I assume you are talking about a single network printer or at least a given
public computer being assigned to one and only one network printer. If
that is the case, have you tried creating a local port on each of the
machines. Simply sharing a printer work for only one user, but you install
the drivers to a local Internet port, it will behave the same way as if you
installed the printer on a serial or parallel port.
If you go to Add Printer, choose Local Port/Create New Port > (Standard
TCP/IP port should do the trick). Just make sure you know the IP address
of your printer.
On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM, Angie Stangl <[log in to unmask]>
> Hello All,
> I'm still relatively new to this list, however, based on discussion I've
> already seen I thought I'd try this topic for this list.
> So, we've recently switched to Active Directory on our public machines.
> Although we're a relatively small library, it is still creating some
> printing chaos. We added the printers to the computers manually using an
> admin account and the printers are mapped to the LPR port and
> defaults/preferences are all set. However, these preferences and settings
> don't seem to hold when users login. Is there a nice way to set the
> default printer for users? And preferences like printing double sided? I
> recognize some of this might be able to be done at a group policy level,
> but, I wanted to see what other folks were doing.
> *TL;DR:* *How do you manage local printing (printers are in our building)
> when computers are on Active Directory (managed at a campus level)? *I'm
> curious what works (or doesn't work) for other libraries.
> Have a good afternoon!
> Angela Stangl
> Digital Services Coordinator
> Rodney A. Briggs Library
> University of Minnesota, Morris
> p.s. I'd be willing to take responses off-list if that helpful.