work with only 1 server.
                Yes,printers are published in AD.
                Client OS is : WinXp

                thanks
                Last edited by aa11; 18th February 2011, 14:41. Reason: mistake

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                • #9
                  Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

                  Hi,

                  This is wat you need to do.

                  Create a GPO based on Location and printers to be mapped to set of users.
                  Create Security Group and make specific users member of that group based on printer location. Let say user at Location A should print to Printer A... so Group A will have all users from Location A

                  Apply the GPO to the nearest OU where user fall in. As you mentioned you have different domains so you need to apply the policy in different domain or you can apply site wide as well

                  Make Sure you use security filtering which creating GPO where you will remove all authenticate users from the Security Filtering and add Specific Group.

                  Now this user will be applied to OU or Site but it will be applicable to only those users who are member of GroupA hence only users who are member of GroupA will get PrinterA mapped to them

                  Simillary do for others as well.

                  ex:
                  http://lazynetworkadmin.com/content/view/7/6/
                  Last edited by v-2nas; 18th February 2011, 19:04.
                  Thanks & Regards
                  v-2nas

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                  • #10
                    Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

                    thanks v-2nas,
                    I'll give it a try on Monday and post results,
                    cheers,

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                    • #11
                      Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

                      Well,I test it out in my lab and the results are absolutely wonderful.
                      Win7 client has it's own CSE (client side extension) which does the job automatically,while for Xp clients should be done through pushprinterconnections.exe file ( loaded on login script ),
                      This thing was explained very well in Jeremy Moskowitz's book 'Group Policy ,Management,Troubleshooting and Security',2007 edition pages :697-703;
                      (I read it after I concluded my tests )

                      thanks again,

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                      • #12
                        Re: Map specific printer with choosen Domain Group

                        Congrats !!!
                        Thanks & Regards
                        v-2nas

                        MCTS 2008, MCTIP, MCSE 2003, MCSA+Messaging E2K3, MCP, E2K7
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