The only good way to do this on a large scale is with a GPO, buttttttt....i have a vbs script to run on startup, as long as the printernanes are the same.

Riley Childs
Charlotte United Christian Academy
Library Services Administrator
IT Services
(704) 497-2086
From: Angie Stangl<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Sent: 9/2/2014 4:10 PM
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Printing + Active Directory


It is actually 4 printers (2 cash printers, 1 color cash, 1 papercut [not
under our control]). We'd like it to default to one of the cash
printers--printout comes to printer behind desk and student pays desk in
cash. But, then we would like to leave color or papercut printing as an
options for users who prefer those.

Thanks for the suggestions. I will keep the TCP/IP port option in mind if
this gets too crazy. Also, we do not currently have a print server,
however, I will keep it in mind as I work more with our Campus IT.


On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM, Jimm Wetherbee <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Angela,
> 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.
> --jimm
> On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM, Angie Stangl <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > 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
> > amstangl(at)
> >
> > p.s. I'd be willing to take responses off-list if that helpful.
> >
> --